ISF Marlins English Test V4.2 Upgrades coming soon

Important Announcement

From 1 October 2010, Marlins will launch Version 4.2 of the ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers. The new version will include an increased database of test items and several improved features to ensure randomisation and test security.

There will be a small price increase to reflect the improved quality.
You can take advantage of the current price scale to top up your test accounts up to 30th September.


The Marlins online English Language Test Centre was launched in July 2007, replacing the original CD-based testing system. Since then more than 82,000 seafarers and 30,000 Cruise Ship staff have taken our tests in 145 countries. Employers worldwide rely on the test as an objective means of seafarer assessment. It is also recognised by the ISF, UK MCA and Irish Maritime Authority as evidence of English language competency for seafarers.

To ensure continued security of the test database, Marlins is committed to periodic upgrades of both the test content and the Test Centre administrative system. This helps protect our clients against unauthorised use and also ensures the product is up-to-date.

Marlins have already implemented some upgrades to the test administrative system with no charge to our clients. It has now become necessary to release an upgraded version of the content of the English Language Test for Seafarers with a small corresponding increase in price.

When will the upgrade be available?

The upgrade was launched on 1st October 2010.

This information will be prominently displayed on the Marlins Test Centre site and on the main Marlins website.

What will the cost be?

There is a small increase in the price, the first increase since 2007. From 1st October 2010 the ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers will increase from $10 USD to $12 USD per test. This continues to represent excellent value.

Discounts for bulk purchases will continue to be available on the following revised basis:

  • 1000 to 1999 tests – USD11 per test
  • 2000 to 2999 tests – USD10.5 per test
  • 3000 to 3999 tests – USD10 per test
  • Over 4000 tests – USD9.5 per test

What about the Marlins Tests for Cruise Ship Staff and Offshore Workers?

The price of the Marlins English Language Test for Cruise Ship Staff and Marlins English Language Test for Offshore Workers will stay the same throughout 2010 and will not increase until January 2011. The content of these tests will also be upgraded and the corresponding price increase will be announced separately.

Can we pre-purchase tests before the price rise?

Yes. It is possible to bulk buy tests at the current rates of $10 USD per test (with current discounts for orders of over 1000 tests) up to 30th September 2010.

What is the period of validity of the current version of the test?

Tests which you currently have in your account will remain valid until you have used them and you will get the full benefit of the upgraded test material from the launch date.

If you opt to pre-purchase additional tests before the price increase, the tests you buy at the current rate will not expire and will continue to be recognised by the UK MCA and Irish Maritime Authorities.

What does the upgrade include?

The ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers database of questions increases by 35% with a range of new questions focusing on current maritime issues and vocabulary. This will enhance randomisation of the test content across all sections of the test. Some existing test items will be removed.

Based on client requests and user feedback, other new features include:

  • improved administrative tools making it easier to find and print certificates
  • a new function to enable test candidates to print their certificate immediately after the test has been taken
  • new help language screens in Indonesian language
  • back end database upgrades to maintain product security.
  • How does this affect the offline version of the test?

    The upgrade also applies to the offline (CD-ROM) version of the test. More information on upgrading your offline software will be released in the future.

    Does the upgrade affect Marlins Approved Test Centres?

    The information above applies to all users. There are no special or additional requirements for Marlins Approved Test Centres.

    If you have any queries, please contact us.

    Thank you for your continued use of the Marlins English Language Test System.