English - Higher

 Equivalency Testing is the exam board

Higher Level English correspondence course
This Higher Level course is designed for students who need an equivalent qualification at GCSE level. It is designed to be completed over a duration of up to 16 weeks and comprises 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time of about 4 hours per week is required.

Students should revise the Equivalency Testing syllabus prior to booking an examination. An outline of topics covered is provided below.

Course materials
An assignment booklet and revision guide is provided to each student who chooses to complete the course.

Course tutor
All coursework is marked by a specialist tutor who will give constructive feedback where necessary. Contact with tutors is by email only.


Higher Level English Examination
The examination is 2 hours in duration. Students should spend no more than 40 minutes on each of the three sections listed here:

Section A: Reading (to show comprehension and understanding)
Section B: Writing (appropriate use of language and grammar, spelling and punctuation)
Section C: Poetry (analysis and comparison of two unseen poems)

Examination materials
Pencils, pens, a pencil sharpener and an eraser.

Examination grading
Students need to achieve a Grade 4 level to pass the examination (however your chosen university may require you to achieve a Grade 5 pass).

Grade 1 (25% to 34%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass   (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass   (65% to 74%) 
Grade 6 pass   (75% to 84%)  
Grade 7 pass   (85% to 100%)


Topics covered in the syllabus:

  1. Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
  2. Good sentence construction to aid clarity, purpose and effect.
  3. Correct use of paragraphs.
  4. Use a wide range of vocabulary, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the English language.
  5. Read a range of texts and show good comprehension.
  6. Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately.
  7. Read texts in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.
  8. Explain, comment and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers.
  9. Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how they are conveyed, across two or more texts.
  10. Compare and contrast two texts in order to consider how each represents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader.
  11. Produce a written text for a specific audience and purpose.
  12. Understand the meaning of the selected poems.
  13. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the most common poetic techniques.
  14. Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
  15. Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone and style.
  16. Evaluate texts critically, supporting with appropriate textual references.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in literacy skills is assumed.


When can I take the exam?

New dates and times for all exams are updated regularly, check back to see new dates, times and venues.

Coursework only

Choose this option to study any of our topics.
This course will be followed by an examination.


Examination only

Choose this option if you have already completed the course. You can choose this option if you want to sit an examination.



Yes! You will need to provied a passport or driving licence prior to the examination, otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.

There are no age restrictions.

You can sit the examination more than once.  However, every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.

You can sit an examination at one of our designated places or an examination paper could be sent to the school you are currently working in. This is only with the agreement of the Head or Deputy Head Teacher or equivalent.

Contact us to arrange this

An exam only has a £30 deposit, and the rest is payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable.

All courses must be paid in full. No monthly terms or part payments.