Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)

The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) is a standardized high-intermediate level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. You can use an ECCE certificate:

As evidence of high-intermediate competence in english for personal, public, educational, and occupational purposes.
To provide evidence of your level of English to employers.
When applying for a job or a promotion, or when conducting business with companies worldwide.


ECCE exam
Who is it for?
The ECCE strives to emphasize fluency (the ability to use English to express ideas) rather than accuracy (the strict adherence to grammatical rules) and it therefore targeted at students and professionals who are able – and wish to demonstrate their ability because the skills assessed are “general” rather than “academic” applicants can use the ECCE certificate as evidence of their English competency for personal, public, educational, and professional pursuits.
ECCE exam
Why should you take the ECCE exam?
Calibrated to B2 (high-intermediate) level of the Common European Framework of Reference, the ECCE exam is roughly equivalent to the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE). The spelling, grammar, and pronunciation conventions used on the exam are designed for applicants who have studied and plan to use English in the United States (or in a setting dominated by English speakers who use American-English). As a result of this focus, many applicants use their ECCE certifications when applying for language schools, job promotions, or when conducting business.

Test Format

Section Time Description Number of Items
Writing 30 minutes The test taker reads a short excerpt from a newspaper article and then writes a letter or essay giving an opinion about a situation or issue. 1 task
90 minutes Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

Vocabulary (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.

Reading (multiple choice)
Part 1: A short reading passage is followed by comprehension questions.
Part 2: Two sets of four short texts related to each other by topic are followed by 10 questions each.
Listening 30 minutes Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.
Part 2 (multiple choice)
Short talks delivered by single speakers on different topics, followed by 4 to 6 questions each.
Speaking 15 minutes Test takers participate in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. 4 stages