The European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages (ECL) is an interestingly called organisation that is simply an association that brings together several entities that represent European languages. They provide standardised assessments for EU member states and applicant countries’ languages. The ECL language examinations are these standardised tests. The ECL provides a single method for taking several language competence examinations, which is fantastic information for Europeans (or whomever) who desire to do so. The exam results are accepted in all member nations without the need for national validation. The sad fact is that, despite the organization’s purpose of standardising exams for any and all EU languages, it currently only handles 15 of them: Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Bulgarian, Russian, Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Polish, Romanian,, Serbian, Slovak, and Spanish.
You should first deposit the exam cost before taking the exam. The test price is determined by the Consortium in Euros, but the Country ECL Language Exam Center decides it in the provided national currency. As a result, rates may vary from place to location. Feel free to contact the national testing centre directly for further information on how to pay the cost. Before taking the exam, read the ECL’s general guidance to ensure you understand the examination guidelines. To undertake an ECL language assessment, you must first register at one of the approved testing centres. ECL tests are given in more than 200 locations around Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. On the ECL test website, you can discover your local exam centre.
In February, April, June, October, and December, the testing takes place five times a year. English and German examinations are available during each of the five examination periods, but tests for these other languages are only available twice a year. Distinct language levels have different testing dates.
The ECL language tests use a four-level structure modified from the Common European Framework to assess your language abilities. A2, B1, B2, and C1 is the scale. There are four components to the exam: oral, writing, listening and reading. Each skill is assessed through two tasks, each of which is graded on a range of 0 to 5, with a total potential score of 25 points for each component. If you score at least 40% on the oral and listening skills, and your aggregate average is at least 60%, you will pass the oral test. The written test will be passed with a score of 60% overall and 40% in writing and reading abilities.
The amount of time allotted to finish the entire exam varies depending on the degree of language competence. People who have taken the A1 level test, for example, will have 35 minutes to complete the reading portion and 45 minutes to accomplish the writing portion, but those taking the C1 level will have 45 minutes to read and 90 minutes to write. The test does not include any grammatical examinations or translation exercises, which is strange (but wonderful news to virtually everyone). On the ECL website, you may learn more about the exam’s format and components.
Your language tutor will undoubtedly assist you in achieving a good score on your language exam. Several of our professors have prior experience assisting kids with exams.
It’s also a good idea to acquaint yourselves with the test ahead of time. The ECL provides practice examinations in all of the areas in which you can take exams. The oral skills would be the only aspect that would have been more difficult to practise. Telling your language instructor that you’re studying for a proficiency exam is usually a smart idea since they may tailor your classes to assist you to prepare for the exam.