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GETS Advanced: An English Proficiency Exam

All four language skills—Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking—tested in a modular manner

The GETS Advanced Proficiency Exam assesses language skills using contemporary settings. It measures English proficiency from B2 to C2 on the CEFR scale.

GETS Advanced is four separate exams—Reading, Listening, and Speaking & Writing— that can be taken together or separately as individual test modules.

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The test development is backed by years of research by Qualifications and Assessments International (QAI) in the UK.


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UK NARIC Study—CEFR Validation

UK NARIC Validates GETS Higher Exam

GETS is the first English proficiency exam to be validated by UK NARIC.

They performed an independent evaluation, benchmarking the GETS Higher exam against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


UK NARIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications.


It performs this official function on behalf of the UK Government.

GETS Advanced candidates receive a Test Report Form presenting their scores which are aligned to the CEFR in the GETS Scale of English.

​The Executive Summary details the UK NARIC approval, which validates GETS Higher as a secure English language exam mapped to the CEFR.

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Results are Aligned to the CEFR

The GETS Advanced Exam's results are reported in the GETS Scale of English and they are aligned to the CEFR from B2 to C2 levels

You can see/download a sample Test Report Form below.

The Common European Framework of Reference—or CEFR—measures language ability in a scale of six levels, which start from A1 for beginners to C2 for native English speakers or those who have mastered the language.


The CEFR is the industry standard for measuring language proficiency and a key resource for educational policy worldwide.

CEFR--Measuring English Proficiency

GETS Advanced Test Highlights:

  • Assesses all four language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking)

  • Emphasis on mastery of English at an exceptional level.(CEFR levels B2 to C2)

  • Choose the full test (Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking) or to take any one test module at a time.

  • On-demand test dates (conditions apply).

  • Quick result release (immediate to 7 business days).

  • Writing & Speaking modules marked by certified examiners.

  • Secure test administration.

  • Internet-based test or paper-based test delivery.

  • Communicative proficiency and use of English language in social, educational and workplace settings.

  • Customization possibilities for corporate organizations.. 

Test Format, Task Types & Description

The Listening Exam

  • 5 Parts/40 questions Approximately 40 minutes.

    Part 1: 4 to 4.5 min

    Part 2: 4 to 4.5 min

    Part 3: 3 to 4 min

    Part 4: 4.5 to 5.5 min

    Part 5: 5.5 to 6.5 min Tracks played once only

Task types: Multiple choice, matching, note completion, sentence completion.

Skills tested: Listening to identify the key information; listening to understand functional relationships such as cause and effect; listening to have a detailed understanding of specific points; listening for overall understanding of the main points; listening to recognize relationships and connections between facts.

Test source: Designed using authentic and/or adapted real world listening tracks such as monologues, dialogues, conversations, lectures, presentations, interviews, talks, discussions, narratives, radio programmes.

No. of Questions: A total of 40 quest ions.

Marking: One mark for each correct answer. No negative marking for incorrect answers.

The Reading Exam

  • 4 Parts/40 questions 60 min.

    Approximate text length: 2500 words

Test takers are required to respond to questions based on a reading of approximat ely 2500 words.

Task types: Multiple choice, matching information/feat ures, gapped text, summary completion, matching headings,Yes/ No/Not given.

Skills tested: Reading for overall understanding of main points; reading for

detailed understanding of specific points; reading to understand text structure, cohesion and coherence; reading to scan for specific information; reading to recognise opinions or ideas; reading to distinguish main ideas from supporting ones; reading to understand writer's attitude, tone, opinion and purpose.

Test source: Designed using authentic and/or adapted real world materials such as articles from newspapers, magazines and websites.

No. of Questions: A total of 40 questions.

Marking: One mark for each correct answer. No negative marking for incorrect answers.

The Writing Exam

2 Tasks/60 minutes

Task 1: 100-120 words

Task 2: 300-320 words

Task 1: Writing an email in a work context, based on a visual input.

Task 2: Writing an article/ formal letter/informal letter/essay/any other discursive piece of writing.

The Speaking Exam

11-14 minutes

3 Parts

Part 1: Answer questions on family, home, interests, study,work and other familiar topics.

Part 2:Talk on a general topic for two minutes. Candidates are provided verbal prompts and are given 60 seconds to prepare.

Part 3: Answer more abstract questions related to the topic given in Part 2. Candidates are required to express their views and feelings, expand and support their ideas and provide extended responses.

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Exam Marking

  • Each of the four component tests: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, carry 25% weightage.

  • Scores for each component test are awarded out of 100.

  • One overall GETS score that reflects achievement on the GETS Scale of English is provided.

  • The overall GETS level, as well as the corresponding CEFR level, is reported as: 

         - Below CEFR B2 level,

         - CEFR B2 level,

         - CEFR C1 level or

         - CEFR C2 level.

GETS Advanced Test Report Form

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