The written exam measures listening, and reading comprehension and writing; they are corrected by external examiners in the United Kingdom;
The oral exam is conducted by local qualified examiners, and then sent to the United Kingdom to check the correspondence to the standards.
The goal of the exam is to measure and reward the progressive results obtained during the course of language training. The exams have been studied with the intention to motivate students and allow detailed feedback; in fact the scores for both the written and the oral exams are: Fail, Pass, Pass with Merit and Pass with Distinction.
Understand and use everyday expressions. The student is able to interact in a simple way with an interlocutor who speaks slowly and is willing to cooperate.
Understand frequently used phrases and expressions. The student is able to describe aspects of his/her life, his surroundings and express immediate needs using a simple language.
Understand topics regarding work, school, free time, etc. The student is able to describe experiences, happenings, dreams, hopes and ambitions. He can briefly give reasons and explanations on opinions and projects.
Understand fundamental concepts of complex texts on arguments both concrete and abstract, including technical discussions in his area of expertise. The student is able to interact freely and spontaneously with a mother tongue interlocutor.
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency
Understand a vast array of rather long complex texts and also understand implicit meaning. The student is able to communicate spontaneously without hesitation.
Understand with ease all that is heard and read. The student is able to summarize information taken from different fonts and paraphrasing arguments and information into a coherent text.