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EFL Examinations

English Exams Based in the UK:

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Exam NameAcronymOur Range
Pre-A1 Starters
YLE Starters View Books
Level: Pre-A1 / Starter Age Group: Primary (7-12)
Type of English: General English for Young Learners - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: Pre A1 Starters is the first of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners. These tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English. The tests are written around familiar topics and focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Starters, Cambridge Young Learners English Tests Starters (CYLET Starters)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/starters/
A1 Movers
YLE Movers View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner Age Group: Primary (7-12)
Type of English: General English for Young Learners - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A1 Movers is the second of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners. These tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English. The tests are written around familiar topics and focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Movers, Cambridge Young Learners English Tests Movers (CYLET Movers)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/movers/
A2 Flyers
YLE Flyers View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary Age Group: Primary (7-12)
Type of English: General English for Young Learners - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A2 Flyers is the third of three Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners. These tests introduce children to everyday written and spoken English and are an excellent way for them to gain confidence and improve their English. The tests are written around familiar topics and focus on the skills needed to communicate effectively in English through listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Flyers, Cambridge Young Learners English Tests Flyers (CYLET Flyers)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/flyers/
A2 Key
KET View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: An A2 Key qualification is proof of your ability to use English to communicate in simple situations. The exam tests all four English language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. It should give you the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as B1 Preliminary and B2 First.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Key, Cambridge Key English Test (KET)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/key/
A2 Key for Schools
KET4S View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: An A2 Key for Schools qualification shows that a student can use English to communicate in simple situations. It’s a logical next step after our Cambridge English Qualifications designed for young learners and a good place for older children to start learning English too. The exam gives students the confidence to go on to study for higher-level English exams, such as B1 Preliminary for Schools. A2 Key for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as A2 Key, but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Key for Schools
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/key-for-schools/
B1 Preliminary
PET View Books
Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A B1 Preliminary qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between A2 Key and B2 First.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Preliminary, Cambridge Preliminary Englih Test (PET)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/preliminary/
B1 Preliminary for Schools
PET4S View Books
Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A B1 Preliminary for Schools qualification shows that a student has mastered the basics of English and now has practical language skills for everyday use. This exam is the logical step in a student’s language learning journey between A2 Key for Schools and B2 First for Schools. B1 Preliminary for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B1 Preliminary but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/preliminary-for-schools/
Pre-B2 First
Pre-FCE View Books
Level: B1+ / Intermediate Age Group: Secondary or Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English - International English
Description: Materials in this section help prepare students for B2 First (FCE) by providing English language learning at B1+ / Intermediate level.
B2 First
FCE View Books
Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A B2 First qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between B1 Preliminary and C1 Advanced. It is Cambridge Assessment English's most popular exam, accepted by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: First, Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/first/
B2 First for Schools
FCE4S View Books
Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A B2 First for Schools qualification shows that a student has the language skills they need to communicate in an English-speaking environment. It’s also a great way to prepare for higher-level exams such as C1 Advanced. B2 First for Schools is targeted at the same CEFR level as B2 First but with content aimed at school-age learners rather than adults.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: First for Schools
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/first-for-schools/
C1 Advanced
CAE View Books
Level: C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: More than 8,000 educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept C1 Advanced as proof of high-level achievement in learning English. Preparing for C1 Advanced helps learners develop the skills to make the most of studying, working and living in English-speaking countries. This exam is the logical step in your language learning journey between B2 First and C2 Proficiency.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Advanced, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/advanced/
C2 Proficiency
CPE View Books
Level: C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: A C2 Proficiency qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker. Preparing for and passing the exam means you have the level of English that’s needed to study or work in a very senior professional or academic environment, for example on a postgraduate or PhD programme.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Proficiency, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/proficiency/
International English Language Testing Service
IELTS View Books
Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic / General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English test for study and migration. Each year over 1.5 million candidates take the IELTS test to start their journeys into education and employment.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/ielts/
IELTS Life Skills
IELTS LS View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English; Speaking and Listening - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/ielts-life-skills/
English Speaking Board
ESB View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to C1 / Advanced Age Group: Primary to Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional Spoken English - British English
Examiner: English Speaking Board
Description: ESB promotes and assesses Spoken English in a wide range of educational centres: Junior and Senior Schools, Further and Higher Educational Colleges, Universities, Prisons, Adult Learning centres and in the training sectors of industry and business. ESB offers a full range of progressive qualifications, recognised and mapped to the relevant National Core Curriculum requirements.
Link: http://esbuk.org/
ESOL Skills for Life
ESOL View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to C1 / Advanced Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Workplace English - British English
Examiner: Trinity College London & Other Exam Boards
Description: ESOL Skills for Life certificates test the English of learners over the age of 14 who live, work or study in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. As part of the UK government's plan to improve levels of English, these certificates are based upon the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum, and they reflect the use of English in everyday life in the UK.
Link: http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3235
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
IBDP View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Further Education (16-19)
Type of English: General / Academic English - British English
Examiner: International Baccalaureate
Description: The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.
Link: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/diploma-programme/
International General Certificate of Secondary Education
IGCSE View Books
Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate to C1 / Advanced Age Group: Secondary (14-18)
Type of English: Academic, General English - British English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment International Education & Other Exam Boards
Description: Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds, leading to globally recognised and valued Cambridge IGCSE qualifications.
Link: http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/
International AS & A Level
IA View Books
Level: C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic - British English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment International Education & Other Exam Boards
Description: Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge International AS & A Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. Schools have a choice of 55 subjects and the freedom to offer them in almost any combination. Learners can specialise or study a broad range of subjects.
Link: http://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-advanced/cambridge-international-as-and-a-levels/
Junior English Test and Senior English Test
JETSET View Books
Level: Pre-A1 / Starter to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Suitable for All Ages
Type of English: General English - British English
Examiner: EDI (Education Development International)
Description: A starting point for learning English leading up to level C2 on the Common European Framework (CEF). EDI's JET and SET qualifications are a range of internationally accredited qualifications, designed to assess the learner's ability to communicate in English. JETSET provides a clear and consistent pathway through English language learning, from beginner to full fluency, enabling learners of all ages and backgrounds to develop their skills. Available at 7 levels aligned to the Common European Framework, with contextualised papers - suitable for all ages and all abilities.
Link: http://www.pearson-edi.com/jetset.asp
LanguageCert International ESOL
LangCert View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - British English
Examiner: LanguageCert
Description: LanguageCert International ESOL is a set of English Language qualifications mapped to the Common European Framework (CEFR). There are two exams at each of the six CEFR levels from A1 to C2, to cover all four language skills: LanguageCert International ESOL Written Exam (Listening, Reading, Writing) & Spoken Exam (Speaking). The Written and Spoken Exams can be taken independently of each other at the candidates' convenience. They are separate tests, so students can choose to focus their preparation on one exam before taking the other.
Link: http://www.languagecert.org/en/Qualifications/LANGUAGECERT-ESOL/Pages/About-LanguageCert-International-ESOL.aspx
Pearson Test of English
PTE View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Secondary - Adult
Type of English: General / Academic English - International English
Examiner: Pearson
Description: PTE Academic is an academic English test for studying in the UK, Australia, USA and in other countries. PTE Academic English exam is accepted by UK Border Agency (UKBA) and Australian DIAC for student visas. PTE General is a paper-based English test aimed at certifying the test taker's English ability for travel, further education and better employment. The exams are available in test centres worldwide.
Link: http://pearsonpte.com/
Trinity English
Trinity View Books
Level: Pre-A1 / Starter to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Primary - Adult
Type of English: Academic, General English - British English
Examiner: Trinity College London
Description: Trinity College London provides a selection of English language qualification to prove your proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Link: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=263

English for Specific Purposes:

B1 Business Preliminary
BEC Preliminary View Books
Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: With a B1 Business Preliminary qualification, you show employers that you have a good knowledge of English for practical, everyday use in business. There are three Cambridge English Qualifications for business. Each one is targeted at a different level and B1 Business Preliminary is the first of these exams. The content for each exam is based on everyday work and business tasks and is designed to develop your business English skills.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Business Preliminary, Cambridge Business English Certificate Preliminary (BEC Preliminary)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/business-preliminary/
B2 Business Vantage
BEC Vantage View Books
Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: With a B2 Business Vantage qualification, you show employers that you are ready to work successfully in international business. This exam could help you when applying for new jobs, getting a promotion, or developing your career. There are three Cambridge English Qualifications for business. Each one is targeted at a different level and B2 Business Vantage is the second of these exams. The content for each exam is based on everyday work and business tasks and is designed to develop your business English skills.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Business Vantage, Cambridge Business English Certificate Vantage (BEC Vantage)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/business-vantage/
C1 Business Higher
BEC Higher View Books
Level: C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: With a C1 Business Higher qualification, you show employers that you have achieved an advanced level of Business English. There are three exams in the Cambridge English: Business Certificates (BEC) suite of exams. Each one is targeted at a different level and C1 Business Higher is the third of these exams. The content for each exam is based on everyday work and business tasks and is designed to develop your business English skills.
Previously Known as: Cambridge English: Business Higher, Cambridge Business English Certificate Higher (BEC Higher)
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/business-higher/
Business Language Testing Service
BULATS View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge Assessment English
Description: BULATS is a multilingual set of workplace language assessment, training and benchmarking tools. It is used internationally for: business and industry recruitment, admission to study business-related courses, identifying and delivering training & assessing the effectiveness of language courses and training.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/bulats/
London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
LCCI View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - British English
Examiner: London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Description: LCCI English for Business helps candidates to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking business English language skills. It is intended for people who wish to develop their English language skills in a business context. There are 4 Levels of this qualification.
Link: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/lcci/english-language.html
Test of Legal English Skills
TOLES  View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Legal English - British English
Examiner: TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills)
Description: TOLES means ‘Test of Legal English Skills'. The TOLES programme consists of a structured course of legal English training materials supported by three levels of professional exams (Foundation, Higher & Advanced). The exam levels are progressive steps towards reaching the standard of legal English required by employers such as international commercial law firms, in-house legal teams in private companies and top-class translators.
Link: http://www.toleslegal.com/

English Exams Based in the USA:

Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English
ECCE View Books
Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Michigan Language Assessment
Description: The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) is a standardized high-intermediate level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. You might use an ECCE certificate: • As evidence of high-intermediate competence in English for personal, public, educational, and occupational purposes • To provide evidence of your level of English to employers • When applying for a job or a promotion, or when conducting business with companies worldwide The ECCE is aimed at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is valid for the lifetime of the recipient.
Link: https://michiganassessment.org/test-takers/tests/ecce/
Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
ECPE View Books
Level: C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Michigan Language Assessment
Description: The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is a standardized English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. It is recognized in several countries as official documentary evidence of advanced proficiency in the English language and can be used for academic and professional purposes. It is accepted by some universities as evidence of proficiency in English if the certificate has been received within the past two years. The ECPE is aimed at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is valid for the lifetime of the recipient.
Link: https://michiganassessment.org/test-takers/tests/ecpe/
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
MELAB View Books
Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate to C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Michigan Language Assessment
Description: The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) is an intermediate to advanced level standardized examination for adult nonnative speakers of English. The MELAB is recognized by thousands of colleges, universities, and professional organizations as evidence of high intermediate to low advanced English language proficiency, for academic or professional purposes.
Link: https://michiganassessment.org/test-takers/tests/melab/
Test of English as a Foreign Language (Academic English)
TOEFL View Books
Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic English - American English
Examiner: ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Description: The TOEFL test measures ability in the use and understanding of North American English in an academic setting (university/college). The TOEFL test is recognized by more than 8,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K. and the United States.
Link: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
Test of English for International Communication (Workplace English)
TOEIC View Books
Level: A1 / Beginner to C1 / Advanced Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Workplace English - American English
Examiner: ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Description: The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is "an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment."
Link: http://www.ets.org/toeic

Guide to EFL Levels

Level Common European
Framework

& ALTE Levels
Cambridge Exams IELTS
Score
TOEFL
iBT Score
TOEIC
Score
Cambridge
English
Scale
Global Scale
of English
(Pearson)
Proficiency C2 Mastery
ALTE Level 5
C2 Proficiency (CPE) 8 - 9 110 - 120 965 - 990 200 - 230 85 - 90
Advanced C1 Effective
Operational Proficiency
ALTE Level 4
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C1 Business Higher (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 2
6.5 - 7.5 95 - 109 945 - 960 180 - 199 76 - 84
Upper Intermediate B2 Vantage
ALTE Level 3
B2 First (FCE)
B2 Business Vantage (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 1
5.5 - 6.5 72 - 94 785 - 940 160 - 179 59 - 75
Intermediate
B1+
B1 Threshold
ALTE Level 2
B1 Preliminary (PET)
B1 Business Preliminary (BEC)
IELTS Life Skills B1
ESOL SFL Entry 3
4 - 5 42 - 71 550 - 780 140 - 159 43 - 58
Pre-Intermediate
B1
Elementary A2 Waystage
ALTE Level 1
A2 Key (KET)
A2 Flyers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 2
3 < 42 225 - 545 120 - 139 30 - 42
Beginner A1 Breakthrough
ALTE Breakthrough
IELTS Life Skills A1
A1 Movers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 1
1 - 2   120 - 220 100 - 119 22 - 29
Starter   Pre-A1 Starters (YLE) < 1   < 120 80 - 99 < 22
ESOL SFL = ESOL Skills for Life;    iBT = Internet Based Test;