GCSE & iGCSE & A-Level Language Speaking Tests

Not every language qualification includes a speaking assessment. For example, A Level Arabic, Portuguese and Urdu are written assessments only. International GCSE English Language does not automatically require a speaking assessment, depending on the option/route chosen. Please check the specification for the language qualification that you require.

We have assessed 18 different languages to date and have a bank of assessors available. Although, they are not all available in every location. The list includes; Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Panjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swahili and Urdu. Please check your local centre for information.

For a complete list of available subjects see our FEES & QUALIFICATIONS LIST

Languages are offered by the following awarding bodies:

  • Edexcel
  • AQA
  • OCR
  • Eduqas (WJEC)
  • Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)
  • Pearson International GCSE

Awarding Body Timetables links on our Fees & Qualification List give complete information about when it is possible to take the examinations, the type and number of assessments.

This guide is for learners, parents and responsible adults to ensure they have all the information required to make entries for their public exams. If you have any questions, or are in any doubt, please contact us:

Please also see our Information for Candidates (FAQ) 


Speaking Assessments

Speaking assessments are completed at one of our examination centres. These are held outside of the examination window, generally 2 months before the written examination (April) and will require an additional visit to the examination centre.

A practice session can be booked with the examination centre (if required) to go through the formalities and provide an opportunity to practice.

Practice sessions are chargeable, and fees are agreed with the Tutor directly.


Carry Forward

If you are retaking a GCSE or A Level language, you can request that the speaking assessment mark from your previously certificated attempt be ‘carried forward’ and used towards your resit result.

The general rules for carrying forward are:

  • You can only carry forward a result towards the same qualification specification with the same exam board (with the exception of GCSE English Language)
  • Your previous attempt must have been used in a GCSE or A Level award (grade).
  • If you have more than one previous attempt, the attempt used in the most recent GCSE or A Level award will be used

If you need to sit an alternative subject, please contact us to discuss.

To book your place; please complete and submit our application form.

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