PLACEMENT TEST

PLACEMENT TEST

The table below summarizes all tests PIA gives.

TEST TYPE OVERVIEW TARGET CONTENTS
ENTRANCE TEST First test given to all new students to group them properly.. ALL NEW STUDENTS ·         SUBJECT TEST (LEVELS 1-10)
OPTIONAL PLACEMENT TEST (OPT) Students who want to check their progress after 2 weeks of studying can opt to take this test. If they pass, they can go to the next level. FAST LEARNERS ·         SUBJECT TEST (LEVELS 1-3)

·         PEPT (LEVELS 4-10)

MANDATORY PLACEMENT TEST (MPT) All students are given this test after 4 weeks to check their progress in preparation for the next term. BOTH OLD AND NEW STUDENTS ·         SUBJECT TEST (LEVELS 1-3)

·         PEPT (LEVELS 4-10)

MOCK TEST All students taking various English Test Modules are given enough mock tests to prepare them for the official test. TEST MODULE STUDENTS ·         11 TIMES IELTS MOCK TESTS

·         2 TIMES TOEIC MOCK TESTS

·         3 TIMES OR MORE TOEFL MOCK TESTS


What is Subject Test?

Subject tests are given to students who belong to Levels 1-3 only.  The basis of assessing their skills are the lessons learned from their respective classes.

The table below provides the structure of Subject Test.

Test Target Format
Reading Aloud (1-2 minutes) Speaking (pronunciation, intonation, speed, clarity & fluency) Student reads aloud units from the book of study.
Sentence Creation (1-2 minutes) Vocabulary, Grammar, Speaking, & Structure Student creates sentences using sets of vocabularies and patterns.
Dialogue Creation (2-3 minutes) Vocabulary, Grammar, Speaking, Comprehension & Structure Student creates a dialogue using patterns.
Mini Speech (1-2 minutes) Speaking, Vocabulary, & Comprehension Student delivers 1 minute speech from a topic chosen.
Interview (2-3 minutes) Speaking, Vocabulary, Grammar, Structure, & Comprehension Student responds to questions.

What is Pines English Proficiency Test (PEPT)?

PEPT is intended to measure the improvement of learners in the four macro skills among the students placed in Levels 4 to 10 respectively.

Overview

In line with the proliferation of various English Standardized Tests, Pines International Academy has come up with Pines English Proficiency Test.  It is generally administered to non-native speakers, specifically Korean and Japanese students in order to gauge their strengths and weaknesses along the four English language macro skills namely speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Key Features

  • The Pines English Proficiency Test (PEPT) does not measure one’s academic achievement and success. Its aim is to help students have an idea on which area of English they have to focus on.
  • The PEPT covers the four macro skills in English namely: speaking (CBT); reading; listening; and writing.
  • Each of the four language skills tests contains objectives and subjective parts. The objective part includes true or false, multiple choice, and question and answer types.  This eliminates subjective judgments of the raters since answer keys are provided.  The subjective parts are found in Listening, Speaking, and essay part of the Writing Test.
  • The rating, however, follows guidelines so as to minimize, if not eliminate, various and biased judgments from the raters or scorers.

Below is a table that summarizes the contents of the PEPTest.

Test Description Contents
Speaking (30 minutes) This spoken test is divided into six parts which measure oral reading and speaking abilities. It is a computer-based test and all answers are recorded. · Oral Reading

- Reading a dialogue

- Reading a short passage

· Speaking

- Yes/No question

- Personal information

- Picture description

- Giving directions

- Expressing an opinion

Listening (40 minutes) This test is divided into six parts which measure listening comprehensions and how correctly students understand what is heard. · Visual multiple choice

· Word dictation

· True or False

· Text completion

· Graphical sequence

· Full dictation

Reading Comprehension (30 minutes) It measures students' reading comprehension abilities on how well and correctly a student understands a context. This test is based on 'Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domain'. · Literal knowledge

· Application

· Analysis

· Evaluation

· Synthesis

Writing (40 minutes) This test is divided into two parts that measure how a word and a sentence are understood in various contexts and essay writing abilities. ·Pre-writing procedures

- Mixed up words and phrases

- Paraphrasing

- Word usage

- Paragraph sequencing

·Essay writing

Test Categories

  • An Overview of the Computer-Based Spoken Test

The speaking test requires the use of a software program designed specifically for PEPT-Spoken Section.  A headset is needed since the test takers will listen to instructions and questions, and his/her answers will also be recorded for transcriptions.  This test is facilitated by a test proctor who briefly orients the test taker and types the important information needed for identification thereafter.

The test takes about 7 minutes and it is comprised of two sections: Oral Reading and Speaking.  Both sections of the spoken test are divided into different parts which allow the test taker to further express himself/herself orally.

Note: The test CANNOT be stopped or paused once it is launched.

Part I

This is the reading part of the spoken test.  It consists of two sub parts which are as follow:

Part I A.  Reading a Dialogue.

The test taker is required to read a short dialogue where word stress and intonation are checked.

Preparation Time: 10 seconds / Reading Time: 20 seconds

Part I B.  Reading a Passage.

The test taker is required to read a short passage consisting of 90 words where pronunciation, accuracy, pausing, blending, and speed are checked.  For the speed rate, the students should read at least 180 wpm (Fountas and Pinnel, Heineman, 2009)

Preparation Time: 15 seconds / Reading Time: 60 seconds

Part II

Yes or No Questions

There are five questions for this part, but only one will randomly appear on the screen for the test taker to answer.  The questions are mainly about one’s interest and attitude.

Preparation Time: 0 seconds (no preparation time) / Speaking Time: 10 seconds

Part III

Personal Information

There are five questions for this part, but only one will randomly appear on the screen for the student to answer.  All of the questions are about the test taker.

Preparation Time: 10 seconds / Speaking Time: 15 seconds 

Part IV

Describing a Picture

The test taker is asked to describe or talk about the picture incorporating the set of vocabularies that are given.

Preparation Time: 15 seconds / Speaking Time: 15 seconds

Part V

Giving Directions

This part contains a map, situation or question, and a set of prepositional phrases.  The test taker is asked to explain the direction using landmarks and three phrases.

Preparation Time: 15 seconds / Speaking Time: 30 seconds 

Part VI

Expressing an Opinion

This is commonly known as a one-minute speech.  The test taker will deliver or express his/her own opinion about a certain matter or idea which will randomly appear on the screen.

Preparation Time: 30 seconds / Speaking Time: 60 seconds

  • An Overview of the Reading Comprehension Test

The Reading and Comprehension Test comprises of five sub-parts which are patterned according to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Questions.

Part I

Literal Knowledge

This part of the test consists of three questions which are directly taken from the short passages.

Part II

Application

This part of the test consists of a short reading passage.  The test taker is required to choose the most appropriate word from the given choices to complete the thought of the sentences in the paragraph.

Part III

Analysis

This part of the test requires the test taker to determine the appropriate response for the given situation by identifying the statement that best represents the test taker’s decision.

Part IV

Evaluation

This part asks the test taker to assess the implied meanings of some excerpts and answer the questions that follow.

Part V

Synthesis

This part of the test requires the test taker to make an inference, conclusion, generalization, and judgment.  The test comprises of a total of 22 questions which are all multiple choice questions.

  • An Overview of the Listening Test

This test contains five parts which are as follow:

Part I

Picture Description

This part contains two questions where the test taker must choose the corresponding picture to answer the question.

Part II

Short Dictation

A short question with equivalent response will be played and the test taker is required to provide the exact sentence or response of the second speaker.  The objective is to test accuracy in listening.

Part III

Question and Answer

In this part of the test, the test taker will listen to a conversation between two people.  Thereafter, the test taker will be given the specific time to answer the questions by providing the required details and information.

Part IV

Listening for Directions

A short conversation providing the direction of certain places will be played.  Thereafter, the test taker must identify the places asked based on the given map.

Part V

True or False

Based from the recorded sentences, the test taker must determine if the sentences are true or false.  If false, the correct word or words should be written on the blank next to the given statement.

Part VI

Full Dictation

A recording will be played three times and the test taker is required to transcribe the whole file for a specific duration.

  • An Overview of the Writing Test

The writing test consists of four parts namely sequencing, word usage, paragraph sequencing, and essay writing, respectively.  The test is good for 40 minutes only.

Part I

Sequencing

This part of the test required the test taker to rearrange words or phrases in correct order to produce a grammatically correct sentence.

Part II

Word Usage

The test taker must choose the appropriate vocabulary or phrase among the choices given to complete the sentence.

Part III

Paragraph Sequencing

This part of the test requires the student to read five paragraphs which must be rearranged to form the correct order.  Each paragraph consists of 3-5 sentences.

Part IV

Essay Writing

The test taker must write his or her opinion related to the topic using at least 20 sentences.  Also, he/she must give importance to the task completion, word usage, sentence structure, and other mechanics of writing an essay.

The table below illustrates the scores obtained in PEPTest corresponding to each proficiency level in PIA.  It also shows the equivalent scores of TOEIC, TOEIC Speaking, OPIc, IELTS, and TOEFL parallel to the different Levels from 1 – 10.

Table of PEPT and other internationally recognized language examinations:

Levels in PIA PEPT TOEIC TOEIC Speaking OPIc IELTS TOEFL
Level 10 ~100 950~ 8 AL (Advanced Low)

~100 950~
Level 9 ~90 900~ 8 AL,(Advanced Low)

~90 900~
Level 8 ~80 850~ 7 IH (Intermediate High)

7.5 88~96
Level 7 ~70 800~ 6 IM (Intermediate Mid)

6 74~88
Level 6 ~60 750~ 5 IL2 (Intermediate Low)

4.5~5.5 51~74
Level 5 ~50 650~ 5 IL1 (Intermediate Low)

3.5~4 39~51
Level 4 ~40 550~ 3 NH (Novice High) 3 29~39
Level 3 ~30 400~ 2 NM (Novice Mid) 2 21~29
Level 2 ~20 250~ 1 NL(Novice Low) 1 20
Level 1 ~10 ~250 1 NL(Novice Low) 1 10

The score equivalency of one to others may not be applicable to all language learners.  However, the listed scores are based from official English test websites which were modified accordingly to suit the requirements and scoring system of PIA.