The Advanced Level Certificate in English (ALCE™) is a standardized 4-skill test at the advanced level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR C1). It is a secure exam developed by the Hellenic American University and administered by authorized test centers worldwide.
The ALCE™ provides recognized certification that the holder can communicate at C1 level in English, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It is administered internationally and is developed by the Hellenic American University, a non-profit institution of higher education chartered in the state of New Hampshire, USA, in cooperation with external experts and bodies both in Europe and the United States.
Candidates who are successful in the ALCE™ examination obtain a certificate which documents their level of English for educational, occupational, public or personal objectives.
The ALCE™ is officially recognized in Greece by the state (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) as a C1 level certification of English language competence. The ALCE™ certificate can also be used as proof of advanced language competence for obtaining employment and for further studies.
Listening (40 items)
Part 1 (10 items) (multiple choice): Five extracts from radio broadcasts, each followed by two questions with three answer choices. The questions are also printed in the test booklet. The extracts are heard once.
Part 2 (10 items) (multiple choice): Ten short dialogues, each followed by a question with three answer choices that is also printed in the test booklet. The dialogues are heard once.
Part 3 (10 items) (multiple choice): A recorded radio interview, broken into five segments. Two questions with three answer choices follow each segment. The questions are also printed in the test booklet. Each segment is heard twice, followed by the questions.
Part 4 (10 items) (multiple choice): A long recorded talk, broken into two segments, each followed by five questions with three answer choices that are also printed in the test booklet. Each segment is heard once.
Listening section duration: 40 min. (approx.)
GVR (Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading) (100 items)
Grammar (40 items) (multiple choice): Candidates complete each sentence by choosing from four possible answer choices. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
Vocabulary (40 items) (multiple choice): Candidates complete each sentence by choosing from four possible answer choices. Only one choice is semantically correct.
Reading Part 1 (7 items) (multiple choice): A review of a book, play, film, etc, followed by seven questions with four answer choices.
Reading Part 2 (7 items) (multiple choice): A text on a scientific/academic topic, followed by seven questions with four answer choices.
Reading Part 3 (6 items) (multiple choice): A text examining a social issue, followed by six questions with four answer choices.
GVR section duration: 80 min.
Writing (1 task)
Candidates choose one from a choice of two possible tasks. Both tasks comprise an argumentative essay, in which the candidate argues a case based on at least two of the prompts provided. The candidates have thirty minutes to complete their chosen task and should write approximately 250 words.
Writing section duration: 30 min.
Speaking (4 tasks)
Task 1: Warm Up: Candidates answer non-sensitive personal questions.
Task 2: Introduction to topic: Candidates are presented with one question, helped by prompts to which they give an extended answer.
Task 3: Topic questions: Candidates answer two to three questions on the topic, supported by prompts for each question.
Task 4: Arguing a case: Candidates are given the context for a controversial issue, as well as points for each side. They are expected to choose one side and argue their case effectively.
Speaking section duration: 11-15 min.
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The Listening and GVR sections are scored by computer and the application of specialized software, using the principles of Item Response Theory.
Using scales and procedures established by Hellenic American University, the Writing section is scored by two independent raters. In the case of significant difference between the scores of the two raters, a third rater is called to determine the final score. The raters have been trained and certified according to Hellenic American University standards.
The Speaking section is scored using scales and procedures established by Hellenic American University. The oral examiners have been trained and certified according to Hellenic American University standards. All tests are recorded.
- Each of the ALCE sections is marked on a scale of 0 to 1000; each section carries equal weight in determining the final grade.
- The passing score for each section is 650 out of 1000. The scores for each section are combined and averaged to give a total possible average scale score of 1000 for all four sections.
- Candidates whose average score for all four sections is equal to 650 or higher are awarded the ALCE.
- Candidates whose average score for all four sections is below 650 are not awarded the ALCE.
- Candidates who have been absent from one or more sections are not awarded the ALCE. Any passing score they may have received for whichever section they were not absent from does not affect the final result.
- Hellenic American University allows candidates with disabilities to request for special examination accommodations or modifications.
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