Michigan ECCE

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:

  1. Listening - 2 sections, 50 questions
  2. Grammar - 35 questions
  3. Vocabulary - 35 questions
  4. Reading - 3 sections, 30 questions
    1. part 1
    2. part 2
    3. part 3
  5. Writing - 1 task
  6. 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 those sections.

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


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