For English language schools, the choice of exams is driven by the needs of test takers. Level-based exams, such as the ECCE or ECPE, are the best choice for some classrooms. Other classrooms benefit from the administration of multilevel exams, such as the MET Go! or the MET. Multilevel exams can offer key benefits. They provide:
1. A Consistent Measure of Progress
Multilevel exams can be used as entrance and exit tests for a program. A teacher can use the same test to evaluate students’ progress from the beginning to the end of the course.
2. A Measure of All Learners’ Achievements
English teachers know that the language ability of individual learners within a group varies. Multilevel tests make it possible to assess all learners with the same test, even when their language ability varies skill to skill, or when they are grouped in mixed-ability classes.
3. An Assessment of Individual Skills
It is also true that learners progress through skills at different rates. For example, some students may show more rapid progress in enabling skills (vocabulary and grammar) than in productive skills (speaking and writing). Likewise, some students may be competent listeners but their writing skills may need strengthening. Multilevel tests do not measure whether students achieve a specific level of proficiency for a pass/fail decision; instead, the results from a multilevel test demonstrate which level a student has attained for each skill.
4. An Inclusive Experience
Because multilevel exams are designed to assess what students are able to do in English rather than measure them against a standard they may have not yet reached, the test-taking experience is inclusive of a wide range of students.
5. Motivating Feedback
Since the purpose of multilevel exams is not to provide pass/fail decisions, students are motivated and encouraged by the feedback they receive on their successful learning experience.