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2009
03 Nov

EF Education First and University of Cambridge ESOL Collaborate on a Groundbreaking English Language Assessment to Rate Language Skills on a Recognized Global Scale.

London, November 3rd, 2009

EF Education First (EF) and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) announced a new English test that enables EF students to accurately rate their level of spoken and written skills.

The EF Cambridge English Level Test (EFCELT- pronounced “/efkelt/”) allows students to determine their level of achievement at the completion of EF English courses according to international standards. The test is aligned with standards established by the Common European Framework, a benchmark recognized by governments, schools, and employers worldwide. It gives students a clear indication of their level and progress, as well as provides an ideal stepping stone to an internationally recognized Cambridge certificate.

The EFCELT is the culmination of 18 months of development including research trials that involved 8,000 EF students in 14 countries.

The EFCELT offers:

  • Cutting-edge testing methods developed by Cambridge ESOL, the world’s leader in English language assessment.
  • A clear indication of language proficiency with results directly linked to the Common European Framework level (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).
  • A regular testing schedule, timed to correspond with the completion of EF’s English courses.
  • An opportunity for younger students to be assessed, with a Junior version to be launched in Q2 2010.

Standardizing the way English is assessed is a big step towards improving how the language is taught throughout the world," says EF President Philip Hult. “We are thrilled to be working with Cambridge ESOL to help improve the way students learn.”

EF has been establishing a network of Cambridge ESOL exam centers at EF schools worldwide to deliver EFCELT along with Cambridge ESOL certificates.

Cambridge ESOL’s CEO Dr. Mike Milanovic says that “EFCELT is an exciting development, and I’m delighted that EF has taken this step. It means that EF students will get a clear indication of the level they have achieved and this will give them the confidence to take an internationally recognized qualification that will help them in their education and work lives.”

EF is also working with University of Cambridge’s Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics to establish EF’s Research Unit to improve language learning.

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