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This is an exam used for placing a large number of students into the correct level based on their ability in English language.
I used it last year (2015) at a large teaching convention in Thailand where we had about 80 adults to place into 5 classes.
This was the second time the convention had run, but this was the first time we got the groups right. The first time we tried we used an online placement test from one of the very well known institutions. It cost a fair bit of money per student and it wasn't successful as once we started teaching we had to move weak/strong students around. I believe the test was too short.
My director told me to make our own test for next time.
So, this test here is what we used - we didn't need to move students around from any of the groups we created from the results of this test.
It is a long test. There are 100 questions. Although it's a little painful for the students to take, and time consuming to mark, it's worth spending this time to bracket students well. It's better than being stuck with teaching a mixed group of students at opposite poles in terms of ability.
There are 4 key sections. Each section starts easy (beginner) and progresses to being difficult (advanced):
* Reading. There are 4 reading comprehensions (25 multi choice questions)
* Dialogue (25 multi-choice questions, including restaurant dialogue and idioms
* Vocabulary (25 fill in the blanks from a box questions)
* Grammar (25 cloze questions on preposition of place, past simple, past of modals, relative clauses, if/unless/in case, and negative questions.
An answer key is included. The exam is in Word and is completely editable.
There is of course the obvious weakness that this test doesn't include listening and speaking. That's understood. At the convention we checked listening and speaking after we had banded the students to check they hadn't fallen into a group that they were not comfortable with.
I hope this placement test is useful for you.