OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS

OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS

At English Center we offer specific courses adapted to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We prepare students for official language exams in English, French and German.

OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS IN ENGLISH

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CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMINATIONS

For children (aged 7-12 years)

Cambridge English: Young Learners is a series of fun and engaging activity-based English language tests. They introduce primary and lower-secondary level students to everyday written and spoken English, and are an excellent way to gain confidence and improve their English. There are three different tests:

  • Starters
  • Movers
  • Flyers

The tests are created for children and use topics they are familiar with. All these exams cover the four language skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

These tests should give students the confidence to go on and study for higher-level exams such as KET (Key English Test) and PET (Preliminary English Test).

For young people (aged from 13 years) and adults:

  • KET (Key English Test): This is the most elementary of Cambridge exams. This level is intended for students to develop the necessary language skills to communicate socially or in the workplace.

This certificate is targeted at level A2 on the CEFR scale.

A school version of this exam is offered to school-aged learners.

  • PET (Preliminary English Test): This exam is the logical step in the language learning journey between Cambridge English: Key (KET) and Cambridge English: First (FCE). This level is intended for students to develop the necessary language skills to interact in various social and work situations in an English-speaking environment.

This certificate is targeted at level B1 on the CEFR scale.

  • FCE (First Certificate in English): This is an upper intermediate level examination for English learners. At this level, students should be able to interact comfortably as tourists, work or study in an English speaking environment.

This certificate is targeted at level B2 on the CEFR scale.

  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): This is an advanced level examination for English learners and recognizes the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life. Universities and companies worldwide accept CAE as proof that the candidate has a good English level to deal with both social and professional situations.

This certificate is targeted at level C1 on the CEFR scale.

  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): This is the fifth and highest level of the Cambridge exams. At this stage, learners are approaching a standard of English similar to that of an educated native speaker, and they can be expected to cope in nearly all situations in an English speaking environment.

This exam is for students who need to use English at international working environments and for post graduate studies.

This certificate is targeted al level C2 on the CEFR scale.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL EXAMS

  • Level A1: Beginners
  • Level A2: Elementary
  • Level B1: Intermediate
  • Level B2: Upper Intermediate.
  • Level C1: Advanced
  • Level C2: Proficiency
OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS IN FRENCH

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OFFICIAL EXAMS OF THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

The DELF and DALF are diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates.

There are six independent diplomas, which correspond, respectively, to the six levels of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française)

DELF is composed of 4 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the CEFRL:

  • DELF A1: This is the beginner or “breakthrough” level of language use. At this stage, the learner is able to interact in a simple way: he can talk about himself and his immediate environment.
  • DELF A2: This level recognizes the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
  • DELF B1: This diploma is for intermediate or “threshold” users. At this level, the user becomes independent. He can maintain interaction: he can understand and maintain a discussion and give his opinion. He is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
  • DELF B2: This diploma certifies a degree of independence that allows the user to construct arguments to defend his opinion, explain his viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his own mistakes.

DELF Junior

The structure of this version is the same as that of the standard version of DELF. Only the topics and the materials are different: these are adapted for young learners.

DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)

DALF is the level required for entry into most French universities. It is composed of 2 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the CEFRL:

  • DALF C1: Language users at this level are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structures discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures.
  • DALF C2: C2 users’ proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL EXAMS

  • Level A1: Beginners
  • Level A2: Elementary
  • Level B1: Intermediate
  • Level B2: Upper Intermediate.
  • Level C1: Advanced
  • Level C2: Proficiency
OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS IN GERMAN

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GOETHE INSTITUT EXAMINATIONS

The Goethe-Institut’s German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills at the highest level:

LEVEL A1: The Goethe-Institut offers two versions of exam for level A1:

  • SD1 (Start Deutsch 1): This is an exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.
  • Fit1 (Fit in Deutsch 1): This is an examfor children and young people between 10 and 16 years of age. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

LEVEL A2: The Goethe-Institut offers two versions of exam for level A2:

  • SD2 (Start Deutsch 2): Thisis an exam for adults. It requires elementary language skills and corresponds to the second level (A2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.
  • Fit2 (Fit in Deutsch 2): Thisis an exam for young people between the ages of 12 and 16. It certifies that candidates have acquired basic language skills and corresponds to the second level (A2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

LEVEL B1: The Goethe-Institut offers two versions of exam for level B1:

  • B1 (Adults): This is an exam for adults. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.
  • B1 (Young People): This is an exam for young people. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

LEVEL B2: This is an exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired advanced language skills and corresponds to the fourth level (B2) of the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

LEVEL C1: This is an exam for adults. It certifies that candidates have acquired advanced language skills and corresponds to the fifth level (C1) of the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

LEVEL C2: This is an exam for adults.  It certifies that candidates have acquired extremely advanced language skills and corresponds to the sixth level (C2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR.

TestDaF: This is an advanced-level language exam. It covers levels B2 to C1 on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the CEFR. The certificate issued upon successful completion of all four sections of the TestDaF exam at TestDaF level 4 will act as evidence of the language skills needed to gain admission to almost any subject and degree course at universities and institutions of higher education in Germany.

BULATS (Deutsch-Test für den Beruf): This BULATS Deutsch-Test für den Beruf exam is a German test for adults that can be used to determine candidates’ language skills in a workplace setting.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL EXAMS

  • Level A1: Beginners
  • Level A2: Elementary
  • Level B1: Intermediate
  • Level B2: Upper Intermediate.
  • Level C1: Advanced
  • Level C2: Proficiency

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