Frequently Asked Questions                                            FOR INDIAN STUDENTS


Who are City & Guilds?
With over 125 years of experience City & Guilds are a leading provider of qualifications. We have over 8500 approved centres in around 100 countries offering our qualifications.

Are they the same as Pitman?
Pitman has been part of City & Guilds for over 10 years. Two years ago after a period of dual branding the Pitman brand was finally dropped and now all products use the City & Guilds brand.

What kind of English exams do you offer?

  • We offer three suites of international English exams for work, study, teaching and travel.
    International ESOL and Spoken ESOL - with general exams at 6 levels (beginner to advanced) for reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • International Business English - a range of exams from beginner to advanced, focussing on the use of English in an international business environment
  • International Teaching Qualifications - a certificate in English language teaching for candidates who are new to the field or are looking to improve their teaching knowledge and skills

What levels of exam do you offer?
The exams are set at the full range of levels from beginner to advanced, which allow you to start at the right level and then progress at the correct pace.
Many of the exams are linked to the Common European Framework (CEF) which enables you to understand how our levels compare to the levels offered by other exam boards.

When can I sit for City & Guilds examinations?
Exams are administered on demand*, at the centres' convenience. For precise dates and times, please check with your local centre.
*Please note that in Greece City & Guilds ESOL paper-based exams are offered 6 times a year on set dates.. For detailed information about City & Guilds ESOL exams in Greece please visit the following website

How many weeks before the exam date do I need to register?
Centres may set their own deadlines but 4-6 weeks before the exam date is an average timeframe for candidate registration. For further information you should contact your local centre.

Where can I register / sit for the exams?
There are 2000 centres worldwide offering our international qualifications.  For a full list of centres please contact your local branch / regional office - details can be found on our website.

How much does it cost to take an International English Qualification with City & Guilds exam?
Fees vary according to the exam. This is due to the different degrees of assessment that are involved. Fees may also vary from centre to centre. Your local centre can provide you with all the necessary information.

Is there support material available on the internet?
Your centre can subscribe to a Smartscreen service that will give you access to student materials to prepare for the International ESOL exam.  We are also currently developing a list of free websites where you will find plenty of ways to practise your English.

Which exams are useful if I need English for my job?
We offer three examinations in our suite of Business English:
- Spoken English Tests for Business (SETB) - which assesses a learner's speaking skills for a business environment (e.g. presentations / phone calls / meetings).
- English for Business Communications (EBC) - which assesses a learner's ability to read and write the complete range of business communications (from email to memo).
- English For Office Skills - which assesses a learner's ability to proof read and produce accurate and effective communications in English (from reports to minutes).

What's the difference between International ESOL (IESOL) and International Spoken ESOL (ISESOL)?
The examinations test different skills. The International ESOL exam tests reading, writing and listening skills and the International Spoken ESOL exam tests speaking skills.  Both focus on real life use of English however, and they are both set at 6 levels (beginner to proficiency).

What kind of tasks will I have to complete in the exams?
Wherever possible we use tasks that are similar to the language tasks you would be expected to deal with in real life e.g. reading a series of letters and emails; presenting information; organising an evening out; making a phone call; writing a letter.

How will I receive my results?
You will receive your results through your exam centre. City & Guilds informs each centre directly.

What information do I get with my results?
For candidates that fail the exam we also provide a report with performance codes that gives you a clearer indication of the areas of weakness in your examination, providing you with key information to help you target your remedial work.