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International ESOL Diploma

Is a combination of City & Guilds International ESOL and International Spoken ESOL tests and as such gives testimony of students' communicative competencies in all four skill-areas of writing, reading, listening and speaking. Due to the comprehensive range of skills covered by the International ESOL Diploma, it is recognised by governments and universities in many parts of the world.

The diploma can be taken at six levels and was developed from the Common European Framework (CEF).

Assessment is covered by taking two papers:

        International Spoken ESOL (8985) which assesses real speaking ability through a one to
         one structured interview

        International ESOL (8984) - a single exam paper which covers listening, reading and writing.

The testing is on demand, so a candidate and centre can choose their own dates.

Levels and recognition

There are six levels linked to the Common European Framework (CEF). The upper levels, Expert and Mastery, are recognised by many English speaking universities as evidence of language proficiency for entry purposes. Have a look at  who recognises our International ESOL and SESOL Qualifications. You can also browse our recognitions search page for information about other qualifications.

The Diploma is also approved by the UK's Border Agency as evidence of English proficiency for skilled and highly skilled migrants wishing to work or live in the UK. To find out more please visit the dedicated section on the Home Office website.

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