Level Achievement Tests - Foundations and Academic English Courses
All students will take a single test that has questions that cover the range from Foundations A to University Prep. Students will be expected to have mastered all the items that are in their current level and below. For example, a student in Foundations B will be graded on all the items that are at level Foundations A and B. If they have progressed beyond their level and can pass the level that is higher than their current enrollemnt, they'll be able to skip a level. So a student in Foundations C who passes all the Academic A tasks and has the teacher recommendations would be able to skip to Academic B.
Speaking-Open Oral Response—Approximately 20 minutes
There will be 10 to 12 items with varying difficulties. For some items, students will be assessed on their ability to respond quickly to a question. These items will give the students time to prepare ranging from 15-30 seconds and then time to speak from 30 to 80 seconds.
Writing-Open Written Response—Approximately 40 minutes
Students will also have their ability to write spontaneously assessed through two task types. The first is a 10 - minute paragraph that will task them at the Intermediate level.. They will then write a response based on that listening and reading. The second task will be a 30-minute essay.
Listening—Approximately 30 minutes
This test is similar to the one that was administered at placement and is an adaptive test of between 15 and 30 items. Students listen to and read a statement that tells them what to listen for.(e.g. Find out where the girl is from). They then listen to a passage that is 10 to 45 seconds long which is followed by a question that they hear. The students then choose the correct response out of 4 possible choices. If a test item is too difficult, students can select option "E. I don't know."
Reading—Approximately 30 minutes
This test is similar to the one that was administered at placement and is an adaptive test of between 15 and 30 items. Read a small passage and with 2 to 4 multiple-choice questions. For each question, choose the correct response out of 4 possible choices. If a test item is too difficult, students can select option "E. I don't know."
Language Fundamentals Test—Approximately 40 minutes
This test is used to examine the language performance fundamentals that a person is working from. It consists of 3 sections. Vocabulary, Lexicogrammatical, and Self Abilities Survey.