Level 3 Test in English (Level С1 CEFR)

The Level 3 Test in English developed by the Language testing centre at St Petersburg University measures the language proficiency of candidates at C1 CEFR Level.

When applying to Graduate and Doctoral programmes at St Petersburg University, applicants who have a Level 3 Test in English certificate are granted additional scores to their portfolio. You can find more detailed information on the number of scores awarded here.

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This is an advanced level of proficiency in a foreign language, which implies the ability to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, to recognise implicit meaning; to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. The language is used flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

  • Test duration4 hours 20 minutes
  • Number of papers5
  • Formin-person
  • Required test score (%) to pass the test: 51-100%

Test format


Number of tasks



3 tasks (27 items)

50 min


2 tasks (“Graph Description” or “Proposal”, “Opinion Essay”)

65 min


3 tasks (29 items)

65 min

Use of English

3 tasks (23 items)

48 min


3 tasks (“Collaborative Task”, “Guided discussion”, “Monologue with a follow-up question”)

21-24 min

Test results

The candidate who achieves a “pass” score will receive a certificate with a grade (A, B or C). The grade within the level depends on the overall test score (%). Certificates are issued within 4-5 weeks of the moment of taking the test.

Test grade

Test score (%)







Preparation for the test


If you have any questions, please, contact us by phone: +7 (812) 363-64-06, +7 (812) 363-64-09 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find out about the current dates of registration and the exam, as well as its cost, on the general information page.