The Integrated Language Improvement Exam (ILIE)
General Information

The ILIE exam is a B2 exam held at the end of the first year of study. It consists of 5 parts:

1. Use of English – 60 min.
2. Reading – 45 min.
3. Writing – 45 min.
4. Listening – 30 min.
5. Speaking – 10 min.

To pass the exam, you need to obtain at least 50% from each part. If you fail one or more parts, you only have to retake those parts, not the whole exam. If you fail again, you will have to retake the whole exam – i.e. all 5 parts.

Part 1 Use of English – 60 min.

Task 1 – Multiple-choice cloze. Choosing which word from a choice of four fits in each of 15 gaps in the text.
Task 2 – Gap filling – open cloze. Completing 10 gaps.
Task 3 – Word formation cloze. Changing the form of the word given so that it fits into the gaps in a text.
Task 4 – The tenses. Completing the gaps with the correct verb form.

Part 2 Reading – 45 min.

Text 1 – Answering multiple-choice questions
Text 2 – Choosing which sentence of paragraph fits into gaps in a text.

Part 3 Writing – 45 min.

Task 1 – Using given information to write a letter of 100-120 words
Task 2 – Producing one piece of writing of 100-120 words from a choice of four (informal letter, discussion, narration, description).

Part 4 Listening – approximately 30 min.

Recording 1 – Followed by multiple-choice questions
Recording 2 – Short texts to match to one of a list of options

Part 5 Speaking – approximately 10 min.

Students take this part of the exam in pairs.
Task 1 – The examiner asks each student some basic introductory questions.
Task 2 – Comparing and contrasting 2 pictures. Each student has to speak for 1 minute.
Task 3 – Interactive task. Students discuss something together either by using a visual prompt or a list.

Vocabulary areas:

1. People and relationships
2. Travel and holidays
3. Work and employment
4. Education and learning
5. Personal matters. Feelings and opinions
6. Health and the body
7. Clothes and appearance
8. Vehicles and transport
9. Food, restaurant and cooking
10. Shops and shopping
11. Crime and the law
12. Entertainment and the arts

Structures the students are expected to produce:

Verbs:

  • present simple and continuous
  • past simple and continuous
  • present perfect simple and continuous
  • past perfect simple and continuous
  • future tenses
  • conditional clauses – first, second, third, mixed
  • passives, causative
  • reported speech
  • question tags
  • common verbs taking gerund / infinitive

Modal probability/auxiliaries: might have, could have, must have, should have, might, used to, ought to, must/can’t for present and past suppositions, should, would, may, need

Relative clauses

Time expressions: since, when, until, etc.

Connectives: when, so that, in order to, although, however, despite, in spite of, unless, if, since

Prepositions
Adjectives and adverbs
Quantifiers
Articles
Nouns (countable and uncountable)

Functions:

The student must be able to:

  • give information about future plans
  • express opinion about everyday topics
  • apologise, complain, persuade
  • describe people, places and objects in more depths
  • communicate in everyday situations: asking for information, asking for and giving advice, asking for permission, agreeing, disagreeing, inviting, offering
  • narrate more complex events
  • describe feelings and emotions

Writing:

  • informal letters
  • formal letters – job application, letter of complaint, letter of enquiry
  • narratives
  • descriptions
  • discussions