Taking the Test

The aims of the Progress tests are to uniform testing and a comparison of results to improve learning outcomes. That is why the tests are different from normal tests assigned on MyEnglishLab.

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The unique features of the Progress tests include:

1. Timing:

Each Progress test takes between approximately 40 - 60 minutes. This excludes any time required to complete the equipment check, or take the Sample test. Teachers can disable the timer when assigning a test [A].

2. Limited Attempts:

Progress is designed to accurately show learners’ progress. Administering 3 tests - at the start, middle, and end of a course of study - is more likely to show measurable learning gains and provide teachers and learners with reliable information than more frequent testing can provide. Additional attempts are only given if it is not possible to score a student's test due to a technical fault.

3. Hidden Answers:

Providing answers to the test questions usually results in teaching particularly for the test which can invalidate the test and its reliability. In addition, students may try to memorise answers to the test questions and share with other student.

4. Pausing the test:

Teachers have the ability to allow students to pause the test a test. Pause can be enabled or disabled when assigning a test to students [B]. This does not apply to the Sample test.

5. Restarting the test:

If the test closes, for example due to poor internet connection, the student will be able to re-start their test from the last question they saved (i.e. up until they last clicked on Next). However, the test timer (if not turned off) continues to count down so if it takes a long time for the connection to be restored then it's possible that the test time will have expired.
Note: If there is a high risk of internet stability then it is advised that teachers turn off the test timer.

6. Listening exercises:

In Progress tests, students can play audio files only once in listening exercises The questions which require students to repeat sentences or answer questions are quite short. Repetition would make the test easier and it would lose some of its face validity. We also want a spontaneous answer rather than one which is rehearsed. The scores take account of students only listening once and this gives a better picture of the students listening ability.

7. Test navigation:

In Progress tests, students are unable to go back to previous exercises. Progress is an adaptive test so the next question is based on the previous response. Enabling a student to go back and change their responses would prevent the adaptive algorithms in the test from working correctly.

8. Tested skills:

For each of the 3 tests, students receive an overall score, a score for each of the 4 skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – and scores for grammar and vocabulary. Progress is scored on the Global Scale of English, a scale from 10 to 90 that measures English language ability. For more information on question types by skill and the Global Scale of English, please see the Test Information Booklet at www.pearsonelt.com/progress

9. Automatic Submission:

Tests are normally submitted as soon as the test taker reaches the end of the final test section (Writing section). Tests that are not completed in full are automatically submitted after the test timer expires, or if no test timer was set, after the due date set by the Teacher.

10. One assignment per student:

Each student can take Start of Course, Middle of Course, and End of Course test only once. If for technical reasons your student was unable to finish the test, please contact Pearson Technical Support.

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