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ESB Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International – All Modes

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

ESB Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes) – summary

CEFR LevelC2
Price per UK learner£67.50
Qualification number500/3655/5
GLH / TQT*300 hours / 330 hours
Agre rangeFrom 11-year old to adult learners
UCAS Tariff PointsPass – 12
Merit – 24
Distinction – 36
*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 with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Listening, Reading, Use of English and Writing assessment format – each section of the assessment is worth 20% of the overall mark. This assessment is completed in a single sitting of 3 hours.

Speaking assessment format – worth 20% of the overall mark and lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Learners are assessed in pairs by an external assessor and interlocutor who will come to your centre.

Listening

Part One

  • Two recordings, each is tested by 5 three-option multiple choice questions. The core subject of both recordings is the same but the second offers a different perspective on the topic.

Part Two

  • Three recordings which are tested with 10 three-option multiple choice questions. The recordings are conversations of a complex nature involving abstract, complex or unfamiliar topics.

Reading

Part One

  • 7 four-option multiple choice questions based on an abstract, structurally complex text (600-625 words). The text may be colloquial, literary or non-literary in nature.

Part Two

  • 8 four-option questions comprehension questions based on an abstract, structurally complex text (600-625 words). The text may be colloquial, literary or non-literary in nature.

Use of English

Part One

  • Fifteen sentences with a gap. The learner fills these gaps by choosing the most appropriate grammar construct, word or phrase from four options.

Part Two

  • Fifteen sentences with a gap. The learner must fill these gaps by choosing the most appropriate word or phrase from four options.

Part Three

  • A factual text of 300-325 words that includes 10 gaps. Learners must fill the gaps by choosing the best word, phrase or grammar construct from four options.

Part Four

  • A factual text of 300-325 words that includes 10 gaps. Learners must fill the gaps by choosing the best lexical derivative from four options.

Writing

The learner produces one piece of writing between 300-350 words. There is a choice of three options: a formal email, a story or an essay.

  • The email prompt describes a situation to which the learner responds.
  • 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 the learners a series of questions in turn on personal or general topics from the ESB International prescribed list. The learner responds to the interlocutor only in this part.

Speaking – Part Two (6 minutes)

This is an interactive discussion between the learners based on one of twenty topics. The interlocutor will provide a prompt card which contains a question with 8 related bullet points discussion and a follow-up question asking for a personal response. The interlocutor does not participate in the discussion.

Speaking – Part Three (6 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

Level 3 (C2) Listening – Part One (Section A)
Level 3 (C2) Listening – Part One (Section B)
Level 3 (C2) 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.