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LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

A 4-skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam in English, aligned to the C1 level of the CEFR*. It is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) delivered through LanguageCert’s global network of SELT Centres.

About the exam:

  • Consists of a Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) component
  • Both components can be taken on the same day or within 14 days of each other

CEFR level C1 accepted for the following visa type:

• Tier 4 (General) – student visa (degree level and above)

CEFR level C1 is not an immediate requirement for any UK visa type, however, some sponsoring educational institutions may require this high level of English language competence.

After the exam, candidates receive a Test Report displaying their score and unique reference number (URN). The URN must be included in the visa application.

Visa requirement information is subject to change. Applicants should refer to UK Government guidance on English language exams for visas and are responsible for ensuring they take the correct exam. Candidates are advised to contact their sponsors to confirm which CEFR level is required before registering for an exam.

*Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), developed by the Council of Europe, is widely used to describe levels of language proficiency.

  • Exam
  • Cost: USD

LanguageCert SELT exams are available only at SELT Test Centres. LanguageCert SELT exams are not available via LanguageCert Online exams.

Take Your Exam At a Test Centre

All LanguageCert SELT exams must be taken at one of our global SELT Centres.

Exam format
Computer-based 3 hours & 10 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 mins

Reading and writing
Reading & Writing

2 hours & 40 mins uninterrupted

Listening

Part 1 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Three-option multiple choice question for each conversation
Task

  • Listen twice to six unfinished conversations between two speakers
  • Conversations will include idiomatic expressions, colloquialisms, register shifts and use of stress and intonation to indicate attitude
  • Choose the appropriate option to complete each conversation

Part 2 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Two three-option multiple choice questions for each of the three conversations
Task

  • Listen twice to three conversations, each consisting of two speakers, and identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, roles, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions
  • Choose the appropriate option for each question

Part 3 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Write notes on the message pad based on the information in the recording
Task

  • Listen twice to a dense, factual lecture, radio broadcast, narrative, presentation, etc. to identify specific information
  • Jot down answers consisting of one to five words

Part 4 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Seven three-option multiple choice questions
Task

  • Listen twice to a discussion to identify gist, examples, fact, opinion, contrast, purpose, key ideas, attitude, cause and effect
  • Choose the appropriate response for each question

Reading

Part 1 - 5 questions
Answer Type: Five sentences identifying true and false statements about the text
Task:

  • Text includes idiomatic language, narrative or academic ideas, arguments and opinions
  • Determine whether the statements are true or false

Part 2 - 6 questions
Answer Type: Eight sentences to choose from to complete six gaps in the text. Two sentences are provided as distractors
Task

  • One text with six sentences removed, e.g. topic sentence, summarising sentence, developing idea, emphasising a point, opinion, contrast, sequence, forward and back reference, transition to new idea
  • Choose the appropriate sentence for each gap in the text

Part 3 - 7 questions
Answer Type: Four texts provide the answers to seven questions
Task: Read the four short texts, e.g. email, article, advert, etc. and choose which text answers which question

Part 4 - 8 questions
Answer Type: Eight questions requiring short answers of up to five words
Task:

  • A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository, biographical, instructive
  • Provide short answers of up to five words for each question

Writing

Part 1 - 150 to 200 words
Answer Type: Respond appropriately to a given input in order to produce a formal response for an intended public audience
Task: Write a letter, report, argument or article using a written, graphic or visual input for the intended reader expressing stance, opinion, justification, argumentation as appropriate

Part 2 - 250 to 300 words
Answer Type: Produce a personal letter, a narrative composition/ story or a descriptive composition
Task: Write an informal piece for a specified reader in order to persuade, argue or hypothesise, expressing mood, opinion, justification, evaluation etc. 

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   C1
 FORMAT Written Component: Computer-based
Spoken Component: Online interview with a live interlocutor
 PASS MARK  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Books
We work with the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.  

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Exam format
Online interview with a live interlocutor 15 minutes
Speaking
Speaking

15 mins

Speaking

Part 1
  • Give and spell name
  • State country of origin
  • Answer five questions

Part 2

  • Two or three situations are presented by the interlocutor. Candidates are expected to respond to questions and initiate interactions

Part 3

  • Hold a short discussion to make a plan, arrange or decide something using written text as the prompt

Part 4

  • Candidates are given 30 seconds preparation time
  • Talk about a topic provided by the interlocutor for 2 minutes
  • Answer follow-up questions
Key features
 EXAM LEVEL   C1
 FORMAT Written Component: Computer-based
Spoken Component: Online interview with a live interlocutor
 PASS MARK  Listening:  33/50
Reading:    33/50
Writing:     33/50
Speaking:   33/50
 TEST REPORT  Issued 5 business days after the exam

 

Books
We work with the most prominent publishing houses to ensure that our partners and candidates have access to top quality learning materials for LanguageCert International ESOL exams. You can find below a list of available books with their titles and links to the publishers’ websites.  

Burlington Books

Global ELT

Added Value

Candidates who achieve an average score of 50% or more in the Written component and/or 50% or more in the Spoken component will be awarded the corresponding LanguageCert International ESOL Certificate in Listening, Reading and Writing and/or in Speaking.

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are recognised internationally and remain valid indefinitely.