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    Introduction | EduPros English Language Proficiency Test

    EELPT measures the participant’s language skills that are needed to successfully function in various types of English speaking settings. Unlike other language proficiency tests, EELPT focuses on the language readiness that is needed in the real world. It is intended for those who would like to study and work in an English-speaking environment and is accepted by language schools, secondary institutions, post-secondary institutions, and employers across Canada and worldwide. The uniqueness of this test lies in the flexibility of its delivery. It is the first English proficiency test that offers three ways of delivery:

  • participants can take EELPT from the comfort of their home
  • participants can take EELPT as a proctored* test from the comfort of their home
  • participants can take EELPT on the institutional or company premises under supervision
  • * See section on proctoring.

    Why EELPT

    EELPT is intended for schools such as career colleges, language schools, and high schools in which the language of instruction is English and for those who would like to see their English language readiness.

  • is ideal for those employers who would like to measure their applicant’s ability and readiness to communicate in English
  • tests knowledge of English without subjecting the participants to lengthy theoretical and expensive proficiency tests
  • delivers quick accurate results without cultural bias
  • The advantages of EELPT are that it:

  • is delivered via the Internet
  • provides reliable results
  • offers quick and efficient delivery
  • can be taken anywhere anytime
  • is cross-cultural
  • is not overly time-consuming
  • is more affordable for participants
  • allows participants to test all or only specific language skills
  • About The Test

    EELPT, EduPros English Language Placement Test, was developed by the Canadian College of Educators and EduPros. EELPT is a series of computer-based tests that assesses applicant’s English proficiency skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and pronunciation.

    There are four kinds of EELPT:

  • Basic
  • TOP (Test of Oral Proficiency)
  • TWP (Test of Written Proficiency)
  • TP (Test of Pronunciation)
  • Each test serves a different purpose.

    Basic

    The Basic test measures the participant’s knowledge of listening, reading and language usage. The test is conducted in three parts. The test-taker has one hour to finish the test although the test itself takes only about 50 minutes.

    The test starts with the listening section. The listening section consists of statements, dialogues and passages. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The test taker will be required to use headphones. The language usage passage consists of 40 questions. The test taker is given 10 minutes to finish this section. The questions are structured from the easiest to most difficult. The last section of the test is reading. It consists of short and longer reading passages. They are presented in the order of difficulty. The reading section, the last part of the test, consists of short passages and comprehension questions and takes 20 minutes to complete.

    TWP

    TWP, the Test of Written Proficiency, tests participant’s written skills. The test-taker has 30 minutes to write an essay, up to 500 words, on a given topic. Test-takers who are not at an advanced writing capacity will simply write as much as they can in the form of a passage. Typically the test-taker is asked to support his/her side of the argument or to express an opinion. The topics do not require any prior knowledge of the issue. The essay is graded by a panel of experts and the score is mailed to the participant. It can be mailed to the institution upon request.

    TOP

    TOP, the Test of Oral Proficiency, tests participant’s oral skills. The test-taker has 20 minutes to discuss specific topics. The test consists of 5 topics, which are presented in several different ways. The test-taker may be asked to describe a picture, graph or a map and verbally answer comprehension questions about a passage. The topics do not require any prior knowledge of the issue. The recording is graded by a panel of experts and the score is mailed to the participant. It can be mailed to the institution upon request.

    TP

    TP, the test of pronunciation, analyses the participant’s pronunciation. This unique diagnostic tool provides the participants with a detailed analysis of their speech pattern and their ability to pronounce individual sounds correctly. This test serves as a tool for those who would like to improve their pronunciation for, for example, greater employment opportunities, or clearer communication in the workplace. The participant is asked to read several diagnostic tests, provide a short speech on a given topic and a short speech on the topic of their choice.

    Test Description Cost
    Basic
    Tests listening,
    reading, grammar/language

    $100.00

    $110.00 (institutional)

    TOP
    Test of Oral Proficiency
    $50.00
    TWP
    Test of Written Proficiency
    $50.00
    TP
    Test of Pronunciation
    $50.00

    Proctoring of any of the above tests * $ 10.00
    Score reports sent to the institution $ 10.00

    The test is conducted from any Internet connection around the world. The participant must have a valid email address. The participant is responsible for the proctoring arrangement, if required by the institution. The proctoring form is available at the end of this booklet.

    For the institution/employer

  • An employer can accept the test-takers score as they did the test on their own with a signed affidavit.
  • An employer can request that the student does the test at your institution. This way the security, the participant is to adapt to test taking rules of the institution. Please, request a Guide for Institutions from EELPT under Guide for Institutions
  • Examination Rules and Regulations

    The student is not permitted to:

  • copy from another student exam
  • use any support material such as books, scrap paper, pen/pencil, recording or Internet resources
  • solicit advice from the proctor, another student or anybody present during the examination
  • substitute for another person during the exam
  • The student is responsible:

  • to adhere to the technical requirements of the online test
  • to read and understand the conditions, rules and regulations of EELPT
  • to arrange for someone to translate the attached material if need be
  • An employer can require a proctored test. Please, refer to the Proctored exam and Proctoring form.
  • Scores

    Unlike other tests, the EELPT test-taker will be given a proficiency level: beginner, intermediate or advanced and a score. Confidential reports are sent to the institution directly in a sealed envelope upon request. Evidence of academic dishonesty may result in the failing of the examination, and the student may not be allowed to take the EELPT again.

    Scores

    A detailed breakdown of the scores is found in table 3 below. See link to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) on the front page.

    Score Comparison Tables

    Level (CLB)
    %
    Points
    1
    0 - 9
    0 - 6
    2
    10 - 19
    7 - 13
    3
    20 - 29
    14 - 20
    4
    30 - 39
    21 – 27
    5
    40 - 50
    28 - 35
    6
    51 - 57
    36 - 43
    7
    58 - 64
    44 - 51
    8
    65 - 71
    52 - 57
    9
    72 - 78
    58 - 63
    10
    79 - 85
    64 - 68
    11
    86 - 93
    69 - 74
    12
    94 - 100
    75 - 80

     

    Level
    Points
    Level
    Points
    Beginner
    0 - 27
    Low Beginner
    High Beginner
    0 – 13
    14 – 27
    Intermediate
    28 - 57
    Low Intermediate
    High Intermediate
    28 – 42
    43 – 57
    Advanced
    58 - 80
    Low Advanced
    High Advanced
    58 – 69
    70 – 80

    Before the Test

  • Make sure you have read the rules and regulations. It is the test-takers responsible to make sure that he/she understands the rules and regulations.
  • Make sure your computer is in a good working order and that your headphones or a microphone are working properly. EELPT is not responsible for any technical problems on the test-taker’s side.
  • On the Test Day

    Login into the site exactly at the time indicated on the registration confirmation form. The time is given in the EST, Eastern standard time. Please make sure you have the correct time. EELPT will try to accommodate for different time zones. Contact us at eelpt@edupros.ca if the assigned time is unreasonable. The registrar will look into your enquiry within 24 hours.

    Timing

    The test-taker will be given a two-hour period for the Basic test and a one-hour period for TOP, TWP and TP tests in which he/she must take this test. The actual Basic test takes 50 minutes and TOP and TP take 20 minutes. TWP takes 30 minutes. The additional time is given to the participants in order to familiarize themselves with the online environment. The table below specifies the test time for each test. The access to the test will be opened for a longer time. This time is specified in the Test Taking Window column. Note that once the actual test starts, it must be finished during the allowed time. There is a clock/timer displayed in the upper corner of the screen.

    Test Test Time/Duration Test Taking Window
    Basic 50 minutes 60 minutes
    TOP 20 minutes 30 minutes
    TWP 30 minutes 40 minutes
    TP 20 minutes 30 minutes

    Test Tips

    Test tips are available for download here (PDF).

    Proctoring

    Test proctoring form is available for download here (PDF).

    Registration

    You can register for EELPT online. The test taker must have a valid credit card. The credit cards accepted are: Visa ®, Master Card ®, Discover ® and American Express ®. The online applicants can also use Paypal.

    Please allow 48 hours for processing and confirmation for all types of registration. The payment must be processed 7 working days before the test date. Late registrations are allowed only under special circumstances and will incur $10 late fee.

    The online registration is opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    Technical Requirements

    Supported Browsers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 4.x or greater
  • Firefox, ver 5.2
  • Hardware/software minimum requirements

  • Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
  • 90 MHz Pentium Processor
  • 32 MB of RAM
  • DSL or Cable connection
  • Sound Card
  • Speakers/headset
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