Welcome back to all of our UK based centres - Academic Year 2021-22

ESOL International

ESB operates a successful and wide-ranging portfolio of communicative and accessible ESOL International qualifications from A1 to C2 level. Our high-quality assessments, mapped to the Common European Framework, enable learners to achieve a qualification at each stage of their learning journey, boosting their progression and employability.

It is universally accepted that English is the language of international communication, the media and the Internet. Our aim here at ESB is to support the development of English Language skills for learners and to build on their confidence to use these skills in real life.

We have a wealth of experience of promoting language in many countries and we deeply care about each and every one of our centres and learners.

We have an excellent working relationship with a number of high-quality UK and international centres who manage a range of satellite centres or venues where ESB ESOL international assessments take place, or alternatively, ESB can provide online assessments to its UK and international partners. 

Give your learners equal opportunities and skills to reach their full potential through our assessments. It’s as easy as that! 


We understand the importance of acquiring English language skills and we’re here to fully support your learners to develop them.

Our assessments enable learners to be assessed in five core language skills; listening, speaking, reading, writing and the use of English – we call this All Modes as we assess all of the skills to create an overall outcome. By giving them the ability to develop these communicative skills, they will be well-equipped with essential life skills and confidence needed to communicate worldwide. Watch them flourish as its impact goes way beyond the classroom. 


Here, you can find out what it is actually like to do an ESB assessment. Find out more about the enjoyable learning experience that ESB prides itself on. Developing key life skills whilst having fun….what more could your learners want?

Time after time, learners come out of their assessment saying, ‘Can I do that again please?’ To hear that comment is music to our ears as we are passionate about providing not only a beneficial experience but a rewarding one. 

Here are just a few benefits of the ESOL International experience with ESB:

Learner-Focused Assessments: All our learner-focused assessments are built with the learners’ interests at heart, including accessible topics.

High-Quality External Assessments: Our assessments are set-assessed and moderated by ESB. All assessments are marked according to ESB criteria, ensuring accurate results for every learner.

Continuous Support: We make it our priority to ensure all our learners and teachers are supported all the way through to completion of ESB to ensure a positive and delightful experience. 

Friendly Oral Assessors: Speaking assessments are conducted face-to-face in pairs with ESB-trained assessors encouraging authentic and meaningful communication. From the moment our team of assessors meet your learners, they will be offered support and encouragement. Our assessors all share a common aim to bring out the very best in every learner and are sympathetic to each and every learner’s situation and background. 

Convenient and Accessible: In order to suit all centres’ and learners’ needs, we have recently started providing online assessments in addition to paper-based assessments. We believe it’s important to be flexible and provide a wide variety of options for our centres. Our online assessments offer both live proctoring and fully automated proctoring using artificial intelligence to detect cheating. To find out more about our online assessments, please click above. 

Digital Solutions: High quality secure electronic certificates can be provided for learners, making our qualifications more digitally accessible and efficient. Centres are able to securely view e-documents for learners undertaking assessments at their centre. Learners can view electronic versions of their certificates and transcripts and share them electronically with third parties such as Universities and prospective Employers. Read more about this new development by clicking above. 


You may be contemplating why your learners should complete our progressive, high quality assessments and the benefits to be gained. These are just a few!

What can our qualifications offer your learners?

Our ESOL International qualification portfolio
  • Ofqual regulated qualifications (B1 – C2).
  • All Modes qualifications that cover essential reading, writing, speaking, listening and use of English skills.
  • Boosts progression.
  • Unlocks potential.
  • Receive up to 36 UCAS points at Level 3 (C2) – simply type ‘ESB Level 3’ into the search bar.
  • Personal and professional development.
  • Access to further and higher education.
  • Enhances employability.


Please find below a table containing ESOL International resources, including answer keys, candidate prompts, whole sample papers and audio files.

LevelAnswer KeyCandidate PromptsWhole Paper
Entry 3 B1 Listening Part One
Entry 3 B1 Listening Part Two

Level 1 B2 Listening Part One
Level 1 B2 Listening Part Two

Level 2 C1 Listening Part One Section A
Level 2 C1 Listening Part One Section B
Level 2 C1 Listening Part Two

Level C2 Listening Part One Section A
Level 3 C2 Listening Part One Section B
Level 3 C2 Listening Part Two

Want to work with us?

We are always looking for like-minded UK and International centres who share the same goal to improve their learners’ English language skills to work with us. If you would like to find out more about becoming an ESB centre and you and your learners are based in the UK please contact us. Our ESOL International assessments can be taken online by both UK and International learners.

A message from our Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, to organisations interested in ESOL International.

Please see our UK learner 2020-21 prices.

QualificationCost per UK-based learnerSpecification
UK Centre Fees

If you are based in Greece, Italy, North Macedonia or Bulgaria and wish to find out further information about ESOL International for your learners, please click on the links below.

  • Our centre in Greece: Europalso
  • Our centre in Italy: ESBinItaly
  • Our centre in North Macedonia: ESBinNorthMacedonia
  • Our centre in Bulgaria: ESBinBulgaria

If we are not yet offering ESOL International qualifications in your country please contact us.

Here at ESB, we are committed to providing qualifications of the highest standards at centres all over the world.

Become a part of the ESB International family today!

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