CAL EPT Teachers - Information for Test Takers


The CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers (CAL EPT Teachers) is a suite of two tests (Speaking and Listening; Reading and Writing) designed to measure the English proficiency of teachers of English in order to provide diagnostic information that can support teachers in their further professional development. 

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

  • The Reading section consists of multiple-choice questions and lasts 55 minutes. 
  • The Writing section consists of short-answer and extended-response tasks and lasts 45 minutes.
  • The Speaking and Listening section is a face-to-face, one-on-one oral interview between an examinee and a test administrator and lasts approximately 15 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.”

Performances on the assessment may be interpreted in terms of the proficiency levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2011). The assessment focuses on CEFR levels A1 – B2, as B2 is often a minimum level recommended for teachers of English. A score of "Above B2" may also be obtained. The aim of the test is to provide teachers with the information they need to take the next step in their language learning and professional growth. 

The Speaking and Listening is scored live by administrators trained by CAL. Score reports are generated by CAL after the testing administration has ended and are only reported after CAL has verified the data. The Reading and Writing sections are scored by CAL certified raters. 

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