CAL English Proficiency Test for Students

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CAL English Proficiency Test for Students
primary and secondary

Understanding the English proficiency level of English language learners is critical in supporting students’ continued English-language development throughout primary and secondary school.  For this purpose, CAL has developed the CAL English Proficiency Test for Students (CAL EPT Students) to measure the English language proficiency of primary and secondary students in all four language domains: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

CAL EPT Students At-a-Glance

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The CAL EPT Students is a suite of two tests (Primary and Secondary) designed to measure the English-language-proficiency of English language learners in order to provide useful information that can support states, schools, and families in understanding the language development of their students. Performances on the assessment are 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 – B1, and a score of “Above B1” may also be obtained.

The assessment can be used for a variety of educational purposes, including providing information on the development of student English language proficiency over time and using that information to understand and inform changes and improvements to language programs. The information from the assessment can also 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. 

The CAL EPT Students uses a variety of tasks to measure the ability of primary and secondary students to read, write, speak, and listen in English.  The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections are timed and are given in a paper-based, group-administered format.  The Listening section consists of multiple -choice questions and lasts 45 minutes.  The Reading 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 and Listening section a face-to-face, one-on-one oral interview between an examinee and a test administrator lasting 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.

After students have taken the test, CAL will provide the state with individual certificates of participation, individual score reports, and group results for all examinees from a given test administration.

Test Usage

The CAL EPT Students is a suite of assessments with two tests – one test may be used with students in the upper years of primary education (that is, primary years 4-6; ages 10-12) and one test may be used with students in the lower years of secondary education (that is; secondary years 1-3; ages 13-16). The assessments are not based on a specific curriculum but are designed to measure the English proficiency of students of English in Latin America in or to provide information to administrators, educators, families, and students about students’ growing English language proficiency. If this test is not an ideal fit for your purposes, CAL could explore the feasibility and cost of adapting these test for specific purposes or audiences, interpreting scores through a different system, or developing a specialized test to meet your specific needs. 

When choosing an assessment instrument, it is important to understand the purpose, intended audience, appropriate uses, reasonable accommodations, training requirements, and score interpretation. You can contact CAL to request information on the appropriateness of the CAL EPT Students test for your specific needs. If not an ideal fit, CAL could explore the feasibility and cost of adapting these tests for specific purposes or audiences, interpreting scores through a different system, or developing a specialized test to meet your specific needs.

Information for Test Takers.

Learn about the CAL English Proficiency Test for Students: Diagnostic.

Learn about the CAL English Proficiency Tests for Teachers. 

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