The International Certificate focuses on assessing the ability of communicating in English, rather than test-taking skills. The tasks in the test are a natural continuation of what happens in the classroom, giving test-takers the opportunity to perform at their best.

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The test consists of two parts: a written paper and a spoken test, and assesses four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.

  • The written paper tests listening, reading comprehension and writing skills and is marked by external examiners in the UK.
  • The spoken test assesses speaking skills and is also marked by external examiners in the UK.

Assessment of communicative ability

The International Certificate is a scenario-based English language test designed to allow students the freedom to express themselves, show what they can do and how well they can use English.

Realistic and familiar tasks

The test uses real-life material and tasks, such as writing messages, understanding talks and newspaper articles, or participating in conversation.

Positive testing experience

Through a variety of tasks that are relevant and authentic the test will help students identify their strengths and track improvement and success.
Certificates for the International Certificate do not expire. English language learners are encouraged to seek opportunities to practice the language and confirm their progress regularly. 

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