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A1 - Elementary Language Use (CEFR)

A1 is the first ability level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level A1 understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and basic sentences which are meant to satisfy specific needs. They are able to introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about names, where they live or friends and possessions. They can express themselves in a simple manner when the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.

 

 

A2 - Elementary Language Use (CEFR)

A2 is the second ability level of. the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level A2 understand sentences and commonly used expressions of direct relevance (e.g. information about themselves and their families, shopping, work and their local area) They can communicate in simple, routine situations in order to exchange information about familiar and common things in a clear and direct way. They can describe in basic terms their background and education, their immediate surroundings and things relating to immediate needs.

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B1 - Independent Language Use (CEFR)

B1 is the third ability level of. the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level B1 understand the main content of standard texts on familiar matters encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. They can deal with most situations likely to arise when travelling in an area where the language is spoken and can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Students can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

 

 

B2 - Independent Language Use (CEFR)

B2 is the fourth ability level of. the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level B2 understand the main points of complex texts about both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation. They can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes normal interaction with native speakers quite possible without great difficulty for either side. They can produce clear, detailed text on a wide variety of subjects and explain an opinion on an issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

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C1 - Proficient Language Use (CEFR)

C1 is the fifth ability level of. the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level C1 understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without having to search obviously for words often. They can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional needs. Students can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and text-structuring methods.

 

 

C2 - Proficient Language Use (CEFR)

C2 is the sixth ability level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Learners of level C2 understand virtually everything heard or read. They can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reproduce arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Learners can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely while speaking with more detail and nuance of meaning in more complex situations.

 

 

CAE - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

CAE of the University of Cambridge is the second highest ESOL exam. It corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. The certificate is required for acceptance to study at a university in Great Britain.

The exam consists of 5 parts: Reading Comprehension - 1 hour and 15 minutes, Written Expression - 1 hour and 30 minutes, Structures and Vocabulary - 1 hour, Listening Comprehension - ca. 40 minutes and Speaking  - roughly 15 minutes.

 

 

CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The CEFR is a European standard model for languages. It allows for the comparison and measurement of language learning, use and ability. It is made up of 6 ability levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

 

 

CPE - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

CPE is the University of Cambridge’s most advanced exam. It corresponds to the highest level (C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

The CPE is recognized as proof of English proficiency for study in English-language degree programs at many colleges and universities although less extensive tests such as CAE or FCE are often sufficient for these as well.

The exam consists of 5 parts and lasts around 360 minutes.

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DALF - Diploma of Advanced French Language Studies - Diplôme approfondi de langue française

DALF tests and certifies the knowledge of the French language of non native speakers. The test consists of two units which correspond to the ability levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

Possession of the DALF frees one from the language ability assessment test required to study at a French university.

 

 

DELF - Diploma in French Studies - Diplôme d'Etudes en langue française

DELF tests and certifies non native speakers’ knowledge of the French language. The test consists of 6 fully independent units which correspond to the 6 ability levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

There are a total of 900 recognized testing centers in 154 different countries worldwide.

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ELSA - English Language Skills Assessment

ELSA is a multiple choice test used to assess language proficiency in listening and reading comprehension on a scale from 0 - 500. Speaking and writing skills can be tested in optional modules.

Many international companies and several British universities recognize a certain score on the ELSA exam as proof of sufficient English knowledge.

 

 

ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

ESOL is a series of English exams from the University of Cambridge or, rather, the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). The exams cover general English, business English, scientific English, and English for young speakers. The most well known exams are:

General English. 1st level: KET - Key English Test; 2nd level: PET - Preliminary English Test; 3rd level: FCE - First Certificate in English; 4th level: CAE - Certificate in Advanced English; 5th level: CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Academic English. IELTS - International English Language Testing Service.

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FCE - First Certificate in English

The University of Cambridge’s FCE is the first ESOL exam. It corresponds to the ability level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. The exam consists of 5 parts: Listening Comprehension - ca. 45 minutes, Speaking - ca. 14 minutes, Reading Comprehension - ca. 60 minutes, Writing - ca. 80 minutes and Use of English - ca. 45 minutes.

FCE is the British equivalent of the TOEFL tests from the USA but the FCE is valid for one’s entire life and the TOEFL test’s validity expires after 2 years.

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IELTS - International English Language Testing System

The University of Cambridge’s IELTS is offered in two test versions.

Academic. The exam is required for acceptance to study at many universities in English speaking countries. More and more German universities and colleges are requiring the IELTS for degree programs with international components (Bachelor or Master degrees) as well. People working in medical fields have to pass the IELTS test in order to obtain a work visa in English speaking countries.

General Training. This test proves a general knowledge of English.

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KET - Key English Test

The KET is the simplest language exam from the University of Cambridge. It corresponds to the B2 ability level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

The exams are divided into 3 sections: Reading Comprehension and Writing - 70 minutes, Listening Comprehension - 25 minutes and Speaking - 8 to 10 minutes.

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LCCI - London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

LCCI – the English Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers various business English tests in over 125 countries. The ability levels of the LCCI tests correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR and include:

English Language Skills Assessment (ELSA), English for Business (EFB), English for Commerce (EFC), Junior English Test (JET), Senior English Test (SET), Spoken English for Industry and Commerce (SEFIC), Written English for Tourism (WEFT) and Practical Business English Test.
 

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PET - Preliminary English Test

The University of Cambridge’s PET is an intermediate level test of English language knowledge. It tests the 4 skills of writing, reading, listening and speaking using everyday examples. The ESOL Entry Level 3 is a requirement for naturalisation in the United Kingdom.

The tests are divided into 3 sections: Reading Comprehension and Writing - 90 minutes, Listening Comprehension - 35 minutes and Speaking - 10 to 12 minutes.

 

 

Practical Business English

The Practical Business English Test tests the ability to use English in a business environment and is designed for people who would like to refresh the language. Candidates are given one hour to answer 50 multiple choice questions. The exam is offered at only one level.

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SEFIC - Spoken English for Industry and Commerce

SEFIC tests listening comprehension and oral expression skills for negotiations in industry and commerce using realistic, everyday situations. The tasks include a discussion as well as role plays, descriptions and presentations. Candidates may choose, at level 2 and above, to take a telephone test and, at level 3 and above, a test in a special topic is possible. At the fourth level it is possible to have your abilities as a negotiations interpreter tested.

SEFIC tests 5 ability levels: SEFIC preliminary, SEFIC level 1, SEFIC level 2, SEFIC level 3, SEFIC level 4.
 

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Teaching unit

1 teaching unit consists of 45 minutes.

 

 

TELC - The European Language Certificates

TELC are European language certificates which are internationally recognized. They are conducted in various languages in over 3,000 locations in 15 different countries.

TELC makes university admission easier in the EU. A growing number of German universities and colleges accept a TELC certificate in German, English, French or Spanish as proof of sufficient knowledge of the language.

 

 

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

The test assesses non native speakers’ knowledge of the English language. It is considered a requirement for study at many English-language universities. A TOEFL certificate is valid for up to 2 years.

TOEFL is divided into 4 components: a) Reading Comprehension, b) Listening Comprehension, c) Speaking and d) Written Expression. The first 2 parts are multiple choice.

 

 

TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication

TOEIC serves as an assessment and certification of listening, reading and grammatical abilities in international business English.

Over 4.5 million people worldwide take the TOEIC test annually. More than 5,235 companies all over the world use the test as a certification tool.

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UNIcert

The UNIcert certificate system makes internationally accredited language training possible at European universities. The aim of UNIcert is the equality and homogeneity of language studies at colleges and universities as well as being proof of language skills recognized outside of the academic system.

The ability levels correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR: UNIcert I = B1 of the GER, UNIcert II = B2 of the GER, UNIcert III = C1 of the GER, UNIcert IV = C2 of the GER.

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WEFT - Written English for Tourism

The WEFT test is designed for people working in the tourism industry. The test exercises are taken from everyday situations in the travel and tourism branches. The test can be taken alone or in combination with the SEFIC as English for the Tourism Industry. If taken in combination, both tests must be passed at the same level.

WEFT tests consist of 2 ability levels: WEFT level 1, WEFT level 2.

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ZD - Zertifikat Deutsch

Zertifikat Deutsch attests sufficient German skills for being admitted to a German-speaking university. Good speaking and writing skills are tested to ensure that everyday situations can be understood.

 

The written examination tests reading comprehension, writing skills, listening comprehension, grammatical structures and vocabulary.

 

The oral examination checks communication skills, pronunciation and daily conversations in an interview-like talk.

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