About the certification

The IT English Foundation is an entry-level certification intended for IT professionals seeking to validate their knowledge of English for IT. This exam covers the vocabulary and the grammar commonly used in the IT industry.

The IT English Foundation certification exam is an online, closed-book, and remotely-proctored exam. It includes 40 multiple-choice questions and the passing score is 70%. You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam.

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Exam details

Exam code


Launch date

February 13, 2016

Exam description

The IT English Foudation exam tests the candidate knowledge in English for IT.

Current version


Exam format

Multiple choice; computer-based; closed book

Number of questions

40 questions

Passing score

70% (28 out of 40)

Exam duration

60 minutes





Exam description

Vocabulary and the grammar commonly used in the IT field.


16 hours

Recommended reading

• Oxford English for Information Technology - Eric Glendinning and John McEwan - Oxford University Press;
• Infotech - English for computers users - Fourth Edition - Santiago Remacha Esteras - Cambridge University Press;
• Professional English in Use ICT - Santiago Remacha Esteras and Elena Marco Fabre - Cambridge University Press;
• English for Information Technology 1 - Maja Olejniczak - Pearson Education ESL;
• English for Information Technology 2 - David Hill - Pearson Education ESL;
• Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms - 12th Edition - Douglas Downing, Ph.D., Michael Covington, Ph.D., Melody Covington, Catherine Anne Barrett and Sharon Covington - Barron's Educational Series;
• A Dictionary of Computer Science - 7th edition - Oxford University Press.


There are no prerequisites for this certification

Recommended experience

Six months of work experience in IT

Validity period



USD 150

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