We are dedicated to giving you the best opportunities during your stay here at Celtic. Recently we've become an approved test centre for the LanguageCert English Language tests. Not sure what these are? Read our blog to find out more about what the exams consist of, who they're recognised by and more!
What is LanguageCert?
LanguageCert is an Awarding Organisation dedicated to language skills assessment and certification. As a member of PeopleCert they are proud to be part of the certification industry that has been delivering millions of exams in 200 countries.
Who are the exams for?
LanguageCert offer a number of qualifications including the International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The International ESOL is intended for
- Non-native speakers of English worldwide who want to provide documented evidence of their knowledge of English for study or employment.
- It can also be used for those intending to enter institutions of higher education in the UK or overseas (individual university websites should be checked to confirm the ESOL's eligibility for entry).
LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications are recognised in many countries including: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain and the USA.
Here in the UK the exams are recognised by the following:
Ofqual: the independent qualifications regulator for England.
Qualification Wales: the independent organisation for regulating general and vocational qualifications in Wales.
UCAS: available on the UCAS apply list the exams are currently accepted by a handful of UK Higher Education Institutes.
The LanguageCert qualifications are also mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) covering English general purposes.
What do the tests consist of?
The Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the test are often referred to as the 'Written Exam'. During these tests you are given interesting language tasks from everyday life - writing letters to friends, sharing thoughts, listening to an interesting story or reading a piece of news. The tasks will vary depending on your level.
The 'Spoken Exam' is a guided conversation with a LanguageCert Interlocutor - your interlocutor does not assess your exam but conducts the conversation to help you achieve your best level of English. The Spoken Exam is based around different topics such as - inviting friends to the cinema, talking about hobbies or making an argument for a particular viewpoint. The tasks will vary depending on your level.
Do I choose my level?
Yes! You can choose the level you think that you are suited to, between levels A1 and C2. If you're unsure of what level would be best for you, our teachers here at Celtic can help you decide.
Do I have to take all four tests at once?
You can, if you're ready to.
Otherwise you can organise to take separate tests and get individual certificates. These exams are flexible and can be delivered on demand at Celtic.
Does my certificate expire?
LanguageCert certificates have no expiry date, meaning that you won't need to re-take the test.
LanguageCert work hard to provide exams that address the needs of the next generation, the tests allow you to gain a recognised qualification in your own time. If you would like to know more please don't hesitate to talk to us!