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QUICK AND FULL 
PLACEMENT TESTS 

The QUICK and FULL placement tests have been designed to be used for placing students into groups corresponding to the six levels of the series. Students with no previous knowledge of English at all would not normally be required to take either test.

 

Please note: both the QUICK and FULL tests are graded to test items that are progressively more difficult.

 

QUICK TEST CONTENTS

The QUICK test tests structures and vocabulary.

It is comprised of 60 multiple-choice test items (36 structure and 24 vocabulary) that are worth one point each. 

 

FULL TEST CONTENTS

The FULL test tests structures, vocabulary, reading and writing.

It has a maximum score of 80. There are 60 multiple-choice items (the same 36 structure and 24 vocabulary questions as in the QUICK test, plus 16 reading items). Each of these items are worth one point.

 

There are also an additional 24 points available for the test’s writing items (8 points each). Like the QUICK test, the FULL test becomes progressively more difficult. 

 

 

 

Deciding Students’ Levels

Use the QUICK placement test conversion table to decide which level your students are at. Placement according to the scores on the QUICK placement test is based on the assumption that your students attempt to answer all the questions.

 

QUICK PLACEMENT TEST CONVERSION TABLE

 

Total Score

 Level

A0    0-9

Beginner

A1   10–19

Elementary

A2   20–29

Pre-intermediate

B1   30–39

Intermediate

B2   40–49

Upper-intermediate

C1   50–60

Advanced

 

 

FULL PLACEMENT TEST CONVERSION TABLE

 

 

Total Score

 Level

A0

0-9

Beginner

A1

10-20

Elementary

A2

21-35

Pre-intermediate

B1

36-50

Intermediate

B2

51-65

Upper-intermediate

C1

66-80

Advanced

 

Marking the writing items in the FULL PLACEMENT TEST

Use the marking criteria below to give a score out of 8. While the same scale is used to assess the students’ performance for all three writing tasks, a greater degree of sophistication, range and accuracy is required as the test progresses.

 

MARKING CRITERIA

8          Complete, accurate and appropriate.

7          No more than one omission, mainly accurate, rarely inappropriate.

5–6      No more than one omission, minor inaccuracies, sometimes inappropriate.

3–4      Several omissions, noticeable inaccuracies, often inappropriate.

1–2      Many omissions, mainly inaccurate, mostly inappropriate.

0          Too little or too incomprehensible to mark.