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LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) – the ‘Spoken Exam’

LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) qualification is usually referred to as the ‘Spoken Exam’.

Candidates find the Speaking Exam very enjoyable to take, as they participate in a guided conversation with a LanguageCert Interlocutor - who does not assess - on various topics of interest, such as inviting friends to the cinema, talking about their hobbies or arguing for a particular standpoint – only to mention a few examples; however, the nature of the tasks varies according to level.

The Spoken Exam offers a range of tangible benefits:

  • Student and teacher-friendly exam, requiring little exam-specific preparation
  • Exam duration: about 15 minutes depending on the qualification level
  • Individual interview, so that candidates perform at their best
  • Pass mark: at least 50%
  • LanguageCert Certificate in International English for Speakers of Other Languages (Speaking) awarded to successful candidates

Find out more about the benefits of LanguageCert International ESOL Spoken Exam.

What are the assessment rules of the Spoken Exam?

The LanguageCert International ESOL suite of examinations is directly aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) produced by the Council of Europe. The Spoken Exam is rigorously assessed against CEFR specified criteria. The grades awarded will be either High Pass, Pass or Fail.

International ESOL Part

Total Maximum Score





High Pass

38-50 out of 50


25-37 out of 50


0-24 out of 50

For more detailed information on the marking scheme of the Spoken Exam, as well as on the assessment marks for each task type at a particular level, please download the LanguageCert Qualification Handbook for International ESOL (Speaking)

All Markers are approved by LanguageCert and undergo rigorous and frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with CEFR levels and LanguageCert examination requirements. 

LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) – Sample interviews

The following videos are samples of the LanguageCert International ESOL Spoken Exam (B2 - Communicator Level).

Their function is the demonstration of the exam’s format and features, as well as of possible topics.

They are not intended to be used as guidelines for assessment.