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Oxford Test Of English

Emerald is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as an Approved Centre for the Oxford Test of English.

The Oxford Test of English is the only language proficiency test certified by the University of Oxford. An affordable and personalized test that is 100% online and consists of 4 modules: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. They can be taken together, on their own, or in any combination. The test is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) across 3 levels: A2, B1 or B2. The test is available year-round.

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If you are interested in taking this test please write to us at emerald@eci.ie. Our centre test number is IR0001.

You can download the official leaflet of the test here.

Cambridge Examinations

The Cambridge examinations are internationally recognised and results are valid for two years. They test all the skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) as well as your knowledge of the language. There are many levels of the Cambridge examination, but the three most popular levels are PET (intermediate CEFR B1), FCE (upper-intermediate CEFR B2), and CAE (advanced CEFR C1).

The examinations are available on different dates during the year, generally March, June, August (FCE) and December. Our preparation courses begin 10-12 weeks before the examinations. Click here for information on available Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses.

Our teachers are experts in preparing students for the Cambridge examinations and have a proven success record in achieving good results. We prepare students for the examination format and practise reading, writing, speaking, listening, and use of English.

Our school is a Cambridge Examination Venue and recognised Preparation Centre for Cambridge Examinations. We are happy to assist students in booking the examinations.


IELTS is an internationally recognised examination and is valid for two years. It is a requirement for immigration to some English-speaking countries and for entry into many universities. We offer preparation courses for Academic IELTS and our teachers are experts in preparing students to approach all sections of the text effectively, to help them achieve their target score.

Our IELTS courses run year-round and students can join at any time (subject to the correct level). Click here for more information on available options. The examination is held regularly in Dublin and we can assist students in booking the examination.


TIE is a speaking and writing examination recognized for Immigration purposes in Ireland. TIE provides an assessment of a student’s general English level and certificates are awarded at all CEFR levels from A1 to C2. It is not necessary to do a specific preparation course and our Academic staff can assist students with the preparation. We are a test centre for TIE. Students can book and sit the examination directly in the school, or at the TIE centre.

LanguageCert International ESOL

The LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) set of qualifications is the ideal choice for language students of all ages seeking to certify their English language skills with global recognition. Certification evaluates all 4-skills and exams can be taken at any level from CEFR A1 to C2.

The Emerald Cultural Institute is a LanguageCert Approved Test Centre and the exam is available to both groups and individual students, adults and juniors.

Other Examinations

While we don’t offer preparation courses, we can assist students in preparing and booking additional examinations such as the TOEIC, Trinity and BULATS. We can provide support to students preparing for these examinations during our supervised study sessions or by booking individual classes.