Entry level 1 resources

Exam 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

*For timings and procedures adapted under VCRF arrangements visit trinitycollege.com/sfl-online


Exam specifications

For adapted specifications and procedures under VCRF arrangements visit:

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


Entry level 1 resources and materials for teaching and learning 

Activities for integration

Each lesson includes clear objectives, comprehensive teaching notes, handouts and exam tips where relevant.



Speaking and listening resources

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

Entry level 1 - Practice papers - Reading

Practice activities suitable for this level:

Generic answer sheet

Entry level 1 - Practice papers and tasks - Writing

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 papers



Entry level 1 - ESOL Skills for Life Videos

Watch the sample videos and read the rationales to see how these candidates were 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 videos

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



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