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The Examination Process at a Glance
Both the MSU-CELC and MSU-CELP have a similar format. These exams are designed to test all 4 language skills and each of the 4 sections carries equal points, i.e. 25 for a total of 100 points.
Sections

Section 1: Writing (25 points)

Think about it—Write about it! A test of English writing ability (80% of the score, i.e. 20 of 25 points)

The essay section offers you a choice of two prompts. You will be given 35 minutes to respond to one of the prompts to the best of your ability in an Opinion Essay format. There is no specified word limit.

 

Grammar you can use! A test of English Grammar (20% of the score, i.e. 5 of 25 points)

 

MSU-CELC: The grammar test consists of 30 multiple-choice items. Lasting 20 minutes, the test requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of various features of English grammar.

MSU-CELP: The grammar test consists of 40 multiple-choice items. Lasting 25 minutes, the test requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of various features of English grammar.

Section 2: Listening (25 points)

Listen to this! A test of English listening ability

The listening comprehension section takes approximately 35-45 minutes, depending on the level, and consists of three parts: short dialogues, medium-length dialogues, and 2 examples of extended discourse. The texts played in the third part are heard twice. There are 30 multiple choice questions for the MSU-CELC and 40 for MSU-CELP.

Section 3: Reading (25 points)

Read about it! A test of English reading ability

 

MSU-CELC: You will have 55 minutes to complete the reading comprehension section, which consists of a total of 30 questions that follow four unrelated reading passages.  

MSU-CELP: You will have 60 minutes to complete the reading comprehension section, which consists of a total of 40 questions that follow four unrelated reading passages.  

Section 4: Speaking (25 points)

Talk about it! A test of English speaking ability

This is a guided 10-12 minute interview where candidates are expected to perform 5 different tasks at level B2 (MSU-CELC) requiring them to describe, narrate and support their opinion on a number of topics. At level C2 (MSU-CELP), 6 tasks must be completed. Two examiners will evaluate the candidate’s performance on each of these tasks.

Scoring

Each of the sections carries equal points, i.e. 25 for a total of 100 points. The 60% base is a result of adding points from each of the sections together and by no means requires a minimum performance per section. However, candidates must complete all 4 sections of the exam and obtain a total of 60 or more points in order to be awarded a "Pass".

 

Scoring Diagram - CELC

Total Grade

  • 90-100: Honors Pass
  • 70-89: Clear Pass
  • 60-69: Marginal Pass
  • 50-59: Narrow Fail
  • 0-49: Fail
Scoring Diagram - CELP

Total Grade

  • 90-100 Honors Pass
  • 70-89 Clear Pass
  • 60-69 Marginal Pass
  • 50-59 Narrow Fail
  • 0-49 Fail