TEFL Examination and Assessment Information

 
TOEFL iBT® Quick Prep is a free and extremely useful practice tool from ETS. This page lists 4 volumes of resources based on real TOEFL iBT test questions from past tests.
“Each Quick Prep volume includes questions from all four sections of the test.
·         Volumes 1 and 2 have transcripts of the audio portions of the test, but do not include audio.
·         Volumes 3 and 4 include both transcripts and audio files. The audio files in MP3 format’
 
 
For Students:- Finding Your TEFL Level and Choosing an Appropriate Examination

1. You need to firstly test yourself and find out level you are exactly. I have recommended the link below as it gives you a CEFR level which gives you the exact information you need to decide which examination you want to go for.


Most publishers also provide free placement tests also. For example:



2. The Common European Framework Indicators for each level are listed in the table below. Read the statements for each level to check whether you think the test accurately measured your ability and the level you are at.

Basic
A1
• Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
• Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about
personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things
he/she has.
• Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
and is prepared to help.
A2
• Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas
of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information,
shopping, local geography, employment).
• Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct
exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
• Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate
environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Independent
B1
• Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters
regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
• Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where
the language is spoken.
• Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal
interest.
• Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly
give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2
• Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract
topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
• Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular
interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
• Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a
viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various
options.
Proficient
C1
• Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit
meaning.
• Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious
searching for expressions.
• Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional
purposes.
• Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing
controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2
• Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
• Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources,
reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
• Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely,
differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

A Key to Understanding Abbreviations

IELTS – International English Language Testing System
KET – Key English Test
PET – Preliminary English Test
FCE – First Certificate in English
CAE – Certificate in Advanced English
CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English
BEC – Business English Certificates - H-Higher, V-Vantage, P-Preliminary
CELS – Certificates in English Language Skills - H-Higher, V-Vantage, P-Preliminary
CEF – Common European Framework

Trinity College, London also offer examinations. They are listed below:
  • GESE (Graded Examinations in Spoken English) is a speaking and listening examination run by Trinity College London. It tests speaking and listening skills from A1 to C2 (Common European Framework Levels)
  • ISE (Integrated Skills in English). It tests reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework Levels A2 to C2
  • SEW (Spoken English for Work). Is a speaking and listening examination run by Trinity College London. It tests speaking and listening skills from B1 to C2 (Common European Framework Levels)

To find out more about these examinations use this link http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=263

If you want to find out more and register for a Cambridge Examination follow this link http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/

Finally, if you wish to find out more and register for a TOEFL Examination follow this link http://www.ets.org/toefl