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Exams & Preparation

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Myths & Truths about B2 level in EFL

In 1939, Cambridge University introduced the “Lower Certificate in English”. This certificate has become the inspiration for what is known as B2 level in language learning (CEFR, 2001), reflecting the language skills an independent user in any foreign language is supposed to possess. 82 years after its introduction from Cambridge University, and 20 years...

Lower is dead. Long live the Lower!

Once upon a time in the past, when yours truly was a teenager attending English as a Foreign language at an established Foreign Languages private institution, he first heard the magic word "LOWER". In that immemorial era, the word and its ramifications had an enormous impact on the foreign language learner's mind, psyche, personal and even professional...

Preparing for Teaching Exam Classes

One factor that greatly differentiates exam classes from general English classes centres on learner purpose. Since learners in exam classes generally have the same aim (that of passing the exam, they are more willing to work to achieve their goal. They tend to be highly motivated – at least at the beginning of a course. At the start of the academic year...

December 2020 ECCE-ECPE exams postponed

hau exams postponedDue to the ongoing increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and in accordance with current government-mandated quarantines, curfews, and travel restrictions, Michigan Language Assessment has made the difficult decision to postpone the ECCE and ECPE exams that were due to take place in Greece on 12/13 December 2020. The postponed December 2020 ECCE and...

Cambridge Assessment English to support PISA Foreign Language Assessment

cambridgeassessmentnew 2020The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that foreign language skills will be assessed as an optional component of the international PISA evaluation of education systems, beginning in 2025 with a comparison of English language levels in schools worldwide. Tests will be developed by Cambridge Assessment English, a...

Why should an English-language proficiency test be backed by research?

Why should an English language proficiency test be backed by research“Test providers should carefully research the types of tasks students need to perform and replicate such tasks as accurately as possible.” English-language classrooms around the world all look and function differently, writes Spiros Papageorgiou of ETS. But one common thread among them is that teachers of English consistently look for reliable...

Pilot programme for English language certification in state schools in Cyprus

Photo Cambridge Corpus Christi CollegeThe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth has signed an agreement with Cambridge Assessment, - a department of the University of Cambridge -, for a pilot programme, leading to English language certification in state schools in Cyprus. The pilot project will start in September 2020, and will include a series of teacher training seminars...

LanguageCert offers Online exams for candidates under the age of 16!

PC VISUALTeaching and learning are rapidly moving online, catering to students of all ages across the globe. Exam delivery methods have been quick to follow. LanguageCert has consistently acted as a leader in the field of providing quality exams and certifications, including online exams with live remote invigilation.Following its practice of producing innovative...

LanguageCert Online exams with remote live invigilation

940df20cf5262b0d54ae1e814c37bd37  LanguageCert constantly strives to offer the most secure and reliable exam delivery solutions to its partners, education providers and candidates.In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak where country authorities have mandated measures for the containment of its spread, LanguageCert has increased the capacity of LanguageCert Online exams with...

Update from Cambridge International on May/June 2020 exams

CIE 800x300 banner 744x279  The situation with the Covid-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. In recent days, many more countries have decided to extend school closures into May and June, making it impossible for many of our schools to hold examinations.   We have been consulting closely with our global community of schools, who need as much certainty as possible at an uncertain...