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B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Exam for Citizenship & Indefinite Leave

Recently the UKBA changed a number of rules regarding immigration, as well as citizenship applications and rules for applying. The removal of SELT tests and centres for Citizenship applications means that from April 6th 2015, there are two categories by which people can meet the English language requirement to apply for British citizenship.

You can have an English language test that is on the list of Home Office approved tests (IELTS, Cambridge Exams, Pearson) or you can meet the English language requirement by having a qualification which is at B1 Level or higher, and on the Ofqual register.

Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application
Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application

NOCN (National Open College Network)’s B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 qualification is on the Ofqual register and is acceptable for citizenship an ILR applications.

For more information, or some sample B1 ESOL Exam material, please contact us on.

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.

 

B1 Exams – A Guide

“Do I need to take the B1 exam?”

We cannot give immigration advice, and we do not know your situation. The B1 Exam is valid for citizenship and ILR (indefinite leave to remain applications). Please speak to your lawyer or immigration advisor to see if you need to take the exam.

“Is the certificate/exam acceptable by the UKBA?”

Yes. The qualification is on the Ofqual register, and is acceptable by the UKBA for visa applications.

“When is the next exam?”

We run the exams every weekend, on either Saturday or Sunday.

Our next dates are: Sunday 15th February and Saturday 21st February.

“How long does the exam take?”

The exam takes 25 minutes in total, and consists of Speaking and Listening. Although the exam takes 25 minutes, you will need to be at the venue for around 1 hour.

“What is the format of the exam?”

  1. Candidates sit one-to-one with the examiner and the examiner asks questions relating to an audio track. The candidate should answer verbally.
  2. The candidate and the examiner will act out a role play of an everyday scenario.
  3. Up to 4 candidates will have an informal discussion together, on a topic given by the examiner.

“When do I get the result?”

The result will come in 10 working days for standard exams.

“Will I know the result on the day?”

No. We only find out the result when we receive the certificate.

“Do I need to take classes?”

No, if your English is good enough, you can just take the exam.

“Do you have any practice material?”

Yes, we can email you some sample exam material with practice questions and sample videos.

“Can you do any discount on the price?”

We can do discount for referrals. If you can refer a friend or family member, we will give them a discount of £10.

“Who is the awarding body?”

The awarding body is called National Open College Network (NOCN), and their exam is on the Ofqual register, and therefore, valid by the UKBA for ILR & citizenship applications.

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.

Is the NOCN Entry Level 3 ESOL Qualification accepted by the UKBA?

If you are planning to apply for Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) or British Citizenship, you will need to take the B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Speaking & Listening Exam. This exam is purely for candidates who wish to apply for ILR or Citizenship, and there are a number of different awarding bodies who issue acceptable certificates.

In accordance with the UKVI website:

“You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English level B1, B2, C1 or C2 level qualification that’s one of the following:

  • 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
  • on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications

Therefore, the NOCN Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (speaking and listening) (Entry 3) (QCF)  qualification meets the requirements as it is Entry Level 3, and is on the Ofqual register.

Here is the link to the Ofqual register which outlines the qualification details: http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/601_4011_2

If you are interested in taking this exam in Reading, Berkshire or live in a neighbouring county, like Wiltshire or Oxfordshire, please contact us for more information.

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.

Best video for B1 test preparation

The best video to help you prepare for your B1 ESOL test which is required for British Citizenship and ILR. This video is the ultimate guide to doing well in the B1 exam.

In the video, our ESOL tutor, Andrew, explains the format of the B1 test as well as gives some very useful advice on doing well in the B1 exam. He also covers some sample questions that can be asked in the exam and advises on how to answer them.

Book the B1 exam at Eurospeak. Call 0118 958 9599 or visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX to book your test.

Special offer: Share this video on Facebook and get £10 off the price of your B1 exam at Eurospeak. We run the test every Saturday or Sunday.

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.

 

B1 test during the weekend

Are you working during the week but need to take the B1 exam for your Citizenship and ILR. Then why don’t you consider doing the B1 ESOL test during the weekend. Eurospeak runs the B1 speaking and listening test every Saturday or Sunday.

The test takes about 20 minutes and normally is held between 10 am and 2 pm.  We are located in the Reading town centre about 5 minutes walk from the train station.

So what are you waiting for. Book the weekend B1 test at Eurospeak now. To book, call us on 01189589599 or fill out our online application form or visit: 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX.

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.

 

 

Speaking Topics in B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Exams – Part 2 of 3

The speaking topics for B1 ESOL Exams are the kind of things people talk about in everyday life. These topics typically include: Home, Family and Friends, Work and School, Likes and Dislikes and Weather.

Family and Friends:
• Are you married?
• Tell me about your family.
• Do you have a big or a small family?
• What do you usually do with your family?
• Do you have a few close friends, or lots of friends?
• What do you usually do with your friends?
• How did you meet your best friend?

Home:
• What type of house do you live in?
• Do you live locally?
• Tell me about your house.
• How many people live in your house?
• What is your favourite room in your house, and why?
• Where would be your perfect place to live?

Work and School:
• Tell me about your job/studies.
• What would be your perfect job?
• What do you plan to do in the future?
• Why do you think it is important to learn English?
• Do you think university is important for young people?
• How has your education affected your life?

Likes and Dislikes:
• Tell me what you like to read.
• How often do you read?
• What kind of films do you like?
• Do you go to the cinema very often?
• Tell me about the music you listen to.
• Do you like concerts and live music?
• Have you ever been to a music festival?
• What do you do at the weekends, or in your free time?

Weather:
• How is the weather today?
• Tell me about the weather in your country.
• How is the weather in the UK different to the weather in your country?
• What is your favourite season, and why?
• What do you do in summer?
• What do you think about British weather?
• What do you like least about the weather?

I hope these article on Speaking topics in B1 was helpful. If feel ready, book your B1 test at Eurospeak now. Tests run every Saturday or Sunday! Call: 01189589599 to book.

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.

Free Life in the UK Practice – Eurospeak Offer

Book the B1 ESOL test at Eurospeak and get access to unlimited free life in the UK practice tests.

The “Free life in the UK test practice” website helps people prepare for the Life in the UK Test 2014 to meet the latest requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen or indefinite leave to remain in the UK. A series of random questions are put together on topics covered in the “Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition” of Life in the UK.

The questions in the life in the UK practice tests on the website are not official questions but assist you to prepare for the test and to check if you are ready for the test. Just as in the official test, you are allowed up to 45 minutes to answer 24 questions. The pass mark is 75%, i.e. 18 questions.

If you want to book the B1 test at Eurospeak, please call us on 0118 958 9599 or visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX.

You can also pay £19.99 to buy life in the UK from the website itself and get £20 off from the B1 course at Eurospeak. Visit this website to book from the website: www.mylifeinuktest.com/offer

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.

Speaking Topics in B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Exams – Part 1 of 3

The speaking topics for B1 ESOL Exams are the kind of things people talk about in everyday life. These topics typically include: Home, Family and Friends, Work and School, Likes and Dislikes and Weather. Here are some topics that may help you familiarise yourself with the exam.

Family and Friends:
• Are you married?
• Tell me about your family.
• Do you have a big or a small family?
• What do you usually do with your family?
• Do you have a few close friends, or lots of friends?
• What do you usually do with your friends?
• How did you meet your best friend?

Home:
• What type of house do you live in?
• Do you live locally?
• Tell me about your house.
• How many people live in your house?
• What is your favourite room in your house, and why?
• Where would be your perfect place to live?

Work and School:
• Tell me about your job/studies.
• What would be your perfect job?
• What do you plan to do in the future?
• Why do you think it is important to learn English?
• Do you think university is important for young people?
• How has your education affected your life?

Likes and Dislikes:
• Tell me what you like to read.
• How often do you read?
• What kind of films do you like?
• Do you go to the cinema very often?
• Tell me about the music you listen to.
• Do you like concerts and live music?
• Have you ever been to a music festival?
• What do you do at the weekends, or in your free time?

Weather:
• How is the weather today?
• Tell me about the weather in your country.
• How is the weather in the UK different to the weather in your country?
• What is your favourite season, and why?
• What do you do in summer?
• What do you think about British weather?
• What do you like least about the weather?

We hope these topics help you prepare for the B1 test. To book the test, please give us a call on 0118 958 9599 or email: courses@eurospeak.org.uk or  visit Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX

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.

B1 ESOL Entry 3 test centres near Oxfordshire

If you are looking to take the B1 ESOL English test for your UK Citizenship or ILR application, Eurospeak Language School in Reading is your most convenient choice.

Reading is located in the heart of South of England and is very accessible from surrounding counties such as Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Gloucestershire & North Hampshire.

Some of the towns and cities in Oxfordshire where our previous B1 Entry 3 ESOL test takers have  come from include:

Abingdon-on-Thames, Banbury, Bicester, Burford, Carterton, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Didcot, Faringdon, Henley-on-Thames, Neithrop, Oxford, Ruscote, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington, Weston Otmoor, Witney, Woodstock

How to get to Reading?

Reading is easily accessible from Oxford by Train and Car. Trains run every 15 to 20 minutes.

Oxford to Reading train timings on a Sunday morning
Oxford to Reading train timings on a Sunday morning

 

 

 

 

 

A drive from Oxford to Reading takes only about 50 minutes.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your B1 test at Eurospeak now. We are one of the most popular B1 ESOL test centres near Oxfordshire. We run the English B1 test every Saturday or Sunday. The test takes only 20 minutes.

Call us on 0118 958 9599 or Email us on courses@eurospeak.org.uk or Visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX

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.