MET Digital FAQ

We divided our frequently asked questions into four sections: general information, test takers, teachers, and recognizing organizations.

General Information
Test Takers
Recognizing Organizations

General Information

MET Digital is a secure, multilevel test used to certify your level of English proficiency for educational and professional purposes. The digital version of MET is available almost anywhere in the world, any day of the year.

Is MET Digital the same as the paper-based exam?

Yes. The digital and the paper-based test have the same level, test sections, and tasks to evaluate English proficiency. The MET Digital Speaking Section is computer-delivered. The score reports for the computer-delivered and paper-based MET use the same template; MET Digital provides a digital score report whereas the paper-based version is printed.

What language skills does MET Digital evaluate?

Like the paper-based version, MET Digital tests listening and reading (2-skill test) or all four skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking). Most recognizing organizations require that test takers choose the 4-skill exam.

How is the speaking section administered?

During the speaking section of MET Digital, test takers record their oral responses to the speaking prompts. There are several unscored practice questions first. Test takers listen to and read the questions, and then they are asked to start speaking. The audio-only responses are automatically recorded. A description of the speaking test can be found on our website.

How long is MET Digital?

Test takers have 155 minutes to complete the 4-skill test and 100 minutes to complete the 2-skill test; additional time is needed for the secure check-in process. However, the actual length of the exam varies for each test taker. Test takers complete tasks at their own pace within the allotted time available.

How is MET Digital scored?

The listening and reading sections of the test are scored using automated scoring procedures. The speaking and writing sections are graded by certified raters.

Test Takers

Can I take MET Digital at a center or at home?

Yes. You can securely take it at a test center or remotely from your home. Registration is open NOW.

Where do I find test centers to take MET Digital?

Michigan Language Assessment’s Authorized Test Centers administer MET Digital. MET Digital is also administered at Prometric test centers around the world. 

Do you offer Spanish-speaking support or proctoring services?

We do not offer support or proctoring services in any language other than English at this time.

How do I register to take MET Digital?

Starting in October, you will be able to register for in-center or at-home administrations of MET Digital. You’ll start by creating a profile within our Michigan Customer Portal. Then you will fill out our registration form, pay for your exam, and schedule your test date.

How often is MET Digital offered during the year?

MET Digital is available year-round to provide the best service to our test takers. You can choose any day of the week to take MET Digital. Starting in October, you will be able to schedule your test date.

What equipment do I need to take MET Digital at-home?

To take MET Digital at home you will need the following equipment:

  • A laptop or desktop computer (Chromebooks, phones, and tablets are not supported at this time). Windows operating systems and Mac iOS 10.13 or higher are supported.
  • Web camera
  • Speaker or headphones that are wired
  • Microphone
  • Internet access (2.25 mbps minimum for test player)
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge Internet browser

Do I need to take a special preparation course for MET Digital?

MET is designed to evaluate English proficiency from high beginner to advanced levels of proficiency (A2 to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference). You need to be familiar with the sections of MET and the digital format of the tasks. You can prepare for MET Digital by developing your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English. At all levels of the exam, the tasks are very similar to the ones you find in English courses and textbooks.

Where can I find preparation resources?

There are sample tests and other free study tools available in our Test Preparation Resource Library. These resources can help you prepare for the paper-based or digital version of the MET.

How and when do I receive MET Digital results?

MET Digital results are typically available within five days of submitting your exam. You will receive a digital score report and certificate.

What information is included on the score report?

The MET Digital score report has different sections:

  • Your personal information: first and last name
  • The city and country where the test was administered
  • The date when you took the test
  • Your MET overall score and corresponding CEFR level
  • Your section scores and corresponding CEFR levels
  • Guidelines to interpret the results

Your overall score is an average of the section scores. It shows your current level of English proficiency.

See an example of a 2-skill MET Score Report.
See an example of a 4-skill MET Score Report.

How can I request my scores be sent to a university, licensing agency, or other organization?

When you receive your results, you will indicate where you want Michigan Language Assessment to send them. Score reports will be sent to the organizations you list at no extra charge.

Can I retake a section of the exam?

Yes. If you think that you didn’t demonstrate your best performance on the Writing, Listening, or Reading Sections of the test, you are eligible for a retake with our 4-skill MET Digital exam. When you receive your preliminary results, you can sign up to take only one section again. The best of your two scores for that section will be reported with your final results. An indicator in the score report will show that you retook that section of the test.

How often can I take MET Digital?

If you need to take MET Digital again, you can schedule another test date at your convenience. We recommend using your score report to identify gaps and develop your English skill(s) before taking the exam again.


Do my students need to take preparation courses for MET Digital?

MET is designed to evaluate English proficiency from high beginner to advanced levels of proficiency (A2 to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). They need to be familiar with the sections of MET and the digital format of the tasks. You can help them prepare for MET Digital by developing their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English. At all levels of the exam, the tasks are very similar to the ones used in communicative English courses and textbooks at the levels tested by the exam.

Where can I find preparation resources?

There are multiple free resources available in our Test Preparation Resource Library that can be used to prepare for either the paper-based or digital version of the exam.

Recognizing Organizations

What security measures are in place for remote testing at home?

Michigan Language Assessment partnered with Prometric to securely offer MET Digital at home using artificial intelligence (AI) monitoring and live proctors. Security measures are implemented before, during, and after the test administration. Prometric’s ProProctor platform detects and blocks inappropriate keystrokes and tracks eye and head movements. Prometric’s proprietary web browser helps prevent candidates from accessing aid via other programs or being able to screen capture exam content. Prometric’s human proctors monitor the administration of the entire exam. Live proctors and AI technology help to identify any suspicious candidate behavior and actions.

How do accepting institutions receive results?

Recognizing organizations can verify or receive MET Digital results securely via the Michigan Customer Portal:

  • Administrators create an institutional account and add additional authorized reviewers to their accounts, thereby granting access to log in and verify scores.
  • Administrators log into our Michigan Customer Portal to access their inbox of results shared by our test takers.
  • Administrators may also log into the portal and input a unique test taker identifier code to verify a result they have received externally from a test taker.
  • Administrators may coordinate with their IT team to link their system to the Michigan Customer Portal using the API documentation available on the customer portal. This option will enable passive receipt of test scores submitted by our test takers.

What information does the score report include?

The MET Digital score report includes distinct  sections:

  • The test taker’s first and last name
  • The city and country of test administration
  • The date of the test administration
  • The test taker’ overall MET scaled score and corresponding Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level, together with section scores for each skill area and their corresponding CEFR levels.
  • A table to interpret test scores for each skill area in relation to the CEFR.

    See an example 2-skill MET Score Report.
    See an example 4-skill MET Score Report.

In which countries is MET Digital available?

Starting October 2021, MET Digital will be widely accessible to test takers anywhere in the world. They can take the exam at a local Authorized Test Center, Prometric center, or remotely from their home.

What services does Michigan Language Assessment provide institutions that recognize MET Digital?

Michigan Language Assessment supports recognizing organizations with guidelines and standard-setting information to interpret results of the Michigan Tests and to select the right level for admission, certification, or licensure purposes. Michigan Language Assessment can also offer assessment literacy workshops for the institution’s teams. Recognizing organizations are also featured on our website and social media channels and are invited to participate in webinars and other events, thus enhancing their international visibility and appeal to a wider pool of applicants.
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