CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers


Understanding the English language proficiency level of current and prospective teachers of English is critical to supporting their continued development of English language proficiency, as well as the development of the English language proficiency of their students. For this purpose, CAL has developed the CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers (CAL EPT Teachers) to measure the English proficiency of teachers in all four language domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 

CAL EPT Teachers at a Glance
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The CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers (CAL EPT Teachers) is designed to measure the current level of English language proficiency of teachers of English in order to provide diagnostic information that can support teachers in their further language and professional development. 

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 – B2, as B2 is often a minimum level recommended for teachers of English. A score of “Above B2” may also be obtained. In addition to reporting scores in terms of CEFR proficiency levels, test scores can also be aligned to and reported in terms of local proficiency reporting systems. 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 assessment has been approved for use by the ministries of education in multiple Latin American countries.

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.  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 a face-to-face, one-on-one oral interview between an examinee and a test administrator lasting 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.

After teachers have taken the test, CAL will provide the educational organization that requested the testing with individual and group results for all examinees from a given test administration. CAL has developed materials and training for test administrators on how to effectively administer this assessment. 

Test Usage
The CAL English Proficiency Test for Teachers (CAL EPT Teachers) is a general proficiency test designed to measure the English language proficiency of teachers of English in order to provide diagnostic information that can support them in their further professional development. 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 Teachers 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.

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