GATE - Gatehouse Awards Test of English

The Gatehouse Awards Test of English (GATE) assessments are available online at three CEFR levels: B1, B2 and C1. The CEFR level C2 will also be available in January 2024. Further information about the C2 level assessment has been published in the GATE Handbook available on this page.

About Gatehouse Awards Test of English (GATE)

The Gatehouse Awards Test of English (GATE) is designed to assess English language proficiency across four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. GATE is non-regulated and available outside of England, and is mapped to the following Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels: B1, B2, C1 and C2. GATE certification opens doors to various opportunities, such as career advancement and professional development. It can also be used to evaluate progress and language proficiency in a range of academic and non-academic contexts. Features of the Gatehouse Awards Test of English (GATE)

available online - candidates can take the test from any location in the world
available on demand - centres can book the test anytime, with no set exam windows
electronic certificates - available to download by centres and candidates the moment the results are issued
valid and reliable certification - the test is developed, assessed and quality assured by Gatehouse Awards assessment specialists with years of experience in the field of English language testing

GATE Levels and Preparation Guidance

GATE assessments are available at three different levels, which are designed to reference the B1, B2 and C1 descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR). Candidates can use the 'GATE Placement Test' link below to see which GATE level assessment they should take. Sample papers are available for teachers and candidates to practice and prepare for the GATE examinations. The listening, reading and writing components are only available online, and you will need to download SEB software first to access them (you will see the link when you click on your exam). To see the speaking exam format, download the paper based Speaking Examination Booklet Sample (below).


Candidates can understand points about family, work, school or leisure, deal with most travel situations, create simple texts on topics of personal interest, and briefly describe experiences, events, dreams, opinions and plans.

    GATE B2

    Candidates can understand the main ideas of a complex text such as a technical piece related to their field, interact spontaneously without too much strain and produce a detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

      GATE C1

      Candidates can understand a wide range of longer and more demanding texts or conversations, easily express a range of ideas, effectively use the language for social, academic or professional situations and create well-structured and detailed texts on complex topics.

        GATE C2

        Candidates can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. They can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations, in both speech and writing. Sample online exam coming December 2023...

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