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Orienting Students to the English Language Test
Before giving the Placement Test, teachers should prepare students by providing basic instructions and examples of each type of question, in the students’ own language if possible. It is also important that the students be able to use the mouse. Otherwise, the test results will not be valid. In all cases, students must take the Practice Test before they begin the test. This ensures that the students know what to do and that the audio is working properly. Once the Test begins, students should not exit the test until it is completed and their score is recorded. If a student fails to answer a question, it is counted as an incorrect response.
Types of Test Questions
There are several types of questions in the Placement Test, including
- multiple-choice items that test vocabulary and grammar,
- listening comprehension,
- sentence construction, and
- sentence ordering.
This multiple-choice type of question generally focuses on vocabulary or grammar points, such as which form of a verb to use. Students read a sentence and then indicate which of four choices correctly completes the sentence. These questions are timed, and students have one chance to answer them.
A second type of question focuses on listening comprehension. For example, the student may hear a question or statement and have to answer or complete it with the correct choice of a word, number, phrase or sentence.
In these types of questions, the student has only one chance to get the correct answer. If a question times out, the question will be repeated once. If the question times out a second time, the program will move on to the next question and students will not have another chance to come back to that question.
In the third type of test item, students are asked to move a set of words or phrases into the correct places within a sentence.
In this type of test item, students have one chance. Students are also allowed to time out once before the program moves on to the next item. Please note that each time a student moves a word, the timer begins again, providing the student with enough time to complete that test item, though if the student spends too much time on several such test items, the test itself will eventually reach its time limit and end.
In the latter parts of Part 2 of the Placement Test there are several sentence-ordering items.
For these test items, students should read the sentences and then decide the order.
In this example, sentence B comes first, followed by C and then A. Students have one chance to get the answer.
These items test a student’s ability to see how items within one sentence refer to items in other sentences and help to express a sequence.
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