SZABÓ Language Prize

Dear Applicant,

Please be informed that due to the coronavirus epidemic the deadline for the submission of your applications for the SZABÓ Language Prize has been extended until 14 August 2020. Apart from the date of submission, the conditions of the Call for Applications have not changed. We are eagerly looking forward to your application documentations.

Best regards, Szabó Szilvia

Seal of Biliteracy

The Department of Education of Virginia has approved ECL language exam in 15 ECL languages at level B1 as a proof of evidence of Biliteracy Seal for those graduating in 2021.

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Epidemiological Situation – Update

As a result of the current health emergency, to prevent the spread of this dangerous epidemic threatening the security of persons and property and to preserve the health of citizens, all language examination activities have been suspended for an indefinite period of time and postponed to a later date.

Accordingly, the language exams scheduled for April are postponed to a later date both at the examination centre and at examination sites. The new exam date will be announced as soon as possible based on developments related to the epidemiological situation.

The exam applications that candidates have completed are valid, and the exam fee that candidates have paid is binding. At this time there is nothing that candidates who have already registered for the April exam session are required to do. The submitted applications will be automatically valid for the new exam date that will be announced in the future.

Please carefully follow our website for updates.

SZABÓ Language Prize 2020

Szilvia Szabó founded the SZABÓ Language Prize from her private assets with the aim to promote talented language learners and committed language teachers in Hungary and in Romania.

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The number of words for each level of the ECL writing tasks is going to change from October

The number of words for each level of the ECL writing tasks is going to change from October
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Common European Framework of Reference for language learning and teaching

We are more than proud to disclose that the experts of ECL Examinations contributed to the further development of the CEFR descriptors. Our professionals took part in the validation of the descriptors for mediation, online interaction, reactions to literature and plurilingual/pluricultural competence, and assisted in their initial piloting.

New video course in General Bulgarian as a Foreign Language

The brand new video course in General Bulgarian as a Foreign Language at level A1-A2 aims at self-study and teaching Bulgarian language to English speaking foreign students. The video course was designed in 2016-2017 by a team of 6 authors, teaching Bulgarian at the Medical University in Varna. It is suitable for preparing for certification of language achievement on the ECL language exam system. >>>>>>>

ECL Examinations is opening a new exam centre in Hai Phong, Vietnam.


In January 2017, two assessment experts, Ms Réka Werner and Mr Robert Märcz, from the International Centre of ECL Examinations (Pécs, Hungary) provided a week-long training in Hai Phong. The aim of the programme was to train future examiners who, in the future, would provide ECL exams in German and English languages in Vietnam.

ECL Romania

According to the 5088/2015 (29.11.2016) regulation of the Romanian Ministry of Education the ECL language examination in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish languages at levels B1, B2 and C1 substitute the foreign language school-leaving examination in Romania.

Favorable change at ECL language exam from the December 2016 exam term

Result calculation at the ECL exam has changed in favor of the examinees.

It is not required any more to achieve 60% at both the written and at the oral exam but it is enough to achieve an average 60% in all 4 skills all together in order to have a successful complex exam. The minimum is 40% in each skill.

Thus it is possible to compensate the achieved probable weaker result with one or more better result(s) achieved at (an)other skill(s).

E.g. :

40% average achieved at written exam + 80% average achieved at oral exam = successful complex exam


45% achieved at any skill + 60% achieved at any skill + 60% achieved at any skill + 75% achieved at any skill = 60% = successful complex exam

This change comes into effect from December 2016 exam term and is not valid retroactively. The new way of result calculation is valid for a complex exam completed within one exam term only and it cannot be validated for partial exams (written exam or oral exam) completed in different exam terms.