About ECCE or Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English


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ECCE is the Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English


There is no cap on number of times a student can appear for the test.


ECCE is valid for the lifetime

What is ECCE?

ECCE or the Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English is yet another high intermediate examination along with TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, MELAB and CPE to prove the competency of English as a foreign language by a student applying for education abroad.


A student can use the ECCE certificate as an evidence of high-intermediate competence in English for personal, public, educational and professional purposes. The ECCE stands at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is valid for the lifetime. There is no cap on number of times a student can appear for the test.


What is the format of ECCE?

The ECCE tests a student’s skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The duration of the examination is 3 hours. The details are mentioned below:




Number of Items


15 minutes

A structured oral interaction occurs between the test taker and the speaking test examiner. The interaction involves a visual prompt.

4 stages


30 minutes

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 question each.


Grammar Vocabulary Reading

90 minutes

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 texts related to each other by topic are followed by 10 questions.



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



How is a student scored under ECCE?

The ECCE test if scored electronically by CaMLA (a non-profit collaboration between the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge).

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



Listening & GVR

Writing & Speaking

High Pass (HP)



Pass (P)



Low Pass (LP)



Borderline Fail (BF)



Fail (F)




Students appearing for the ECCE test must achieve at least Low Pass in three sections of the exam and no less than a Borderline Fail in any one section to pass the exam and receive a certificate.


What is the cost of the ECCE exam?

The ECCE exam costs $150.



How to register for ECCE exam?

The test is organized by CaMLA. Click here to find the nearest centre.

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