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A Guide to Grading Exams
It's that time of year again. Students have taken their finals, and now it is time to grade them. It is something professors have been looking forward to all semester. Exactness in grading is a well-honed skill, taking considerable expertise and years of practice to master. The purpose of this post is to serve as a guide to young professors about how to perfect their grading skills and as a way for students to learn the mysterious science of how their grades are determined...
Tests and Examinations When I was teaching in school, a man came to a parents’ meeting and complained about the extraordinary mount of testing we were doing. His words went right to the heart of the matter: “You’re like a gardener who constantly pulls his plants up by the roots to see if they’re growing.” - John Holt
Good tests help students learn and measure their educational and intellectual progress
About Tests and Examinations
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. - Tom Bodett A test or an examination is a good way to prove your ESL students' English language skills and capabilities and to open doors for them to many international opportunities. Whether they want to migrate to an English-speaking country or to study and get ready for their future professions, an internationally recognized test is vital in preparing them for this trip – a trip to the future. It is the ESL teacher’s task to advise students which test or examination to choose. Here are the most popular international tests and examinations for students and teachers.
TOEFL is required for non-native English applicant by American academic institutions. Government agencies, companies or scholarship programs may also require this test. A TOEFL score is valid for two years. Recommend this test to those students who want to continue their studies in the United States. TOEFL...
It is similar to the traditional paper based TOEFL test with question types that can be offered in the computer format. This is an easy-to-use testing system for even the most basic computer users. The Computer-Based TOEFL Test has 4 sections: listening, grammar, reading and writing.
It tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. The TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework.
IELTS is required for non-native English speakers by British, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and South African academic institutions. IELTS is also required for migration to Australia and Canada. Recommend this test to those students who want to continue their studies in UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland or Canada. IELTS...
TOEIC measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use English in the workplace. Companies and government agencies use the TOEIC test to recruit and promote employees. English programs use TOEIC test to place students at the right learning levels. Learn more...
BULATS is for organisations which need a reliable way of assessing the language ability of groups of employees or trainees. BULATS is a joint venture between University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and three leading European language institutes - the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, and the Universidad de Salamanca.
The Preliminary English Test is one of the Cambridge exams. Recommend this test to those students who want to make sure that they have an intermediate level of English. With this level of English students can enjoy holidays in English speaking countries.
Difficulty level is elementary. It is the easiest of the Cambridge exams. Recommend this test if you want to help your students to be confident and know that their studies have started well and they have basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
It is the most important of the Cambridge exams. Difficulty level: upper intermediate. This test is for those who need to prove that they have an acceptable level of English in a business or social context. FCE is an ideal exam for persons who want to use English for work or study purposes.
Difficulty level: advanced. CAE is taken by more than 60,000 people each year in more than 60 countries. If your students can communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes, you can recommend this test for them.
There are three different levels of BEC: BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage and BEC Higher. BEC is an ideal English language exam for those persons who want to prepare for a career in international business. Learn more...
It measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to communicate effectively. The test is used for employment, graduate assistantships, licensure, and certification purposes. ESL teachers can recommend this test for students or working professionals with English as a second language. This test requires from a candidate to demonstrate how well he/she can speak in English. To learn more, click HERE...
Difficulty level: advanced. It is the most difficult of the Cambridge exams. Recommend this test to those students who really love English and have studied hard. Those who pass this test their English is good enough for them to teach English to others. Also, their English language level will be high enough to study at any British university. Over 45,000 persons in more than 80 countries take the CPE exam each year.
CELTA certificate is usually required from those who wish to enter the field of English language teaching internationally (is recognised internationally) therefore, CELTA is important for those who wish to travel and teach English around the world. More...
DELTA certificate is accepted throughout the world by educational institutions which employ English Language teachers. Recommend this test to those who want to teach English as a second or foreign language. Read more...
CertTESOL is awarded by Trinity College London. Many individuals get this certificate if they wish to travel and teach English around the world. It is designed for those with little or no experience of teaching English. It equips candidates with the basic skills and knowledge needed to take up a first post as an ESL /EFL teacher. It gives an introduction to the theory and practice of contemporary English teaching and an insight into the challenges facing the learner and the role of the teacher.
TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS: a Comparative Study
The table below shows comparisons between various test scores and level systems of TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS.
0 - 250
0 - 310
0 - 30
0 - 8
0 - 1
310 - 343
33 - 60
9 - 18
1 - 1.5
255 - 400
347 - 393
63 - 90
19 - 29
2 - 2.5
397 - 433
93 - 120
30 - 40
3 - 3.5
405 - 600
437 - 473
123 - 150
41 - 52
477 - 510
153 - 180
53 - 64
4.5 - 5
605 - 780
513 - 547
183 - 210
65 - 78
5.5 - 6
550 - 587
213 - 240
79 - 95
6.5 - 7
785 - 900
590 - 637
243 - 270
96 - 110
7.5 - 8
905 - 990
640 - 677
273 - 300
111 - 120
8.5 - 9
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