English ESOL Qualifications General Information
General Information

The City & Guilds International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) and International Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages (ISESOL) qualifications are the ideal choice for those who would like to certify their knowledge of the English language, both written and oral, in B1, B2, C1, and C2 levels. The City & Guilds IESOL and ISESOL qualifications are issued by an international body, widely recognized by employers, educational institutions and state authorities.

LanguageCert IESOL and ISESOL qualifications are the ideal choice for young students at “entry levels” A1 and A2. Following the same methodology as City & Guilds in higher levels, they introduce students to an internationally accredited system of knowledge evaluation and award them their first certificates.

The IESOL and ISESOL qualifications are two separate examinations: the results of one do not affect the results of the other. Thus, candidates who are successful in the IESOL exam, but fail the ISESOL, may re-sit the ISESOL exam if they so wish.

Candidates can schedule their exams with flexibility since exams are held all year round.

In order to receive certification in any level you need to succeed in both the IESOL and ISESOL Exams.

The examinations are held in venues carefully selected by PeopleCert headquarters as well as in Authorized City & Guilds / LanguageCert Centres, which meet international quality standards and are staffed by specially trained experts, guaranteeing the reliability and validity of the exams. These Authorised Centres hold the examinations either on their own premises or wherever else the Centre chooses, after being monitored for fulfilling the necessary quality specifications.

Why City & Guilds?

Examinations tailored to the trainee’s needs
The written and oral exams are independent of each other: the results of one do not affect the results of the other and the candidate has the option of sitting the written and oral exams in different examination periods. 
Written examinations are held 6 times a year, allowing the candidate to sit the exam when s/he is truly prepared.
The City & Guilds ESOL B1, B2, C1, and C2 qualifications are designed to meet the needs of all age groups.

Simple and flexible registration procedure
Registration for the exams is done online up to 20 days before the exams at

Fast results
The results are announced 4-6 weeks after the exam.

Fully aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
The IESOL and ISESOL qualifications cover 6 different levels (City & Guilds B1, B2, C1, C2 and LanguageCert A1, A2), which are fully aligned with the specifications of the levels of the European Framework of Reference (CEFR) of the European Council. The levels and the corresponding titles are as follows:  

CEFR levels

CEFR title

City & Guilds title





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CEFR levels

CEFR title

LanguageCert title







Whom do the IESOL and ISESOL target?

  • Children and adolescents who wish to certify their knowledge via internationally recognized examinations;
  • Young adults who wish to study abroad at the undergraduate level;
  • Adults who require official certification for professional reasons in both the public and private sector;
  • Employees, executives and freelancers who wish to certify their knowledge for promotion in their respective professional fields.


The City & Guilds International ESOL and International SESOL qualifications are fully recognized by ASEP (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) for levels B1, B2, C1 and C2.
All levels are also recognized by the corresponding body in the UK, namely the Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

In addition, there is a wide range of international bodies that recognize these qualifications. For more information, click on the link on the right side of the page.