Exam structure

Listening tasks
Rading tasks
Writing tasks
Speaking tasks

Learning objectives

  • Understand phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate priority (e.g.very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment)
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of informationon familiar and routine matters to do with work and free time and describe in simple terms aspects of their past and their environment
  • Handle very short social exchanges, use simple everyday polite forms of greeting and address, make and respond to invitations, invitations and apologies and say what he/she likes and dislikes

Exam grade

The maximum score for the exam is 100 points and it is divided in two groups:

Group 1: Reading skills (25 points) + Writing skills (25 points).
Group 2: Listening skills (25 points) + Speaking (25 points).

There are two possible grades: “Pass” or “Fail”.  “Pass”  means the score is equal to or higher than 30 points in each one of the groups.

Exams dates this year

February 8th, 2019 (register before January 9th) April 5th, 2019 (register before February 6th) May 24th and 25, 2019 (register before March 27th) July 12th, 2019 (register before May 16th) September 13th, 2019 (register before Jul 24th) October 4th, 2019 (register before August 21st) November 22nd and 23rd, 2019 (register before October 9th)

More info on the official site of IC

General tips and tricks

  • Correct answers score 1 point, while incorrect answers don't score any points. This means it's best to complete all the questions as wrong answers will not be penalized.

Specific structure of each section

Task 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Read daily texts 

Read daily texts and match with the correct sentence (task 1 and 4) or answer multiple choice questions (tasks 2, 3 and 5)

Task 1, 2 and 3: Listen to short messages

Listen to short messages and complete multiple-choice questions and matching exercices.

Task 4 and Task 5: Listen to daily conversations

Listen to daily conversations and complete multiple-choice questions (task 4) and match the listening with a picture (task 5).


Task 1: Fill in a form

Complete fields or comments from forms, sheets, surveys or forums.

Task 2: Write a small postcard or email

Create a brief text addressed to someone such as a note, postcard, message, email or letter.

Task 3: Write a small text

Create a short composition (description, narration, journal entry, real or imaginary biography) based on the data provided.

Task 1: Oral exposition about daily topics.

Make a short monologue about a daily topic (free time, friends and family, personal description…)

Task 2: Picture description

Make a short monologue from a photograph

Task 3: Dialogue

Hold a conversation with the examiner in a simulated situation from the photograph described in Task 2.

Task 4: Role play

Participate in a conversation with the examiner in a simulated situation from a role card. 

Practice of each section

More exercices

Reading task 1
Vocabulary. Describing people

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