In the Czech Republic, the internationally recognised English Language exams organised by three institutions can be taken. The largest British vocational awarding body, City & Guilds Qualifications, offers the City & Guilds language certificates which are recognised by companies, institutions and schools around the world. Channel Crossings is an accredited City & Guilds examination centre. The advantage of City & Guilds is the greater focus of the exams on everyday conversation, as well as flexibility with respect to the exam dates.
Perhaps the best known English Language exams that can be taken in the Czech Republic are the Cambridge ESOL Examinations These cover general and business English, as well as tests for children and testing systems for organisations. They are recognised throughout the world.
The ETS organisation arranges the largely American English TOEFL and TOEIC. These exams have preferential recognition status at Schools and organisations in the USA.
At the current time the most widely recognised international German Language exams in the Czech Republic are those organised by the Goethe Institute and the ÖSD (Austrian language diploma). These exams cover all levels of German proficiency and focus on both general and specialist language usage.
The DELE exam (Diploma de Espa ñ ol como Lengua Extranjera) is currently the only internationally recognised language exam available in the Czech Republic that tests practical proficiency in Spanish; its validity is not time limited and it is recognised by all universities in Spanish speaking countries as well as elsewhere in the world, including the Czech Republic. The DELE exams are organised in Prague by Instituto Cervanés. DELE has three levels: B1, B2 and C2.
The most widespread French Language exams are DELF and DALF. These are international diplomas issued by the French Ministry of Education, and in Prague they can be taken at the French Institute. The DELF and DALF diplomas together have six levels; in 2006 these were adjusted so that they conformed to the language proficiency levels created by the Council of Europe. DELF A1 – B2, DALF C1 and C2.