English language examinations
There are many different English language examinations.
Children attending schools in the United Kingdom study for a General Certificate of Education (GCSE) in English Language. This is compulsory for all children. The examination is usually taken when they reach 16 years old. Most employers in the UK require job seekers to have this qualification. It is also essential if you are planning to attend a college or university. Students can then choose to study for an Advanced level qualification in English Language. This takes two years.
Many non-native English language students study for qualifications awarded by the International English Language Testing System. There are two versions of the tests. The Academic version is aimed at people who wish to go to a University, or work as a nurse or doctor in an English speaking country. The General version is aimed at people who want to gain work experience or attend non-academic training, or who plan to emigrate to an English speaking country. This qualification is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand, South African and American institutions. It is an essential requirement for anyone planning to emigrate to Australia and New Zealand. Many students take the Cambridge IELTS assessed by Cambridge University.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) measures English Language skills to see if people are capable of taking a course at a university in an English Speaking country. It assesses how well they can read, write, speak and perform academic tasks in English. It is accepted by over 7,000 colleges and universities worldwide.
English language examinations Comprehension Questions
1. Students wanting to to emigrate to an English speaking country should take the Academic IELTS exam.
2. What does TOEFL mean?
3. How many colleges and universities worldwide accept the TOEFL?