Your exam day minute-by-minute. What to bring, how to prepare.
Providing exams internationally
The Euro Examination Centre was established in September 2000. Its remit was to develop public state-accredited language examinations in Central Europe, and to offer testing services to schools internationally. The tests for the Euroexams were designed around the competency scales of the CEFR. In 2001 Euroexams won the European Committee’s European Language Label award. In 2003 the Euro Examination Centre was selected to participate in the Council of Europe project to relate language examinations to the CEFR and to pilot new reference procedures. The Euro Examination Centre is a member of EALTA, the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment.
The Euro Examination Centre aspires to unite the expertise of communicative language teaching with the ‘can-do’ communicative criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFR] in order to design examinations, which promote and assess real-world communicative skills.
We believe that for most everyday users of foreign languages the ability to communicate is more important than a theoretical knowledge of the systems of language. To implement this approach, the Euro Examination Centre provides standardised assessment tools that aim to test students’ success in real communication. Our vision is that students look forward to the chance of demonstrating their language skills in motivating and exciting contexts, and in fair and challenging tests.
The Euro Examination Centre promotes quality in language teaching and the development of new initiatives by working together with a wide network of testing centres and partner organisations in Europe and beyond in organising training courses, publishing test and training materials and in delivering standardised assessment tools for the communicative classroom.
The Euroexam network and administration
The Euroexams are offered through a network of 40 local testing centres (language schools, secondary schools and university departments), seven times a year. In 2015 the annual number of candidates taking the Euroexams will exceed 14 000. The first local testing centre outside Hungary opened in Romania in 2003. In February 2005 a long-term agreement was established with the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain and IH Madrid to jointly administer the EuroPro exams in Spain. EuroPro exams replaced the Chamber’s own English language examination system. In Serbia and Montenegro a network of local testing centres was set up in 2005 in co-operation with YALS (The Association of Language Schools in Serbia and Montenegro). The first Euroexams in the Ukraine were organised in March 2006. By 2014 over 85 000 candidates had taken the Euroexams across Europe.
Meeting international standards
In developing our exams we refer to international frameworks for describing language ability making it easy for people to understand their level of ability and the kind of exam that they need:
Collaborating with international testing experts
With a view to further advancing our knowledge, we work with key organisations to develop our standards
Council of Europe: all of our exams are developed using the principles and approaches of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – an internationally recognised system for describing language ability.
EALTA: Euroexam is a member of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment
Online administration system
The Euro Examination Centre launched its online administration portal in 2006. The new technology allowed local testing centres to carry out all exam administration procedures online regardless of their geographical location. A wide range of online practice materials has also been made available both for students and teachers. Since 2010 the re-standardisation of writing and speaking examiners has also been carried out online.