Business English Language Test (BELT)

BELT is a single-unit qualification. Candidates are assessed in all four English language skills: Reading and WritingListening, and Speaking.  
CEFR level

B1 to C2

Test format

Computer or paper-based

LRN Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (BELT CEF B1)

Qualification Number: 603/0171 /5

LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (BELT CEF B2 )

Qualification Number: 603/0177 /6

LRN Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (BELT CEF C1)

Qualification Number: 603/0178/8

LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (BELT CEF C2)

Qualification Number: 603/0179/X

Total Qualification Time (TQT)

Total: 304 hours
a. Guided learning hours (GLH): 250 hours
b. Self-study (SS): 52
c. Total assessment time: 2 hours

Unlock your potential with the Business English Language Test


ESOL International Qualifications

BELT is designed for candidates preparing for higher education or professional employment in the UK or abroad. The ESOL International qualifications are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and have been mapped to the levels in the National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.


This document serves as an overview of the BELT qualification for candidates, centers, administrators, teachers, and examiners, highlighting key features and administrative procedures.


BELT is tailored for non-native English speakers who wish to improve their English language skills at CEFR level B1, B2, C1 or C2.. Candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to produce clear, well-structured, and detailed output on various subjects, showcasing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices suitable for their operating level.

Candidate Category

BELT is ideal for those:


       Looking for a starting point to work towards an English qualification.

       Working or seeking employment in an English-speaking environment.

       Living and working in a country where English is the native and official language.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for taking BELT, including prior knowledge or qualifications in English. However, LRN recommends thorough preparation before attempting the test. LRN-approved centers ensure candidates are well-prepared with fully trained teachers and appropriate resources.


BELT accommodates various backgrounds, education levels, and career goals. Depending on the qualification level achieved, candidates may progress to:

• A higher level of any ESOL International qualification

• A key skills or functional skills qualification

• Vocational qualifications

• Access to Higher Education

Language of Assessment

LRN strives to use plain, clear, unbiased, and universally appropriate English. The assessment materials, stimuli, and the assessment itself are conducted in English.

Qualification Overview

BELT is aligned with the CEFR, reflecting the defined levels of language ability. Candidates are assessed in all four components of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The total qualification time for achieving certification is 273 hours.


Elevate your global communication skills and career opportunities with BELT – your passport to professional success.