The Spoken Exam ESOL

LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) – the ‘Spoken Exam’

LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) qualification is usually referred to as the ‘Spoken Exam’.

Speaking Exam very enjoyable and fun to take, as candidates participate in a guided conversation with a LanguageCert Interlocutor (who does not assess) on different topics, such as inviting friends somewhere, talking about their hobbies or giving your opinion with certain arguments to contradict a point of view. The nature of the tasks changes according to level.

The Spoken Exam offers a range of tangible benefits:

  • Student and teacher-friendly exam, requiring little exam-specific preparation
  • Exam duration: about 15 minutes depending on the qualification level
  • Individual interview, so that candidates perform at their best
  • Pass mark: at least 50%
  • LanguageCert Certificate in International English for Speakers of Other Languages (Speaking) awarded to successful candidates

What are the assessment rules of the Spoken Exam?

The LanguageCert International ESOL suite of examinations is directly aligned to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) produced by the Council of Europe. The Spoken Exam is rigorously assessed against CEFR specified criteria. The grades awarded will be either High Pass, Pass or Fail.

International ESOL PartTotal Maximum Score

High Pass35-50 out of 50
Pass25-34 out of 50
Fail0-24 out of 50

All Markers are approved by LanguageCert and undergo rigorous and frequent training and moderation, to ensure that grades are awarded strictly in accordance with CEFR levels and LanguageCert examination requirements.

LanguageCert International ESOL (Speaking) – Sample interviews

The following videos are samples of the LanguageCert International ESOL Spoken Exam (B2 – Communicator Level).

Their function is the demonstration of the exam’s format and features, as well as of possible topics.

They are not intended to be used as guidelines for assessment.


Sapientify is dedicated to prepare students who want to take the Spoken and/or written ESOL exam succeed! We have an accredited ESOL speaking Interlocutor on board that can help you prepare in a minimum amount of time. If you need more information or preparation hours, please contact us via email, social media or our phone number!