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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 Speaking and Listening Examination

We are now running the Ofqual approved B1 Speaking and Listening   test approved by LRN. These tests take place at Eurospeak’s campus in the Reading Town Centre. and are held every Saturday or Sunday.

The B1 test will take about 17 minutes. In the test you are paired up with another candidate and are interviewed by the examiner.  To see a sample B1 exam, click below:

Sample B1 Speaking and Listening Test 

From 28th October 2013, anyone applying for permanent residence, settlement, naturalisation, ILR 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 exam approved by OFQUAL

How to book your test?
Step 1: Fill out the application form online
Step 2: Email a copy of your ID (passport or driving licence or residence permit) to courses@eurospeak.org.uk
Step 3: Call us on 0118 958 9599 to pay via debit/credit card or Pay in person at our school premises or pay via bank transfer (Eurospeak Language School, Account Number: 04294181, Sort Code: 403804) with reference as your first name.

OR

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, Berkshire, RG1 2HX and we can help you book it.

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 exam in Reading Berkshire

Eurospeak is running the B1 speaking, listening, reading and writing exam in the Reading Town Centre. The exam is run at Eurospeak Language School and is held about 2 times per week.  To apply for the exam, candidates need to email us on courses@eurospeak.org.uk or call us on 0118 958 9599.

The exam takes approximately 2.5 hours. The speaking part of the test takes about 10 to 15 minutes and the listening part takes 30 minutes.

The price for the test is £150 if you want result in 2 to 3 weeks and £200 if you want the result within 1 week.

The next exams will be held on Thursday, 13th March and Friday, 14th March. If you want to book, you need to confirm your booking at least 3 working days before the examination date.

So if you are looking to take the B1 exam / test for your ILR, Residence, Indefinite or Citizenship application, please get in touch with Eurospeak now.

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.