Tests and Examinations for English Learners

There is a wide range of tests and examinations designed to measure the English-language competence of people whose mother tongue is not English. Many of them focus on the candidate's ability to function in a specific environment, though some are of a more general nature. The majority of them have their Origin in the United Kingdom or United States.

  • Academic (A) - typically required by universities and colleges of higher education
  • Work or Business (W) - typically required by companies
  • General (G) - for the candidate's personal interest or required by some government or other agencies, for example for immigration purposes
  • Young Learners (YL) -typically for the candidate's personal interest or future career

Click on the Exam or Examining Body for more information.

Exam or Examining Body A W G YL Origin
BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) UK
Cambridge ESOL Examinations UK
City & Guilds Qualifications UK
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) UK
LCCI International Qualifications UK
Pearson Test of English UK
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) US
TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) US
Trinity College London UK