B1 ESOL Test – Frequently asked questions

Is it necessary to take classes before the B1 test?

Although it  is not mandatory to take classes to take the B1 test, if your level of English is not B1 standard, we highly recommend that you take classes to improve before you sit the exam. We run general English classes and can also arrange bespoke B1 test preparation classes for you. Here is a good video for B1 test.

How do I know if my English is B1 level?

If you are unsure what level your English is, please complete our online level test here: English Level Test. You level of English is Intermediate (B1 Level) if you score 60+. However, please note that the B1 test is a speaking and listening test and your level in these competencies may vary. Please speak to one of our advisors for a bespoke assessment of your level.

For a sample of B1 level English in a B1 exam, please watch the sample video, here: Sample B1 Speaking Test Video

Can I apply for leave to remain in the UK with an EMDQ B1 Qualification?

The UKVI website says:

You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English level B1 qualification that’s one of the following:
– on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications
– an ESOL qualification at Entry 3 or higher (eg Level 1 or 2) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
– an ESOL qualification at Scottish Qualifications Framework levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland

EMDQ qualifications is on the OFQUAL register (Qualification Number: 600/7040/7).  Going by this UKVI criterion, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or British Citizenship with an EMDQ B1 ESOL Certificate. For the qualification to be acceptable, you must pass all four modules (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing).

However please note that we are not immigration advisors and we strongly recommend that you speak to a lawyer or immigration advisor for any immigration related advise.

What is the B1 test for a British passport/citizenship?

The B1 ESOL test is a English test, which is required by the UKVI (since October 2013) for those who need to prove their knowledge of English for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

How much time does it take to get B1 test result?

After you sit the B1 test, you will receive the results within 10-14 working days. If you pay the additional fee for the premium / emergency service, you will receive your results within 5 working days.

What is the structure of the B1 test?

The test is 20 minutes long, and two candidates sit together with an ESOL examiner. The examiner asks both candidates questions on various topics, such as: work, home, family, school and hobbies. The examiner will direct the conversation, and the candidates will talk about different subjects to each other, and to the examiner. The candidates may also have to ask each other two or three questions. For a sample of the B1 test format, please look here:
LRN Sample B1 Test

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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