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Exams & Preparation

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The 100% culture

In the English Language Teaching business our most-quoted number is 100. It’s all about 100%. Of what? Of language exams success of course! Everybody has to pass. 90% is not good enough. 70% is a total failure. Students become numbers. They are reduced to percentages. Teachers measure their teaching success based on pass rates. Schools advertise their...

To take or not to take a language exam?

Author: Cathy Salonikides
To take or not to take a language exam?To take or not to take a language exam? The upcoming language exam session are just around the corner. The most common questions brought to our attention before choosing an examination body may vary depending on the “difficulty” or the “friendliness” of the exam, the recognition of the certificate, the cost, the alternative options of retaking the exam...

Adaptive testing and the LanguageCert Test of English

A test – through most teachers’ and students’ eyes – is usually a linear operation consisting of a set number of items that a student grinds through from the first item to the last. The current article describes the background to and the functioning of LanguageCert’s non-linear Test of English (LTE) ‘adaptive’ test. An ‘adaptive’ test adapts to a...

How can I prepare for the exams?

  I have to say I am not particularly fond of exam preparation. I find that too much time is wasted trying to see whether students have reached a particular level and that not enough time is devoted in helping them to get to this level. To put it another way ‘Weighing the Pig does not Fatten it’. So in this article, I have decided to focus instead on...

Red Balloons, London T-Shirts and Open Doors: The Experiences of an Oral Examiner

  “Look at the following pictures. I would like you to describe them for me please,” I asked as I handed the candidate the photos. As he spoke, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would have said if our positions were reversed. Some pictures are so vague, I actually feel sorry for the test takers. How long and to what extent can you describe a red balloon...

A language certificate at the age of 12, 15 or 16? What’s the point?

To answer this question, it is important to remember that FL learning is not meant to be merely a school subject for learners with no specific use later on in their lives. In Greece learners aspire to make good use of a foreign language and the accompanied certification at a later stage in their professional life. In this sense, Greek society is...

TOEFL® Essentials™ Assessment: Design and development of a new test

Every new test at ETS is created through a careful design and development process. The newest addition to the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, the TOEFL® Essentials™ test, is no exception. As detailed in the Design Framework for the TOEFL® Essentials™ Test 2021, the TOEFL Essentials test is a digitally delivered English-proficiency assessment that seeks to...

PeopleCert signs multi-year contract with Transport for London, providing English Language Tests for Licensed Private Hire Drivers across London

  Starting in 2021, PeopleCert will provide English language exams to individuals wanting to obtain a Private Hire Driver’s License with Transport for London.   London, United Kingdom: PeopleCert, a global leader in the development and delivery of examinations, is delighted to announce the signing of an exclusive, multi-year contract with Transport for...