Subtest descriptions - Advanced level

-Ylin taso-

Ylin taso, the advanced level test, is aimed at skill levels 5-6 (on the National Certificate's 6-level scale.) This test is suited for adults whose language skills match challenging tasks such as representing the workplace in specialist matters. They can adjust their language according to the demands of the situation, and understand writing or speech on common topics and in their area of specialization with relative ease. They can also convey the shades and nuances of meaning accurately. The advanced level test is for people who feel comfortable with using the language in various, even demanding, situations.

The National Certificate ylin taso test consists of four subtests:

  1. Reading comprehension (1 hour)
  2. Writing (1 hour)
  3. Listening comprehension (approx. 30 minutes)
  4. Speaking (approx. 20 minutes plus 15 minutes)


- The total testing time is about 4-5 hours.-




Reading comprehension:

Candidates are expected to understand all types of authentic texts related to the topic areas specified in the test specifications.

There are usually four separate tasks; one task may include several texts. Several task types are used on each testing occasion (open-ended questions, summary, multiple.choice etc).






Candidates are expected to write informal and formal letters, such as messages (e.g., a fax), application forms, letters to editors, CVs, and to provide an argumentative or expository treatment of a given topic. The main requirement for a succesful accomplishment of the task is to convey the message to the reader as naturally and effectively as possible.

There are three tasks that simulate tasks the candidiates may encounter in real-life situations.






Candidates are expected to understand different kinds of spoken language, e.g., radio programmes and lectures spoken at a normal speed.

The test takes place in a language laboratory, and there are usually four or five tasks. A variety of task types, such as summary, gap-filling or open-ended questions are used.





Candidates are expected to express themselves orally as naturally and effectively as possible in situations that simulate real-life functions.

This subtest is conducted both face to face and in a language laboratory. There are usually three or four separate tasks that aim at tapping different kinds of oral skills (e.g., reactions in situations, extended speech).