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General

About the ECCE

The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) is a standardized high-intermediate level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. You might use an ECCE certificate:
  • As evidence of high-intermediate competence in English for personal, public, educational, and occupational purposes
  • To provide evidence of your level of English to employers
  • When applying for a job or a promotion, or when conducting business with companies worldwide

Level

The ECCE is aimed at the B2 level of the CEFR and is valid for the lifetime of the recipient. Language users at the B2 competency level:
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • (Council of Europe, 2001: 24)

Information Bulletin

The ECCE Information Bulletin (PDF) provides an overview of the exam and includes information about test content, scoring, results, rating scales, as well as sample items.

Format of the ECCE

The ECCE is a test of general language competency in a variety of contexts. The four-component skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are evaluated through a combination of tasks.
Section
Time
Description
Number of Items
Speaking
15 minutes
A structured oral interaction occurs between the examinee and the oral examiner. The interaction involves a visual prompt.
4 stages
Listening
30 minutes
Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.
30
Part 2 (multiple choice)
A recorded radio interview is broken into segments. Groups of questions follow each segment, with brief printed answer choices.
20
Grammar
Vocabulary
Reading
80 minutes
Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
35
Vocabulary (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
35
Reading (multiple choice)
Part 1: A short reading passage is followed by comprehension questions.
Part 2: Short texts are presented as advertisements accompanied by questions.
Part 3: Longer related passages are accompanied by comprehension questions.
30
Writing
30 minutes
A short excerpt from a newspaper, memo, or letter is presented as a writing topic. Examinees can choose to write either a letter or an essay response.
1 task

Preparing for the ECCE

The best preparation for the ECCE is through study and use of the English language. International Centre for Training and Examinations is committed to helping you in your preparation efforts. We provide a range of support materials that you can use to familiarize yourself with the structure and level of the ECCE and to prepare for the exam.
There is no set course, syllabus, or prescribed program of English language study to be taken in preparation for the ECCE. However,
  • General English courses at the high-intermediate or advanced levels will be useful to prepare for the ECCE
  • The test tasks that examinees encounter on the test are similar to what students do in English courses all over the world
  • Many different publishers produce study guides for the ECCE
  • Practice tests are available through our authorized test centers

Resources

Registration Form

ECCE Registration Form (PDF)

Support Materials

ECCE 2009 Sample Test

Writing Prompts

The two writing prompts below are from the 2006 November–December administration of the ECCE.

Speaking Prompts

In the speaking section of the ECCE, the examinee meets individually with an oral examiner at the local test center. The test center may schedule the speaking test before or after the examinee sits for the other sections of the ECCE.
The speaking test consists of four stages:
  • Stage 1: The examinee answers general personal questions.
  • Stage 2: The examinee is presented with a prompt that includes short text and pictures about a problem or situation. The examinee asks the oral examiner questions in order to get information to make a decision.
  • Stage 3: The examinee presents a solution or opinion about the problem or situation that has been discussed in Stage 2 with an explanation about why that solution or opinion is best. Examiners will also ask why the other solution or option was not chosen.
  • Stage 4: The examinee answers further questions that are related to the topic introduced by the prompt.
The speaking test is scored by the oral examiner who administers the speaking test. Examinees are rated ONLY on stages 2, 3, and 4 of the speaking test. A passing score on the test is a rating of C or higher on an A to E scale.
Below are links to speaking prompt information for candidates as well as the information that examiners used when using these prompts while interacting with candidates.

Listening Samples

Listening materials from the 2004 May–June ECCE

Reading Practice

The following reading practice materials are from the 2004 May–June ECCE.

Interpreting Your Reading Results

These three reading tests are part of the GVR section of the ECCE. Performance on the reading items is combined with performance on the grammar and vocabulary items to determine candidates’ scores on the GVR section.
  • Individuals who get less than 50% of the practice reading items correct may find the ECCE particularly challenging
  • Individuals who get 75% of the practice reading items correct will likely be successful on this section of an actual ECCE

Writing Benchmarks

These ECCE sample essays (PDF) from the writing section are benchmarks that have been commented upon by trained raters at Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments. A passing score on the writing section is a rating of C or higher on the A to E scale of the ECCE Writing Levels (PDF).

Scaled Scores

The following document helps explain questions we often receive about scaled scores: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Scaled Scores on the ECCE and ECPE (PDF).

Speaking Score Levels

A passing score on the ECCE speaking test is a rating of C or higher on the A to E scale of the ECCE Speaking Score Levels (PDF).

ECCE Scoring

The listening section and grammar, vocabulary, and reading (GVR) section of the ECCE are scored by computer at Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments using Item Response Theory (IRT). The mathematical model used to produce IRT scores provides accuracy in equating and flexibility in incorporating information from all items across different forms.
Read more about scaled scoring in Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Scaled Scores on the ECCE and ECPE (PDF)
The speaking and writing sections are graded according to rating scales established by the ECCE program. The speaking ratings are assigned by trained oral raters who conduct the speaking section of the exam (see Speaking Test Examiner Qualifications [PDF]). The writing ratings are assigned by raters trained and certified according to Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments’ standards. All writing responses are scored by at least two raters.
Examinees scores on the four sections of the exam are taken into consideration in determining who passes the exam and receives a certificate. Examinees must achieve at least a Low Pass in three sections of the exam and no less than a Borderline Fail in any one section to pass the exam and receive a certificate.

Procedures for Reporting Scores

Listening section and grammar, vocabulary, and reading (GVR) section scores are reported as scaled scores ranging from 1000 to 0. Speaking and writing section scores are reported as band scores ranging from A to E. All examinees receive an examination report that shows their overall performance as well as the levels for each test section. This report helps the test taker determine how well they have done in each area as well as where they may need to improve.
ECCE section scores are reported in five bands. These levels of performance, from highest to lowest, are:
ECCE Five Levels of Performance||~ ||~ Listening & GVR
Writing & Speaking
High Pass (HP)
840 –1000
A
Pass (P)
750 – 835
B
Low Pass (LP)
650 –745
C
Borderline Fail (BF)
610 – 645
D
Fail (F)
0 – 605
E

Interpreting Your Results

The CEFR includes six common reference levels, ranging from basic user to master as defined by the Council of Europe (2001). The ECCE is aimed at the B2 (Vantage) level of the CEFR. Language users at this competency level:
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. (Council of Europe, 2001: 24)
When interpreting an ECCE score report, it is important to remember that the ECCE estimates the examinees’ true competency by approximating the kinds of tasks that they may encounter in real life. Also, temporary factors unrelated to an examinee’s competency, such as fatigue, anxiety, or illness, may affect exam results.

Rescoring

If you wish to have your exam rescored, you can get a rescore request form from the test center where you took the test. Please fill out the form and turn it in at your test center, along with the corresponding fee.
  • You have up to one month after your test results have been issued to request a rescore
  • You will receive your rescore after we have processed the request and returned the information to your test center


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About the ECPE

The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is a standardized English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. It is recognized in several countries as official documentary evidence of advanced proficiency in the English language and can be used for academic and professional purposes. It is accepted by some universities as evidence of proficiency in English if the certificate has been received within the past two years.

Level

The ECPE is aimed at the C2 level of the CEFR and is valid for the lifetime of the recipient. Language users at this proficiency level:
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express [themselves] spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. (Council of Europe, 2001: 24)
Download a copy of the ECPE Information Bulletin (PDF)

Format of the ECPE

The ECPE is a test of general language proficiency in a variety of contexts. The four component skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are evaluated through a combination of tasks.
Section
Time
Description
Number of Items
Speaking
30–35 minutes
Examinees participate in a semistructured, multistage task involving two examinees and two examiners.
1 task
Writing
30 minutes
Examinees write an essay based upon one of two topic choices.
1 task
Listening
35–40 minutes
Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is accompanied by three printed statements.
Examinees choose the statement that conveys the same meaning as what was heard, or that is true based upon the conversation.
50
Part 2 (multiple choice)
A recorded question is accompanied by three printed responses. Examinees choose the appropriate response to the question.

Part 3 (multiple choice)
Three recorded talks, such as those that might be heard on the radio, are each followed by recorded comprehension questions. The questions and the answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Examinees choose the correct answer from the choices.

Grammar
Cloze
Vocabulary
Reading
75 minutes
Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
40
Cloze (multiple choice)
After reading a passage from which words have been removed, examinees must choose one of four words that best fills a missing word slot in terms of grammar and meaning.
20
Vocabulary (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.
40
Reading (multiple choice)
Four reading passages are followed by comprehension questions. Examinees choose the correct answer from the printed answer choices.
20

ECPE Support Materials

ECPE 2011 Sample Materials

The ECPE 2011 sample materials pack comprises a complete, 50-item listening test and three speaking prompts. Before beginning the ECPE 2011 Sample Materials Booklet, please download and read pages 1 through 4 of the ECPE 2011 Sample Materials Guide.

2010 Sample Test

Before beginning the ECPE 2010 sample test, please download and read pages 1 through 4 of the ECPE 2010 Sample Test Guide.

How does the ECPE compare to other exams?
Those receiving an ECCE Certificate would be expected to have language skills comparable to those receiving a Cambridge Proficiency of English (CPE). ECPE Certificate holders are at the C2 level.


Comparison of CEF levels and scores for the various exams
CEF Level
Cambridge ESOL
IELTS
TOEFL iBT
TOEIC
Michigan
BULATS
PTE General
PTE Academic
C2
CPE
9


ECPE

level 5
85+


8



90


C1
CAE,
BEC Higher
7.5
110-120
880


level 4
76-84


6.5



75


B2
FCE,
BEC Vantage
6
87-109

ECCE

level 3
59-75


5



60


B1
PET,
BEC Prelim
4.5
57-86
550


level 2
43-58


4



40


A2
KET





level 1
30-42






20


CEF Levels
Council of Europe levels

Description

C2

Mastery
The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.

Example: CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text, reading almost as quickly as a native speaker.

C1

Effective Operational Proficiency
The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.

Example: CAN deal with hostile questioning confidently. CAN get and hold onto his/her turn to speak.

B2

Vantage
The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.

Example: CAN show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

B1

Threshold
The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with nonroutine information.

Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

A2

Waystage
An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.

Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

A1

Breakthrough
A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.

Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.

Where do I take the test?
Tirane
Elbasan
Fier
Shkoder
Durres
Vlore
Pristina, Kosovo

How much does it cost?

ECCE = 140 Euros (including a Tests Book)
ECPE = 155 Euros (including a Tests Book)

For further details, please contact:
Tirane
Mr. Alket Veliu
International Centre for Training and Examinations
Rruga Pjeter Budi,
Pallati Classic Construction,
Tel:+355 44307370, +355 42382 083,

Elbasan

Lumnis Çela
Helian Demiri
Ymer Leksi
"A. Xhuvani. University,
Main Building,Second Floor
Room 231