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9 key information to remember

LanguageCert International ESOL is a series of English Language qualifications that are based on the different CEFR levels. The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and it is widely used by textbook writers, course developers and employers.

Potential LanguageCert test-takers select the qualification level that they feel ready to sit for, and they receive a certification for the given level if they successfully pass the exam.

The LanguageCert exams are offered throughout the year and frequently. The exams focus on a person’s communicative skills, and the exams were developed on the basis of real-life situations, including academic and workplace contexts.

LanguageCert is relatively new, but it is officially recognized by a number of higher education institutions and government agencies in the United Kingdom and around the world.

LanguageCert exams are regulated by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), and it is approved by the UK government to provide SELT exams for UK Visas & Immigration. So, it’s not some fly by night company; it’s handled by a branch of the UK government.

Who is LanguageCert aimed at?

  • Non-native speakers of English around the world who need evidence of their knowledge of English, usually for study or employment
  • Students at a university or college about to enter or exit their institutions, and they need proof of knowledge of English
  • People who need to show proof of their English language skills for their work
  • Learners who need an external and recognized certificate that shows their proficiency levels in English 

If you fit into any of the above categories, the LanguageCert may be what you need. Some other interesting features that make LanguageCert a good choice are student and teacher-friendly exams that don’t require very much specific preparation. Also, there are separate written and spoken exams, leading to different certificates, and the exam can be taken independently at an exam candidate’s convenience.

The exams don’t need very much specific preparation. The average exam duration is approximately 2.5 hours for the written exam and 15 minutes for the spoken exam.

The written exam consists of three sections: Listening, Reading and Writing. You can write the exam in either a paper or computer-based format.

Written Exam

Each section consists of the following:

  • Listening section: 26 questions
  • Reading section: 26 questions
  • Writing section: 2 tasks

Spoken Exam

  • short conversation with an assessor
  • based on a variety of every day topics, requiring no special knowledge.

The two exams are offered at each CEFR level from A1 to C2, and cover all the four main language skills. Below is a table illustrating the above information:

Written Exam

CEFR Level

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

A1 – Preliminary

A2 – Access

B1 – Achiever

B2 – Communicator

C1 – Expert

C2 – Mastery

Speaking Exam

  • Speaking

Keep in mind that there are different versions of LanguageCert exams. The basic format remains the same, but the length and content will be different.

Length of each section

Written Exam (Listening, Reading, Writing)

  • Exam Duration 75 minutes
  • Paper-based 75 min
  • Listening 15 minutes
  • Reading and Writing 60 minutes

Spoken Exam (Speaking)

  • Exam duration is about 7 minutes
  • Face to face format

It is important to start by understanding and evaluating your score.

Scoring is shown below in the table.

International ESOL Section

Maximum Score

Total Maximum Score








Grades are awarded with the following designations: High Pass, Pass or Fail.


High Pass

101-150 points


75-100 points


0-74 points

The questions for Listening and Reading sections, and the 2 tasks of the Writing section are of equivalent value. A Pass Score is at least 50% overall in all sections.

Basically, to pass any language exam, you need to practice the skills that are on the exam and practice them a lot.

Since LanguageCERT is aligned with the CEFR levels, take some time and read the descriptions of each level. Look at the information on the CEFR website. It will help you figure out what you need to do to study.

The table below gives you a quick overview of the CEFR:


You can understand easily pretty much everything heard or read. You can summarize information from different sources, reconstructing ideas and accounts in a coherent presentation. You are able to express yourself very fluently and precisely.


You can understand a wide range of longer texts, and recognize implicit meanings. You are able to express yourself fluently and without a lot of effort. You are flexible in your language use. You produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.


You can understand the main ideas of complex reading on both concrete and abstract topics. You are able to interact with a degree of fluency, making regular interaction with native speakers possible. You are able to produce clear, detailed text on different subjects and explain a viewpoint well.


You can understand the main points of standard readings on familiar matters that you encounter at work, school, or daily life. You can handle most situations likely to arise in common situations. You are able to produce simple text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and describe experiences.


You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, etc. You are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks that require simple and direct exchanges of information.


You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions. You can use very basic phrases that deal with basic needs. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where a person lives, age, etc. You are able to interact in a basic manner if the other speaker speaks slowly and clearly.

To register, create an account on the LanguageCERT website.

Online Exams

Online exams are available for CEFR B1-C2 levels and for test-takers who are aged 16 or over.

You are able to get support from a real person, live online if you have any questions or problems during registration.

You will need the following in order to register:

  • Passport or National photo ID
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Computer or laptop with camera, microphone and headset

Basically, all you need to do is book and schedule your exam online. You will receive an email with some easy to follow instructions and install the required software, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Also, you will meet (online) the person who is going to walk you through your exam.

Test Centers

Online proctored exams are available only at official LanguageCert test centres.

What are the fees?

The table shows the fees for the different levels of exams of LanguageCert.

Fee (US Dollars)

CEFR Level









Receiving your results

You will receive a Statement of Results (SoR) that will be uploaded to your LanguageCERT account.

There are two separate SoRs. One is provided for the Written Exam (Listening, Reading, and Writing) and one for the Spoken Exam (Speaking).

The SoR contains the following information:

  • Your exam level
  • Overall achievement (High Pass, Pass or Fail)
  • Numerical results per skill

Certificates are awarded if you pass your exam.

You can email your results directly from your LanguageCert account to any institution or government agency for instant review. You can download a copy of your results and send them as an attachment or as a printed copy as part of an application process.


LanguageCERT offers a Results Verification Service should a school or government agency require proof of your results.

To start, you should take a look at the official preparation materials on the LanguageCERT website.

You will find webinars, practice tests and other useful items.

Nowadays, most language textbooks are aligned with the CEFR levels. Therefore, if you want to prepare for the LanguageCERT B1 exam, then find a book that indicates it’s for the B1 level. If you want to prepare for the C1 LanguageCERT exam, then find a book that is intended for the C1 level. This is what’s great about LanguageCERT exams matching the CEFR levels; it becomes super easy to find study materials. 

Oh yeah, don’t be afraid to ask the staff at your local library for help finding books. You can also refer to sources online such as vidéos or any handy websites on LanguageCERT exams.

Here are a few useful suggestions on how to do well on LanguageCERT.

Tip #1 Make a plan

You need to plan what you want to do. Which exam are you going to do first and how are you going to prepare? Don’t just go online and book an exam without learning about the details of the content first or doing a practice exam. Even if your English skills are good, you should plan some study sessions and practice.

Tip #2 Be clear on your goals

Why do you want to take the exam? What do you hope to achieve? Thinking of your goals will help you select which exam or exams you need and motivate you to do well. Never sit for a language exam without being clear on what outcomes you desire.

Tip #3 A quiet place

You will need to be distraction free during the exam if you plan on taking it online. Find a quiet place that is distraction free. Also, remember to turn-off your mobile and don’t keep your social media open during the exam. For standard exams at a test centre these issues are not a problem, but if you plan on taking LanguageCERT online at home or work, then you need to plan for it.

Tip #4 The right level

Select the right level of exam for you and your needs. Don’t decide to try the C2 level exam if you are at the B1 level and only require proof of B1 level abilities. It’s not like some different level in a game. You won’t do well if you try for a level that is too difficult for you. Conversely, if you are at a C1 level already, there’s not a lot of point in sitting for the B1 level exam. You could probably pass the B2 or C1 level, so try it.

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We offer a wide selection of practice materials and practice exams. Our blogs will give you a ton of useful information on preparation, registration, etc. 

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