Description of the ILEC examination
The ILEC has been created by Cambridge English Language Assessment in cooperation with TransLegal, Europe’s leading firm of lawyer-linguists.
Based on workplace situations, the examination is targeted at levels B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) scale. It includes tasks and topics that legal practitioners encounter in everyday working life.
The examination consists of four papers – Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking – which together last approximately 3.5 hours (not including breaks).
The Speaking test gives candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their skills during face-to-face interaction. Candidates take the test in pairs with two Cambridge English examiners.
Areas of law typically covered include the following:
- business associations
- sale of goods
- real property
- intellectual property
- negotiable instruments
- secured transactions
- aspects of transnational law
The following table presents the format and content of the ILEC examination:
|Section||Time||Description||# of items||Marks (% of total)|
|1 Reading||75 minutes||6 parts||54 questions||25%|
|2 Writing||75 minutes||
Part 1: Letter (120–180 words)
Part 2: Memorandum (200–250 words)
|3 Listening||about 40 minutes||
16 minutes per pair of
Part 1: Interview
Part 2: Long turn
Part 3: Collaborative task
Part 4: Discussion