Below are tables showing the results of our students sitting the major language examinations:

IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a wide-spectrum test with a score range of 1 to 9. It is used for many purposes, but Churchill House students take the test mainly for university or college entrance purposes. Typical scores required range from 4.5 for a vocational or degree foundation course, 5.5 - 6.5 for a first degree course (depending on the course and university) and up to 7 - 8 for a master's degree course.

Some students take the test at an earlier stage of their learning as a practice exam or at the request of a sponsor.

The following table shows the students taking the exam in 2011 in the various score ranges achieved. 2011 figures are also given.
 2014201320122011
Score RangeNo. of students%No. of students%No. of students%No. of students%
2-2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
3-3.5 4 6 4 9 4 11 4 9
4-4.5 19 30 10 21 6 16 11 25
5-5.5 23 37 22 47 13 35 19 43
6-6.5 13 21 7 15 11 30 5 11
7-7.5 4 6 3 6 3 8 1 2
8-8.5 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2
totals 63 100 47 100 37 100 44 100

TOEIC

Churchill House is an accredited test centre for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam. This is a test of business English widely used in the Far East and, more recently, in Europe (especially in France). Like IELTS, TOEIC is a wide-spectrum test with no pass or fail. Scores are reported in the range 10 to 990.

The following table compares the student’s most recent TOEIC score before arrival to the scores achieved after an average of 6 weeks study at Churchill House.
YearNo of studentsAverage pre-test scoreAverage final test scoreAverage score increase
2014 77 539 651 112
2013 66 579 655 134
2012 65 548 623 75
2011 60 528 655 127
2010 51 576 657 81
2009 90 552 651 99
2008 37 571 664 92

Trinity GESE Test in Spoken English

We also prepare students for the Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE). The test can be taken at various levels.

Our Trinity GESE results for previous years are shown below by level. Our pass rate for 2014 was 100%
GESE LevelNo. of students 2014No. of students 2012No. of students 2011
2 0 14 10
3 14 2 9
4 11 7 7
5 28 25 26
6 13 15 36
7 14 19 15
8 0 7 10
9 0 0 1
10 0 0 2
total 80 79 116

Cambridge ESOL - FCE and CAE

Students who pass the exam are awarded a Grade of A, B or C as appropriate. Students who narrowly fail are allocated a grade corresponding to a level in the Council of Europe classification, B1 for FCE or B2 for CAE. Grade F denotes a clear fail. The table below shows our official/recommended entries for the FCE and CAE exams. There are, in addition, a small number of students in each session whom we would not normally recommended to take the exam at that time; e.g. students whose sponsors wanted them to be entered even when advised by us that they were not ready, students who were not of a level high enough to pass the exam but who simply wanted to try it for the experience and finally those students who, while not yet ready, were thought to be sufficiently motivated and hard-working to benefit from the more structured environment of an exam class. We assist these students to enter the exam privately if they wish but they are not included in the figures below.

The following is a summary of our results at FCE and CAE for the last three years:
CAE examinationFCE examination
Grade2014 1st Half20132012Grade2014 1st Half20132012
A 1 1 1 A 0 0 0
B 2 3 0 B 1 3 7
C 3 3 3 C 6 5 17
CE B2 0 0 2 CE B1 1 2 10
F 0 0 0 F 0 0 0
Total entered 6 7 6 Total entered 8 10 34
%   100% 67% %   80% 71%