The English Language Level Test (ELLT) is an accessible, comprehensive, and secure online test that is trusted by universities around the world.
Our English Language Level Test (ELLT) is a fully online, modularised language skills test to determine a user’s English language abilities. The test examines the four language skills; reading, listening, writing, and speaking capabilities to determine a user’s English language proficiency score based on the Oxford International Digital Institute’s 13-point scale.
Core to the ELLT is a range of security features and measures that all play a role in ensuring test integrity. These features help both universities and students to have confidence in the testing portal and the results of each individual.
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Candidates are assessed on a 13-level scale for each skill – reading, listening, speaking, and writing – as well as their overall level, this is the OIDI level scale 0-12. Each section of the test is scored on the candidate’s performance and can be mapped to a CEFR grade and IELTS equivalent score.
The ELLT reading test is scored out of a total of 32 with the listening test scored out of a total of 24 points. The ELLT speaking and writing tests are assess on a scale of 0 to 12 points across four criteria: Task Achievement, Accuracy and Appropriacy of Language, Fluency and Disclosure Management & Pronunciation/Grammar & Vocabulary. A candidate’s score is tallied, and an overall level is awarded based on an average of the four component levels.
The examiners who conduct the ELLT assessments all have an undergraduate degree, a CELTA or Trinity Cert, extensive teaching experience in exam preparation and at least 1 year of examining experience.
Our examination staff are assigned to a candidate and mark both their writing and speaking tests. This allows for the examiner to accurately determine a candidate’s score and provide feedback based on their performance. They also act as a human proctor for security and identification checks.
Once an examiner has completed the assessment documentation all results first go to our senior academic team for review/verification and posting to the ELLT portal. Examiners can also highlight any areas of concern which are then subject to further scrutiny by the senior academic and security team before results are issued.
Exams are randomly sampled by our senior academic team on a weekly basis for moderation and feedback. Each week a formal meeting is held with all examiners to highlight any discrepancies, and to share best practice.
Following the completion of all four sections of the test, candidates can expect to receive their ELLT results from 48 hours after their final skill submission. Results and certificates are released into the ELLT portal for each individual to access at their will.
Should a candidate disagree with their assessment/score they may appeal their results. Our senior academic team will then review their test, submissions and results, with the outcome of this appeal being provided to the candidate.