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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.

B1 ESOL Sample Writing Test

Are you taking the B1 exam, but are worried about the format of the writing section of the exam. Do now worry. Here is a sample writing test that should help you prepare for the exam.

There are normally two writing tasks with clear instructions on the topics. You normally get 1 hour for the writing part of the exam.

Sample Writing Task 1

Your class is planning a social trip one evening. Write a short note to your classmates:
· Outlining your idea
· Explaining your reasons
· Giving dates and times when you are available
· Asking the opinions of your classmates
Write 50-60 words

Sample Writing Task 2

A friend emails you to tell you that they are coming to the UK to learn English. Reply to their email, describing your experiences and giving advice about living and studying in the UK.
Write 100-120 words.

Book your B1 ESOL exam at Eurospeak now. The exam is valid for citizenship and ILR purposes.

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

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 English Test – Berkshire

You can now take your B1 English test in Reading, Berkshire at Eurospeak  Language School, located in the Reading Town Centre.

Who needs the B1 test?

From 28th October 2013, anyone applying for permanent settlement or British Citizenship must pass two exams unless someone is exempt. The two exams are as below:
– Life in the UK Test
– B1 Level ESOL Entry 3 exams in speaking and listening

How long will the B1 test take?

The B1 ESOL test will take about 2.5 hour. The test will consist of a speaking, listening, reading and writing component.

When can you take the test?

At our B1 exam centre in Reading, the test can be taken on all weekdays and even on weekends. The candidate needs to complete the booking at Eurospeak, at least 3 days prior to the test date.

How much does the test cost?

Here are the prices for the B1 test:

Standard: £150 (Results will take 2-3 weeks)
Emergency: £200 (Results will take 4-6 working days)

**An extra charge of £30 will be applied for test taken over the weekends.

Do you offer any discounts?

For bookings made after the 20th of March 2014, we will offer a £15 discount if you refer a friend to our centre for the B1 exam.

Where will the test be held?

We have two centres in Reading. The test will be held either at:

Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
or
Eurospeak, 45 West Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1TZ

How to book your test?

To book your test please call us on: 0118 958 9599 or email us on courses@eurospeak.org.uk or walk to our school in the Reading Town Centre: 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.