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Reading and Writing

(1 hour 30 minutes)

Reading: 7 parts,

Writing: 2 parts


Shows you can read and understand the main points from graphs or charts, messages and emails, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly. You are also required to be able to produce two short pieces of writing: an internal communication, such as a note or a message, and some business correspondence, such as an email or a letter.


(about 40 minutes, including transfer time)

4 parts


Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials including interviews and discussions about everyday life.


(12 minutes per pair of candidates)

3 parts


Shows your spoken English as you take part in conversation, asking and answering questions, and talking freely about your opinions, for example, when discussing business-related topics. Your Speaking test will be face-to-face with one or two other candidates. This makes your test more realistic and more reliable.

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