Entry level 1 resources

Format and timings

Controlled exam - 24 questions within 3 tasks - 45 minutes

Controlled exam - 3 tasks - 30 minutes

Speaking and listening
Conversation with an examiner - 2 tasks - 5 minutes
Group discussion with an examiner - 1 task - up to 5 minutes


Exam specifications
Download the ESOL Skills for Life specifications for this level:

Entry 1 Specifications 

This document contains assessment objectives, candidate profile, exam format and procedure, assessment criteria, generic performance descriptors - plus general guidelines and policy information.  

Related links

Overview - including links to exam fees and dates

Exam administration - including guidance about booking


Teaching and learning resources

Reading resources

Practice activities suitable for this level:

Sample papers

Generic answer sheet

Writing resources

Practice activities suitable for this level.

Files marked editable can be completed on a computer. Students can type their answers directly onto the PDF.

Example  marked paper

Speaking and listening resources

Download some Tips for preparing learners for the Speaking and Listening exam



Watch sample videos and read the rationale to see how this candidate was marked:

These videos are suitable for teachers and students and show the format of the test. They are not intended to show model exam performance.

ESOL Skills for Life - Entry level 1 - Conversation sample video

ESOL Skills for Life - Entry level 1 - Group discussion sample video



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