English Exam Overviews: The ECCE

eccelogo_cmykAs one of the five Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment exams, the Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (or ECCE) may seem like just another entrant the world of English language proficiency assessments. As our brief overview below explains, however, there are several factors that make the ECCE a distinct and compelling choice.

What is the ECCE and what makes it unique?
Designed to meet the needs of upper-intermediate level English as a second language students, the ECCE is meant to serve the needs of  intermediate-level (B2) students. Unlike many other exams designed for this skill range, however, because the ECCE was originally designed by the University of Michigan it emphasizes the conventions of American English. This means that students are assessed using the spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules that are used in the United States. This makes it an ideal choice for students who studied (or wish to study) English in the United States.

How is the ECCE scored?
The listening section and grammar, vocabulary, and reading (GVR) section of the ECCE exam are scored electronically and reported on a scale that ranges from 0 to 1000. By contrast, the speaking and writing sections are assessed separately by human grades according to a set of standards established by Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment. Although assessed separately, scores on all four sections of the exam are factored into a student’s overall score. Thus students cannot pass three sections and fail the fourth and still receive a passing grade.

Where can I take the exam and how do I register?
The ECCE exam is offered at Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment test centers all over the world. Because rules and procedures can vary by location, however, it is a good idea to check the online registry of approved testing centers and contact the one that best meets your needs directly. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about the exam itself, be sure to check our full overview!