The Michigan English Test (MET) is a secure, multilevel English test, covering high-beginner to advanced levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR A2-C1). Test takers can use the MET results for evaluation, educational advancement, scholarships, and/or career progression.

MET Test Format
Test Scoring and Results
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Test Takers

Secondary – adult

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Levels

High-beginner to advanced
(CEFR A2-C1)

Skills Tested

2-skill test:
Listening, reading
4-skill test:
Listening, reading,
writing, speaking

Test Duration

2-skill test:
100 minutes

4-skill test:
155 minutes

Format

Paper

Test Dates

At least once per month

MET Test Format

The test is divided into 4 sections:

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

The MET can be taken as a 2-skill test that consists of listening and reading sections or as a 4-skill test that includes writing and speaking sections. Listening and reading questions are multiple choice and have one correct answer. Writing requires responses to two tasks. The speaking section is given separately from the other sections and may be scheduled during the seven days prior to the written test or on the same day.

Listening

The MET Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains three parts and assesses the ability of a test taker to understand a variety of speech in public, personal, educational, and workplace contexts. Questions feature short and long conversations as well as talks given by one person. Topics range from familiar to less familiar, covering both concrete and abstract ideas.

The content covers a variety of listening skills:

  • Global skills that test comprehension of the entire passage, such as asking for the main idea
  • Local skills that test a part of the passage, such as a detail mentioned by the speaker
  • Inferential skills that test comprehension of something that is not explicitly stated in the text, such as drawing a conclusion

The listening section is scored automatically by computer.

Part 1

Short conversations are each followed by a question. 
19 questions

Part 3

Short talks are delivered by a single speaker and followed by several questions.
17 questions (4 sets)

Part 2

Longer conversations between two people are each followed by a question.
14 questions

Total questions: 50

Time: 35 minutes

Reading

The MET Reading Section includes grammar. Grammar items reflect language used in real-life situations. They consist of one sentence containing a blank. For each, test takers select the word or phrase that is grammatically correct.

The MET Reading Section covers a variety of global, local, and inferential reading skills. The single-text reading part features two informational reading passages of academic or general interest. The multiple-text reading part contains two sets of three thematically related passages based on texts found in real life, such as newspapers, advertisements, emails, letters, and magazine articles. Each is followed by multiple-choice questions.

The reading section is scored automatically by computer.

Grammar

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of four words or phrases to complete it.
20 questions

Multiple-text reading 

Two sets of three thematically linked passages are each followed by ten questions.
20 questions (2 sets)

Single-text reading

Two extended reading passages are each followed by five questions.
10 questions (2 sets)

Total questions: 50

Time: 65 minutes

Writing

The MET Writing Section consists of two separate tasks to cover a range of writing types and functions. Test takers write a few sentences in response to three related questions about personal experiences, and then write a formal, multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt. There is no word limit for the essay, but test takers are advised to write one to two pages.

Tasks require test takers to produce written language at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels.

2 tasks

45 minutes

Speaking

The MET Speaking Section gives test takers the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to describe a picture, talk about a personal experience related to the picture, give a personal opinion related to the picture, explain advantages and disadvantages of a given situation, and give an opinion and try to persuade the examiner to agree. The five stages of the test build on each other; as the test progresses, the linguistic and interactional demands become increasingly more challenging.

Test takers participate in a structured, multistage task with one examiner.

5 stages

10 minutes

Test Scoring and Results

Test Scoring, Score Report, and Certificate

Michigan Language Assessment uses scoring models to ensure that scores are comparable across different administrations and fair to all test takers, regardless of when they took the test.

The listening and reading sections of the MET are scored by computer at Michigan Language Assessment. Each correct answer adds to the final score for its section; points are not deducted for wrong answers.

The speaking and writing sections are rated using scoring criteria established by Michigan Language Assessment. (See the MET Speaking and MET Writing rating scales.) The speaking section is conducted and assessed by a certified speaking examiner, and the writing section is assessed by a certified rater.

Test takers receive a scaled score from 0-80 for each test section, and an average score for all sections taken. Instead of receiving a pass or fail, they are shown where their skills fall in terms of the CEFR, including a detailed description of abilities at that level. An MET Certificate of Achievement is available upon request.

Interpreting and Using Test Results

The MET is aimed at the high-beginner to advanced levels (A2-C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) with emphasis on the intermediate levels (B1 and B2). See the MET Scoring Table for can-do statements for each level.

The MET estimates the test taker’s true competency by approximating the kinds of tasks that may be encountered in real life. Temporary factors, such as fatigue, anxiety, or illness, may affect exam results.

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MET Example Items

Review a booklet of example items for the MET.

MET Speaking Test

Watch a test taker answer questions in the MET Speaking Test.

MET Practice Test Books

Order the classroom or self-study edition, each with four practice tests.