Language testing?

Old May 8th 2009, 11:13 pm
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I was looking through the skilled worker application form guide and it says you need to prove proficiency of your language through language testing. Here's me thinking my GCSE certificates in English and French would be enough Anyway, I was wondering if you have to take the tests for both French and English? Also, how much do they cost to sit, roughly?

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If you are claiming points for French you have to take the TEF - basic level is apparently A level standard - and submit results. There has been talk in past about degree level French being acceptable, but immo officer recently said they prefer the TEF results.

If you are not born in a country where English is native language you have to take the English equivalent (IELTS). If you were born in UK you will not need to take any test to prove your English, although I am going to include a covering letter stating this and fact UK educated - just to make sure!
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If you are claiming points for French you have to take the TEF - basic level is apparently A level standard - and submit results. There has been talk in past about degree level French being acceptable, but immo officer recently said they prefer the TEF results.

If you are not born in a country where English is native language you have to take the English equivalent (IELTS). If you were born in UK you will not need to take any test to prove your English, although I am going to include a covering letter stating this and fact UK educated - just to make sure!
Oh, ok, thanks! So I wouldn't have to take an English test as I am born and bred in the UK but a French test is a must. Any ideas how much it costs?
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my dh was born in singapore ( BFPO) he is a british citizen and schooled heer, worked heer all his life ( they moved back here when he was 6) does eh need to include a letter saying how english he is? he would pee himself laughing if he had to take an english exam just cos he wasnt born here.
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Oh, ok, thanks! So I wouldn't have to take an English test as I am born and bred in the UK but a French test is a must. Any ideas how much it costs?
Between £150 and £300 I believe, depending on whether you take just the obligatories or the optionals as well.
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my dh was born in singapore ( BFPO) he is a british citizen and schooled heer, worked heer all his life ( they moved back here when he was 6) does eh need to include a letter saying how english he is? he would pee himself laughing if he had to take an english exam just cos he wasnt born here.
Just a letter would be fine explaining this.
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Originally Posted by engineer80
Oh, ok, thanks! So I wouldn't have to take an English test as I am born and bred in the UK but a French test is a must. Any ideas how much it costs?
Also, do get it booked early on as there can sometimes be a long wait for a test place.

And, as singingringingtree said, 'basic' level is anything but! So unless you can converse quite happily in French and are beyond A level standard, you'll need to brush up.

Good luck.
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TEF test cost 120 pounds at the Alliance Francaise in Manchester and they only do them 1 few times a year. (We did our in March)

See my reply on the other post about levels and preparation.

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