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    CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT (CRELLA)

    IELTS Equivalence Research Project (GMC 133)

    Appendices

    Dr Lynda Taylor and Dr Sathena Chan 5/13/2015

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    Table of Contents Appendix 1 – Phase 1 analysis of English Language Proficiency (ELP) tests (updated Feb 2015) ...... 3

    Appendix 2 – Example letter of enquiry to test provider (a) .............................................................. 9

    Appendix 3 – Example letter of enquiry to test provider (b) ............................................................ 11

    Appendix 4 - A summary of outcomes from Phase 1 follow-up with test providers (July 2014) ..... 13

    Appendix 5 – Detailed analyses of the selected reading tests (IELTS, CPE, CAE, PTE-A, TOEFL iBT, OET, GEPT Advanced, ECPE, IESOL & ISESOL Level 2 and IESOL & ISESOL Level 3) .......................... 16

    Appendix 6 – Detailed analyses of the selected writing tests (IELTS, CPE, CAE, PTE-A, TOEFL iBT, OET, GEPT Advanced, ECPE, IESOL & ISESOL Level 2 and IESOL & ISESOL Level 3) .......................... 40

    Appendix 7 – Detailed analyses of the selected speaking tests (IELTS, CPE, CAE, PTE-A, TOEFL iBT, OET, GEPT Advanced, ECPE, IESOL & ISESOL Level 2 and IESOL & ISESOL Level 3) .......................... 68

    Appendix 8 – Detailed analyses of the selected listening tests (IELTS, CPE, CAE, PTE-A, TOEFL iBT, OET, GEPT Advanced, ECPE, IESOL & ISESOL Level 2 and IESOL & ISESOL Level 3) .......................... 96

    Appendix 9 - Survey of English Language Proficiency (ELP) tests used for professional registration purposes .......................................................................................................................................... 117

    Appendix 10 – List of Approved English Language Test Providers Criteria For Inclusion (2010) .... 129

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    Appendix 1 – Phase 1 analysis of English Language Proficiency (ELP) tests (updated Feb 2015) Name Full name of

    test Provider CEFR target

    level 1. High- level security procedure s for test production and delivery

    2. A verification system that allows score users to check and confirm test results

    3. Assessment of all 4 communicative skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

    4. Parallel forms of the test available for all test components

    5. Evidence of the reliability of the test and the dependability of its scores

    6. An approved test centre (or centre network) routinely monitored and inspected for QA

    7. Demonstrable evidence that the test measures at the CEFR C1 level and/or above

    8. Appropriate test domain (e.g. Academic /professional)

    Does CRELLA need to send a request to the test provider asking them to supply missing information regarding specific criteria?

    Comments

    CPE Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

    Cambridge Assessment

    C2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

    According to the information available on their websites, these 4 tests met all 8 criteria of the Phase 1 screening process. They were therefore automatically included in the Phase 2 test scrutiny.

    TOEFL iBT

    Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language

    Educational Testing Service, USA

    B1-C1 Yes Yes Yes (Speaking - semi-direct)

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

    PTE (AC)

    Pearson Test of English (Academic)

    Pearson B1 -C1 Yes Yes Yes (Speaking - semi-direct)

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

    CAE Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

    Cambridge Assessment

    C1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

    OET Occupational English Test

    Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, Melbourne, Australia

    *N/A Yes *No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes *No details provided on the webpage

    Yes *No details provided on the webpage

    Yes - Medical Yes - for Criteria 2, 5 and 7 and check further on CEFR alignment.

    *In response to a specific follow-up enquiry, the test provider supplied documentation which showed that the test meets Criteria 2, 5 and 7 and evidence of CEFR alignment (for details see Appendix 4). OET was thus included in the Phase 2 test scrutiny.

    ECPE Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English

    Cambridge- Michigan

    C2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (also available in Greece)

    **No, but …''Please contact us if you have any questions about the CEFR and CaMLA exams''.

    Yes Yes - for Criterion 7 **In response to a specific follow-up enquiry, the test provider supplied documentation which showed that the test meets Criterion 7. ECPE was included in the Phase 2 test scrutiny in the extended research.

    EIKEN EIKEN Grade Grade 1

    Jitsuyō Eigo Ginō Kentei (Test in Practical English Proficiency), Japan

    C1 (TOEFL iBT 100)

    ***No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes ***No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes Yes - for Criteria 1 and 5. NB: Test only available in Japan and currently under review/revision

    *** The test provider supplied documentation which showed that the test meets Criteria 1. Regarding Criterion 5, data are available for Reading, Listening and Writing only. The Speaking component had undergone a revision procedure. The reliability of the Speaking scores from live tests will be available in near future. This test was not included in the Phase 2 analysis but may be a candidate for a supplementary study in the future.

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    Name Full name of test

    Provider CEFR target level

    1. High- level security procedure s for test production and delivery

    2. A verification system that allows score users to check and confirm test results

    3. Assessment of all 4 communicative skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

    4. Parallel forms of the test available for all test components

    5. Evidence of the reliability of the test and the dependability of its scores

    6. An approved test centre (or centre network) routinely monitored and inspected for QA

    7. Demonstrable evidence that the test measures at the CEFR C1 level and/or above

    8. Appropriate test domain (e.g. Academic /professional)

    Does CRELLA need to send a request to the test provider asking them to supply missing information regarding specific criteria?

    Comments

    GEPT General English Proficiency Test Advanced

    LTTC, Taiwan C1 ****No details provided on the webpage

    ****No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - for Criteria 1 and 2. NB: Test only available in Taiwan.

    *****The test provider supplied documentation which showed that the test meets Criteria 1 and 2. GEPT Advanced was included in the Phase 2 test scrutiny in the extended research.

    IESOL+ ISESOL

    International ESOL and International Spoken ESOL (if combined)

    City and Guilds, London

    C2 Yes *****No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes *****No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes Yes – for Criteria 2 and 5

    ******The test provider supplied documentation which showed that the test meets Criteria 2 and 5. IESOL/ISESOL Level 2 and Level 3 were included in the Phase 2 test scrutiny in the extended research.

    IESOL+ ISESOL

    International ESOL and International Spoken ESOL (if combined)

    City and Guilds, London

    C1 Yes ******No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes ******No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes Yes – for Criteria 2 and 5

    MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

    Cambridge- Michigan

    B1-C1 Yes Yes Yes but speaking is optional

    Yes but the speaking test is not offered at every test center.

    Yes Yes *******No but …''Please contact us if you have any questions about the CEFR and CaMLA exams''.

    Yes Yes - for Criterion 7. Also request information on CEFR alignment and a list of test centres that offer the speaking test.

    *******The test provider supplied documentation which shows that the test partially meets Criterion 7 (for details see Appendix 4). The test was not eligible for inclusion in the Phase 2 analysis.

    Can- Test

    CAN TEST University of Ottawa

    N/A No details provided on the webpage

    Yes Yes Yes No details provided on the webpage

    Yes No details provided on the webpage

    Yes The test providers were contacted to confirm whether alignment with CEFR has been undertaken. No response received.

    A public claim about these tests' (equivalent) CEFR level does not appear to be provided by the test provider. Also, the tests do not appear to meet several of the key criteria. The test was not eligible for inclusion in the Phase 2 analysis.

    CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment

    Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes No details provided on the webpage

    Yes No details provided on the webpage

    Yes The test providers were contacted to confirm whether alignment with CEFR has been undertaken. No response received.

    A public claim about