ESaT Ltd offers two main suites of examinations. The following is a brief introduction to the adult and junior suites of examinations:

Adult Market: ESaT Adult Examinations: TELSa

The ESaT TELSa examinations measure the degree of proficiency in the language attained by the candidates. The examinations have been designed with an international user in mind.

The test cannot really be classified as neither a General English Test nor an English for Special Purposes Test as we have tried to incorporate skills such as summaries and note-taking more commonly found in Academic English Tests. This, we feel, provides our candidates with a more complete preparation and they will therefore be better able to cope with the language and skills necessary in the real world. The test could potentially cater for a wider range of candidates from the young student looking to apply for admission in Universities to the adult seeking to improve his/her professional position.

Key features:

• Tests for learners of English as a foreign/second language aged 16 and above

•Seven levels following the CEFR: A1, A2, B1, B1+, B2, C1 and C2 as well as a pre-A1 level for absolute beginners (Starter)

• All TELSa examinations test 4 skills:

-  Reading

-  Writing

-  Listening

-  Speaking

To ensure that our exams are as thorough as possible, Use of English is also targeted in our examinations, testing functional language, vocabulary and grammar.

• learner friendly examinations

• valid and reliable assessment

• support for teachers


Valid and Reliable Assessment

A group of international experts is responsible for the creation of our examinations therefore ensuring that candidates with different cultural backgrounds are tested objectively.

From the choice of topics, pictures and examination format, all the way to the behaviour of the examiners during the speaking session, we do our best to help our candidates focus on performance in a friendly and relaxed examination session. All tests have been pretested and detailed statistical analysis carried out.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Can-Do statements offer a valid and internationally recognised benchmark for our examinations.


Analysis of Results

Candidates receive a detailed Analysis of Results with a breakdown of the performance in the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as well as Use of English).This is intended as a useful tool for educators in assisting the candidates further improve their proficiency of the English language by helping identify the candidate’s Strengths and Areas for Improvement.


Young Learner and Junior Markets: ESaT Young Learner and Junior Examinations: jTELS

The ESaT jTELS suite of examinations is intended to measure the degree of proficiency in the language attained by young candidates. The Young Learner and Junior examinations are designed with an international candidate in mind.

Key features:

·Tests for young learners of English aged 5 - 16

·4 pre-CEFR levels to help all students gradually progress from one level to the next, analysing their strong points and problem areas in the process.

·learner-friendly exams

·valid and reliable assessment

·support for teachers


About the Test

Most of the jTELS examinations (tests aimed at candidates aged 7 or above) will test all 4 skills:

·  Reading

·  Writing (tasks vary according to age and level)

·  Listening (both for detail and gist)

·  Speaking (short discussion. 2 candidates with an interlocutor)

To ensure that our exams are as thorough as possible, Use of English is also targeted in our examinations, testing functional language, vocabulary and grammar.

Being so comprehensive, it is hoped that the tests will become a very complete and useful tool for teachers and educators. The examination questions, tasks and length vary depending on the age and level of the candidates.

We firmly believe that testing should not necessarily be a negative and stressful experience. A lot of thought and research has gone into making our examinations as learner-friendly as possible, offering the right balance between stimulating, challenging and fun tasks.


Valid and Reliable Assessment

A group of international experts are responsible for the creation of our Young Learner and Junior suite of examinations. This guarantees that cultural bias is down to a minimum and therefore ensuring that young candidates with different cultural backgrounds are tested objectively and not penalized unnecessarily. From the choice of topics, pictures and test format, all the way to the behavior of the oral examiners during the speaking component, we aim to do our best to help the candidates concentrate on their English and not get unnecessarily distracted.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) can-do statements offer a valid and internationally recognised benchmark for our exams.


Analysis of Results

Candidates will receive a detailed Analysis of Results with a breakdown of their performance in the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This is intended as a useful tool for teachers and educators in assisting the young learners further improve their proficiency of the English language by helping identify the Young Learner’s and Junior’s strengths and areas for improvement.


Gradual Progress

Our Young Learner and Junior suite of examinations will offer learners a gradual progression from one level to the next. 

Every level is a manageable, yet challenging, step towards English language proficiency.

We plan to offer 5 levels at pre-CEFR level, from Primary1 for children as young as 5, up to English Diploma for 11 year-olds

3 examinations: A1 Diploma, A2 Diploma and B1 Diploma, will be aligned to the CEFR levels and will cater for the specific needs and experience of Juniors up to the age of 16.

These gradual steps break down the English language into manageable chunks that can be dealt with at every specific age, thus helping the young candidates progress from one level to the next and in so doing, fostering a positive approach to language learning.