Our Unique Approach

Our unique approach

Anglia Examinations’ approach to testing in English is unique, with its carefully calibrated Step-by-Step approach, designed to motivate and encourage the student through ten levels from beginner to expert.

Young Learner Levels: First Step, Junior, Primary and Preliminary.

These levels take the student from beginner to A1 on the CEFR. Children as young as four years old can begin here. We acknowledge that at the very beginning of the learning process a candidate will probably recognise far more than he/she can actively produce, so we begin by testing understanding in ways other than writing full words or sentences, and we only gradually ask for a little more active production Step-by-Step.

General Intermediate Levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate.

These middle levels take the student from A2 to A2+ to a clear B1. For many students this is the most difficult stage of the learning process but, by testing a few more of the building blocks of the language and asking for a little more active production at each level, we can motivate the candidate with clear achievable goals, leaving them not only confident at each stage but also ready to move on to the higher levels.

Higher Levels: Advanced, Proficiency, Masters.

The higher levels take the student from a very capable B2 to a proficient C1 and for some, an expert C2. The format of the tests remain familiar but Step-by-Step the testing of specific new structures takes second place to the testing of language production and the range and scope of the student’s English competence.