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Format of the ECCE

The ECCE is a test of general language competency in a variety of contexts. The four-component skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are evaluated through a combination of tasks.

Section Time Description Number of Items
Speaking 15 minutes Test takers participate in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. 4 stages
Listening 30 minutes Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures. 
30
Part 2 (multiple choice)
Short talks delivered by single speakers on different topics, followed by 4 to 6 questions each.
20
Grammar
Vocabulary
Reading
90 minutes Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
35
Vocabulary (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.
35
Reading (multiple choice)
Part 1: A short reading passage is followed by comprehension questions.
Part 2: Two sets of four short texts related to each other by topic are followed by 10 questions each.
30
Writing 30 minutes The test taker reads a short excerpt from a newspaper article and then writes a letter or essay giving an opinion about a situation or issue. 1 task