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Presentation on theme: "CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMINATIONS: WHERE, WHAT, HOW,WHY?"— Presentation transcript:



3 Why English language exams? English spoken internationally by 1.5 billion people certified proof of ability in English gives individuals:  confidence to live and travel in other countries  ability to follow a course of study in English at tertiary level  a competitive advantage and workplace opportunities for appointment and promotion

4 Why Cambridge ESOL exams? Cambridge exams are recognised worldwide in education in business by ministries and government bodies

5 МІНІСТЕРСТВО ОСВІТИ І НАУКИ УКРАЇНИ Від 20.01.2011 р. № 1/9- 33 … Про особливості державної підсумкової атестації з іноземних мов у загальноосвітніх навчальних закладах в 2010/2011 навчальному році ………… Випускникам загальноосвітніх навчальних закладів, які мають міжнародний сертифікат (диплом) мовного іспиту … IELTS, … Cambridge ESOL, … рівня (B-1, B-2), зазначені вище іспити зараховуються як державна підсумкова атестація. У додаток до атестата про повну загальну середню освіту виставляються річна та атестаційна оцінки з цих предметів 12 балів. Перший заступник Міністра, Б.М. Жебровський Голова комісії з реорганізації

6 Cambridge ESOL mission To provide language learners and teachers in a wide variety of situations with access to a range of high quality international exams, tests and teachers' awards, which will help them to achieve their life goals and have a positive impact on their learning and professional development experience.

7 Experts in language assessment department of Cambridge University part of the Cambridge Assessment Group - 150years' experience 300+ specialist staff more than 30 dedicated researchers

8 The Common European Framework  provides a basis for language syllabi  describes language and skills for communication in a range of contexts  defines levels of proficiency

9 Cambridge ESOL LevelsCouncil of Europe Levels Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)Mastery C2 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)Effective Proficiency C1 Cambridge English: First (FCE)Vantage B2 Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)Threshold B1 Cambridge English: Key (KET)Waystage A2 Breakthrough A1


11 World's leading range of language exams over 2.5 million candidates a year in 130 countries exams at all levels from C1-C2 tests of Business English, Legal and Financial English, English for Young Learners, English for Academic Purposes IELTS Teaching awards

12 Testing the right things a syllabus based on current language use the 4 skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing the strategies and skills needed to cope with a foreign language in everyday real-life communication

13 What makes a good language test?  tests all four skills  has positive washback effect  easy to integrate into curriculum  widely recognised  motivating  relates to real life  FAIR and USEFUL

14 Qualities of fairness and usefulness  Validity  Reliability  test production  assessment  Impact  Practicality  Language  Difficulty  Measurement  Classroom  Availability

15 Stages in assessing performance 1. What – focus of assessment 2. How – methods, task design

16 Vetting and editing of material Revision Rejection Question paper construction Commissioning of material for question papers Materials Bank Pretest construction Item analysis Pretesting Question paper production process

17 Ensuring reliability item writer training task specifications pre-testing and trialling

18 Marking Speaking/Writing Cambridge ESOL PSL (Speaking)/Principal Examiners (Writing) T E A M L E A D E R S E X A M I N E R S

19 Format: an overview PaperFCECAEBEC Vantage 1Reading1 hour1 hour 15 min1 hour 2Writing1 hour 20 min1 hour 30 min45 min 3Use of English45 min1 hour- 4Listening40 min 5Speaking14 min15 min14 min

20 PET Reading tasks – key Task typeText typeTask focus Matchingb. Five descriptions of people, eight short adapted, authentic texts 3. Reading for specific information and detailed comprehension True/Falsec. One adapted, authentic long factual text 2. Scanning for specific information 4-option multiple choice a. One adapted, authentic long text 1. Reading for gist, detail, inference and global meaning. Understanding attitude, opinion and purpose

21 Overview of PET Speaking tasks Two examiners and two candidates Part 1 (2–3 mins): candidates answer questions from the interlocutor on personal information Part 2 (2–3 mins): candidates discuss a simulated situation together to discuss alternatives and negotiate agreement Part 3 (3 mins): each candidate has an extended turn (about a minute) to describe a photograph Part 4 (3 mins): candidates have a general conversation together discussing opinions, likes and dislikes, etc. on the topic of Part 3

22 Familiarity with test: basic Format Timings Task Types Typical Content [text type / length] Length and Format of answers

23 Familiarity with test: deeper Completing mark sheets Using/allocating time Assessment and weighting Awareness of question shape Awareness of question focus Effective test strategies for question

24 Lack of test awareness may lead to … spending too long on one part of a paper or not making effective use of time overlooking required and/or possible feature of an answer using an ineffective or less effective strategy wandering off-task

25 PB KET Reading

26 CB KET Reading Timer Scores and answers are not given in the live test! Instructions Navigate between questions and parts. Answered questions are highlighted. Navigate between questions

27 CB KET Writing Word counter

28 Do I need to prepare my students differently? No

29 Centre Managers’ testimonials I have seen it, how much the students enjoy it when they are on the computer. They feel that they are working with and using something which they use every day. They love it. I love the CB tests. The first time we did them the students really liked them. I think it is modern and what we should all be doing. All candidates found the format very practical, liked the colours and the user- friendly interface which made them feel very comfortable using a computer.

30 Examples of Layout

31 Example seating arrangements Distance requirements

32 Dividers

33 Benefits of CB Exams Flexibility Enhanced security Same standards Fairness

34 Exams Available in CB Format KET/KET for Schools PET/PET for Schools FCE/FCE for Schools CAE BEC (Preliminary, Vantage, Higher) TKT

35 Exam preparation from the experts

36 Exam preparation from the experts Cambridge ESOL website Candidate Support website



39 British Council Online Resources

40 LearnEnglish

41 Second Life: virtual 3D world

42 Premier Skills

43 Practicing for CB tests Online pactice test Practice tests s-info/computer-based-practice.html s-info/computer-based-practice.html Top Tips booklets



46 Online resources Cambridge ESOL website Teaching Resources website Exam reports Teacher Portfolio Candidate Support website Financial English

47 British Council exams services offer Information support Preparation materials Seminars on request Exams in many cities of Ukraine AddVantage programme for preparation centres

48 Questions

49 Contact Us British Council Ukraine Examinations Services 4/12 Hryhoriya Skovorody Street, Kyiv, 04070 Tel: (+38) 044 490 5600 Fax: (+38) 044 490 5605 Email: Keep up to date with what’s new via British Council


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