Category: Testing and Assessment

How to Prepare Learners for ESL/EFL Exams

Most students who are studying English have to take an exam at the end of their course, others are planning to take a public examination in order to get a certificate which demonstrates their level of English. Whenever there is an exam involved, the teacher should consider doing the following things to prepare students for the exam. […]

English Language Achievement VS. Proficiency Tests

Definition & Meaning “Achievement” is defined as how well students have learned or what they are expected to know. On the other hand, “proficiency” is the ability to do something very well. Take for example a driver’s test, the paper and pencil questions on the knowledge related to driving and traffic rules represent the achievement test, while a proficiency test determines […]

Top 7 Questioning Techniques in the Classroom

As a teacher, you always use questions in the classroom. There are lots of reasons for using them. You could use questions to: engage your students, check for understanding and comprehension, seek opinions, encourage creative and critical thinking, review information, help students see other ways of thinking. The techniques that you should use in questioning depends […]

Top 5 Characteristics of a Good Language Test

A good language test should have a positive effect on learning and teaching. Such a test should aim at specifying areas of difficulties experienced by the class or the individual students so that additional practice and corrective exercises can be given. A good language test should also measure students’ performance without setting “traps” for them. […]