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Exams & Preparation

Find useful exam information and teaching ideas for your students.

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...

Lower is dead. Long live the Lower!

Once upon a time in the past, when yours truly was a teenager attending English as a Foreign language at an established Foreign Languages private institution, he first heard the magic word "LOWER". In that immemorial era, the word and its ramifications had an enormous impact on the foreign language learner's mind, psyche, personal and even professional...

Cambridge Assessment English to support PISA Foreign Language Assessment

cambridgeassessmentnew 2020The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that foreign language skills will be assessed as an optional component of the international PISA evaluation of education systems, beginning in 2025 with a comparison of English language levels in schools worldwide. Tests will be developed by Cambridge Assessment English, a...

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...

Preparing for Teaching Exam Classes

One factor that greatly differentiates exam classes from general English classes centres on learner purpose. Since learners in exam classes generally have the same aim (that of passing the exam, they are more willing to work to achieve their goal. They tend to be highly motivated – at least at the beginning of a course. At the start of the academic year...

Why should an English-language proficiency test be backed by research?

Why should an English language proficiency test be backed by research“Test providers should carefully research the types of tasks students need to perform and replicate such tasks as accurately as possible.” English-language classrooms around the world all look and function differently, writes Spiros Papageorgiou of ETS. But one common thread among them is that teachers of English consistently look for reliable...

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...

December 2020 ECCE-ECPE exams postponed

hau exams postponedDue to the ongoing increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and in accordance with current government-mandated quarantines, curfews, and travel restrictions, Michigan Language Assessment has made the difficult decision to postpone the ECCE and ECPE exams that were due to take place in Greece on 12/13 December 2020. The postponed December 2020 ECCE and...

Pilot programme for English language certification in state schools in Cyprus

Photo Cambridge Corpus Christi CollegeThe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth has signed an agreement with Cambridge Assessment, - a department of the University of Cambridge -, for a pilot programme, leading to English language certification in state schools in Cyprus. The pilot project will start in September 2020, and will include a series of teacher training seminars...

Myths & Truths about B2 level in EFL

In 1939, Cambridge University introduced the “Lower Certificate in English”. This certificate has become the inspiration for what is known as B2 level in language learning (CEFR, 2001), reflecting the language skills an independent user in any foreign language is supposed to possess. 82 years after its introduction from Cambridge University, and 20 years...