LanguageCert Online Exams

LanguageCert Online Exams

Can I book an exam directly from LanguageCert?

Yes, you can book exams directly from LanguageCert. This can be done on the individual product pages for LanguageCert International ESOL exams offered by LanguageCert.

I already have a LanguageCert Account. What do I need to do to register for my exam?

Visit languagecert.org/login in order to register for your exam.

I cannot access my LanguageCert Account. What should I do to reset my password?

If you find yourself locked out of your LanguageCert Account visit languagecert.org/login and follow the on-screen instructions. For further information you may contact our Customer Service.

What are the minimum requirements for an Online exam?

  • Α valid Government issued Identification Document including a photograph and date of birth in English characters.
  • A quiet room with sufficient light and a clean desk. No other persons are allowed to be present in the room.
  • External or integrated Web camera able to rotate 360o
  • Primary computer or laptop screen resolution 1024x768 or higher, min. 15”
  • Windows® 10, 8.1, 8 or 7 / macOS Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11) or Sierra (10.12)
  • Internet connection >= 512/512 kbps (up/down)
  • Headsets are required for Listening & Speaking

How long do I have to sit for my exam after I purchase it?

You have 12 months to sit your exam after purchase, applicable to all exams.

I need to reschedule the exam I booked. What is the process?

Once you schedule your exam, an online invigilator (proctor) is assigned to you for the specific date and time you have chosen. To select a new date and time to take your exam, simply log in to your LanguageCert Account, select "Overview", find the exam you wish to reschedule and select “Change date” which is displayed under "My exams". Please note that rescheduling an exam up to 48 hours before its start time is free. An administrative fee of USD20 (depending on country/currency, plus tax where applicable) will be charged for rescheduling from 48h up to 4h before the exam. After that time, a fee of USD40 applies.

My exam purchase expires soon but I’m not ready to take my exam yet. How can I extend its validity?

In case you have booked your exam through LanguageCert directly, simply log in to your LanguageCert Account, click on the Overview section, find your exam under ‘My exams’, and you will see the option to extend the expiry date of your Exam. If you have purchased an exam through a Training Organisation please contact them directly to discuss this issue.

How can I cancel my purchase?

If you have made a purchase by mistake or have changed your mind, you have the right to cancel your purchase by filing a written request of cancellation within 14 days of your initial payment as follows:

  • If you have not booked a specific exam date, cancellation can be made within 14 days from your initial purchase.
  • If you have booked a specific exam date, cancellation can be made within 14 days from your initial purchase, provided that this date is at least 14 days prior to the exam date.

All requests for cancellation must be emailed to info@languagecert.org.
In the event of an appropriate cancellation request, LanguageCert will provide you with a refund. Refunds will always be made to the same credit card used for purchase.

Can I have a blank piece of paper to keep notes during the exam?

During the LanguageCert International ESOL Spoken exam, you are only allowed to have one blank piece of paper.
The invigilator (proctor) will ask you to show it in order to ensure that it is blank on both sides. It must be shredded in front of the online invigilator (proctor) once the exam is over.

Can I print my exam?

Printing any exam material is not allowed for any of LanguageCert Online exams.

Will I be able to see the Proctor?

Written exam (available for LanguageCert International ESOL B1-C2): there is a two-way voice communication with the online invigilator (proctor). However, only the invigilator will be able to see you and your desktop during the Written exam. Please note that the communication is carried out in English.
Spoken exam (available only for LanguageCert International ESOL B1-C2): there is a two-way voice communication with the interlocutor and you will be able to see him/her.

Are bathroom breaks allowed during an exam?

Breaks are not allowed during the exams.

If something happens during the exam what do I do?

The online invigilator (proctor) will be supervising the exam throughout the entire session. If something happens, your exam will pause and none of your answers will be lost. You can contact the invigilator (proctor) by talking directly to him/her or just typing in the chat box.
In case communication cannot be established, the invigilator (proctor) will attempt to call you on the phone you have provided in your LanguageCert Account in order to inform you about the steps that need to be followed.

Can I change my answers during the exam?

Once the Listening section is completed, you can navigate through the exam freely. You can move from one question to the next or skip questions and go back to them afterwards.

You can also flag any question for which you need to review and change the answer. Keep in mind that you cannot make any changes once you click on End Exam or after the exam time is up.

Am I allowed to drink water / coffee during the exam?

Yes, drinking water / coffee / beverages is allowed.

Am I allowed to have my pet with me during the exam?

Yes, pets are allowed.

How can I see the remaining time during the exam?

There will be a timer on the top right corner of the screen, showing the remaining exam time.

Do the Results contain a detailed analysis of the questions I answered?

The Statement of Results analysis displays feedback per skill which will help you identify the areas you may need to work on to achieve better results.

If I pass the exam how will I receive my certificate?

If you pass the exam, along with the Statement of Results, you will also receive an electronic certificate (e-certificate). Both the Statement of Results and e-certificate will be uploaded on your LanguageCert Account.

Do you send a hard copy certificate along with the e-certificate?

Your certificate will be sent directly to the address you have provided. You may update the address from the section My profile.

Is there a re-take policy in case I fail my exam?

There are no prerequisites or restrictions for re-taking an exam, you may register for an exam whenever you want.

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are the convenient way to showcase your professional accomplishments. They are the digital representation of your acquired certification, combined with a verifiable description of the specific knowledge and skills required to earn it. Digital badges are easily shared online.

Where can I find my digital badge?

You can access your digital badge in your LanguageCert Account. All you have to do is log in and select the My Badges designated area. There, you can review it, share it, download it, add it to your social media accounts (Linkedin, Facebook) and your email signature.

LanguageCert International ESOL

LanguageCert International ESOL

Why should you choose LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications over other English language exams?

  • There are separate Written and Spoken exams leading to two separate certificates. Written and Spoken exams of the same or even of a different level can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates’ convenience (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job).
  • Grammar and Vocabulary are integrated in the three sections of the Written exam and are not examined separately.
  • The Written exam is uninterrupted, without time limits per section (Reading – Writing), so that each candidate allocates their time however they wish/need to, without waiting the other candidates to finish.
  • The interview of the Spoken exam is always recorded, guaranteeing impartiality and ensuring the potential for remarking.
  • Each candidate is examined individually by a LanguageCert Interlocutor, who engages in the conversation and is not responsible for the candidate’s assessment. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by a LanguageCert Marker.

What is the equivalence of LanguageCert International ESOL and other English language qualifications to the CEFR?

Based on official data published by English Language test owners, the table below portrays the equivalence of each qualification to the CEFR levels.

CEFR

LanguageCert

Cambridge

Trinity GESE

Pearson PTE

IELTS

TOEFL iBT

C2

C2 Mastery

Proficiency

Grade 12

85-90

8.5 - 9.0

95 - 120

C1

C1 Expert

Advanced

Grade 10 & 11

76-84

7.0 - 8.0

B2

B2 Communicator

First

Grade 7, 8 & 9

59-75

5.5 - 6.5

72 - 94

B1

B1 Achiever

Preliminary

Grade 5 & 6

43-58

4.0 - 5.0

42 -71

A2

A2 Access

Key

Grade 3 & 4

30-42

 

 

A1

A1 Preliminary

 

Grade 2

22-29

 

 

As per Oct. 2018 review

What can I use a LanguageCert International ESOL qualification for?

LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications can be used internationally as school curriculum requirements, as well as for university entry and/or graduation, employment and career progression.

Where can I get more information on the LanguageCert International ESOL exams?

To find all the information you need for LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications click here.

Are the levels of LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications mapped to levels of the CEFR?

All levels of the LanguageCert International ESOL exams are mapped to the levels of the Common European Framework.

What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. The six CEFR levels are becoming widely accepted as the European and global standards for grading an individual's language proficiency.

To find more about the full alignment of the levels of LanguageCert International ESOL exams with the CEFR levels click here.

How could I know which level the learner is at?

  • By looking at the questions of the sample practice papers provided on the website, teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain level of examination after a brief interview. 
  • By doing the Quizz available on our website. 
  • By referencing the CEFR can-do statements.

Do candidates have to take any course to sit for the LanguageCert International ESOL exams?

Candidates are not required to complete any course in order to take the LanguageCert International ESOL examinations. They may sit for the exams straight away, if they feel confident about their level of English. It is recommended that candidates undertake a short course where the exam tasks are explained. All our LanguageCert Approved Test Centres offer courses which prepare candidates for the examinations. Candidates should contact the nearest Test Centre to enquire about the available courses.

Do the learners have to follow a certain course book?

The communicative LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications assess the level of each candidate’s English language proficiency, and not whether the candidate is familiar with a specific exam format. Therefore, all English course books can be used.

Books with LanguageCert International ESOL Practice Papers are available by a number of Publishing Houses.

Are there any sample exam papers?

To find a full suite of LanguageCert International ESOL Written and Spoken sample papers click here.

What’s the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

There is no age limit.

When and where can the exams be taken?

The Test Centres set their own schedules for the exam sessions. Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test dates. To find your nearest Test Centre please click here or contact us.

What is the price of the exams and where does the exam fee need to be paid?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test fees.

What is the duration of the exam?

The duration of the exams depends on each level.

Can the learners take the LanguageCert International ESOL Written and Spoken exams separately?

Written and Spoken exams of the same or even of a different level can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates’ convenience (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job).

Is the Spoken exam taken by candidate pairs?

No, each candidate is examined individually, so they can perform at their best. The interview of the Spoken exam is conducted by an Interlocutor, appointed by LanguageCert, who does not assess. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by a LanguageCert Marker.

Can the learners use a dictionary during the exam?

Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during the LanguageCert International ESOL exams.

What is the pass mark? What grades are awarded?

LanguageCert International ESOL candidates will receive a grade of High Pass, Pass or Fail.

Pass Mark for Written exam: at least 50% overall in all sections. No thresholds or limitations per section.

Pass Mark for Spoken exam: 50%.

Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

The Test Centres do not get involved in the assessment. Marking is carried out by LanguageCert.

Who assesses the Spoken exams?

The Spoken exams are recorded and the sound files are sent to LanguageCert Markers for assessment.

Are the LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications recognised?

To find out in which countries LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications are recognised click here.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert International ESOL results?

The results are released 10 business days after the exam day.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert International ESOL certificates?

  • e-certificate: sent with the release of results.
  • Hard-copy certificate: sent a week after the release of results.

Who informs candidates of their results?

LanguageCert or their Test Centre inform candidates of their results.

Are LanguageCert certificates sent directly to candidates?

Certificates may be sent directly to candidates or to the Test Centre.

How long are the certificates valid for?

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are valid for life. However, it is recommended that candidates contact the institution/organisation they are applying to.

Who needs to be contacted if a certificate is lost?

Candidates need to contact the Test Centre where they took the exam or LanguageCert.

What happens in case a person succeeds only in either the Written or the Spoken exam?

Candidates are awarded with a certificate of the exam they succeeded in, which is valid for life. When they feel ready, they can resit the exam they did not succeed in. There is no time limit on re-sitting the exam, nor is there a limit to the times a person wishes to do so. LanguageCert suggests that you should consult with your language school/ teacher, in order to decide the best approach that should be followed.

How can the validity of my LanguageCert International ESOL certificate be verified?

To check the validity of a LanguageCert International ESOL certificate, use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE)

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE)

What exactly is the LanguageCert Test of English (LTE)?

The LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) is a suite of general English tests designed to assess a test taker’s language proficiency across six levels (A1-C2) aligned to the descriptions and levels of language proficiency as set out in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Who is the LTE qualification intended for?

The LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) qualification is intended for:

Non-native speakers of English who wish to acquire an internationally recognised certification of their English language competence:

  • wish to provide current or potential employers with information as to their English language level,
  • wish to master the English language and monitor their own progress,
  • wish to undertake a course of study at an English-speaking university or college and require evidence of their English proficiency.

Employers who

  • wish to identify the English language level of their applicants,
  • wish to benchmark the English language level required for different positions within their workforce,
  • require an internationally recognised certification as part of their hiring process

Universities and Colleges that

  • need to establish the English language level of students to evaluate their ability to follow their chosen course of study,
  • wish to offer students a test which will provide them with an internationally recognised certification of their English language competence.

Which skills are tested?

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) set of qualifications consist of reliable test content that assess listening and reading skills along with their awareness of lexico-grammatical structures.

What does the Listening component assess?

The listening component assesses the candidate’s ability to listen for a wide variety of real-life and work-related purposes.

What does the Reading component assess?

The reading component assesses the candidate’s ability to understand the main idea of a text or look for specific information or line of argument. Within the reading component assessment, the candidate will be also assessed with various lexico-grammatical items, which contributes to a profile which defines the candidate’s overall language ability.

Is the LTE qualification developed according to the CEFR descriptors and for which levels?

The LTE qualification has been developed according to the CEFR descriptors of language competency for each CEFR level (A1-C2). For more detail, please refer to the LanguageCert Test of English Qualification Handbook.

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements prior to taking LangugeCert Test of English (LTE).

How many tests does the LanguageCert Test of English qualification comprise and in how many formats is it available?

The LTE qualification comprises three different tests and is available in two formats:

  • LTE A1-B1 paper-based test
  • LTE A1-C2 paper-based test
  • LTE A1-C2 computer-based adaptive test (soon available as online exam with remote, live invigilation)

What exactly is the LTE A1-C2 computer-adaptive test?

The LTE A1-C2 computer-adaptive test lasts approximately 60 minutes. The content of each individual test is responsive to the language proficiency the test taker demonstrates as the test progresses. More specifically, the test adjusts in real time both the order and degree of difficulty of test items based on the test taker’s responses to previous questions. This ensures the accurate measurement of the test taker’s language competence whatever their proficiency level. Each test is individualised to the ability of the candidate taking the test.

Which format should candidates choose?

As both formats lead to the same certificate, candidates should choose the format that best suits them.

Who are the LTE paper-based tests for?

The LTE A1-B1 paper-based test is suitable for test takers who need proof of a lower level competency in English, or absolute beginners who need to monitor their progress as they go, while the LTE A1-C2 paper-based test is most suitable for test takers who aim for B2 level and above.

What is the duration of the test?

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) Listening & Reading

  • LTE A1-B1 paper-based test: approx. 70 minutes (Listening: approx. 30 minutes, Reading: 40 minutes).
  • LTE A1-C2 paper-based test: approx. 120 minutes (Listening: approx. 50 minutes, Reading: 70 minutes).
  • LTE A1-C2 computer-adaptive: 60-90 minutes depending on candidates. For lower level students, the test may take slightly less time.

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) Writing

  • LTE A1-C2 paper-based and computer-based test: 60 minutes

What score do candidates need to ‘pass’ the test?

There is no definite score to be attained in order to pass. All candidates receive a ‘Statement of Results’ and a Certificate which state the overall level achieved (e.g. ‘Level 1/CEFR B2’ or ‘Level 3/CEFR C2’) and a statement of results which also contains the score gained in each skill (Listening and Reading) which can be translated via the scaled scores table to an approximate CEFR level.

What can I use LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) qualification for?

LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) qualifications are multi-purpose, they can be used internationally as school curriculum requirements, university entry and/or graduation, employment and career progression.

Can I fail the test?

LTE tests are not pass-or-fail tests. Test results indicate proficiency levels in Listening & Reading and Writing in English.

Do the learners have to follow a certain course book?

The communicative LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) qualifications assess the level of each candidate’s English language proficiency, and not whether the candidate is familiar with a specific exam format. For the books that can be used to be better prepared for LTE qualifications, please click here.

What is the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

Candidates aged 16+ can take LTE exams.

When and where can the exams be taken?

The Test Centres set their own schedules for the exam sessions. Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test dates.

COMING SOON - You can book and take your LTE A1-C2 Listening & Reading exam online with remote, live invigilation whenever you want.

Can the learners use a dictionary during the exam

Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during the LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) exams.

Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

The Test Centres do not get involved in the assessment. Marking is carried out by LanguageCert.

Are the LTE qualifications recognised?

To find out in which countries LTE qualifications are recognised, click here.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LTE exams results?

The results are released after 2 business days.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LTE certificates?

  • Certificate of Achievement & e-certificate are available in 2 business days
  • Results sent by email to you or through your Test Centre. For LTE A1-C2 Listening & Reading computer-based adaptive test immediate preliminary results.
  • The Digital Badge is available on the same day as the results and is received over email
  • Hard-copy certificates are issued shortly after results are released and sent either directly to you or to your Test Centre

Who informs candidates of their results?

LanguageCert or the Test Centre depending on where the exam has been taken by the candidate.
LanguageCert if the exam has been carried out as online exam with live invigilation.

Are LTE certificates sent directly to candidates?

Certificates may be sent directly to candidates or to Test Centres.

How long are the certificates valid for?

LTE certificates are valid for life. However, it is recommended that candidates contact the institution/organisation they are applying to.

Who needs to be contacted if a certificate is lost

Candidates need to contact the Test Centre where they took the exam or LanguageCert if they took their certificate with LanguageCert online exams.

How can the validity of LTE certificate be verified

To check the validity of LTE certificate, you can use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

Is the LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) similar to the LanguageCert International ESOL examinations?

There are certainly a number of differences in terms of test structure, duration etc but some of the main differences to remember are the following:

  1. The LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) is a single multi-level exam which assesses the candidates language proficiency across six levels (A1-C2) while the LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications aim at only one level (e.g. B2).
  2. The LanguageCert Test of English reflects a candidate’s current level in terms of two language skills: Listening and Reading while all LanguageCert International ESOL examinations consist of 2 examinations (the Written and the Spoken examination) and assess all four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  3. The LTE qualification comprises three different tests (the LTE A1-B1 PB test, the LTE A1-C2 CB test, and the LTE A1-C2 computer-adaptive test. All LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications comprise only one test, and are therefore unique in that sense.
  4. Regarding the LanguageCert Test of English, there is no minimum score to be attained in order to pass contrary to all LanguageCert International Examinations where candidates need to attain at least 50% of the overall scaled scores in both their Written and Spoken examinations.
  5. The LanguageCert Test of English assesses the candidate’s ability in English for general purposes and for specific purposes (e.g. for work) while all LanguageCert International ESOL examinations aim at assessing the candidate’s everyday practical English.

Are there any practice papers to be prepared to LanguageCert Test of English (LTE)?

Where can I get more information on the LanguageCert Test of English LTE exams

To find all the information you need for LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) set of qualifications click here.

LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL

LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL

Who is the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL qualifications suite intended for?

It is intended for non-native English language learners

  • 7+ years old
  • who attend English courses at a Language School or with a Private Tutor
  • who have attended an English course and want to test their abilities and progress
  • who have attended a summer camp abroad and want to assess their improvements

What are the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Written exams like and what are their components?

LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Fox and Owl are exams specifically created for younger candidates and for that reason they are child-friendly exams with fun-tasks, age-appropriate topics and colorful illustrations.

The Listening section consists of multiple choice questions, items to be matched and answers to simple questions by providing a name or a number. All parts are heard twice.

The Reading section consists of tasks where candidates are asked to match words with pictures, answer Yes/No questions based on a picture, fill in gaps in short texts, and also answer simple questions about a given picture.

The Writing section consists of simple tasks where the candidate is asked to produce sentences about personal information and about a picture.

Candidates can allocate time as they wish for the Reading and the Writing section (i.e. start with the Reading and continue with the Writing component, or the other way round).


How is the Written exam marked?

Listening Section: Candidates are awarded one mark per correct choice or response.

Reading Section: Candidates are awarded one mark per correct choice or response.

Writing Section: Candidates are awarded one mark per correct sentence. However, sentences need to be accurate and relevant. For each minor mistake (punctuation, spelling, etc.), half a mark is subtracted. In case a sentence is incomplete or irrelevant, no mark is awarded.

What does the Spoken exam involve?

The Spoken exam involves interaction (short exchanges) between the candidate and the interlocutor and makes use of illustrated cards to stimulate the conversation.

The Speaking exam of Fox consists of 3 parts: the candidate is first asked a few questions about himself/herself. Then, he/she is provided with a picture card and is asked a number of questions about it. Finally, the candidate is presented with a scene card, is asked to focus on some objects on it and is asked a few questions about them.

The Speaking exam of Owl consists of 4 parts. Initially the candidate is asked a few questions about himself/herself. Then he/she is provided with a card and needs to answer a few questions about some objects on it. The third part requires the candidate to look at two similar pictures and spot their differences. Finally, he/she is provided with a scene card and asked to say as many things as he/she can about it (at least 7).


How is the Spoken exam marked?

The candidate will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Task fulfilment, i.e. the extent to which the response is in line with the task and to which it is relevant and meaningful

  • Accuracy and range of grammar, i.e. the extent to which the response is grammatically accurate, appropriate and adequate

  • Accuracy and range of vocabulary, i.e. the extent to which the response is lexically accurate, appropriate and adequate

  • Fluency and pronunciation, i.e the extent to which the response is intelligible, with appropriate pausing and intonation.

In which format is LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams delivered?

The LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams are available only in paper-based format.

Can the learners take the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Written and Spoken exams separately?

Yes, the LanguageCert Young Learners Written and Spoken exams can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates’ convenience. The Written and Spoken exams are separate and lead to two different certificates.

Are there any sample exam papers for LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL?

To find the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Fox and Owl sample papers click here for Fox and here for Owl. Please note that the sample papers need to be printed in colour.

Is there a wordlist for LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams?

Yes. There is a unique wordlist created to support both exams. Click here.

What are the available materials to support the preparation for LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams?

To support the preparation of young learners, practice papers for both the Written and Speaking exams, a grammar syllabus, a wordlist and a marksheet for Speaking practice marking are available on our website. Click here to get them.

Do candidates have to attend a course before taking the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams?

Candidates are not required to complete any course in order to take the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams. They may sit for their exam at any time if their teachers/parents feel confident about their student’s/child’s level of English.

What do candidates receive after their exam?

All candidates taking the LanguageCert Young Learner ESOL Fox and Owl exams receive an e-certificate. There is no pass or fail result as LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL qualifications aim to motivate young candidates to improve their English skills and help them become familiar with the examination process for their future endeavours.

What is the candidate’s certificate like?

The candidate’s certificate bears a number of ‘foxes’ or ‘owls’ to reflect their performance on the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking exams. The maximum score for each skill evaluated is four marks. One ‘fox’/’owl’ means that the child took the test but can still improve a lot in this skill. Four ‘foxes’/’owls’ mean that the child performed very well in this skill.

What’s the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

An indicative age is 7+ years old.

How to choose between the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Fox and Owl exams?

Teachers or parents can select the exam level (i.e. Fox or Owl) based on their students’/child’s language ability (i.e. class most recently attended, teacher feedback, textbooks used etc.) Additionally, they can review the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Fox or Owl Grammar List, Vocabulary Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines to measure the level and assess the ability range of their student or child.

When and where can the exams be taken?

The exams can be taken throughout the year at Approved Test Centres. To find your nearest Test Centre please click here or contact us.

What is the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exam fee and where does it need to be paid?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information.

Is the Spoken exam taken by candidates in pairs?

No, each candidate is examined individually, so they can perform their best. The interview of the Spoken exam is conducted by an Interlocutor.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL results?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information about the results (and certificate).

Who informs candidates of their results?

It is the Test Centre that will inform candidates of their results.

Are LanguageCert e-certificates sent directly to candidates?

E-certificates are issued by LanguageCert and sent to candidates by the Test Centre.

Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

Yes, the Test Centre is fully involved in the assessment. In fact, the marking is carried out by the Test Centre.

What is the duration of the exam?

The LanguageCert Young Learners Fox Written exam (Listening, Reading, Writing) has a duration of approximately 60 minutes and a duration of 5 minutes for the Speaking part.

The LanguageCert Young Learners Owl Written exam (Listening, Reading, Writing) has a duration of approximately 75 minutes and a duration of 7 minutes for the Speaking part.

Please note that the above durations are approximate.


How do LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL qualifications correspond to the CEFR?

The LanguageCert Young Learners Fox exam is approximately a pre-A1 level qualification.

The LanguageCert Young Learners Owl exam is approximately an A1 level qualification.


Should a learner at A1 level take the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Owl exam or the LanguageCert International ESOL A1 exam (Preliminary)?

Much will depend on the maturity of the candidate and his/her level of preparation.

The LanguageCert International ESOL A1 Preliminary exam assesses candidates using familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. Through focusing on familiar topics, the exam assesses the candidate's capability to interact in a simple way when addressed in a simplified manner. The duration of the Preliminary exam is 1 hour 40 minutes.

The LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL Owl exam, at approximately A1 level, has been created specifically for younger candidates and assesses them using child-friendly topics, fun-tasks and colourful illustration. Its duration is 60 minutes.


What exam level can a candidate take after the LanguageCert Young Learners Owl exam?

Please click here to learn more about our LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications

Are hard-copy certificates available?

Yes. Hard-copy certificates are available at a fee, if requested by the candidate.

Where can I find more information about the LanguageCert Young Learners ESOL exams?

Visit our website

LanguageCert USAL esPro

LanguageCert USAL esPro

Why should you choose LanguageCert USAL esPro tests?

  • There are three separate tests (Listening & Reading, Writing, Speaking) leading to three separate certificates. The tests can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates' convenience (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone test if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job that requires certain skills).
  • There is no "Pass" or "Fail" mark, as candidates receive a grade on a scale of 0 to 100. Candidates who achieve a grade of 10 or above, receive a Certificate from A1 to C2 level depending on their performance. 
  • The Listening & Reading test is available both in Paper and Computer-based versions.
  • The Computer-based version is a Computer-based Adaptive test.
  • All candidates receive electronically a Test Report with feedback demonstrating their performance per skill.
  • Provisional results for the Listening & Reading Computer-based test are available immediately after the candidate takes the test, while final results are available shortly after.

What is a Computer-based Adaptive test?

A Computer-based Adaptive test includes a large number of questions, covering all levels of language proficiency (from basic to advanced). Questions appear on the computer’s screen and candidates need a keyboard and a mouse to respond. The test’s adaptive feature depicts the use of state-of-the-art assessment technology, given the fact that the questions are automatically selected based on the right or wrong responses provided by the candidate. In other words, the questions become progressively easier or more difficult, adapting uniquely to each candidate’s skills (i.e. if the candidate gives a wrong answer, an easier question follows; if the candidate gives a correct answer, the next question will be more difficult).

Should I take the Paper or the Computer-based test?

The LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test is offered in both Paper and Computer-based versions for the schools/candidates’ convenience. Both versions are equivalent to one another. Therefore, no matter which version you choose, the same results will be produced, leading to a certificate depending on your performance. However, kindly note that the Computer-based test duration is significantly shorter than the Paper-based one.

Where can I get more information about the LanguageCert USAL esPro tests?

To find all the information you need regarding the LanguageCert USAL esPro tests click here.

What’s the difference among the 3 LanguageCert USAL esPro tests?

LanguageCert USAL esPro offers the following three tests to cover all four language skills:

  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading (Paper & Computer-based)
  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing (Paper-based)
  • LanguageCert USAL esPro Speaking (Paper-based)

Each test examines different abilities: Listening & Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills respectively. Candidates may take the above tests in any combination to meet their specific needs.

What could one use a LanguageCert USAL esPro test for?

LanguageCert USAL esPro qualifications can be used internationally for employment and career progression, and/or as entry credentials for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. For more information click here.

What does USAL stand for?

USAL stands for University of Salamanca, which through its Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca (CIUSAL) entity, has partnered with LanguageCert for the delivery of Professional Spanish language examinations worldwide. The two organisations have joined forces to continue offering the Spanish BULATS tests (Business Language Testing Service) under the new name LanguageCert USAL esPro. The tests continue to be developed by CIUSAL, however they are administered by LanguageCert, in Paper and Computer-based versions.

Are the levels of LanguageCert USAL esPro tests mapped to the CEFR levels?

To find the full alignment, click here.

What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. The six CEFR levels are becoming widely accepted as the European and global standards for grading an individual's language proficiency.

To find more about the full alignment of the levels of LanguageCert International ESOL exams with the CEFR levels click here.

How could one know which level the learner is at?

  • By looking at the questions of the sample practice papers provided on the website, teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain level of examination after a brief interview. 
  • By referencing the CEFR can-do statements.

Do candidates have to take any course to sit for the LanguageCert USAL esPro tests?

Candidates are not required to complete any course in order to take the LanguageCert USAL esPro tests. They may sit for the exams straight away, if they feel confident about their level of Spanish. It is recommended that candidates undertake a short course where the exam tasks are explained. All our LanguageCert USAL Approved Test Centres offer courses which prepare candidates for the examinations. Candidates should contact the nearest Test Centre to enquire about the available courses.

Do the learners have to follow a certain course book?

Candidates should contact their nearest Test Centre for more information.

Are there any sample exam papers?

To find a full suite of LanguageCert USAL esPro sample papers click here.

What’s the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

There is no age limit. However, due to the fact that LanguageCert USAL esPro tests evaluate a person’s language skills level in Spanish for professional purposes, it is recommended that adult candidates take the tests.

When and where can the tests be taken?

To find your nearest Test Centre please click here or contact us. Each Test Centre is in control of scheduling the date and time of the tests and can hold examinations whenever it is suitable for them and their candidates.

What is the price of the tests and where does the test fee need to be paid?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test fees.

What is the duration of each test?

Test

Duration

Computer-based

Listening & Reading

≃ 60’

Paper-based

Listening & Reading

Listening: 50’

Reading: 60’

Writing

45’

Speaking

≃ 15’

 

Do the Paper and Computer-based versions of the test have the same duration?

The Computer-based version is an adaptive exam, which offers a shorter in length testing session than the Paper-based version, since a smaller number of questions is needed to determine the candidate’s level.

How is the Speaking test conducted?

Each candidate is examined individually, so they can perform at their best. The interview of the Speaking test is conducted by an Interlocutor who does not assess. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by a Marker.

Can the candidates take the three LanguageCert USAL esPro tests separately?

Candidates may take the tests in any combination to meet their specific needs. (e.g. the Speaking test can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job that requires certain skills).

Can the learners use a dictionary during the exam?

Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during the LanguageCert USAL esPro exams.

Why do the PeopleCert name and logo appear on the screen during the LanguageCert USAL esPro Computer-based test?

PeopleCert is the mother company of LanguageCert and it is responsible for the administration of its exams.

What is the pass mark and what grades are awarded?

Paper-based version: all candidates take the same Paper-based test, regardless of their language proficiency.

Computed-based version: the questions adapt uniquely to the level of each candidate.

There is no ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ mark, as all candidates receive a grade on a scale of 0 to 100.

No matter which testing version the candidates choose, they receive a certificate from A1 to C2 level depending on their performance, provided their score is 10 or above. 

Please note that if a candidate’s score is between 0-9, the provisional results after finishing the Computer-based test will show a score of 0.

Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

The Test Centres do not get involved in the assessment. Marking is carried out by LanguageCert.

How is the overall LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test score calculated?

The overall score of the LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test is not simply an average of the individual scores of each test section (Listening, Reading). It is calculated based on a specific scoring algorithm that identifies the candidate’s language competence, as each test section carries a different weight. For example, if the Listening score is 50 and the Reading score is 60, the overall score will not necessarily be 55.

Are the LanguageCert USAL esPro tests recognised?

To find out in which countries LanguageCert USAL esPro tests are recognised click here.

What do candidates receive upon the completion of a LanguageCert USAL esPro test?

After taking a LanguageCert USAL esPro test, candidates receive:

  • Test Report: presenting separately but in a clear and easy-to-understand way the candidate’s score for each test taken (Listening & Reading ⃰ , Writing, Speaking), and a summary of “Can-Do” statements aligned with CEFR levels. These are functional/ situational statements that describe what a candidate would be expected to do at a work place at a specific CEFR level in Spanish.
  • Certificate: presenting the candidate’s results corresponding to a level from A1 to C2 for scores of 10 or above.

⃰ In the case of the Listening & Reading test, the candidate receives a Test Report presenting the overall score resulting from the combination of the two skills, as well as the separate scores of the two language skills.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert USAL esPro results?

In the Computer-based LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test the candidate can view on screen a Provisional Test Score at the end of the test session, whereas the official results are released within 2 business days. In the case of the Paper-based LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test, results are released 5 business days upon receipt of answer sheets for marking, whereas in the case of LanguageCert USAL esPro Writing and Speaking tests results are released 10 business days upon receipt of answer sheets for marking.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert International ESOL certificates?

  • e-certificate: available upon release of final results.
  • Hard-copy certificate (available upon request): shipped within 5 days upon the release of results.

Who informs candidates of their results?

LanguageCert or their Test Centre inform candidates of their results.

Are LanguageCert certificates sent directly to candidates?

Certificates can be sent directly to candidates or to the Test Centre.

How long are the certificates valid for?

LanguageCert USAL esPro certificates are valid indefinitely. However, it is recommended that candidates contact the institution/organisation they are applying to.

Who needs to be contacted if a certificate is lost?

Candidates need to contact the Test Centre where they took the exam or LanguageCert.

How can the validity of my LanguageCert USAL esPro certificate be verified?

To check the validity of a LanguageCert USAL esPro certificate, use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

What is the Computer-based LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test?

The Computer-based version of the LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test includes a large number of questions, covering all levels of Spanish language proficiency (from basic to advanced). Questions appear on the computer’s screen and candidates need a keyboard and a mouse to respond. The test’s adaptive feature depicts the use of state-of-the-art assessment technology, given the fact that the questions are automatically selected based on the right or wrong responses provided by the candidate. In other words, the questions become progressively easier or more difficult, adapting uniquely to each candidate’s skills (i.e. if the candidate gives a wrong answer, an easier question follows; if the candidate gives a correct answer, the next question will be more difficult).

Which skills are tested?

The Computer-based LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test assesses the candidates’ listening and reading skills, as well as knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in the Spanish language.

What is the duration of the test?

The maximum time allowed to complete the test is 60 minutes. Depending on the candidate’s performance the test may end in a shorter amount of time.

What is the total number of questions?

The total number of questions varies between 48 to 50, depending on the candidate’s performance.

  • Listening section: 18 questions
  • Reading section: 30 to 32 questions

The questions might appear either in groups of 1 to 7 or one-by-one.

How can I see my progress during the test?

A progress bar keeps you informed of the progress you have made throughout the Computer-based LanguageCert USAL esPro Listening & Reading test, indicating the number of questions answered and the ones remaining.

My Computer-based test results show a ‘0 out of 100’ score. What does this mean?

A ‘0 out of 100’ score appears for all candidates who do not achieve the minimum score corresponding to CEFR level A. Therefore ‘0 out of 100’ means you have achieved a score of less than ‘10 out of 100’.

LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet

LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet

Why should you choose LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet over other Turkish language exams?

  • There are separate Written and Spoken exams leading to two separate certificates. Written and Spoken exams of the same or even of a different level can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates’ convenience (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job).
  • Grammar and Vocabulary are integrated in the three sections of the Written exam and are not examined separately.
  • The Written exam is uninterrupted, without time limits per section (Reading – Writing), so that each candidate allocates their time however they wish/need to, without waiting the other candidates to finish.
  • The interview of the Spoken exam is always recorded, guaranteeing impartiality and ensuring the potential for remarking.
  • Each candidate is examined individually by an Interlocutor, who engages in the conversation and is not responsible for the candidate’s assessment. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by an Ankara University TÖMER Marker.

What can I use a LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet qualification for?

LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet qualifications can be used for school curriculum requirements, as well as for university entry, employment and career progression. LanguageCert recommends you to contact your School/University of choice and confirm its requirements.

Where can I get more information on the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet exams?

To find all the information you need for LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet qualifications click here.

Are the levels of LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet qualifications mapped to levels of the CEFR?

All levels of the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet exams are mapped to the levels of the Common European Framework.

What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. The six CEFR levels are becoming widely accepted as the European and global standards for grading an individual's language proficiency.

How could I know which level the learner is at?

  • By looking at the questions of the sample practice papers provided on the website, teachers should be able to assess whether a student can cope with the demands of a certain level of examination after a brief interview. 
  • By referencing the CEFR can-do statements.

Do candidates have to take any course to sit for the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet exams?

Candidates are not required to complete any course in order to take the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet examinations. They may sit for the exams straight away, if they feel confident about their level of Turkish. It is recommended that candidates to check the exam handbooks available here.

Do the learners have to follow a certain course book?

The communicative LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet qualifications assess the level of each candidate’s Turkish language proficiency, and not whether the candidate is familiar with a specific exam format. Therefore, all Turkish course books can be used.

Are there any sample exam papers?

To find a full suite of LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet Written and Spoken sample papers click here.

What’s the minimum/maximum age limit for candidates?

There is no age limit.

When and where can the exams be taken?

The Test Centres set their own schedules for the exam sessions. Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test dates. To find your nearest Test Centre please click here or contact us.

What is the price of the exams and where does the exam fee need to be paid?

Please contact your nearest Test Centre for information on the test fees.

What is the duration of the exam?

The duration of the exams depends on each level.

Can the learners take the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet Written and Spoken exams separately?

Written and Spoken exams of the same or even of a different level can be taken together or one at a time according to the candidates’ convenience (e.g. Speaking can be taken as a standalone exam if only proof of the speaking ability has to be provided, for example for a job).

Is the Spoken exam taken by candidate pairs?

No, each candidate is examined individually, so they can perform at their best. The interview of the Spoken exam is conducted by an Interlocutor, approved by Ankara University TÖMER and appointed by LanguageCert, who does not assess. The evaluation takes place at a later stage by an Ankara University TÖMER Marker.

Can the learners use a dictionary during the exam?

Candidates are not allowed to use dictionaries or any other aids during the LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet exams.

What is the pass mark? What grades are awarded?

LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet candidates will receive a grade of High Pass, Pass or Fail.
Pass Mark for Written exam: at least 50% overall in all sections. No thresholds or limitations per section.
Pass Mark for Spoken exam: 50%.

Does the Test Centre get involved in the assessment?

The Test Centres do not get involved in the assessment. Marking is carried out by Ankara University TÖMER.

Who assesses the Spoken exams?

The Spoken exams are recorded and the sound files are sent to Ankara University TÖMER Markers for assessment.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet results?

The results are released 20 business days after the exam day.

How long does it take for candidates to receive their LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet certificates?

  • e-certificate: sent with the release of results.
  • Hard-copy certificate: sent a week after the release of results.

Who informs candidates of their results?

LanguageCert or their Test Centre inform candidates of their results.

Are LanguageCert certificates sent directly to candidates?

Certificates may be sent directly to candidates or to the Test Centre.

How long are the certificates valid for?

LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet certificates are valid for life. However, it is recommended that candidates contact the institution/organisation they are applying to.

Who needs to be contacted if a certificate is lost?

Candidates need to contact the Test Centre where they took the exam or LanguageCert.

What happens in case a person succeeds only in either the Written or the Spoken exam?

Candidates are awarded with a certificate of the exam they succeeded in, which is valid for life. When they feel ready, they can resit the exam they did not succeed in. There is no time limit on re-sitting the exam, nor is there a limit to the times a person wishes to do so. LanguageCert suggests that you should consult with your language school/ teacher, in order to decide the best approach that should be followed.

How can the validity of my LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet certificate be verified?

To check the validity of a LanguageCert AÜ TÖMER TürkYet certificate, use the Online Certificate Verification Service.

General Questions

General Questions

Where can I take a LanguageCert exam?

LanguageCert offers several modern methods of examination delivery. You may take your exam at a LanguageCert Approved Test Centre near you, where you can choose between computer-based or paper-based exams. For information on the available test dates, find your nearest Test Centre here or contact us.

Alternatively, you can take your exam anytime, anyplace you want via LanguageCert Online Exams. All you need is a PC or Mac computer and an internet connection. For more information click here or contact us.

Who recognises my certificate?

LanguageCert is an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual and Qualification Wales. This recognition underpins LanguageCert’s rigorous, high standards and processes deployed in the development, delivery and award of regulated qualifications. To find more about our international recognition per qualification please click here.

How long is my certificate valid for?

LanguageCert certificates are valid for life. However, it is recommended that candidates contact the institution/organisation they are applying to.