Most placement tests are for adults. There are few placement tests for young students. Thus, when a teacher tries to test his or her students’ proficiency in English using a standard placement test, the students quickly become discouraged because they don’t understand anything. Then the final results tell you nothing about the students´ knowledge.
This placement test is different. It contains only 40 multiple choice questions, and it is for students who are at level A1 of the CERF. If the students get more than 28 answers correct, their English is at level A1 CEFR. If they get over 36 answers correct they are well into A2 CEFR level.
The grammar tested here contains only the verbs BE, HAVE GOT and CAN, present simple and continuous tenses. About half of the items test students´ knowledge of vocabulary and phrases.
There are two versions of the test. The first one is an interactive quiz, which you can try here:
To play the quiz on the full screen click the button below:
Or you can try the paper version of the test here.
I hope the test will help you know your students better and choose the right level for each of them.
Other Placement tests
If you are looking for a placement test for adults, try this one.
You can try a placement test by Saint George Institute.
Placement tests are extremely important if you do not know your students well and you need to know what to teach them. Further, these tests can be used to measure whether your students made any progress during a certain period of time.
Placement tests are often professionally produced and sold for a lot of money. And as nearly every publishing house sells placement tests, they are probably in demand. However, there are very few placement tests available for young learners of English.
[showmyads] Noticing this gap, I decided to design a placement test for young students. The test is aimed at children aged 8 – 10. They should have studied English for 2 or 3 years for about 3 hours per week.
The test contains 40 items. The students should choose the correct word for each of the pictures from the line below. They should write the number of their answer in the box nearest the picture. You will need to print the placement test in colour as it is not possible in some cases to choose the correct answers without seeing the pictures in colour.
How to interpret the results?
Or you can use the following interpretation:
- 40-35 The student knows everything from the textbooks Happy House 1, Happy House 2 and Happy Street.
- 34-20 The student knows everything from the textbooks Happy House 1 and Happy House 2.
- 19-10 The student knows everything from the textbook Happy House 1 and should move to Happy House 2.
- 9-0 The student should start with the textbook Happy House 1.
More placement tests
If you would like to know how many words your students know, you can try the vocabulary placement tests here.
Or if you would like to have your proficiency level checked professionally, you can find information at the British Council site.
[showmyadsa] You can find some information about the Oxford online placement test here.
Recently we have published a placement test based mostly on grammar. Some of our readers commented that a vocabulary placement test might be useful too. That was why we have tried to create a test which would show you how many words you know. A part of the test is partly based upon the test by Paul Nation, however the first part is completely original.
This test is for beginners and elementary students of English. Here you can find out, how many words from the 2,000 most common words in English you know. So, if you answer all the questions correctly, you know all the 2,000 most common words in English. If you answer only 50% of the questions, you know 1,000 words. Your aim is to score as much as possible.
Vocabulary placement test – beginners
If you want to do the test in a full-screen mode click over here for the HTML5 version:
If you want to do the test on your computer and you prefer flash, click on the button below:
If your score is close to 2,000 it is clear that you know more words. If you want to find out how many, you can try our Vocabulary placement tests for pre-intermediate and more advanced students (coming soon on this website.)
Vocabulary placement test – share
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Vocabulary placement test – comments
Placement tests are very important for students of languages. First, they can serve as motivation because they show whether the students improved their knowledge. Second, they help students choose the correct course on their level. And last but not least they inform students how good their English is.
However, good placement tests are very expensive and mostly printed. That is why we have decided to create a placement test that will be available for free and in electronic form. The test is in HTML5 so the students will be able to take it on whichever device they have. If you are administering the test, you just tell the students the URL and ask them to show you their results once they have finished. Thus they can do the test on their mobile phones or tablets.
If you are taking the test on a mobile device, it might be more comfortable to see it full screen. To get a full screen version of the test, click on the button.
As there were some problems with the server, I have added the flash version of the test. It is a bit quicker but it plays only on desktops (no iPads or mobile phones)
And here is another HTML5 version of the test, but it is placed on a different server. So if you experience any problems with the tests above, click here:
Placement test – share
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To share the link, insert the following code.
https://engames.eu/placement test/Placement test_share (Web)/index.html
Please, do not forget to mention our site https://engames.eu if you share this
Placement test – Print version
And here you can see the key to the placement test:
Placement test – comments
UPDATE: Thank you for your comments. I have added the “Review your answers” option and I have corrected one of the questions. Please, if you spot a mistake, inform me. Please, do not write the number of the question, as the questions are chosen randomly. Thank you very much.
Placement test – updates
If you want to share the test on your site and see your students’ results, contact me at rotreklzdenek_at_gmail_dot_com and I make the test send the results to your e-mail address.
Thank you for helping me improve the test.