ESB’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed for adults who live, study or work in the United Kingdom. ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) (Entry 1) is aimed at candidates who have little literacy knowledge or experience in English. No previous qualifications are required at this level. The 30 minute assessment is taken under controlled exam conditions and externally marked.
In order to pass the assessment, candidates must achieve all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria listed in the syllabus. Candidates are given two opportunities to achieve each criterion.
Overall grades awarded are Pass or UnsuccessfulClose
The assessment is a formal 30 minute examination paper which consists of three tasks. There are 16 questions on the paper. Question types include multiple choice questions and cloze exercises and reading texts include simple narratives, notes, messages and emails.Close
The assessment is held under secure ESB examination conditions, details are available in the ESB Centre Handbook. Invigilation is undertaken by the centre and monitored by the English Speaking Board. Examination papers are marked and moderated externally by English Speaking Board assessors and moderators.Close
English Speaking Board ESOL Skills for Life assessments can be incorporated into any scheme of work based on the Adult ESOL core curriculum. Entry 1 ESOL reading assessments are based on the Adult ESOL core curriculum standards. Sample papers and mark schemes are available.
This assessment is part of a suite of assessments designed to encourage progression to employment, vocational courses, Functional Skills, GCSE and other academic routes. Candidates’ real life circumstances are taken into account when assessments are designed and topics include such themes as employability.Close
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