CSB English for IT Exam


The Communication Skills for Business (CSB) English for IT exam validates a candidate’s ability to work in an IT setting or in an entry-level IT job using English. It tests knowledge of English competence in an IT-related environment, and also measures:

  • Listening – A skilled listener can hear between the lines and help people work through questions, issues, and problems related to information technology projects.
  • Reading – Whether it’s understanding a client’s specifications, or searching for a solution to a problem online, it is essential to be able to read in English at a high level.
  • Use of English – Use of English refers to the conventional ways in which words or phrases are used, spoken, or written in an IT-related environment.

The CSB English for IT exam uses scenario-based reading, selected-response, and audio questions. This is a 50-minute exam with approximately 35-50 questions. An individual preparing to take this exam should have approximately 150 hours of instruction and/or hands-on experience in English competence in an IT-related environment.

The targeted proficiency level for candidates taking this exam is B2 in the CEFR and 59-75 in the Global Scale of English. To prepare for the English for IT certification, candidates have access to practice tests, as well as an entire learning course dedicated to the English for IT certification, which covers everything in the exam. The Exam Objectives form the basis for the learning materials, practice tests, and certification exam, and they outline the level of knowledge a candidate needs in order to pass the English for IT exam.

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