The 8 most common English exams

I want to share with you a brief summary of the main English certificates that you have at your disposal.

The next information is not intended as an exhaustive English exam list (what I think is not very useful) but rather a summary of the most well-known English certificates.

The aim of this post is to help you to clarify your mind and to take the best approach to English exams.
An English certificate is indeed a very useful tool. Sometimes even strictly necessary for you. But not every English learner needs to take an English exam.

For every English exam in this list I’m going to describe:

  • Acronym
  • Name
  • Main purpose of the exam : General, academic or business English exam…
  • Validity of the score

Before listing the most common English exams I just want to remember you that it’s basic to apply for the right exam. The one that’s going to open the doors you need to be open.
In later posts we are going to talk about that more deeply…

 
The 8 most common English exams
 

Most Common English Exams

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Main use… Academic English exam (mainly for US universities).
    For studying in English speaking countries or for taking courses with English content.
  • Score validity… 2 years

 

IELTS

International English Language Testing System

  • Main use… Academic English exam (mainly for British and Australian universities).
    For studying in English speaking countries or for taking courses with English content. (A general English version also available).
  • Score validity… 2 years

 

TOEIC

Test of English for International Communication

  • Main use… Business English exam that tests communication skills.
  • Score validity… 2 years

 

FCE

First Certificate of English

  • Main use… General English exam for strong intermediate students.
  • Score validity… No expiration

 

CAE

Certificate in Advanced English

  • Main use… General English exam for strong advanced students.
  • Score validity… No expiration

 

CPE

Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • Main use… General English exam for students with a near native English speaker level.
  • Score validity… No expiration

 

ECCE

Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English

  • Main use…General English exam that emphasizes on the communicative use of English.
  • Score validity… No expiration

 

ECPE

Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • Main use…Academic English exam typically used in university or professional contexts.
  • Score validity…No expiration

 

And Remember…

The 8 most common English exams_

 
– Did you pass an English exam in the past?
– Are you looking to take an exam in the future?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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