CAL EPT Students - Information for Test Takers
The CAL English Proficiency Test for Students: Listening and Reading is designed to measure the English language listening and reading proficiency of students in the sixth year of primary and the third year of secondary in public schools in Mexico.
The CAL EPT for Students: Listening and Reading is a paper-based test that can be group administered. It consists of a listening part (50 minutes), which includes audio recordings, and a reading part (50 minutes). Each test part includes recorded instructions.
- In the listening part of the test, students complete tasks by listening to recorded English speech and answering questions about what they hear.
- In the reading part of the test, students complete tasks by reading printed English text and answering questions about what they read.
The test tasks are set in an English-speaking city called Ridgefield City. Students are asked to imagine that they are studying in Ridgefield City and living with a host family during their stay. The test consists of various scenarios that the students encounter in their daily life with their English-speaking host family, at their English-speaking school, and in Ridgefield City. The test instructions are provided in Spanish to ensure that all students understand the context of the test and know what they will be asked to do.
The CAL EPT for Students: Listening and Reading is a selected-response, multiple-choice test. Students indicate their answers by filling in lettered bubbles in the answer sections. The test is scored off-site. After scores are verified, they are provided in the form of a score report from CAL.
The test is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels pre-A1 through B1 and with the Certificación Nacional de Nivel de Idioma (CENNI) levels 1 through 8. The test is also aligned with the Mexican public school English curriculum for primary and secondary education. At this time, the CAL EPT for Students: Listening and Reading is available for students in the sixth year of primary school (sexto de primaria) and the third year of secondary school (tercero de secundaria).
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.
For more information on the CAL EPT and how to interpret scores on the CAL EPT, you can review our document in Spanish: