How International English Exams Work?

These days there are talks about some international tests and the opportunity that the ILI has provided for the students to test themselves and at the same time have the chance of getting an internationally accepted certificate in English language skills.

If you want to get more info about these tests this post tries to help you.

What is KET?

KET stand for Key English Test and can be called one of the easiest of English exams. You need to be only an Elementary student of English language with, and you have a good chance of getting the passing score! This test helps you be sure that you have the basic knowledge and ability of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

How many parts does the test have?

Like most exams, KET has reading, writing, listening a speaking sections.

How long is the test?

Te test takes about 105 minutes at most; 70 minutes for reading & writing, 25 minutes for listening and about 10 minutes for speaking.

How can I understand that I have passed?

If you get any of A, B, or C scores, you have passed the exam. D, E, or U means fail!

What is PET?

PET that stands for Preliminary English Test is suitable for Low Intermediate/Pre Intermediate students of English. If you pass this test you can happily spend your holidays in foreign countries but it does not mean you have leaned everything. You have to continue studying English …There is a long way!!

What is the test like?

It tests your four skills of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. There are two ways for taking the test: paper-based and computer- based. You can do the PET on a computer or on paper. The computer- based test is available every 1 month and the paper- based test is available every 2 months.

There are levels for the result of the exam: Pass, Pass with merit, narrow fail, and fail.

What is FCE?

It stands for the First Certificate of English and it is the most important exam. An Intermediate + student can easily take this exam and get a passing grade. A person with this certificate can be for example a good your guide!

What is the test like?

It has 5 parts and takes around 240 minutes

  1. Reading, 60 minutes
  2. Writing, 80 minutes
  3. Use of English , 45 minutes
  4. Listening, 40 minutes
  5. Speaking, normally with another candidate, 15 minutes

Like PET, You can do the FCE exam on a computer or on paper. The paper-based test can be taken in March, May, June, August and December. The computer-based test can be taken in February, April, July, August and November.

How are the grades?

A, B, Or C mean pass D, E, or U show you have failed!

(If you get an A, you can enter some universities)

What is IELTS?

IELTS stand for the International English Language Testing System. It is for getting the language ability of to study or work in places where English is their first or second language. You need IELTS for entering a university in the UK and other countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. More than 1.4 million people a year take the test.

What is the IELTS test like?

You can choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the test but the listening and speaking sections are the same?

The test has four sections:

  1. Listening , 30 minutes
  2. Speaking , 15 minutes
  3. Reading – (different for Academic or General Training) – 60 minutes
  4. Writing – (different for Academic or General Training )- 60 minutes

Level and scores?

There are scores between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.

What is TOEFL?

It stands for Test Of English as Foreign Language.
You need it to enter universities in the United States.

Who is it for?

More than 27 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to show their English-language ability. The level for taking the test is between Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Students planning to study at a higher education school
  • English-language learners who want to check their progress
  • Students and workers applying for visas

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)a lso checks the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English that is spoken, written and heard in college and university atmosphere.

What are versions of the TOEFL test?

You can do the test on paper or on a computer, depending on where you live. The test comes in two formats:

  1. paper-based test (PBT)
  2. next generation computer-based test (iBT)

What is the TOEFL test like?

The next generation TOEFL iBT test has four sections:

Reading,60 to 100 minutes

Listening,60 to 90 minutes

Speaking,20 minutes

Writing,50 minutes


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  1. marvasti zadeh November 3, 2013 at 16:37 - Reply

    where is GRE exam???

  2. A student May 12, 2013 at 16:04 - Reply


  3. exam software June 18, 2012 at 00:40 - Reply

    I work with a company that administers computer based testing and find that those that do well on computer based exams come prepared with a good night’s sleep, know the basic functions of a computer, and have studied months in advance. Experts say the best advice is to just relax and do your best. Best of luck to everyone!

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