How long is the duration of the written IESOL and the oral ISESOL exams?
The duration of the exams depends on the level.
IESOL Duration
IESOL Duration
Α1 Preliminary
2 hours
5 minutes
Α2 Access
2 hours
7 minutes
Β1 Achiever
2 ½ hours
9 minutes
Β2 Communicator
2 ½ hours
10 minutes
C1 Expert
3 hours
12 minutes
C2 Mastery
3 hours
15 minutes
What type of exercises does the exam contain?
Exercises are similar to the ones that candidates will come across in their everyday life (for example letters and e-mails, presentations, conducting a letter, managing call conversations etc). The International IESOL and ISESOL exams are based on the candidates’ fluency in the English language, which clarifies the reason why there is no separate test for grammar and vocabulary.
How are exams graded?
In order to receive a “Pass” mark, candidates need to achieve a 50-53% grade in every exam level.For the B2 level a 50% grade is required. For more details please browse on the programmes Assessment Guides. For more details click here for the IESOL Assessment Guide and here for the ISESOL Assessment Guide. For candidates to receive a “First Class Pass” mark they need to achieve a 70% grade.
Is a dictionary allowed during the exam?
Yes. During the written IESOL exams, candidates may use a mono-lingual dictionary.
How are the oral exams evaluated?
During the ISESOL oral exams, every candidate participates in an oral interview which is conducted by the oral examiner (interlocutor). The interlocutor’s main role is to ask questions and take part in the conversation which will help the candidate feel more comfortable in proving his/her knowledge in the English language. The interlocutor has received instructions on conducting the oral exam and eliciting answers from the candidate. The oral exam is recorded and is then sent for evaluation to a specialized examiner in Great Britain.
When are the results announced?
Candidates receive their results within a period of 4-6 weeks after the exam date.
What are the grades given?
The grades that are given for the International IESOL and ISESOL exams are:
  • First Class Pass
  • Pass
  • Fail
Do the IESOL exams become more demanding after the changes?
No. Changes are made by the alignment programme in cooperation with the Common European Framework (CEF), to make the IESOL exams fairer.
Which are the precise changes made in every level?
Click on the following link to find out the exact changes in every level:
Will the changes apply to every level?
Most changes will take place for the B2 Communicator level.  However, small changes will also take place in the levels B1 Achiever, C1 Expert and C2 Mastery. There are no changes for the levels A1 Preliminary and A2 Access.
Are there any changes in the ISESOL Exams?
No, there are no changes in the ISESOL Exams.
Are there Official Practice Papers available?
Yes. There are Official Practice Papers available online for every level, which gives the candidate the opportunity to familiarise him/herself with the tests structure. The Practice Tests are designed in a way that candidates can adjust to the environment and get prepared. The objective questions are automatically corrected whereas the subjective questions are corrected by a teacher of the centre through printing. Visit the website on the right side of the page and search here for Official Practice Papers. Apart from the Official Practice Papers available, there is a wide range of exam preparation books in the Greek market.
Is there a Demo Test available?
Yes, the Demo Test is designed to provide both candidates and teachers with a good understanding of the actual exam, which explains its duration.
Is there extra time in case of AMEA?
Yes, according to the City & Guilds regulation.
Does an already Authorised ECDL Examination Centre’s room need to be rechecked?