ECCE Format and Content

The following table presents the format and content of the ECCE. 

Section Time Description # of items
Writing 30 minutes From a choice of two options, an email/letter or an essay, each on a different topic, examinees write one response, giving their opinion on the situation or issue in the option of their choice. 1 task
Listening 45 minutes

Part 1 – heard one time
(multiple choice)

Short conversations, each followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.


Part 2 – heard twice
(multiple choice)

Short extended talks on four different topics, each followed by 5 questions. The questions are printed in the test booklet and time is given before each talk to preview the questions. There are four answer choices for each question. Answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Examinees may take notes in the test booklet as they listen.


Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading (GVR)

75 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

Incomplete sentences, each followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.


Vocabulary (multiple choice)

Incomplete sentences, each followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.


Reading (multiple choice)

Part 1
Two short reading passages, each on a different topic, followed by 6 comprehension questions each.

Part 2
Two sets of four short texts each, related to each other by topic. Each set is followed by 12 comprehension questions.

Speaking 15 minutes max. A structured face-to-face oral interaction, between one examinee and one oral examiner on topics set by the University of Michigan. The interaction involves a visual prompt. 4 stages
  • The three first parts (Writing, Listening, and GVR) comprise the written section of the examination and are all administered on the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even on the same day of the written examinations.
  • The format and the content of the test reflect the general language preparation, the methodology, and the teaching material used for learning English as a Foreign Language.
  • Standard American accents are used in the listening section recordings. Examinees are not exposed to dialects or background noise. Examinees hear only the speakers' voices and thus do not risk having their scores unfavorably affected by external factors.
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