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ECCE Certificate of Competency in English

The Certificate of Competency (ECCE) constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at B2 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

ECCE Format and Content
Section Time Description # of questions
Listening 30 min Part I: A short recorded conversation followed by a question. Answer choices are given as pictures. 30
Part II: A recorded radio interview played in segments. Each segment is followed by questions, with brief printed answer choices. 20
Grammar,
Vocabulary,
Reading (GVR)
80 min Grammar: An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct. 35
Vocabulary: An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct. 35
Reading

Part I: A short text followed by comprehension questions.
Part II: Short texts presented as advertisements and followed by questions.

Part III: Longer texts followed by comprehension questions.

30
Writing 30 min Choosing between writing a letter or essay. 1 subject
Speaking 10-15 min A conversation between candidate and examiner on topics set by the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan.

 

The three first parts (Listening, GVR, and Writing) comprise the written section of the examination and are administered at the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even at the same day of the written examinations.

The test is designed for English language learners and reflects the preparation and the methodology used for practice in the classroom. The exercises are similar to the ones included in the textbooks or any other teaching material for learning English.

Dialects or background noise are never used in the listening section.  Candidates hear only speeches or conversations from speakers with Standard American English as a mother tongue.

ECPE Certificate of Proficiency in English

The ECPE certificate constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at a C2 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

ECPE holders can obtain the corresponding proficiency certification from the Greek Ministry of Education.

 

ECPE Format and Content
Section Time Description # of questions
Writing 30 min An essay based upon one of the two topics. 1 subject
Listening 35-40 min Part I: A short recorded conversation followed by three printed answer choices. 50
Part II: A recorded question followed by three questions.
Part III: Three recorded talks followed d by recorded comprehension questions.
Grammar,
Cloze,
Vocabulary,
Reading
75 min Grammar (multiple choice): An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct. 40
Cloze: After reading a text from which words have been removed, candidates must choose one out of a total of four words. 20
Vocabulary: An incomplete sentence followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct. 40
Reading comprehension: 4 texts followed by comprehension questions. 20
Speaking 25-35 min A conversation between two candidates guided by 2 examiners.

 

The three first parts (Listening, GVR and Writing) comprise the written section of the examination and are administered at the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even at the same day of the written examinations.

The test is designed for English language learners and reflects the preparation and the methodology used for practice in the classroom. The exercises are similar to the ones included in the textbooks or any other teaching material for learning English.

Dialects or background noise are never used in the listening section. Candidates hear only speeches or conversations from speakers with Standard American English as a mother tongue.