The Work Readiness Oral Language Test

NIFL launched the EFF Work Readiness Credential project in response to state and national workforce partners who identified the need for a credible, portable national work readiness credential. Work to develop the credential was funded jointly by the National Institute for Literacy and state partners. Development was guided by a Policy Oversight Council made up of representatives of participating states and by national partners invested in the development of skill standards and workforce excellence. Work was carried out by the EFF Assessment Consortium, led by SRI International, and staffed by a team of technical experts from BMC Associates, HumRRO, University of Tennessee, and WestED. CAL developed a test of listening and speaking skills in English based on the Equipped for the Future (EFF) adult learning standards, which identify the abilities needed to hold entry-level positions. The oral English test is one of four tests required for an EFF Work Readiness Credential, which measures the test taker’s ability to listen actively and to speak so that others can understand. Test takers include both English language learners and native English speakers. The EFF Work Readiness Credential gives employers a tool for certifying that job applicants have the skills needed to work and learn effectively on the job. Over 1,000 examinees have taken the test since it was operationalized in the fall of 2006.

Learn more about the National Work Readiness Credential.