TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication

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What is the TOEIC test?
The TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) uses multiple-
choice questions to evaluate the aptitude of non-native speakers for
communicating in English in a professional context or in international exchange
situations.

Level required?
Unlike the different Cambridge exams, the American exams are “thermometer”
tests that instantly measure your level of English. There is no prerequisite level
required to pass the TOEIC.
However, a period of preparation may be useful to obtain a good score for the
TOEIC, according to your personal objectives.

What does the TOEIC involve?
The TOEIC lasts two hours and is made up of 200 multiple choice questions:
- 100 listening comprehension questions using audio equipment.
- 100 written comprehension questions.
The TOEIC questions are based on authentic examples taken from international
professional situations (meetings, travel, interviews, telephone conversations,
etc.). You will obtain a separate mark (the score varies between 5 and 495
points) for listening comprehension and written comprehension. Your final
score will therefore be between 10 and 990 points.

Along with your results, you will receive a grid for interpreting the scores so
that you can locate your level and identify the tasks that you need to work on
in order to correct your faults and progress in English. (To print the
interpretation grid, download Acrobat Reader free of charge).

How do you sit for the TOIEC?
Nothing could be easier! The TOIEC can be taken anywhere and at any time.
You are therefore free to sit the TOEIC:
- internally, in your place of work, training or study
- in open sessions throughout Europe
- in authorised training centres
- in the offices of TOEIC representatives.

The corrections are made:
- in 10 working days and then sent out by courier.
- in 3 working days for the express service

Recognition
Created in 1979 at the request of the Japanese Minister for Foreign Industry
and Trade (MITI), the TOEIC test was designed in the United States by the
psychometric centre ETS (Educational Testing Service), recognised worldwide
for the quality and reliability of its tests.

A standardised test that produces reliable results time after time, the TOEIC
evaluates the language skills of students of all levels (beginner to advanced), in
all professions and all socio-professional categories.

ICFE (Cambridge International Certificate in Financial English)

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ICFE assesses the level of English of finance professionals and is internationally
recognised by many institutions in the financial and accounting industry. It is
set at levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages
(CEFR) and is a great asset for finance professionals wishing to work in an
international context.
Who is Cambridge ICFE (Cambridge International Certificate in Financial
English) for?

ICFE is suitable for finance professionals and anyone thinking of pursuing a
career in accountancy or finance. It can be used to validate the financial English
language skills of professionals wishing to pursue a career abroad. If you are
intending to study abroad, ICFE can also be used to certify that you have the
required level to follow a course of study related to finance at university level.
Level required?

To sit for ICFE, students need to achieve a B2 level in English and are expected
to be familiar with some finance and accountancy concepts and terminology.
Your level of English must allow you to:
Operate in English in an international financial environment
Communicate in English with clients
Express yourself clearly and fluently in English
Understand and produce texts in general and financial English
What does ICFE (Cambridge International Certificate in Financial English)
involve?

ICFE assesses the candidate’s ability to understand, analyse, and react to a
number of practical situations of the kind accounting and finance professionals
would expect to encounter in their daily working lives. The exam consists of
four papers and lasts for 3h30:

1- Reading
This paper assesses your ability to read and understand finance-related texts in
English.

2- Writing
This paper assesses your ability towrite texts related to finance on a specific
topic for a target reader.

3- Listening
The listening paper assesses your ability to understand spoken English in a
number of realistic contexts that finance professionals are likely to encounter
in their working lives.

4- Speaking
The speaking test assesses your ability to speak clearly and with fluency in
English in a professional context.
Official recognition

ICFE is recognised around the world by accountancy firms, educational
organisations, government agencies, immigration authorities and professional
bodies in the finance and accounting industry.

BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)

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Who is BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) for?

BULATS is designed for people who need English for their work or wish to
pursue a career abroad. Many companies and organisations use BULATS as a
reference to measure the language skills of their staff or potential candidates.
Very flexible, BULATS is a fast and easy way to assess your English language
skills for the workplace. It may also be used to confirm the level achieved after
completion of a language course.

Level required
Although BULATS doesn’t require any prerequisite level, it is strongly
recommended to have a B1 level to take it. The results are linked to the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and give you
an accurate assessment of your language ability in each of the tested language
skills.

A preparation course may be useful or even essential if you aim at obtaining a
good score for the BULATS.

Preparation for the BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)
Numerous course options – varying in intensity and duration – are available to
you to prepare for the TOEFL according to your objectives - that is, the score
you need to obtain.

What does BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) involve?
BULATS assesses the candidate’s ability to understand, analyse, and react to
realistic business situations. It consists of three papers (reading and listening,
writing and speaking), which you can choose to mix or take separately
according to your professional goals:

1- Reading and Listening (1h)
This paper starts by testing the candidates’ reading proficiency before testing
their listening skills. Consisting of multiple choice questions, this paper is

designed to assess the candidates’ ability to understand texts and
conversations or monologues with a workplace focus.

This paper has the advantage of being adaptive, which means that it changes in
level to meet the level of the candidate. Thus, if you answer correctly, the
system will increase the difficulty of the following questions, but if you get
questions wrong, it will give you easier questions.

2- Writing (45 minutes)
The writing paper is a stand-alone test which may be taken separately or in
addition to any other BULATS paper. It assesses your ability to write a short
message, a letter or a report for a given purpose and target reader while
following precise instructions.

You will be assessed on how accurate your use of the English language is, how
well you organise your ideas and how effective your piece of writing is.

3- Speaking (12 minutes)
The speaking paper is a stand-alone paper which may be taken on its own or in
addition to any other BULATS paper. It assesses your ability to express yourself
clearly and fluently in English in a work context.
The examiner will first ask you questions about your background and interests
and then give you a topic that you will have to present in a few minutes. Finally,
you will interact with the examiner as part of a role-play exercise, which will
lead to a discussion on a related topic.

The test results are available quickly, and even immediately if you take the
online reading and listening paper.

Official recognition

BULATS is recognised around the world by many employers, educational
organisations, government agencies, immigration authorities and professional
bodies.

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