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 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 International ESOL 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 exams can be taken through a LanguageCert Approved Test Centre. For information on the available test dates, find your nearest Test Centre here or contact us.

Who recognises my certificate?

LanguageCert is an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual and Qualification Wales. Both recognitions underpin LanguageCert’s rigorous, high standards and processes deployed in the development, delivery and award of regulated qualifications. To find more about our international recognitions 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.