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durhamboy    143

I have some queries regarding the TOEIC English Language Test for UK Settlement Visa for Spouses. There is a lot of information about this test on the internet but much of it is very confusing so I would appreciate your help. I'm sure that some of these questions must have been asked before but my search enquiry of this forum didn't reveal any results! Anyway the queries are :-

1. Is it true that a pass certificate is valid for 2 years?

2. The candidate has to achieve a score of 60 for Listening and 50 for Speaking but what does this actually mean. Is it 60 and 50 out of 100 i.e. a percentage or something different? I suspect it is not a percentage and, if so, what would be the maximum scores?

3. I believe there are 3 test centres in Bangkok offering 3 different types of test that are all approved. These are Pearsons, CPA and Vantage. Is CPA the only TOEIC test centre?

4. I understand that the tests also include reading and writing but these scores do not count for the spouse visa test. Reading and Listening is a separate test from Speaking and Writing and therefore there are 2 different tests taken at different times. Can there be a significant time gap between the 2 tests e.g. can Listening be taken and passed and then, say, 1 year later Speaking be taken and passed?

5. Does the TOEIC test involve using a computer and, if so, how much?

6. I am now even more confused by the changes proposed by HMG from 9th July. I quote from the UKBA website :-

"Until October 2013, applicants for settlement, including partners of British citizens and settled persons, will be required to meet the current knowledge of life and language criteria, by passing the Life in the UK test or an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course using Citizenship materials."

What does "Citizenship materials" mean? Does this mean that the TOEIC test pass at level A for Listening & Speaking will still be valid up to October 2013?

Many thanks for your help.

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MaprangHolmes    110

Is it true that a pass certificate is valid for 2 years? yes it is vaild for 2 years

The candidate has to achieve a score of 60 for Listening and 50 for Speaking but what does this actually mean. Is it 60 and 50 out of 100 i.e. a percentage or something different? I suspect it is not a percentage and, if so, what would be the maximum scores? Speaking is out of 100 Listening I am sure was out of 500

I think so but please check

Listening is all done by Listening to a radio and write your answers Speaking and writing is done on a computer

yes you can have a gap between tests

I hope this helps

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7by7    6,398

6. I am now even more confused by the changes proposed by HMG from 9th July. I quote from the UKBA website :-

"Until October 2013, applicants for settlement, including partners of British citizens and settled persons, will be required to meet the current knowledge of life and language criteria, by passing the Life in the UK test or an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course using Citizenship materials."

This refers to the requirement for the in UK application for settlement, i.e. Indefinite Leave to Remain, which she will make after she has been resident in the UK for at least 24 months. It is not needed for the initial 27 month visa application.

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durhamboy    143

Many thanks for your responses. This is of great help. A couple of follow-up points :-

MaprangHolmes - Actually I think both Listening & Speaking is out of 500. If you look at the UKBA List of Approved Testers the TOEIC pass at C1 level (the highest) is Listening 490 and Reading 455. Can anyone confirm this?

7by7 - Actually it is not clear to me in the wording of the proposals that this just refers to ILR. It just says "applicants for settlement" which I thought included those applying for a settlement visa. Maybe i am just not up to speed on how HMG word these things and it would be great if you are right as it would mean that there are no proposed changes to the English Language Test for a settlement visa. Sorry to be pedantic but are you sure that it only refers to ILR?

Cheers.

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7by7    6,398

It is confusing, but when the UKBA say settlement they mean ILR.

Settling in the UK

After you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply for permission to settle here. This is known as 'indefinite leave to remain'

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The knowledge of life and language criteria can only be satisfied inside the UK, whether one takes the test or a course.

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FuzzyDunlop    1

Hi durhamboy,

my partner recently did the TOEIC exams at CPA on Asoke. To answer your questions :

1) The test is valid for 2 years for UKBA purposes

2) They are not percentages. I think the Listening and Reading exams have a maximum score of 495 each and the Speaking and Writing 200 each. Search for TOEIC on Wiki for an explanation. The CPA centre has leaflets explaining the exam format also.

3) CPA at BB Building Asoke are the only TOEIC centre in Bangkok. They have a centre in Chiang Mai also I believe.

4) The Listening and Reading exams can be taken every day except Sunday and cost Bt 1,500. The Speaking and Writing are monthly and cost Bt 3,500. You can sit them whenever you feel ready. You are correct in that the scores for Reading and Writing are irrelevant for the visa application.

5) I think the Writing test answers are typed using a computer. Reading and Speaking questions are read on a computer also I think.

6) My understanding is that you still only need an A1 pass to get the initial visa to enter. After the probationary period (soon to be 5 years) you can apply for indefinite leave to remain. To be granted it you need to pass the TOEIC at the equivalent of B1 (among other requirements).

To be honest the A1 level is not that difficult language wise. My partner is not exactly fluent but she got a B1 pass on the speaking and listening parts. BB Building has some companies that coach for the exam.

What will trip a lot of people up is the exam format. Best thing to do is buy a book (we got from Kinokuniya) and download some exam questions, then just practice them together.

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durhamboy    143

Many thanks to everyone for their very helpful replies. It's a relief to know that the new immigration proposals (set for July 9th) has no effect on the current English Language Test for settlement visa applications.

I just have a couple of things niggling me about this. One is that although the applicant doesnt need to pass Reading & Writing they surely must know some of this to be able to complete the test. Also the level of knowledge on using computers is a slight concern as my fiancee doesnt use them.

Think I might try and go to see CPA in Bangkok and discuss it with them and pick up the leaflet.

Once again, thanks guys

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MaprangHolmes    110

Many thanks to everyone for their very helpful replies. It's a relief to know that the new immigration proposals (set for July 9th) has no effect on the current English Language Test for settlement visa applications.

I just have a couple of things niggling me about this. One is that although the applicant doesnt need to pass Reading & Writing they surely must know some of this to be able to complete the test. Also the level of knowledge on using computers is a slight concern as my fiancee doesnt use them.

Think I might try and go to see CPA in Bangkok and discuss it with them and pick up the leaflet.

Once again, thanks guys

Sorry just a quick quote both speaking and writing are out of 200 but as you only need speaking it does not matter about writing.

Here are the speaking levels they go up to 8

level 1 = 30

level 2 = 50

level 3 = 70

level 4 = 100

level 5 = 120

level 6 = 150

level 7 = 180

level 8 = 200

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durhamboy    143

I visited both Vantage (BULATS test) and CPA (TOEIC test) the other day in Bangkok and this is my thoughts about them :-

1. BULATS - Kevin at Vantage was very helpful and spent some time with me and my thai fiancee. He even let her do a little demo on the computer. However my overall impressions are that a lot of the questions are business oriented e.g. questions about organising a conference etc, also there seems to be more computer usage than the TOEIC test. The whole test is taken on 1 day and costs B7,000. Vantage also offer a 3-day course prior to the test for an additional B8,000 but as Kevin told me this is not really about teaching English but more about teaching the best strategy to pass the test and use the computer.

2. TOEIC - again very helpful. Thai lady Tipapon explained the procedures. Seemed to be more based on day-to -day English rather than business. Also less computer usage - candidates sit together in a room and listen to CDs and answer questions by circling multiple choice answers rather than use a mouse to click on answers as with BULATS. The tests are on 2 separate days and cost B5000. They do not offer any pre-test tuition.

We have decided to take the TOEIC test. CPA gave us some leaflets which I took away and read. I have some interesting points and queries after studying these leaflets :-

1. Listening - candidates have to achieve a score of 60 out of 495 for an A1 pass (this equates to 12% only) - the questions are multiple choice answers with 3 or 4 choices. Therefore it seems to me that even if the candidate has no knowledge of English at all but just purely guesses each answer by circling 1 of A, B, C or D then under the law of averages they would get at least 25% i.e. twice the pass mark!!! Am I missing something here because it just sounds too easy - can anyone comment on this?

Note : There are some parts of this test that require the candidate to read even though it is in the Listening section....a little unfair in that Reading is not required to be passed........but the answers can be guessed if the candidate doesn't read English.

2. Speaking - need to achieve 50 out of 200 (ie 25% - a lot higher percentage than Listening). Questions 1 & 2 the candidate needs to read a text aloud that is on a screen .... again a big problem if the candidate can't read English and in this case there is no multiple choice answers. Also Questions 7-9 involve answering questions from information given on a screen ...once again requiring reading with no multiple choice answers.

Seems to me that Speaking is more difficult to pass than Listening. I would really appreciate any comments from you guys about this.

Many thanks.

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MrZM    111

My wife did the bulats tests. The test was all done on computer. Although the questions are generally on business, it is a good test to do. My wife passed at B2 level on listening and speaking, A2 level on reading and writing.

Your fiance or wife has to pass overall at A1 level. Which is a score of ten.

Each test is out of a 100:

0-9

10-19 - A1

20-29 - A2

30-39 - A3

40-49 - B1

Etc

People who hardly speak English from issan pass the test. It is a basic knowledge of the English Language.

Reading my post through, my English is terrible unsure wether I would pass

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7by7    6,398

BULATS stands for the Business Language Testing Service, so the questions will be business orientated.

However, if the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) speaking test involves reading from a screen and you are concerned about her ability to do this, then I'd go for the BULATS test.

A trawl through past posts and topics on this will show that many members' partners have taken the BULATS test and scored high enough in speaking and listening to satisfy the requirement for a visa.

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durhamboy    143

Thanks.

Apparently TOEIC has an 80% pass rate.

Regarding having to read to do Listening & Speaking I think this is also required to some extent in the BULATS test.

Can I ask again - can anyone fault my logic that by purely guessing in the Speaking test a candidate would likely achieve twice the pass mark?

Thanks.

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7by7    6,398

I have never taken the test, nor has anyone I know as my wife and our Thai friends in the UK all got their visas before this became a requirement.

However, my opinion is that guessing in any test is always fraught with risk.

Having said that, A1 is a very basic level. If your fiance can converse with you in English, even very basic English, she should be able to pass speaking and listening.

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

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durhamboy    143

Well she got her results for Listening & Reading today. She got 110 for Listening (A2 pass) and 90 for Reading. The score card is not very explicit and doesnt tell us that she passed (in fact she thought she had failed and told me that on the phone!). I know the TOEIC test is not just used for UK spouse visas but it would be nice if CPA put an explanatory letter with the score report to save confusion. I really wonder if HMG really appreciate the difficulties in the way these language tests are conducted and the difficulty in getting information about them. I broadly agree with a language requirement but why should someone have to take reading and writing when it is NOT required? Why cant some language exam body design a test for Listening & Speaking only?

Anyway she passed with a mixture of knowledge and guessing (so it is good to guess because you get no deductions for a wrong answer and you get nothing for failing to answer). I still reiterate what I said before - you should be able to pass easily with absolutely no knowledge of English and just guess A,B,C or D for each question. Kind of defeats the whole object doesn't it?

Anyone know if she will be entitled to a certificate for the marks the achieved?

Next is Speaking (and Writing) which appears to be harder to pass at A1.

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7by7    6,398

Unless she passes reading and writing she wont get a certificate.

However, Visa Plus has received confirmation that as long as the required level is obtained in speaking and listening this does not matter.

The UKBA do not conduct the tests themselves, and it is unfortunate that all the approved test providers in Thailand insist on candidates taking all four elements when only speaking and listening are required for settlement.

Their argument being most of their clients require all four, for a student or work visa, and it would be uneconomical to provide separate speaking and listening tests just for the minority who don't also need reading and writing.

Not condoning this practice; just attempting to explain it.

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