Format and Content of the 2013 ECCE Examinations

The following table presents the format and content of the ECCE with the May 2013 changes in the GVR and Listening sections shown in bold letters.

Section Time Description # of items
Listening 30 minutes

Part 1 (multiple choice)

A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.


Part 2 (multiple choice)

Short extended talks on four different topics, each followed by 4-6 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.


Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading (GVR)

90 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.


Vocabulary (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.


Reading (multiple choice)

A short reading passage on a topic followed by 5 questions (two passages)

Four short texts related to each other by topic, followed by 10 questions (two texts)

Writing 30 minutes The examinee reads a short excerpt from a newspaper article and then writes a letter or an essay giving his or her opinion on the situation or issue in the article. 1 task
Speaking 10-15 minutes A structured face-to-face oral interaction occurs 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 (Listening, GVR, and Writing) comprise the written section of the examination and they are all administered at the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even at 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. Candidates are not exposed to dialects or background noise. Candidates hear only the speakers' voices and thus they do not risk having their scores unfavorably affected by external factors.
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