Pearson/ Edexcel NQF ESOL

National Qualifications Framework, English for Speakers of Other Languages

These exams are usually associated with English language courses run by local authority colleges.  ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages and avoids what is considered by some to be the politically sensitive word ‘foreign’ as in ‘English as a Foreign Language’ favoured by the private language schools. Pearson say that they provide materials and testing of real life situations that students are likely to encounter.  One other good thing about these exams is that you can enter for a different level for each skill paper depending on your strength.  For example, you may be better at speaking and so take a higher level than your weaker listening ability.  The exam board is Edexcel and they are accredited on the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework).

Pros:  Widely taught in Further Education colleges

Cons:  Courses are rarely available at private English language schools

This English exam is best suited for:  Those looking to progress linguistically for the workplace or education

CEFR Levels: A1 to C1

English Test Format: Paper-based

No of Papers:  3

How long is the exam?  This depends on the level of the exam:

ESOL Entry level 1:  1 hour and 25 minutes

ESOL Entry level 2:  1 hour and 58 minutes

ESOL Entry level 3:  2 hours and 18 minutes 

ESOL Level 1:  3 hours

ESOL Level 2: 3 hours and 5 minutes

Skills Tested:  Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

How long until I get my test score?  Within 6 weeks

How long is the test valid for?  No expiry

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