English Language Level Test Booklet

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English Language Level Test Our hugely successful English Language Level Test (ELLT) is delivered through a world-class, low bandwidth and secure testing portal, making it the perfect solution for universities and secure global organisations.

Introduction Here at the Oxford International Digital Institute, our goal is to bring our teaching and learning expertise to a global audience; helping students all over the world to continue on their educational journey without barriers. Our English Language Level Test (ELLT) was created for this very purpose; a 100% online test with all the security and confidence of face to face examinations. Our unique testing includes interaction with live examiners, and an advanced security system to give confidence to partners in the validity of our results. This system has enabled thousands of students around the world to certify their English level, and move onto the next stage of their education without delay.

This guide will give you all the information you need about the test; how to enrol, what each stage looks like, and how best to prepare. You will also find information on our preparation course, an intensive programme designed to help approach each section of the test. There is also information for partners looking to refer students, whether universities, education ministries or other educational institutions. We are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English online. We wish you every success with our English Language Level Test, and if you have any questions, please get in touch.


What is the English Language Level Test? The English Language Level Test (ELLT) is an alternative to IELTS that provides students with evidence of their English language level for entry into top UK universities or other education institutions. The ELLT is a four-step assessment which is 100% online, taking students one step further into higher education all from the comfort of their own home. On completion, students receive a certificate showing their overall language level, a breakdown of

all four skills, and a personalised report written by their examiner detailing areas of strength and suggestions for improvement. How does it work? The first two skills (reading and listening) are automated tests, with high levels of Artificial Intelligence proctoring and security. The third skill, writing, is assessed through a unique written task, and the final speaking component is booked by the student at a time most suitable for them. This speaking exam

takes place with a live examiner, who will also have assessed their previous three components. The examiner will then write a full report, at which point the student will receive a notification that their results are ready to access on the portal. The candidate will then be able to download both their written report and full certificate of language level. We recommend allowing 20 minutes for listening, 40 minutes for reading, 60 minutes for writing and 20 minutes for speaking.

For successful completion of the ELLT, please follow the test guidelines below.

Must be alone in a quiet, well-lit room

Ears must be visible and uncovered

Don’t perform any type of external communication

Don’t leave the test window in your browser under any circumstances

Talk clearly and directly into the camera for the examiner

Face must be visible and unobscured

Don’t look away from the screen

Don’t use writing materials or paper

Arrive on time for the speaking test

Do not read from notes or a script during the speaking assessment

Be prepared to show the original Passport or ID used in the other sections of the exam

Listen carefully to instructions given by the examiner

What is the portal? The portal is designed to make the test as accessible as possible for students and partners alike, allowing students to take control of their own journey throughout, ensuring they can take each section of the test at a time most suitable for them. Students are able to register and pay for the test giving them immediate access to the first three stages (reading, listening and writing). Each of these can be taken individually, and once completed students can book their speaking assessment for a time which suits them best (according to examiner availability.)

As well as being a user friendly platform for students to access, the portal has been designed to work in areas with low bandwidth, avoiding disruption to the student as they take the test. Students are able to pause their exam after each section, and can continue at any time by logging back into the portal. They are notified when their final results are ready, and can access both their written report and certificate within their profile.

ELLT Portal Dashboard


Speaking Exam Scheduler

Example of Writing Task

Test security The English Language Level Test uses advanced test security to ensure that students’ results are a true reflection of their ability. With a mixture of AI proctoring and security protocols, alongside our team of examiners from our English language schools, we are able to confidently deliver results to students all over the world.

Comprehensive proctoring

ID verification

Advanced Artificial Intelligence, with the help of our examiners and in-house academic team, analyses each test. Should an issue arise, a human proctor is called to examine the test session in question, analysing dozens of data points and behaviours to identify suspicious activity during the test.

Students must show their Governmentissued ID at the beginning of the test, which is analysed by artificial intelligence (and our examiners) to guarantee authenticity.

Secure Design Using individual test questions from a bank of questions enables the system to randomly construct tests to guarantee that multiple users do not see the same content. All questions are written by our in-house academic team and are updated frequently.


Activity monitoring Each test is rigorously monitored through usage of a webcam, microphone, and mouse/ keyboard tracking to determine if students attempt to access external applications or plugins. Event logging All activities of the user, including screenshots taken randomly during the test, are recorded on an Event Log for administrators to analyse and take action when required - in extreme cases this can be shared with university partners.

Student View of Exam Requirements

Samples of Exam Requirements Shown to Student

View of Exam Lock Screen

ELLT preparation course Our ELLT preparation course has been specially designed and tailored in-house to equip students with the skills and strategies they need for the ELLT. Conducted over three online sessions, the course covers the four assessment areas and teaches students how to practise their language skills and prepare for success in the ELLT. Students can choose from either the one-week course or prepare for the test over three weeks with one session each week and the exam in the third week.


Session 1: Reading & Listening assessment Prepares students for the reading and listening assessments

Session 2: Writing assessment Prepares students for the writing task of ELLT

Session 3: Speaking assessment

Online Exam: Online exam Students start their ELLT

Prepares students for the spoken exam of the ELLT

Course schedules

Course requirements

One Week Course: Monday: Session 1 Tuesday: Session 2 Wednesday: Session 3 Thursday: Start ELLT

Candidates must have a laptop with webcam & audio capabilities

One Month Course: Week 1: Session 1 Week 2: Session 2 Week 3: Session 3 Start ELLT

Candidates must have a reliable internet connection We recommend using a quiet space for the duration of the course


Part 1: Select your skill

Part 2: Private tuition

Part 3: Prep course & ELLT

Students choose which skill to focus on, allowing their tutor to prepare a customised syllabus.

Provides students with input and additional practice opportunities tailored to individual needs.

Familiarises students with test tasks and provides them with exam strategies needed for success.

Skills booster course The three week Skills Booster Course is aimed at students looking to quickly improve their English language level in one particular skill. Students can choose from either speaking, writing, reading or listening and one of our dedicated and experienced EFL teachers will work with them to develop, boost and strengthen their specific language skill through a personalised language course. To ensure students receive tailored targeted tuition our Skills Booster Course is taught one to one online and incorporates the one week ELLT preparation course. The Skills Booster Course is perfect for students who need that extra bit of help to continue their journey into higher education. This course includes 15 hours of tuition over three weeks (5 hours per week).


Why choose the skills booster course? Tailored one to one tuition with a highly experienced and supportive EFL teacher 100% online classes allowing students to study from across the globe Intensive and focused learning to help boost students language skills fast: 5 x 60 minute sessions plus self study per week for three weeks An individual language course developed and designed to meet students specific needs and requirements The Booster Course includes the ELLT Preparation Course and ELLT Exam – the full package!


Becoming an OI Digital Institute partner One of the most attractive features for partners is the ability to track student applications and results, ensuring you remain fully in touch with students as they continue on to the next steps of their higher education journey. Each partner is given a private landing page for registrations, along with unique codes which can be used for seasonal promotions or fast-tracking students through the exam. Any student who registers for the test through this landing


page will automatically be tracked from the partner institution.

registered or completed the ELLT, and download all of their reports and certificates.

Each day, a report of results will be sent out to a designated contact for each partner, notifying them of students completing the exam and results achieved. This allows the partner to stay in touch with the student and recommend next steps for them. Our partners are also given a unique login for the portal, where they can access all of the students who have

There is no cost involved for partners who recognise the ELLT. So if you wish to become a partner with your own bespoke entry page for the portal, please get in touch with us.

Partners you can trust Our market-leading approach to partnerships enable us to provide highquality, sustainable and scalable solutions for our partners. Take the next step and contact our leadership team. Gary Palmer Managing Director gpalmer@oxfordinternational.com Linda Sandberg Business Development Director lsandberg@oxfordinternational.com Connect with us @OIDigital @OIDigitalInstitute @OIDigitalInstitute


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