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LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) A1-C2 Listening & Reading

An English Listening & Reading test aligned to the A1-C2 levels of the CEFR*, ideal for intermediate to high level candidates (B2-C2). Exams are delivered through our global network of Test Centres or online.

About the exam:

  • All candidates take the same test regardless of language proficiency and receive a certificate placing them at levels A1 to C2 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


Paper-based:

  • Taken at a Test Centre
  • Duration 2hrs
  • Approx. 110 questions


Computer-based adaptive:

  • Taken at a Test Centre
  • Difficulty of questions adjusts and adapts throughout according to the candidate’s performance
  • Duration 1hr – 1hr & 30 minutes 
  • Approx. 56 questions


Online exams with remote, live invigilation:

  • Taken anytime, anyplace* 24/7/365
  • Difficulty of questions adjusts and adapts throughout according to performance
  • Duration 1hr – 1hr & 30 minutes 
  • Approx. 56 questions

All exam delivery methods lead to the same results, the same certificate and the same international recognition.

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

** Requirements include a quiet room with no distractions, a computer, webcam and an internet connection.

  • Exam
  • Price in USD

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre or Online.

Test Centre exams

Take an exam at a LanguageCert approved Test Centre

Key features
 EXAM LEVEL A1 -C2
 FORMAT Paper-based/computer-based at approved Test Centres or Online with remote, live invigilation
 CERTIFICATE Awarded for scores of 10 or above out of 100
GRADE BOUNDARIES
Candidates are awarded 0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2
C2 90-100
C1
75-89
B2
60-74
B1
40-59
A2
20-39
A1
10-19
0     
0-9
Exam format
Paper-based 2 hrs
LanguageCert language exams - listening
Listening

50 mins

LanguageCert language exams - reading
Reading

1 hour & 10 minutes

Computer-based 1hr – 1hr & 30 minutes
LanguageCert language exams - listening
Listening

Approx. 25 mins

LanguageCert language exams - reading
Reading

Approx. 35 mins

Online exam 1hr – 1hr & 30 minutes
LanguageCert language exams - listening
Listening

Approx. 25 mins

LanguageCert language exams - reading
Reading

Approx. 35 mins

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. Instant preliminary results for computer-based tests.
  • 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.

LTE B2 – CEFR B2

  • Can understand extended speech and lectures and follow complex lines of argument, provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
  • Can understand most TV news, current affairs programmes and the majority of films in standard dialect.
  • Can read articles and reports concerned with temporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.
  • Can understand contemporary literary prose.

LTE C1 – CEFR C1

  • Can understand an extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.
  • Can understand TV programmes and films without too much effort.
  • Can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style.
  • Can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions that are relevant to various fields.

LTE C2 – CEFR C2

  • Can understand with ease any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided there is a familiarity with the accent.
  • Can read virtually all forms of the written language at ease, including abstract and structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.
Books

Preparation Books

Global ELT

ELT House

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.