ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers

A seafarer using the Marlins English Language Test

The ISF Marlins English Language Test is an online assessment tool, which tests seafarers’ understanding of both written and spoken English.

Use of the ISF Marlins English Language Test allows ship operators to demonstrate that seafarers, of whatever nationality, have been assessed on their ability to communicate in English, a necessity that has been given additional emphasis by the ISM Code and the revised STCW Convention.

The test can be accessed at

What are the main features of the ISF Marlins English Test?

Marlins English Language Test for SeafarersThe new online version of the test features a completely fresh database of questions as well as several new question types. Test users get the chance to practice each question type before they start the test and help information is available in 11 languages. A certificate of the user’s result can be printed out at the end of the test.

The test is applicable to all grades of officers and ratings (including catering and hotel personnel) and focuses on the seafarers’ understanding of English as opposed to their “seamanship” skills.

The online test also allows larger companies with several test sites to manage the purchase and distribution of tests through one central account. A powerful new reporting feature allows reports to be compiled on purchase history, test balance, test results and enables searches for individual test results.

Price and Availability

The test costs just USD 15 per test and can be purchased directly from the Marlins Test Centre. There is no minimum order and discounts are available for buying in bulk. These will be kept in credit in your online account for use at any time.