Test English Proficiency
Why test English proficiency of ESL learners?




Test English Proficiency provides information and resources for ESL learners and LEP students preparing to take English language proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, ILEC and the ICAO aviation industry standard.  Learn more about some of  the most widely-used exams to test English proficiency in various industries as well as take practice tests.  As this is a work in progress, check back for updates.

Why test English proficiency of ESL learners?  The answer may seem obvious, but here are some facts:

  • English is an official language in more than 52 nations.
  • English has the largest world-wide distribution of any language, with large English-speaking populations in over 102 countries.
  • English is the lingua franca of aviation, diplomacy, international business, science and technology.
Consider the mandate for the aviation industry, in which pilots, air traffic controllers and other aviation personnel are required to have an English speaking proficiency at ICAO level 4 out of 6 levels.  The instructor in the video below discusses the importance of training, testing and maintaining the strong language skills needed to meet the demands of the aviation profession, and gives several helpful tips.



Academic institutions, immigration agencies, professional organizations and employers routinely test English proficiency of non-native English speakers with different goals in mind.  Academic institutions may examine test scores of LEP students to narrow the number of acceptable applicants, in addition to using scores to determine whether or not the applicant can survive the rigors of an academic setting.   By test results employers gain insight into how the non-native speaker's use of English will impact his or her work performance.  


PROFICIENCY TESTS  VS.  ACHIEVEMENT TESTS

Proficiency tests differ from achievement tests such as the SAT, GRE, MCAT or LSAT.  An achievement test measures what a person knows, how much he knows, and compares him/her with a group that has that same knowledge; a proficiency test measures what a person knows, but with an emphasis on how well s/he will be able to apply that knowledge in the future.  Generally, LEP students will take both of these kinds of test during his or her academic career, as the study of English progresses.


 Proficiency Test
 Achievement Test
 Ability to function/ complete tasks using English language
Knowledge of English language (parts of speech, sentence structure, etc.)

Focus on future (what you can do)
Focus on past (what you have learned)
Ranks levels of English competence to complete a  task
Ranks students high achievers to low achievers


Institutions that test English proficiency of ESL learners may include:

  • Aviation Industry
  • Business
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Government Agencies
  • International Organizations
  • Primary and Secondary Education (K-12)
  • Legal Institutions

INDUSTRY ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TESTS/STANDARDS

Aviation Industry ICAO, TEA, PELA, SOLOM
Business
BEC,  BULATS, CEIBT, ICFE, IELTS

 Colleges and Universities
 CAE, CEELT, CELTA, CELTYL, CPE, CTESOL, ECCE, ECPE, FCE, GRE, IDLTM, ISLPR, LTE, KET, MTELP, PEAT, PET, SOLOM, TKT, TOEFL, TOEIC, TOEIC Bridge
 Government Agencies
Certificates in ESOL Skills for Life, IELTS, TOEIC
International Organizations
 IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC
 Primary & Secondary Schools
 ACCESS for ELLS ,  IGCSE, SAT, SOLOM, YLE
 Legal Institutions
CPE, IELTS, ILEC, TOLES, TOEFL

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