LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF B2)

The LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF B2) is a single-unit qualification that assesses candidates in all four English language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
CEFR level


Test format

Computer or paper-based


2 hours 46 minutes


The LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF B2) is designed for non-native English speakers who need to improve their language skills at the CEFR B2 level. Candidates are expected to produce clear, detailed text on various subjects and explain their viewpoints on topical issues while weighing the pros and cons of different options. The expected language level aligns with the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) B2 level.


Candidate Category

Candidates interested in the LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF B2) may include those who:

       Need a starting point for pursuing an English qualification.

       Work or seek employment in an English-speaking environment.

       Live and work in a country where English is the native and official language.


Candidates from various national and cultural backgrounds can take this qualification. 

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this qualification, including prior knowledge, understanding, or familiarity. While it is not necessary to have an English qualification before registration, LRN recommends that candidates are well-prepared. Sample materials are available for download on the LRN website, and approved centers ensure candidates’ preparedness through trained teachers and appropriate resources.


candidates’ diverse origins, educational backgrounds, and career goals. Depending on their achievements, candidates may progress to:

       A higher-level ESOL International qualification (e.g., Level 2 ESOL)

       A key skills or functional skills qualification • Vocational qualifications

       Access to higher education

Language of Assessment

LRN uses plain, clear, unbiased English suitable for all candidates. Assessment materials, stimuli, and the assessment itself are in English.

Qualification Overview

The LRN Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF B2) aligns with the CEFR B2 level of language ability. The total qualification time is 256 hours.

Qualification Features

This qualification assesses four English language sub-skills: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The mark scheme references the CEFR to demonstrate its connection to the qualification structure.


LRN-trained examiners mark the writing and speaking components, allocating marks according to the mark scheme. Results are issued within 4 to 6 weeks after receiving them from the test center.

Reading and Listening

Clerical markers using answer keys for each question paper mark the reading and listening components. Standardization exercises and moderation ensure consistent results, which are then approved by the Lead Moderator.

Speaking and Writing

A trained LRN examiner conducts and records the speaking examination. Speaking and writing marks are allocated according to the mark scheme. Speaking sub-skills are assessed in pairs, and candidates receive pre-released speaking topics five working days before the exam. Results are moderated and approved by the Lead Moderator.


       Reading: 0.5 marks per question (40 questions) • Listening: 1 mark per question (20 questions)

       Writing: 2 questions, each with a maximum of 10 marks

       Speaking: three-part exam with a maximum of 20 marks

The total marks for this qualification are 80.


Results are reported as distinction, merit, pass, or fail grades. The overall grade is based on the following minimum marks per grade level:

       0-39: Fail

       40-51: Pass

       52-63: Merit

       64+: Distinction