PLACEMENT TEST

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PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by sotonteacher » 15 Jun 2008, 08:17

I work online teaching, and am looking for a fairly simple oral/written exam that could be used with online students. I do use cam and voice, plus ability to bring up files etc. really would appreciate any help.
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Re: PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by systematic » 18 Jun 2008, 17:18

This can be very easily adapted to your requirement:

Oxford Placement Test
It includes a listening test. We have used it over 1,000 times with great success.

This is free, but far less reliable: http://englishenglish.com/englishtest.htm and has no listening component.

These tests are also listed by Google by entering the search words:
placement and test
If you use a computer for your work, you will probably know how to use a search engine. You can find all kinds of tests for all levels by using Google.
Most language textbooks also come with tests and cassettes. Check out the on-line catalogues of Oxfod University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Longman, then order what you need from your local educational book store.
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Re: PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by richalmers » 31 Oct 2008, 11:26

I created a multimedia assessment for my own online students. It now logs the student scores and gives a very good indication of the students level and tests most areas, except listening.

It is simple to use, but comprehensive in its scope and will certainly be of use to you if you are teaching online.

You can find it here: http://www.linguaspectrum.com/leveltests/english/

I hope this helps.
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Re: PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by Yassine » 31 Dec 2008, 07:50

richalmers wrote:I created a multimedia assessment for my own online students. It does not log scores, but gives a very good indication of the students level and tests most areas, except listening.

It is simple to use, but comprehensive in its scope and will certainly be of use to you if you are teaching online.
You can find it here: http://www.linguaspectrum.com/leveltest ... /index.htm

I hope this helps.
The link is not complete and doesn't go anywhere.
While trying to find where:
http://www.linguaspectrum.com/leveltests/english/
I hope it will help.

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Re: PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by Germania » 09 Jun 2010, 15:31

I'm going to take an Oxford Placement Test (OPT), but I find it hard to find an online test (especially the listening part). I tried the link that Systematic suggested but it didn't work anymore.

Can you show me where I can find a sample of OPT (including the listening section). I would appreciate any help.

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Re: PLACEMENT TEST

Unread post by systematic » 10 Jun 2010, 03:41

Hi,
Please remember that I posted that link two years ago - things can change rapidly on the Internet ! However, a quick Google search (which we have done for you) shows all the information is available at http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/isbn/7160?cc=gb

However, The Oxford Placement Test is for students of English - not for teachers. It is not an exam, and it used only to establish an approximate assessment of students' English in order to enroll them in a class of an appropriate level. It does not require any preparation as this would defeat the purpose of it. I am therefore curious to know why you wish to take this test.

If you are still confused about this test, don't hesitate to ask us for a recommendation for an alternative that might be better suited to you requirement.
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Re: PLACEMENT TEST: Linguahouse

Unread post by kdammers » 30 Jun 2018, 04:08

We (at StudyRoom in Kazakhstan) use the free two-part written test from Linguahouse. It has a grammar section and a vocabulary section. The score on each is linked to a CEFR level as is the combined score. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. We give it as a paper-based test, but I think it might also be possible to give it online at Linguahouse. We couple this we a short speaking/listening evaluation in which we loosely follow the IELTS speaking format and rubric (5~10 minutes). For placement purposes this works quite well (except for a few cases of older people who have an advanced academic background or extensive experience in using world English in business settings: These people have not learned English in the usual order and do not fit into a normal class with-out some adjustment in any case).

The test is British, so a small number of the "wrong" answers are acceptable in American English.

The test is not appropriate for young children since even a typical native six-year old would not know some of the vocabulary and contextual meaning of a number of the sentences.

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Re: PLACEMENT TEST:Oxford online

Unread post by kdammers » 30 Jun 2018, 04:33

The current URLs for the Oxford test are https://www.oxfordenglishtesting.com/de ... px?id=3048
and then https://www.oxfordenglishtesting.com/br ... 2&menuId=2 for purchasing. The text costs 3.66 pounds each. There is a regular test and a Young Learners test.

I have used the regular test in the past. I found that the test was pedagogically well thought-out. The immediate results and their being stored for future comparison were quite valuable. On the other hand, the instructions on set-up were very hard for me as a native speaker of American English (and for my fluent English-speaking Korean fellow instructors) to follow. Each year, it was stressful trying to get things set up and running. I don't know how much of the difficulty was due to IT people trying to write English, to differences between British and American English, or to Oxford arcaneness. When our testing took place at a time that coincided with Oxford's working hours, we got immediate and great help; how-ever, for people in time zones far from Greenwich, scheduling a time that syncs can be difficult. Also, it is important that any-one taking the test has high quality audio.

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