B1/ESOL ENT3 Certificate - Flexilearning Centre
This exam tests your ability to communicate with other people in a variety of familiar and formal situations.
In each task, you will be required to listen and respond to others as well as speak clearly to be heard and understood in familiar situations. You must demonstrate that you have the knowledge of English and the language skills to be successful at this level.
Who is this exam for?
Following the new UKBA changes on the 28th October, You can now choose between either the ESOL Entry level 3 exam or the TOIEC B1 level test.
The ESOL exam is ideal for those students whose first language isn’t English and for those who need to apply for either the Indefinite Leave to Remain visa in the UK or the British Nationality.
How is the exam conducted?
The ESOL exam is a speaking and listening exam only. The certificate is recognised by OFQUAL and it contains all the necessary details that the UKBA asks for.
The exam is conducted in a group of about 4 to 6 students, so you won’t feel nervous.
There are four sections to cover and the total time per candidate is about 14 to 17 minutes.
Section 1: Communicating personal information
You will be expected to work with a partner and ask and answer questions about each other’s lives in the UK and / or abroad, past present and future.
Section 2: Communicating information of shared interest
You will give a presentation or a short talk about a topic of interest to you with the other students in the group. For example: describe a place or a person that has special importance for you. Or, talk about and briefly demonstrate a skill, such as cooking or plumbing for example.
You should use visual aids, if possible, to support your presentation. This could be a large photo, maps, tools, or anything else related to your talk.
Finally, you will answer some questions from the listening group and the examiner.
Each candidate should prepare his/her talk before the assessment day.
Section 3: communicating in everyday situations
You will be working in pairs and taking part in a short role-play situation. E.g. booking an appointment, making arrangement… etc. We will provide you with the outline for the situation.
Section 4: Communicating opinions and feelings in a discussion
You will listen to a short dialogue or a text then answer some questions to confirm your understanding. Then a short discussion will follow in which you need to demonstrate your discussion skills.
How do I know my level of English?
If unsure about whether your level of English is sufficient and at the required Entry level 3, then please check your English level first using our assessment page or book an appointment to meet one of our teachers.
- You do not need to know how to read and write to pass the ESOL exam.
- Please allow at least one week before the exam date to practise for the exam, if necessary, and make sure you’re ready.
- It is not necessary to attend any classes if you think your level of English is sufficient enough. However, if you want to register for any practice sessions please click here to be diverted to the ESOL page under ‘I want to practice for an exam’
- Our exam dates are on every week and on demand
- Certificates are usually despatched from the exam board 1 week after the exam date.
There will be an extra charge of £15 if you would like your certificate to be posted to you.
For the B1 level exam, you can do the TOEIC test, please click here to be diverted to the TOEIC test page.