The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (or ECCE) is a standardized high intermediate-level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination. The ECCE certificate is recognized in several countries as official documentary evidence of high-intermediate proficiency in the English language and can be used for academic and professional purposes.

Test Description

The ECCE is a standardized high-intermediate level English as a foreign language (EFL) examination and is administered at authorized test centers around the world. New test forms are developed for each administration.

Test Purpose

The ECCE is administered internationally and is appropriate for teenagers, young adults, and adults residing in any country where the common language is not English. The ECCE assesses all four component skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking through a combination of tasks in order to certify high-intermediate English language proficiency. The examination focuses on skills and content at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Typical Test Taker

Language users at the B2 proficiency level:

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

(Council of Europe, 2001: 24)

Test Sections


Test Dates for 2015

Saturday, May 16
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, December 12

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