The examination comprises of five sections: Reading (20%), Writing (20%), Use of English (20%), Listening (20%) and Speaking (20%).
Reading: 1 hour
The test comprises of three parts, with candidates required to read a total of approximately 2,000 words. Texts may be taken from newspaper and magazine articles, reports, fiction, advertisements, letters, messages and informational material.
Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes
This section requires candidates to produce two pieces of writing. The first section is compulsory and requires candidates to write a letter or an email. The second section contains a choice of tasks from one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or story.
Use of English: 45 minutes
The paper tests a candidate’s understanding of upper intermediate grammar and vocabulary. This section contains four parts.
Listening: 40 minutes
The listening test contains four parts. In each section, you have to listen to a number of recorded texts and answer a series of questions. The recording will be played twice. The listening test requires you to be able to follow and understand texts taken from news programmes, presentations, speeches and everyday conversations.
Speaking: 14 minutes
The speaking test has four parts and you take the test with another candidate. Two examiners will assess your spoken English language skills. One of the examiners will talk to you and the other will listen to you and take notes. Both examiners decide your grade. The format of the test covers a one-to-one interview with the examiner, an extended turn, a collaborative task and a discussion.