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ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International All Modes (Entry 3)

The ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International All Modes (Entry 3) is the first part of a portfolio of ESB ESOL International qualifications at B1, B2, C1 and C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International Entry 3 – summary

CEFR LevelB1
Price per UK learner£50.00
Qualification number500/3646/4
GLH / TQT*200 hours / 220 hours
Agre rangeFrom 11-year old to adult learners
*Guided Learning Hours / Total Qualification Time

What we can offer

Paper-based assessments take place in an ESB International centre or satellite centre. Learners answer multiple choice questions for the first three sections. The audio for the Listening section is controlled by the invigilator. Learners use a separate answer booklet for the Writing section.

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Computer-based assessments take place online. Learners complete the assessment on screen and play the audio for the Listening section through headphones at the start of the assessment. They click on their answers for multiple choice questions and complete the Writing section using their keyboards.

CEFR Reference:

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Listening, Reading, Use of English and Writing assessment format – each section of the assessment is worth 20% of the overall mark. A learner should spend approximately 30 minutes on each section.

Speaking assessment format – worth 20% of the overall mark and lasts for approximately 11 minutes. Learners are assessed in pairs by an external assessor and interlocutor who will come to your centre.

Listening

Part One

  • Learner listens to ten dialogues.
  • Ten 3-option multiple choice questions.

Part Two

  • Learner listens to a one longer monologue.
  • Answer ten true or false questions.

Reading

Part One

  • Learner must read a passage and match four headings to the text.
  • Six true/false questions on the same text.

Part Two

  • Learners answer five 4-option multiple choice comprehension questions based on a factual text.

Use of English

Part One

  • Learners choose the correct grammatical form from four options to fill in ten gaps in sentences.

Part Two

  • Learners choose the correct lexical form from four options to fill in ten gaps in sentences.

Part Three

  • Factual text with ten gaps. Learners must choose the best word, phrase or grammatical form from three options to fill each gap.

Part Four

  • Five questions. Learners choose the correct lexical form from three options to fill in the gap in each sentence.

Writing

The learner produces one piece of writing between 120-150 words. There is a choice of three options, an informal email, a story or a short essay.

  • The email prompt describes a situation to which the learner responds by writing an email to a friend or relative.
  • The story prompt presents either the first or last line of a story which the learner uses to begin or end the narrative.
  • The essay prompt gives a statement or quote and instruction, to which the learner responds with an essay.

Speaking Assessment Format

Speaking – Part One (3 minutes)

The interlocutor asks each learner questions in turn, from a list of of personal and general questions. The learners should not converse with each other but provide a series of short answers to the questions.

Speaking – Part Two (4 minutes)

This is an interactive discussion based on one of twenty topics. It is up to the learners to have a discussion from the prompt and instructions given to them as the interlocutor does not participate in the discussion.

Speaking – Part Three (4 minutes)

The interlocutor introduces another topic. The interlocutor then asks the learners a series of questions and will encourage the learners to respond to what their partner is saying where appropriate.

Resources

Sample assessment

Answer keyCandidate promptsWhole paper
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Audio files

Entry 3 (B1) Listening – Part One
Entry 3 (B1) Listening Part Two

How can my centre offer ESOL International assessments?

We offer ESOL International qualifications to both UK and international centres. In order to offer ESOL International qualifications to learners in the UK, an interested organisation must go through a centre approval process in order to become an ESB centre, when it can then book assessments.

We offer several models for international centres.

In Greece, through our partner Europalso, we offer ESOL International qualifications across many of the country’s language schools.

In Italy, North Macedonia, Serbia and Malta, ESB International is partnered with an exclusive centre based in each country who will run ESOL International qualifications through regional ‘satellite centres’. For centres who would like to run ESOL International qualifications, contact us today to find how you can become an ESB International satellite centre.

If ESB International is not active in your region but you are interested in offering our qualifications to learners to boost their speaking and listening skills, we would love to hear from you.

If ESB International is not active in your region but you are interested in offering our qualifications to learners to boost their speaking and listening skills, we would love to hear from you.