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LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) A1-B1 Listening & Reading

An English Listening & Reading test aligned to the A1-B1 levels of the CEFR*, ideal for entry-level candidates. Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres.

About the exam:

  • All candidates take the same test regardless of language proficiency and receive a certificate placing them at levels A1 to B1 of the CEFR based on their performance
  • Assesses Listening and Reading skills, as well as command of English grammar and vocabulary
  • Establishes English language proficiency reliably and quickly
  • Multiple choice structure

Listening section:

  • Paper-based
  • Duration approx. 30 minutes
  • 4 parts/32 questions

Reading section:

  • Paper-based
  • Duration 40 minutes
  • 4 parts/40 questions

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

Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL A1 - B1
 FORMAT Listening: paper-based, multiple choice
Reading:
paper-based, multiple choice
 CERTIFICATE Awarded for scores of 10 or above out of 59
GRADE BOUNDARIES
Candidates are awarded 0, A1, A2 or B1
B1 40-59
A2
20-39
A1
10-19
0       
0-9
Exam format
Paper-based 1 hour & 10 minutes
Listening
Listening

30 minutes

Reading
Reading

40 minutes

Results, certificates and digital badges
  • Certificate of Achievement & e-certificate are available in 2 business days
  • Results are sent by email directly to candidates or to their Test Centre.
  • Digital badges are available on the same day as results and sent by email.
  • Hard-copy certificates are sent either to the candidate or to the Test Centre shortly after results are released.
Breakdown of levels

LTE A1 – CEFR A1

  • Can recognise familiar words, everyday expressions and very basic phrases when people speak slowly and clearly.
  • Can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences on familiar topics and obtain information from notices, posters and catalogues.

LTE A2 – CEFR A2

  • Can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance such as basic personal and family information, shopping, local area and employment.
  • Can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
  • Can read and understand very short, simple texts such as personal letters.
  • Can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables.

LTE B1 – CEFR B1

  • Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
  • Can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency every day or job-related language.
  • Can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
Books

Vocabulary books

  • Edwards, L. & Redman, S. (2017) English Vocabulary in Use: Pre-intermediate and Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Emmerson, P. (2007) Business English Handbook: Advanced. London: Macmillan
  • Emmerson, P. (2009) Business Vocabulary Builder: Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate. London: Macmillan.
  • Emmerson, P. (2011) Essential Business Vocabulary Builder: Pre-intermediate to Intermediate. London: Macmillan.

Grammar books

  • Brieger, N. & Sweeney, S. (2011) Business Grammar and Practice: Pre-Intermediate. London: Collins
  • Emmerson, P. (2010) Business Grammar Builder: Intermediate to Upper-intermediate. London: Macmillan.
  • Murphy, R. (2019) English Grammar in Use: Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Swan, M. & Walter, C. (2011) Oxford English Grammar Course: Basic. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Swan, M. & Walter, C. (2015) Oxford English Grammar Course: Intermediate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Swan, M. & Walter, C. (2019) Oxford English Grammar Course: Advanced. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Business English Course Books

  • Cosgrove, A. (2017) English at Work: Practical Language Activities for Working in the UK. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Badger, I. (2011) English for Business: Listening. London: Collins
  • Cotton, D., Falvey, D., & Kent, S. (2011) Market leader: Upper Intermediate Business English course book. Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Cotton, D., Falvey, D., Kent, S. & Rogers, J. (2016) Market leader: Pre-intermediate Business English Flexi Course book 1. Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Hughes, J. & Naunton, J. (2016) Business Result: Intermediate. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Osborn, A. (2013) English for Business: Reading. London: Collins.