City & Guilds English Language Exams at SKILLS
Skills College of Technology (SCOT), the training & assessment arm of Skills International has implemented an island wide programme to facilitate English Language Training Institutes in the country to become Approved Centres of City & Guilds to deliver “City & Guilds” English qualifications. SCOT is also authorized to conduct all the English Language Examinations & Assessments of City & Guilds in Sri Lanka.
In collaboration with City & Guilds, SCOT provides the following services at no cost to Approved City & Guilds Language Centres.
- Teacher Guides
- Training of resource persons
- Workshops to increase awareness of the City & Guilds Exams & Assessments
- Practice Papers
Presently Skills International facilitates approximately 100 City and Guilds Approved Centres in Colombo & Suburbs, Kandy, Matara, Jaffna & Kurunegala.
General English Examinations
City & Guilds International ESOL and Spoken ESOL (SESOL) are English language examinations standardized on the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They focus on all four language skills (writing, reading, listening and speaking), and are internationally recognized for both academic progression and employment.
You can find more details of City & Guilds English Qualifications by browsing the link below.
WHY you should consider City & Guilds English Exams ?
- They can be ordered ‘on-demand’ with flexible exam dates
- Allows you to sit at the level of competence required rather than face an exam covering a wide range of competence
- Exams have been developed for real needs of employment contents and situations with emphasis on communicative skills
- Written & spoken exams can be taken independently of each other
- Written & spoken exams are student friendly and requires very little specific preparation
The standard represented by City & Guilds International English Qualifications (IEQ)
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at six different levels of language proficiency. City & Guilds IEQs embody the European standard in testing demonstrated language ability as the language examinations are mapped to the 6 levels of the CEFR. The table below indicates the level-mapping of City & Guilds English language examinations (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to the 6 levels of the Framework.
||City & Guilds titles
||operational proficiency Expert
The validity and recognition of City & Guilds in benchmarking English language knowledge is guaranteed through a robust quality assurance system of its approved centres. The papers are also marked in UK by professional markers rigorously trained along the CEFR guidelines. Authorized by the Europass Office of the Council of Europe, City & Guilds issues Europass Certificate Supplements to all the 6 levels of its International English language examinations.
“Europass Certificate Supplement” for International English Qualifications
The Europass Certificate Supplement is a valuable document that adds information to the original certificate about a learner’s language competencies at one of the six levels of the CEFR. It makes learners’ certificates transparent and understandable for employers and educational institutions outside the issuing country through the provision of a clear description of the certificate-holder’s knowledge and communication skills.
International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL)
This is the perfect choice for candidates looking to demonstrate their ability in English. This is assessed through a written examinations. The papers are set at the six levels of the Common European Framework, giving training providers maximum flexibility so that students can be trained for a specific purpose by choosing the appropriate level.
The IESOL tests the candidate’s Reading, Writing and Listening skills. It is great fun for learners to actually take the exam, as they are confronted with interesting language tasks from real life situations like writing letters to friends, sharing their thoughts, listening to an interesting story or reading a piece of news. The nature of these tasks varies according to the level applied for.
How is International ESOL assessed?
The City & Guilds International ESOL suite of examinations are marked according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference produced by the Council of Europe, details of which are available on www.coe.int/lang
- The grades awarded will be First Class Pass, Pass or Fail
- First Class Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves First Class Passes for all 3 skills
- Pass is awarded when the candidate achieves at least 2 Passes and a Narrow Fail in the Listening, Reading and Writing skills
- Candidate is considered Fail, if he/she obtains even one Failure in the 3 skills – Listening, Reading and Writing
International Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages (ISESOL)
A communicative test of spoken language assessed at the six different levels of CEFR to determine student competence at the different levels. The test is a viva facilitated by an Interlocutor and marked in UK under rigorous quality control methods.
How is this assessed?
The spoken ESOL examinations are assessed against the criteria as detailed in the syllabus, where the speaking skills expected at each level can be found. The grades awarded will be – First Class Pass, Pass, Fail or Narrow Fail.
Two scales will be used to mark the Spoken ESOL tests at all levels. They are:
- 01) A global communication scale
- 02) An ARPF scale which covers:
- Fluency & interaction
Each part of the test is given equal importance. Each part is given a global communication grade, while overall performance is assessed and confirmed using the ARPF scale. The speaking skills expected at each level are found in the syllabus.
Who is an interlocutor?
The interlocutor is responsible for conducting the spoken exams. They elicit the spoken performance of the candidates by asking them questions or setting up speaking tasks using the Interlocutor guidelines.
International ESOL Diploma
All learners who have passed both City & Guilds ESOL and Spoken ESOL examinations are automatically entitled to an International ESOL Diploma. The Diploma is valid indefinitely.
The IESOL and ISESOL qualifications can be taken separately. These qualifications are recognized internationally as being a reliable and valid measure of language competence. Their communicative nature means that centres can be sure that they are offering their candidates a qualification which is relevant and useful for work and study both locally and internationally.
City & Guilds and CEFR levels
Levels for International ESOL and SESOL as mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference.
Which level is right for me?
||You can use everyday expressions and very basic phrases for practical needs, ask and answer questions about personal details, understand short texts on familiar topics and obtain information from signs and symbols and write simple sentences in documents such as filling out forms.
||You can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions, communicate in tasks requiring exchange of information, obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols and write to communicate with some awareness of the intended audience.
||You can understand the main points of clear standard communication, convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, engage in discussion to reach shared understanding, produce simple connected text, describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions.
||You can understand the main ideas of complex communication, interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without strain for either party, engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations and communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose and audience.
||You can understand demanding texts and recognize implicit meaning, use language fluently and spontaneously, engage in discussion making clear and effective contributions, produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects and communicate ideas effectively.
||You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, summarize information, reconstruct arguments and accounts coherently, and express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Benefits of our exams
You can take the exams on dates agreed on with your school (City & Guilds exam centre) and at any time of the year
- Tests functional language use
You will be able to use English successfully for both making friends across borders and working internationally
- Conducted by Sri Lankan interlocutors
Your performance will increase during the exams because it will be a Sri Lankan who will examine you, thus reducing your nervousness.
- Use of monolingual dictionaries
Your exam-success will increase since we allow the use of a monolingual dictionary because it is an important skill for successful everyday communication
- Flexibility of 2 exams
You can prepare and then sit for either the Spoken or the Written exam and it will be easier for you to achieve the full exam in stages. It allows you the flexibility of phasing your learning activities by skills areas.
- Reasonable exam length
You do not have to spend a whole day with the exam; the written and spoken exam will require only about 3 hours of your time
- Indefinite exam validity
It is a lifetime certification unlike some qualifications that are valid only for 2 years
- Mapped to the CEFR
You will receive objective feedback on your language skills measured by internationally accepted standards
- International recognition
You will improve your chances for academic progression and have access to better employment opportunities
- Communicative exam
Exams primarily test your ability to communicate and there is no emphasis on accent and pronunciation which makes it a truly international English Language Assessment. Emphasis on grammar and pronunciation increases only as you go higher in the CEFR levels
How to become a City & Guilds approved centre
If you wish to offer any of these qualifications you will need to apply for centre approval that will enable you to register students for examinations and deliver training according to the City & Guilds syllabi. Centre approval is valid for a period of two years, subject to your ongoing compliance with our regulations and quality assurance requirements. The approval procedures are quite straightforward where you will need to complete an Application for Centre Approval. This form includes a list of our approval criteria and you will be asked to provide information on how you satisfy/will be able to satisfy these criteria.
Subsequent to the submission of an Application for Centre Approval, we will appoint a Quality Inspector, who checks the physical conditions of the examination premises as well as the CVs of teaching staff who will be involved in the language teaching process.
English Examination Procedure
The examination procedure is as follows;
- Fill in the examination Application Form.
- Call an official at the English Department of SCOT and ask for the exchange rate for the day (Please note that we go according to HNB bank and that our accounts department leaves a margin of Rs.2 to account for fluctuations)
- The Examination Fee can either be deposited to our Bank Account or be paid directly to the cashier at Skills College of Technology.
- Our Bank Details are as follows
- Bank : Hatton National Bank (HNB)
- Acc Name: Skills International (Pvt) Ltd
- Acc Number: 2500 1000 1759
- If the Examination Fee has been deposited to the bank account then attach the original Bank Slip to the application and post it to us. To avoid any delays in booking the exams, it is advisable to scan both the bank slip and the examination application to us prior to mailing the document.
- Once either the hard/soft copy of the bank slip has been handed over to the Accounts Department of Skills College of Technology, your examination will be booked.
- Examinations are conducted every Tuesday. Please note that we require the documents two weeks prior to the date.
The application forms may be downloaded by clicking the links below
- ESOL and SESOL examination
- Listening and SESOL examination