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March 04, 2011

Cambridge ESOL releases new placement test

Cambridge Cambridge ESOL has released a new placement test designed to allow schools to make more informed decisions when matching classes and courses with students by assessing ability from levels pre-A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Henry Tolley, Regional Development Manager for test developers, Cambridge ESOL, said: "The tests will help to ensure students are placed on the right courses and sit the right exams. As a result, classrooms will be comprised of students of similar abilities which will help teachers pitch classroom activities at the appropriate level. It will also give ambitious students the confidence they need to progress onto the qualifications that are suitable for them."

Mark Rendell, Deputy Chief Executive of English UK, said: "Our members will be excited at the prospect of introducing the Cambridge English Placement Test in their language centres. The test has been created by one of the world's leading assessment bodies and will provide a reliable and valid way to help our members further raise the standards of teaching English."

The adaptive online test, which uses a large encrypted item bank that is regularly refreshed, can also be taken outside the UK and provides instant results.

For more information contact Cambridge ESOL.

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