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EFL Examinations

English Exams Based in the UK:

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YLECambridge English: Young Learners
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Level: Pre-A1 / Starter to A2 / Elementary Age Group: Primary (7-12)
Type of English: General English for Young Learners - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Young Learners, also known as Cambridge Young Learners English (YLE), is a series of fun, motivating English language tests, aimed at children in primary and lower secondary education. There are three activity-based tests; Starters, Movers & Flyers that give children a clear path to improve their English.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/young-learners-english/
KETCambridge English: Key
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Level: A2 / Elementary Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET), is a basic level qualification that shows you can use English to communicate in simple situations. It shows you have made a good start in learning English.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/key/
KET4SCambridge English: Key for Schools
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Level: A2 / Elementary Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Key for Schools, also known as Key English Test (KET) for Schools, shows that a student can use simple, everyday written and spoken English. Cambridge English: Key for Schools is a basic level qualification. Cambridge English for Schools exams are designed for primary and secondary school students and come with extensive learning, teaching and assessment support.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/key-for-schools/
PETCambridge English: Preliminary
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Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET), is an intermediate level qualification. It shows you are able to use your English language skills for work, study and travel.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/preliminary/
PET4SCambridge English: Preliminary for Schools
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Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET) for Schools, shows that a student can understand and communicate using everyday written and spoken English. Cambridge English: Preliminary for Schools is an intermediate level qualification. Cambridge English for Schools exams are designed for primary and secondary school students and come with extensive learning, teaching and assessment support.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/preliminary-for-schools/
Pre-FCEPre-Cambridge English: First
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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 Cambridge: First (FCE) by providing English language learning at B1+ / Intermediate.
FCECambridge English: First
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Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE), is an upper-intermediate level qualification. It proves you can use everyday written and spoken English for work or study purposes.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/first/
FCE4SCambridge English: First for Schools
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Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Primary & Secondary
Type of English: General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: First for Schools is specially tailored to suit the interests of students, so it increases their motivation to learn English. Because it is based on familiar topics and situations, it gives them the confidence to use their English and inspires them to move on to further qualifications. Cambridge English: First for Schools is at an upper-intermediate level.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/first-for-schools/
CAECambridge English: Advanced
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Level: C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), is an in-depth assessment of English for people who want to use English in demanding work and study situations.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced/
CPECambridge English: Proficiency
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Level: C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), is CELA's most advanced qualification. It proves you have achieved an extremely high level in English.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/proficiency/
IELTSInternational English Language Testing Service
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Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic / General English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
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/ielts/
IELTS LSIELTS Life Skills
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Level: A1 / Beginner to B1 / Pre-Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General English; Speaking and Listening - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
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/ielts-life-skills/
C&GCity & Guilds
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Level: A1 / Beginner to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - International English
Examiner: City & Guilds
Description: The City & Guilds International ESOL (IESOL) qualifications will help you demonstrate your ability to communicate in English to enable you to work or study in English-speaking countries and/or environments. International ESOL (IESOL) is available at six levels and is benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The upper levels, Expert and Mastery, are recognised by many English speaking universities as evidence of language proficiency for entry purposes.
Link: http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/international-english/general-english/8984-international-esol#tab=information
ESBEnglish Speaking Board
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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/
ESOLESOL Skills for Life
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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
IBDPInternational Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
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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/
IGCSEInternational General Certificate of Secondary Education
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Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate to C1 / Advanced Age Group: Secondary (14-18)
Type of English: Academic, General English - British English
Examiner: Cambridge International Examinations & 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.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/
JETSETJunior English Test and Senior English Test
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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
PTEPearson Test of English
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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/
TrinityTrinity English
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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:

BECCambridge English: Business
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Level: B1 / Pre-Intermediate to C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
Description: Cambridge English: Business Certificates, also known as Business English Certificates (BEC), are a suite of three English language qualifications (Preliminary, Vantage & Higher) for international business.
Link: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/business-certificates/
BULATSBusiness Language Testing Service
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Level: A2 / Elementary to C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Business English - International English
Examiner: Cambridge English Language Assessment
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/bulats/
LCCILondon Chamber of Commerce & Industry
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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
TOLES Test of Legal English Skills
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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 รข??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:

ECCEMichigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English
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Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
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: http://cambridgemichigan.org/institutions/products-services/tests/proficiency-certification/ecce/
ECPEMichigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English
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Level: C2 / Proficiency Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: General, Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
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: http://cambridgemichigan.org/institutions/products-services/tests/proficiency-certification/ecpe/
MELABMichigan English Language Assessment Battery
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Level: B2 / Upper Intermediate to C1 / Advanced  Age Group: Adult / Young Adult
Type of English: Academic, Professional English - American English
Examiner: Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
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: http://cambridgemichigan.org/institutions/products-services/tests/proficiency-certification/melab/
TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language (Academic English)
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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/
TOEICTest of English for International Communication (Workplace English)
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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
CE: Proficiency (CPE) 8 - 9 110 - 120 965 - 990 200 - 230 85 - 90
Advanced C1 Effective
Operational Proficiency
ALTE Level 4
CE: Advanced (CAE)
CE: Business Higher (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 2
6.5 - 7 80 - 100 940 - 964 180 - 199 76 - 84
Upper Intermediate B2 Vantage
ALTE Level 3
CE: First
CE: Business Vantage (BEC)
ESOL SFL Level 1
5 - 6 35 - 79 785 - 939 160 - 179 59 - 75
Intermediate
B1+
B1 Threshold
ALTE Level 2
CE: Preliminary (PET)
BEC Preliminary
IELTS Life Skills B1
ESOL SFL Entry 3
3.5 - 4.5 30 - 35 550 - 780 140 - 159 43 - 58
Pre-Intermediate
B1
Elementary A2 Waystage
ALTE Level 1
CE: Key (KET)
CE: Young Learners Flyers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 2
3 < 30 225 - 545 120 - 139 30 - 42
Beginner A1 Breakthrough
ALTE Breakthrough
IELTS Life Skills A1
CE: Young Learners Movers (YLE)
ESOL SFL Entry 1
1 - 2   120 - 220 100 - 119 22 - 29
Starter   CE: Young Learners Starters (YLE) < 1   < 120 80 - 99 < 22
CE = Cambridge English;    ESOL SFL = ESOL Skills for Life;    iBT = Internet Based Test;