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ECCE Scoring

The listening section and grammar, vocabulary, and reading (GVR) section of the ECCE are scored electronically at CaMLA using an advanced mathematical model based on Item Response Theory (IRT). The mathematical model used to produce IRT scores ensures that the ability required to pass a section, or to receive a high score, remains the same from year to year.

Read more about scaled scoring in Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Scaled Scores on the ECCE and ECPE (PDF)

The speaking and writing sections are graded according to rating scales established by CaMLA. The speaking ratings are assigned by trained raters who conduct the speaking section of the exam (see Speaking Test Examiner Qualifications [PDF]). The writing ratings are assigned by raters trained and certified according to CaMLA standards. All writing responses are scored by at least two raters.

Test taker scores on the four sections of the exam are taken into consideration in determining who passes the exam and receives a certificate.

Procedures for Reporting Scores

ECCE section scores are reported in five bands. The levels of performance, from highest to lowest, are:

ECCE Reporting System Band Scores
  Scaled Score Per Section
Honors (H) 840 –1000
Pass (P) 750 – 835
Low Pass (LP) 650 –745
Borderline Fail (BF) 610 – 645
Fail (F) 0 – 605

ECCE test takers who achieve an average score of 650 or higher will be awarded a certificate. Additionally, those who achieve a score of 840 or higher in all four sections will be awarded a Certificate of Competency with Honors. An ECCE qualification is valid for life.

Interpreting Your Results

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) includes six common reference levels, ranging from basic user to master as defined by the Council of Europe (2001). The ECCE is aimed at the B2 (Vantage) level of the CEFR. Language users at this competency level:

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 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)

When interpreting an ECCE score report, it is important to remember that the ECCE estimates the test taker's true competency by approximating the kinds of tasks that may be encountered in real life. Also, temporary factors, such as fatigue, anxiety, or illness, may affect exam results.


If you wish to have your exam rescored, you can get a rescore request form from the test center where you took the test. Please fill out the form and turn it in at your test center, along with the corresponding fee.

  • You have up to one month after your test results have been issued to request a rescore
  • You will receive your rescore after we have processed the request and returned the information to your test center
  • Contact your test center for the rescoring fee

Using Test Scores for Decision Making

When using test scores for decision making, check the date the test was taken. While the certificate is valid for the holder’s lifetime, language ability changes over time. This ability can improve with active use and further study of the language, or it may diminish if the holder does not continue to study or to use English on a regular basis. It is also important to remember that test performance is only one aspect to be considered. Communicative language ability consists of both knowledge of language and knowledge of the world. Therefore, one would need to consider how factors other than language affect how well someone can communicate.

To Verify Examination Results

CaMLA issues ECCE results to test takers, who then may present them to institutions. If an institution would like CaMLA to verify a test taker's results, please have the institution fill out the Test Result Verification Form.