О Экзаменационно-образовательном центре Universal Test

Экзаменационно-образовательный центр
Universal Test проводит курсы подготовки к международным экзаменам по английскому и немецкому языкам:

IELTS • TOEFL • TOEFL Junior • GMAT • GRE • TOEIC • SAT • SSAT • ECL • TestDaF • Goethe-Zertifikat

Экзаменационно-образовательный центр Universal Test является лидером среди языковых школ Киева с 15-летним стажем работы. Наши преподаватели - высококвалифицированные специалисты в сфере обучения английскому и немецкому языкам. Мы обладаем колоссальным опытом работы и знаниями в сфере международного тестирования.

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г. Киев, ул. Б. Хмельницкого, 40/25

м. Университет | м. Золотые Ворота

+38 (044) 288-04-83 | +38 (093) 898-94-59

e-mail info@toefl-ielts.org skype universal.test

ECL

ecl-preparation

About Exams

ECL is an examination system that has been developed for 15 languages. Examination Center Universal Test has been a test center since 2014 and regularly takes English and German exams. There is also enrollment of candidates for other language exams represented by the system. European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages is an association of institutions for teaching European languages. Universal Test has become a test center for the ECL international examination system since 2014, see the website of the examination system.

 

Accreditation of exams

The recognized examinations on the foreign language proficiency meet the qualification criteria developed by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).
The organizer and developer of tests for Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages is in the list of institutions with associate membership of ALTE (see also the membership declaration).

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ECL exam centers

Our examination center is also interested in cooperation with certified Czech, Slovak and Polish philologists, as well as with language schools for training the languages represented in the ECL system.

 

ECL examination system languages

Examination educational center regularly administers English and German exams, performs enrollment of candidates for levels A2-C1 of the international French, Spanish and Italian language exam.

 

Who and Why needs ECL exam

ECL certificate is recognized for:

studing-blueAdmission to European universities, colleges and schools

pass-visa-blueEuropean visa and residence permit

j+jj  Scientists, candidates for granting of academic titles

working-blueEmployment in Ukraine and abroad

Advantages of ECL exam

  • A single format for ECL language exams
  • ECL certificates have unlimited validity in time

There is no need of taking the exam every time it is necessary to confirm the level of knowledge.

  • ECL is the most affordable international test
  • ECL exams are designed in view of all the advantages and disadvantages of other international tests.

The primary advantages in comparison with other tests are a simplified format and reduced content.

  • Possibility to take separate units of exam

You may obtain a partial certificate for a written (writing + reading) or oral (listening + speaking) block. It is important to note that this certificate does not state whether you passed the second block of the test. Thus, failing one of the blocks will not affect the overall assessment. You just get a certificate for the block that you passed successfully. This doubles the chances for obtaining an ECL certificate.

Is it necessary to get such kind of certificate? Sure it is. The ECL partial certificate is recognized in Europe. For many candidates it is not even required to pass all test assignments. For example, professional translators are only required to obtain a written certificate of the C1 level. Therefore, everything depends only on the purpose for which you need a certificate.

  • Flexible complex evaluating system

If there are not enough points on one part of the ECL test, you have a chance to improve the overall assessment by the second in this block (for writing – reading, for listening – speaking). In this case, the arithmetic mean is calculated. If the score for one of the parts is below 60%, but above 40%, it will simply be added to the partial one and the result will be divided in half. Thus, you can get a certificate if your total result is above 60%.

ECL aims

  • Create a single, reliable and effective system for foreign languages proficiency
  • Guarantee for candidates and employers internationally comparable results and issued certificates without any legal confirmation of them in each country (nostrification)
  • Support and encourage the dissemination of standardized foreign languages courses, promote the teaching of foreign languages to residents of European countries, both in the school system and out-of-school education

The content and volume of ECL tests are established on the basis of serious scientific research results and pilot testing of experimental groups.

ECL exams measure oral and written language skills in everyday communication within standard, professional and personal discourse of different levels of complexity.

ECL exam format

Levels A1 B1 B2 C1
Reading
Time (minutes) 35 35 45 45
Number of tasks 2 2 2 2

There may be more than one text in each part.

Number of Words (only of the texts and tasks) Total: 400-600 Total: 500-700 Total: 800-1000 Total: 1000-1300
Number of Questions Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part)
Writing
Time (minute) 45 50 75 90
Number of Tasks 2 2 2 2
Number of words Total: 150 Total: 250 Total: 400 Total: 600
Listening
Time (minute) ca. 25 ca. 25-30 ca. 30-35 ca. 35-40
Number of Tasks 2 2 2 2
Number of Words (only of the recorded texts) Total: 400-600 Total: 500-700 Total: 800-1000 Total: 1200-1500
Number of Questions Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part) Total: 20 (10 per each part)
Speaking
Time (minute) ca. 20 ca. 20 ca. 20 ca. 20
Number of Tasks 2 2 2 2

 

Parts of the exam

Writing

The candidate is required to write two essays with a certain number of words on the given topics. It is allowed to use the dictionary.

Grammar  (morphology and syntax) 0-5 points
Writing  (text construction and spelling) 0-5 points
Vocabulary (range and diversity) 0-5 points
Style (stylistic and thematic correspondence to the given topic) 0-5 points
Communicative effectiveness (ability to accomplish the task in particular situation) 0-5 points

 

Reading

Demonstrates the ability of candidate to understand the general sense of the topic without using a dictionary.

The candidate is invited to read two texts and complete the tasks to them.

Listening

Demonstrates the ability of candidate to understand information by ear.

The candidate is invited to listen to two texts twice, and then take the test by answering the questions.

Oral Communication

Demonstrates communication skills

Candidates are interviewed in pairs (an odd number of candidates are interviewed in threes).

Case 1. Acquaintance

Introduction. The main purpose is to relieve stress, adapt to the examination situation, as well as gather information about candidates for the remainder of the exam.

 

This part of the exam is not to be assessed.

 

Duration: 3-5 minutes

Case 2. Guided Conversation

The interviewer initiates a conversation based on a topic of his/her choice and by asking questions encourages a conversation between the two candidates.

The conversation on the given topic initiates by the interviewer by asking questions. His task is to start a conversation between the interviewees and evaluate their ability to communicate with each other.

 

Duration: 5-8 minutes

Case 3. Picture description based on visual stimuli 

The candidate is invited to get acquainted with the picture, on the basis of which he needs to make a small oral story. If necessary, the interviewer can help the candidates with questions.

Duration: 5-8 minutes

Aspects of oral communication skills assessment and points:

Grammar  (morphology and syntax) 0-5 points
Speaking abilities (pronunciation and fluency) 0-5 points
Vocabulary (range and diversity) 0-5 points
Style (pragmatic and sociolinguistic aspects) 0-5 points
Communicative effectiveness (adequate task completion) 0-5 points

 

Due to the growing demand for international Czech, Slovak and Polish language exams along with exams on other European languages, the ECL National Test Center in Ukraine is looking for new partners for the ALTE international testing project in Ukraine and expansion of the network of ECL examination centers in Ukraine.

We provide language schools and centers, as well as language faculties of Ukrainian universities, with an opportunity to become a test center for an international exam in one of 15 languages represented in the ECL testing system – Czech, Slovak, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Russian, French Spanish, Italian, English, German and Yiddish. We guarantee our support in relation to issues on the implementation of examinations and training courses on the basis of your center.

Your benefits from the test center status:

– Free instructions from us

– Increase in the number of students in connection with the recognition as an examination center and the opportunity to hold a certificate, recognized by ALTE

– Increase your company’s profit as a result of obtaining the status of a test center

The ECL exams are fully in line with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and are accredited by the Association of Language Testers in Europe – ALTE (http://eclexam.eu/wp-content/uploads/ECL_ALTE.pdf).

For more detailed information, please call: +38 (067) 68-57-151 or 8 (044) 592-05-75.