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General English Exams
City & Guilds International ESOL and Spoken ESOL (SESOL) are English language examinations standardised on the six levels of the Common European Framework of|
Reference (CEFR). They are a communicative English test focusing on all four language skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking), and are internationally
recognised for both academic progression and employment.
City & Guilds International English examinations are on-demand with flexible exam dates.
The examination system allows learners to sit for the examination with their own teachers and at their school, which results in decreased examination anxiety and
City & Guilds International English Qualifications have been developed on the basis of genuine needs of employment contexts and real-life situations with true emphasis
Written and spoken examinations can be taken independently of each other at the candidates' and/or the centre's convenience
Candidates sitting for the examination are allowed to use monolingual dictionaries during the test
Written and Spoken exams are two separate tests that allows learners to prepare and sit for one or the other examination (at any time) focusing on specific skills-areas
The exams are very student and teacher friendly, with little exam-specific preparation required for the tests and an average exam length of about 2.5 hours for the written
Itís a combination of City & Guilds International ESOL and International Spoken ESOL tests and as such gives testimony of studentsí communicative competencies in all
Recognitions refer to the acceptance of City & Guilds International English Qualifications as true and valid measures of language performance for a particular academic or
City & Guilds International ESOL is recognised, among others, by:
UK Home Regulators:
For further details on recognitions please consult our Recognition List here.
The City & Guilds International ESOL suite of examinations is closely allied to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference produced by the Council of
International ESOL examinations are stringently assessed against the criteria as detailed in the syllabus. The grades awarded will be either First Class Pass, Pass or Fail.
A First Class Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves First Class Passes in the Listening, Reading and Writing sections.
A Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves at least 2 Passes and a Narrow Fail in the Listening, Reading and Writing sections.
A Fail is given when the candidate achieves 1 + Fail grades
Listening, Reading and Writing
For more detailed information on the marking scheme for the writing tasks, as well as on the assessment marks for each task type at a particular level, please download City & Guilds Qualification Handbook for International ESOL Assessment of International
Spoken ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Spoken ESOL examinations are assessed against the criteria as detailed in the syllabus, where the speaking skills expected at each level can also be found. The grades awarded will be either First Class Pass, Pass or Fail.
Two scales will be used to mark the Spoken ESOL tests at all levels. They are:
1) A global communication scale
2) An ARPF scale which covers:
Each part of the test is given equal importance. Each part is given a global communication grade, while overall performance is assessed and confirmed using the ARPF
All Examiners are approved by City & Guilds and undergo rigorous and frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with
City & Guilds Levels for International ESOL and SESOL, as mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference
As barriers to workforce mobility break down around the world, more and more learners are using their City & Guilds certificates to find work outside their own country. Employers and learners are both looking for a tool to make the widening range of qualifications easily understood across national systems and the Europass Certificate Supplement will help them achieve just that.
City & Guilds issues certificate supplements for its English language qualifications as well. This helps employers and the wider general public understand the language competencies a holder of a City & Guilds English language qualification would possesses at a particular level of the Common European Framework.
For more information on Europass find out more from the official Europass site
Although our English exams require little exam specific preparation, we recommend that English teachers use City & Guilds sample papers for both the spoken and the written exams, as part of a standard daily classroom exercise. Besides providing confidence with the examination, in-classroom activities will help develop studentsí communicative skills and ability to use the language for communicative purposes.
Practice Papers for the written exams
IESOL C1 Expert
Other related documents
|Examination report Frequently asked questions Handbook Leaflets Brochures Performance codes Recognition list|