Want to get an international certification?
Learn to recognize the certifications you can achieve by studying in Malta.
No Malta School issues a "certification", they all issue certificates of attendance certifying your initial level and final level, the course and the number lessons you have attended. Certification is obtained only by examination.
The exams are ALWAYS executed in centers outside the schools, just in a few cases and for some certifications, 3 schools in Malta "grant" their buildings to the certification body, but this is only for the use of the environments. For example, the IELTS certification exams take place at the Malta Chamber of Commerce. Each certification has a score that corresponds to the level of English proficiency. The institution or company that requires the certification may need a certain score, so, before studying for a certification exam, make certain which will be the score at which you aspire: this will affect the number of weeks of preparation and type of preparation.
Remember that ALL public bodies tend not to consider valid the certifications that are older than 2 years: this does not mean that certifications "expire". It simply means that an ielts 7.5 certification obtained at 18 years may have no value presented to an institution 8 years later, or a FCE Cambridge certification obtained in 2014 may have no value in 2018.
Each certification CERTIFIES THE KNOWLEDGE LEVEL AT THE TIME OF THE PERFORMANCE, therefore if your level improves, it will be counterproductive to present a certification attesting a lower level. Vice versa, after years of non-English practice, the level inevitably gets worse: this is the reason why certifications obtained years before the presentation have almost no value.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) verifies the ability to listen, read, write and speak English. It is certified after a standardized international knowledge test of the English language. It is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd, and was founded in 1989. It is accepted by the universities of Great Britain, Malta, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United States, South Africa and many other states and professional organizations.
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KET (A2) Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET), is a basic level certification that demonstrates the ability to use English to communicate in simple situations, showing the progresses made in the early stages of learning of the language.
PET (B1) Cambridge English: Preliminary, also known as Preliminary English Test (PET), is an intermediate level certification that demonstrates knowledge of English for work, study and travel.
FCE (B2) Cambridge English: First, also known as First Certificate in English (FCE), is an intermediate-high level certification that demonstrates the ability to use written and spoken English on a daily basis for work or study purposes.
CAE (C1) Cambridge English: Advanced, is a certification that demonstrates the enormous achievements, as the demand for people with a high level of English is increasing worldwide. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is a test of excellence because it is accepted internationally as proof of achieving high level objectives. More than 6,000 educational institutions, companies and public administrations around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). It can be used for student visa applications and for enrollments at British and Australian universities. Provides high-level skills in English that help achieve academic and professional success. Preparation for the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) helps students develop the skills needed to make the most of studying, working and staying in Anglo-Saxon countries.
CPE (C2) Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), is the most advanced Cambridge certification. Demonstrates the achievement of an extremely high level of proficiency in English. Comparible to a mother tongue knowledge
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test to assess an individual's ability to use and understand English in an academic environment. It has been developed to ensure English language proficiency for non-native speakers wishing to study in American universities. The TOEFL certificate is generally valid for two years.
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TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is the English language test for international communication. The certificate, released after an examination, certifies the ability of non-native speakers to use English in the workplace in everyday life.
TSE (Test of spoken English) is the most widespread assessment of spoken English all over the world and measures the ability of non-native English speakers to communicate effectively. The certificate attests the level and capacity.
ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) is a linguistic assessment tool that measures the language skills of non-native English speakers. The exam is one of the most used tests and the certificate is recognized all over the world.
TELC (The European Language Certificate) These are standardized international tests available in ten different languages (English, German, Turkish, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, and Arabic), upon passing the certificate is issued.
TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) is a process consisting of a series of practical English exams for lawyers and jurisprudence students. The certificate issued is valid all over the world and it is an effective tool for lawyers who want to work abroad.
WEFT (Written for the tourism industry) is a certificate issued for professionals who wish to operate in the tourism sector.
QUALITATIVE STANDARDS IN MALTA
FELTOM (Federation of English Language Teaching Organization of Malta) is an organization recognized by the Maltese State that controls the standards of schools and teaching in Malta.
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations is an organization that examines English language skills for non-native speakers who want to be able to teach English. The exams cover general English, business English, academic English and English for young students. Cambridge ESOL also offers teaching qualifications such as TKT, ICELT, CELTA and DELTA.
Trinity College London ESOL is an institution providing assessments on learning and teaching English. Trinity College certificates are awarded annually by over 500,000 candidates in over 60 countries.
MATEFL (Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) is an association that brings together teachers who work in English schools in Malta.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), is a certificate issued to non-native English teachers attesting international preparation and teaching qualification.
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification necessary for non-native teachers who teach English. It is one of the certificates issued for the qualification to teach English for foreigners.
DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the qualification necessary for non-English-speaking readers who collaborate in teaching.
CertTESOL is an accredited professional qualification awarded in the teaching of English for teachers of other languages. It is a teaching qualification commonly used in the field of learning English and teaching (ELT). Many teachers take this qualification in order to travel and teach all over the world.
TESOL (Test of English for speakers of other languages) qualification for teachers;
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) qualification for teachers
LTCL, is a professional qualification to be qualified for the teaching of English released by Trinity College London;
M.A. (Master of Arts) Master Degree.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Three-year degree.