°®¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s ESOL Step 1 and Step 2 awards are designed for adults aged 16 and over living in the UK who have started to learn English but are not yet ready to take an ESOL Skills for Life Entry level qualification.
These speaking and listening exams provide students with the opportunity to mark learning progression while they build up the skills and confidence needed to take ESOL Skills for Life qualifications.
Assessments are held at °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ registered exam centres. They can be taken on demand and are available at the same time as °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s ESOL Skills for Life exams.
Learners who have achieved a Step 1 or Step 2 award can:
Full details of the language requirements for each level are detailed in the exam specifications.
The format for Step 1 and Step 2 exams is a one-to-one conversation with a °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ examiner. The examiner uses pictures, everyday objects and reference to the immediate surroundings to engage and prompt the candidate to demonstrate their English language communication skills by listening and responding to the examiner's questions verbally and through gestures and simple actions.
Step 1 - Five minutes
Step 2 - Six minutes
Download the performance descriptors used by examiners to assign marks to a candidate’s performance.
°®¶¹ÊÓÆµ's ESOL Step 1 and Step 2 awards are °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ-certified pre-Entry level preliminary qualifications and are not regulated by Ofqual.
These videos show what the exam is like. They are not intended to show model exam performance.
Watch sample exam videos and use the explanatory assessment rationales to see how they would have been marked:
°®¶¹ÊÓÆµ's Step awards offer an ideal platform for further development before moving on to ESOL Skills for Life qualifications.
These ESOL qualifications are designed to aid progression and access into mainstream education and employment paths where English language skills are a requirement.
To run our ESOL Skills for Life exams you must be a °®¶¹ÊÓÆµ Registered Exam Centre.
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