CAL EPT Students - Information for Test Takers

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The CAL English Proficiency Test for Students (CAL EPT Student) is designed to measure the English language proficiency of students in primary school and secondary school in Latin America.

The CAL EPT for Students: 4 Skills uses a variety of tasks to measure English learners’ ability to listen, read, write, and speak in English.  The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are timed and are given in a paper-based, group-administered format, and the Speaking section is an individually-administered oral interview.

  • The Reading section consists of multiple-choice questions and lasts 45 minutes. 
  • The Listening section consists of multiple-choice questions and lasts 45 minutes. 
  • The Writing section consists of short-answer and extended-response tasks and lasts 30 minutes.
  • The Speaking section is a face-to-face, one-on-one oral interview between an examinee and a test administrator and lasts approximately 6-8 minutes.  The test administrator asks the examinee a question presented on the computer screen, listens to the examinee’s response, uses the scoring rubric to determine the appropriate scores for the test item, and enter the scores into the computer.  The computer then selects the next test item, choosing items most appropriate for the examinee according to the scores entered for previous responses.

The CAL EPT for Students: Listening and Reading uses a variety of tasks to measure English learners’ ability to listen and read in English.  Both sections are timed and are given in a paper-based, group-administered format.

  • The Reading section consists of multiple-choice questions and lasts 45 minutes. 
  • The Listening section consists of multiple-choice questions and lasts 45 minutes. 

The information from the assessment can help students and their families better understand how the students are growing in their English language proficiency and help them make plans for continued language study. 

Additional Resources

For information on how to interpret scores on the CAL EPT, you can review our document in Spanish: 

 
For information and sample questions on the CAL EPT Students: 4 Skills, you can review our document in English or Spanish: 

  
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