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||A structured oral interaction occurs between the test taker and the speaking test examiner. The interaction involves a visual prompt.||4 stages|
Part 1 (multiple choice)
A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.
Part 2 (multiple choice)
Short talks delivered by single speakers on different topics, followed by 4 to 6 questions each.
Grammar (multiple choice)
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
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.
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.
|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|