Frequency Asked Questions

Q: How long is the online exam?

A: Our proficiency exam is multiple choice and the time required to complete it generally ranges from 30-60 minutes depending on your skill level and the type of certification you are being tested for.

Q: Can I view some sample exam questions?

A: Yes. Click here to see some sample questions.

Q: What is the minimum score required to pass?

A: Exams are scored on a pass/fail basis with a minimum score of 70% required to pass.

Q: Can I retake the exam if I fail?

A: Yes. Registration includes unlimited retakes within 60 days of your first test date.

Q: I am an employer for a international/foreign company, is there a way I can get a list of your recently certified students to fill some job openings?

A: Our policy is not to post these publicly, but if you send us an email, we'll send you a list of our ESL certified individuals in your country/area.

Q: What if I fail the online skills exam?

A: With your registration fee, you can take the online skills exam as many times as needed within 60 days of your first test date.

Q: Why do I need an ESL certification to get a job?

A: Some level of ESL certification is generally required in order to teach English as a second language.

Q: Will I have to complete coursework to get my ESL certification?

A: No. LCI grants ESL certifications based on skills demonstrated by an online exam, and does not require that you take costly courses.

Q: What regions recognize an LCI ESL certification?

A: LCI ESL teaching certifications are valid in all 50 states and 94 countries. Due to discrepancies in professional standards, we are currently unable to grant certifications to citizens of Belarus and French Polynesia.

Q: How long does it take to get my ESL teaching certification?

A: After successful completion of your proficiency exam, certifications are generally issued within 1 business day. Register Here.

"When I got transferred to our Tokyo offices, I needed an ESL certification but I didn't have 6 weeks to spend in classes. Being able to take the exam online was great."
-Jacob Richardson, Miami, FL

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