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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.

Is LRN B1 Test acceptable by UKBA for ILR and Citizenship application?

What is LRN (Learning Resource Network)?

LRN is recognised as an awarding body by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator in England and for vocational qualifications both in England and Northern Ireland.

LRN creates qualifications for educational institutes, training providers, schools and employers. LRN has a wide portfolio English Qualifications for those who want to boost their English language skills for their professional or personal development. These qualifications are internationally recognised by employers, governments and professional bodies as providing proof of the skills and abilities they are looking for.

The UKVI website says:

You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English level B1 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

The LRN ESOL Qualification is on the OFQUAL register (Qualification Number: 600/4279/5). Going by this UKVI criterion, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or British Citizenship with an LRN B1 ESOL Certificate.

The LRN Entry 3 test is a Speaking and Listening test that lasts about 17 minutes.  In the test you are tested on your English Pronunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Discourse Management and Listening Comprehension. This is normally done via a discussion with you. You are NOT expected to know any grammar terminology.

You can see a Sample LRN Entry 3 Speaking and Listening test here. Also here are some common speaking topics for the B1 test.

So, what are you waiting for. Book your B1 test at Eurospeak now.

To book, you can call us at 0118 958 9599
or email courses@eurospeak.org.uk
or visit us at Eurospeak,29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX

**Despite our working knowledge of B1 ESOL exams, we are not immigration advisors and we recommend that you speak to your lawyer or immigration advisor for any immigration related advice.

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 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.