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MET

The Michigan English Test (MET) is an examination for test takers who want to evaluate their general English language proficiency in social, academic, and workplace contexts. Listening recordings and reading passages reflect everyday interactions in an American-English-speaking environment.

Level

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.

Format

MET Listening, Reading, and Grammar

A paper-and-pencil test that contains 100 multiple-choice questions in two sections:

Section I: Listening

  • 50 questions assessing the ability to understand conversations and talks in social, educational, and workplace contexts

Section II: Reading and Grammar

  • 20 questions testing a variety of grammar structures
  • 30 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.

MET Speaking

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.

MET Writing

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:

Task 1

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.

Task 2

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.

Scoring

All test takers are required to record their answers to the paper-and-pencil test on specially designed answer sheets, which are then automatically scanned. Each correct answer carries equal weight within each section and there are no points deducted for wrong answers. Test takers receive a scaled score with a maximum of 80 for sections I and II, and a final score for these two sections; the final score is the total of the two sections. Scores for the speaking test are reported separately, also on a scale of 0–80.

Scaled Score

The MET does not have a pass score. Your scaled score is calculated using an advanced mathematical model based on Item Response Theory. The scaled scores are not percentages. They do not show how many items you answered correctly, but rather where you stand on the language ability scale. This ensures that test scores are comparable across different administrations and fair to all test takers, regardless of when they took the test. (See Interpreting MET Scaled Scores in Relation to the Common European Framework Levels)

Results

MET scores represent a test taker’s English language proficiency at the time the test was taken and are valid as long as the test taker’s level of proficiency does not change. Because language proficiency can increase or decrease over time, score users are advised to consider the test taker’s experience with English since the time of the test administration as well as the test scores themselves.

Each person who takes the MET receives a Michigan Language Assessment score report.

  • The score report includes test taker details and the scaled score for each section of the test, ranging from 0 to 80
  • A score report includes a final score, which is the average of all sections of the test taken by the candidate
  • The optional MET Certificate of Achievement includes the same information as the score report and professionally presents it for the purposes of display

Interpreting Your Results

The MET is a multi-level exam, covering a range of proficiency levels from upper beginner to lower advanced. The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) aimed at by the MET are A2 to C1, with emphasis on the middle of the range (B1 and B2). The exact cut scores between adjacent CEFR levels, based on research conducted by Michigan Language Assessment, are available in Interpreting MET Scaled Scores in Relation to the Common European Framework Levels, where selected CEFR performance descriptors illustrate what examinees should be able to do at each level.

When interpreting MET results, remember:

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

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.

Who should take the MET?

The MET is used for educational and occupational purposes. It is typically used to demonstrate certified English language proficiency to universities, to employers, and to scholarship agencies in the country where the MET was administered.

The test is inexpensive and offered regularly—it really allows test takers to reliably gauge where they are on the CEFR!