The Michigan English Test (MET) is an examination for test takers who want to evaluate their general English language proficiency in social, educational, and workplace contexts. Listening recordings and reading passages reflect everyday interactions in an American-English-speaking environment.
The exact cut scores between adjacent CEFR levels, based on research conducted by Michigan Language Assessment, are available in Interpreting Scaled Scores in Relation to the Common European Framework Levels. Selected CEFR performance descriptors illustrate what test takers should be able to do at each level.
MET Listening, Reading, and Grammar
A paper-and-pencil test that contains 135 multiple-choice questions in two sections:
Section I: Listening (approximately 45 minutes)
- 60 questions assessing the ability to understand conversations and talks in social, educational, and workplace contexts
Section II: Reading and Grammar (90 minutes)
- 25 questions testing a variety of grammar structures
- 50 reading questions assessing the ability to understand a variety of texts in social, educational, and workplace contexts
Vocabulary is assessed within the listening and reading sections.
The MET Speaking Test measures an individual’s ability to produce comprehensible speech in response to a range of tasks and topics. It is a structured, one-on-one interaction between examiner and test taker that includes five distinct tasks. The tasks require test takers to describe information about a picture and about themselves, give a supported opinion, and state the advantages and disadvantages of a particular situation.
The five tasks are designed to give test takers the opportunity to speak on a number of different topics.
- Task 1: The test taker describes a picture.
- Task 2: The test taker talks about a personal experience on a topic related to what is seen in the picture.
- Task 3: The test taker gives a personal opinion about a topic related to the picture.
- Task 4: The test taker is presented with a situation and will have to explain some advantages and disadvantages related to that situation.
- Task 5: The test taker is asked to give an opinion on a new topic and to try to convince the examiner to agree with the idea.
The MET Speaking Test takes approximately ten minutes. Ratings will take into account the fluency, accuracy, and clarity of speech in addition to the ability to effectively complete each task. The final rating is based on answers to all five parts of the test.
The MET Writing Test designed is to evaluate the ability to write in English. The test is intended for English language learners who range in ability from the high beginner to low advanced levels (CEFR levels A2–C1). In order to measure the writing proficiency of individuals at these differing levels of ability, the MET Writing Test requires test takers to produce written language at the sentence level, the paragraph level, and to produce a short essay. The MET Writing Test consists of two separate tasks:
In Task 1, the test taker is presented with three questions on a related theme. These three questions require test takers to respond with a series of sentences that connect ideas together. Task 1 is aimed at developing writers who can write sentences but may struggle to produce more than a paragraph.
In Task 2, the test taker is presented with a single writing prompt. The task requires the test taker to produce a short essay. Task 2 is aimed at more proficient writers and evaluates the test taker’s ability to write an essay that consists of several paragraphs.
The MET Writing Test evaluates the ability to construct a sentence, a paragraph, and a short essay in English. The two tasks take 45 minutes to complete.
The test taker’s response to the two tasks are evaluated for several key writing skills; for example, range of vocabulary, connection of ideas, grammatical accuracy, and use of mechanics.
Taking the MET Test
The MET is offered at least once a month, and you must register with your local test center to take it. New test forms are developed for each administration.
You may take the MET as many times as you want, but no more than once in a month. We recommend that you allow for eight weeks of language study between each attempt.
The MET and the Common European Framework of Reference
The MET is aimed at levels A2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Read more about this on the Interpreting Scaled Scores in Relation to the Common European Framework Levels flyer.
MET Score Reports & Certificates
Your MET score report, issued by Michigan Language Assessment, will be ready four weeks from the date we receive your test for scoring. You will receive the score report from the test center where you took the test. Score reports must be picked up within six months of the date on which you took the test. The optional MET Certificate of Achievement includes the same information as the score report and professionally presents it for the purposes of display.
Read more about MET scoring.
Who should take the MET?
The MET is intended for adults and adolescents at or above a secondary level of education who want to measure their general English language proficiency in a variety of linguistic contexts. The MET can be used for educational purposes, such as when finishing an English language course, or for employment purposes, such as applying for a job or pursuing promotion that requires an English language qualification.
The MET is not an admissions test for students applying to universities and colleges in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Those interested in such a test should consider the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).