TEFL acronyms – exams


Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) (formerly AEB & NEAB) Certificate in English Language Skills (ESOL), JET SET, range of graded exams for ESOL. www.aqa.org.uk

Cambridge see University of Cambridge

Chauncey Group (part of ETS, below) US-based group that administers the TOEIC student examination. www.toeic.com

ESB (English-Speaking Board International) Oral assessments in (spoken) English www.esbuk.demon.co.uk

ETS (Educational Testing Service) Based in Princeton, NJ, the world’s biggest examination board, administrators of the TOEFL student examination. www.ets.com

City & Guilds Based in the UK, offers a wide range of student exams and the ACE certificate for teachers.

Institute of Linguists Diploma in English for International Communication. www.iol.org.uk

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Managed by UCLES, the British Council and IDP Australia for academic and vocational English. www.ielts.org

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Exam Board (LCCIEB) Range of business and specialist English examinations. www.lccieb.com

London Examinations – Edexcel International London Tests of English range of exams graded from basic to proficient. www.edexcel.org.uk

Pitman Qualifications Range of general ESOL exams, including spoken English and business English. www.pitmanqualifications.com

RSA Royal Society of Arts is a body that works with UCLES (see below).

Trinity College London Responsible for the Certificate in TESOL and the Licentiate Diploma in TESOL examinations. www.trinitycollege.co.uk

UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) Syndicate of local examination centres around the world that administer the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations. www.ucles.org.uk

University of Cambridge ESOL (administered locally by UCLES) is a British-based organization responsible for developing a number of important English language exams (including PET, FCE, CAE) and teacher training programmes including TKT, CELTA, CELTYL, and DELTA examinations. www.cambridgeESOL.org



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