Project Description

jTELS is for young learners of English aged 5-11 and Test for juniors aged 11-16.

JTELSa Levels C1 to C2 (MQF Level 4)

The Reading & Language Use section 25%

This section tests the candidates’ control of vocabulary and other lexical structures, as well as complex grammatical structures. It also tests their understanding of textual cohesion and their ability to understand process and deal confidently with different types of written discourse from various genres, cultures and eras, including fiction and non-fiction. A high level of awareness of nuance, idiom and collocation is necessary as is a confident ability to deal with multiple synonyms in a semantic field as well as complex structures.

The Writing section 25%

This section tests the candidates’ ability to write different types of text with a very high level of self-awareness and organization, as well as interpretation, where necessary. The Writing section also tests candidates’ ability to use sophisticated linguistic markers to help the reader understand significant points and opinions, and to substantiate points with clearly linked supporting evidence where necessary.

The Reading section 25%

This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand and process English in a range of spoken situations such as monologue, dialogues, lectures, announcements, and other genres. At these high levels, candidates are assessed on their ability to follow and understand information, nuance and inference, as well as their capability to process opinions and inference. Their note taking skills are also assessed.


Speaking tasks 25%

This section tests the Candidates are tested on their ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face conversation with an assessor and one other candidate. Tasks include long individual turns relating to material provided by the examiner, as well as discussion and negotiation.




  • Writing-speaking
  • Listening-free writing and more controlled writing.
  • Tasks vary according to age and level short discussion.
  • 2 candidates with the interlocutor for detail and gist functions, vocabulary, reading, grammar reading/use of English
  • 5 pre-CEFR levels to help all students’ progress gradually from one level to the next, analysing their strong and weak areas in the process.
  • Valid and reliable assessment.
  • Learner friendly exams.
  • Our exams test all 4 language skills
  • A group of international experts is responsible for the creation of our exams for Young Learners and juniors. Cross-cultural research based on the understanding of different cultural foundations guarantees that the exams are designed to appeal to all cultures, thus ensuring that young candidates with different backgrounds are tested objectively and are not penalised unnecessarily. We do our best to help candidates focus on performance and this is reflected in the exam format, the choice of topics and related visuals, as well as the behaviour of the examiners during the speaking section.
  • The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) “can-do” statements offer a valid and internationally recognised benchmark for our exams.

Candidates receive a detailed score report with a breakdown of performance in the four skills (Use of English/Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This is a useful tool for teachers and educators in helping to establish the strengths and possible areas for improvement for each individual learner.

Our exam suites for juniors and Young Learners offer students a gradual progression from one level to the next. Every level is a manageable, yet challenging, step towards achieving English language proficiency. We offer 5 pre-CEFR levels, from “Discovery” for children as young as five, to “Stargate” for eleven year-olds

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