The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in
English (ECCE) is a high-intermediate-level (B2) general EFL exam. The
language used in the test is American-English.
Who is it for?
The ECCE emphasizes communicative use of English rather than
a formalistic knowledge of English, and it is aimed at students who are
able to function and perform communicative transactions in all four skill
areas of the language (speaking, listening, reading, writing). The language
tested is 'general', rather than 'academic'.
What is the Michigan ECCE test like?
The test takes 3 hours and has these sections:
- Listening - 2 sections, 50 questions
- Grammar - 35 questions
- Vocabulary - 35 questions
- Reading - 3 sections, 30 questions
- part 1
- part 2
- part 3
- Writing - 1 task
- Speaking - 4 parts, 15 minutes
The grammar and vocabulary parts are combined with the Reading section.
How does the ECCE compare to other exams?
Click to see a table comparing Michigan ECCE with other international exams.
How is the ECCE scored?
The ECCE is scored using a method called aggregate scoring. Aggregate
scoring allows students who are weak in one area to compensate by being
strong in another area. This means you can fail one of the four sections
(Speaking, Listening, Grammar-Vocabulary-Reading, Writing) and still pass
the ECCE exam if your scores on other sections are significantly higher
than the minimum pass level. Students who fail two or more sections will
not pass the exam. Generally, examinees must answer about 65% of the multiple-choice
Listening and Grammar-Vocabulary-Reading items correctly in order to pass
Where do I take the test?
At a test center in your country. Click
here to find a test center.
How much does it cost?
The test fees are set by each center.
About $200 USD or €165 euros.
For further details, please contact:
The Michigan web site