Madagascar Professional Training Centre (MPTC) is officially the first authorised Centre for Vocational English Training (CVET) and Centre for Vocational English Examinations (CVEE) in Madagascar.
The globalization of local markets in recent years has created countless opportunities in the professional arena, allowing for unprecedented mobility in the workforce. However, these changes are also creating new challenges and the ability to communicate in an international professional environment is becoming of paramount importance. In response to these modern demands, Express Publishing and the University of Greenwich launched a partnership to develop and establish the Vocational English Certification (VEC) in Madagascar and Madagascar Professional Training Centre (MPTC) is the only first approved and authorised test centre in Madagascar. INTERVENG is a division of Express Publishing, set up with the sole purpose of administering the VEC assessment and examination model.
- • A unique International Certificate focusing on English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
VEC is an innovative examination that covers the widest variety of professions in the current market. As such, it provides a solid reference for your linguistic skills in your chosen career and can provide a competitive advantage on your CV.
- • Test material that reflects real workplace scenarios
The examinations are carefully designed by experts in each field and the material included covers a variety of situations you are likely to encounter in your everyday work environment.
- • Professional development.
The preparation for the examination will help improve your knowledge of basic English terminology in your professional field, so that you can use the language skills you gain immediately and for the rest of your career
- • Guaranteed quality of examination
Both the preparatory course and the examination are closely monitored by INTERVENG and validated by the University of Greenwich. The strict criteria followed by both institutions make both the Certificate of Attendance and the Certificate of Examination relevant and up-to-date in the competitive global market
The VEC model offers two types of certification: The Certificate of Attendance and the Certificate of Examination. In gaining these qualifications, students of vocational English will enhance their career prospects both in their home countries and abroad. Both the preparatory course and the examination are designed and closely monitored by Express Publishing and validated by the University of Greenwich. The strict criteria adhered to by both institutions make this certificate relevant for today’s competitive global market.
The Certificate of Attendance is awarded to the learner who successfully completes two key areas of the program of study: both the completion of the full vocational English course at an authorised Center for Vocational English Training (CVET) and the development of a language portfolio in their chosen field of study. The portfolio should include: 21 quizzes, 3 general tests, 9 writing tasks and 3 speaking assignments (recorded in MP3 format) in their field of study. The Vocational English courses are specifically designed to give students the English they need to succeed in their chosen field of study, while increasing their chance of success in the exams. It should be noted, however, that obtaining the Certificate of Attendance is not a prerequisite for sitting a VEC examination.
The Certificate of Examination is awarded to candidates who are successful in the VEC examination in their chosen field, held at authorized Centers for Vocational English Examinations (CVEEs) on predetermined dates.
VEC EXAMINATION INFORMATION
Four VEC Examinations are held per year: January, March, June and October. The Online version of the examination in particular, can be arranged on demand (subject to specific requirements.
Each VEC Examination lasts 60 minutes and comprises five parts:
- Part 1 – Listening
The aim of this section is to test the candidate’s ability to comprehend exchanges in spoken English related to their professional field. They are given three statements for each dialogue and must decide which of the three is true, according to what they hear.
- Part 2 – Knowledge of Linguistic Means
The Knowledge of Linguistic Means section aims to assess the candidate’s knowledge of the vocabulary they would be expected to know in their professional field.
- Part 3 – Knowledge of Language Functions
This section aims to assess the candidate’s ability to understand the functional spoken English they would be expected to be familiar with in their professional field.
- Part 4 – Reading
The Reading section consists of three short texts, all related to the vocational field being examined. The aim of Part 4 is to assess the candidate’s ability to deal with realistic written texts of the types they would expect to meet in their profession.
- Part 5 – Writing Awareness
The Writing Awareness section aims to assess the candidate’s ability to recognize the functional writing and text types required in their field of study, and demonstrate their knowledge of the structures, elements and content to be expected in such texts, as well as their internal flow and logic. The candidates need to familiarize themselves with the various types of writing texts they will encounter or need to produce in their vocational field.
REGISTER FOR A VEC EXAMINATION
The first step for a candidate wishing to attain the Certificate of Examination is to register for the examination.
In order to register for an examination, it is highly recommended that examination candidates attend a specialized course and complete the assessment portfolio tasks, as they are designed to complement the examination process and significantly add to the VEC learning experience. Moreover, Madagascar Professional Training Centre (MPTC) staff will assist candidates with the registration procedure.
Alternatively, candidates can register for an examination directly in the INTERVENG Portal.
- • During the first step of the registration process, candidates are required to submit their personal information (first name, surname, father’s full name, date of birth, etc) to create an account. Then they should use their credentials, enter the portal and order the examination in the vocational field of their choice. During registration, each candidate is assigned a unique VEC candidate serial number. That serial number is the identification code used within the VEC assessment and examination system.
- • Once all personal information has been successfully submitted, the candidate receives a Confirmation of Data Entry receipt. The receipt includes the personal details submitted and the chosen vocational field, along with the local registration fee and payment options available to the candidate. Candidates should check all personal information printed on the Confirmation of Data Entry receipt for errors, as submitted data can still be amended. It is essential that each candidate review and confirm the details on the receipt, as these are used to issue certificates.
- • The candidates need to select a method of payment in order to pay for registration.
- • A candidate’s registration is finalized only after the candidate has paid the registration fee. Candidates that have finalized their registration receive a Personal Examination Ticket in electronic form, which includes the candidate’s personal information, their unique serial number, the selected vocational field, plus the date, time and the appointed Centre for Vocational English Examinations (CVEE) for the upcoming examination.
RECEIVE MY VOCATIONAL ENGLISH CERTIFICATES:
Candidates receive their Vocational English Certificates of Attendance and/or Examination, through their Country Administrator or Centre for Vocational English Training (CVET) 6-8 weeks after the results have been published.
Successful candidates who have applied for the Vocational English Examination individually and not through a CVET, receive notification of their result at the email address they provided on their application and they are sent their Vocational English Certificate of Examination by courier to the physical address they provided.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Anyone who wants to demonstrate that they have the linguistic skills needed to succeed in their chosen career.
There is no age limit for candidates. Candidates from any background interested in proving their linguistic skills in their professional field should feel comfortable taking one.
Candidates who achieve an average score of 50% or higher are awarded a Certificate of Examination. The grade boundaries are in the Score Table below:
VEC Test Centre in Madagascar:
Madagascar Professional Training Centre (MPTC)
Antananarivo – Madagascar.
Tel: +2126.96.36.1990.88 /+2188.8.131.529.08 /+2184.108.40.2068.41