Earlier this year, Oxford University Press launched the Oxford Test of English for Schools – an online, English proficiency test recommended for 12-16-year-olds. It’s flexible, fast and available at Approved Test Centres worldwide. Plus, it’s the only proficiency test certified by the University of Oxford.
Teacher Ana Isabel Vázquez from Spain is excited for a version of the Oxford Test of English that has been designed especially for younger students – as she says, it’s “a test adapted to give them the best start on their English journey.”
“The younger we are able to test children’s English, the farther they will be able to take their language learning.”
She uses the Oxford Test of English for Schools to motivate her students, so they “find the confidence to keep learning and using English.” And it works!
An English test that motivates students!
Nerea, 16, one of Ana’s students, is proof: “English will help me get a job, go abroad, learn about other cultures, and be able to communicate with people around the globe. That’s fantastic.”
“It makes me so proud to see the students develop, learn, and feel more confident in how they use English to communicate.”
The Oxford Test of English for Schools assesses 12 to 16-year-olds’ abilities in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The Listening and Reading modules are adaptive, so the difficulty adjusts in response to students’ answers, while the Speaking and Writing modules use task randomization.
This personalized experience makes the test shorter, less stressful, and more precise than traditional proficiency tests.
“Because a 12-year-old doesn’t want to write about work or finance,” Ana explains: “The Oxford Test of English for Schools will have content adapted to suit children’s interests and life experience. It’ll cover topics like free time and what they did at the weekend.”
A change students welcome
Veronica, 16, says: “We like to answer questions about friendship, free time, cinema, culture – things that affect all of society.”
“I like that I can speak English everywhere and most young people are going to understand me, which gives me the freedom to travel and know I’ll be understood,” adds Fernando, 16.
Like many institutions worldwide, Ana’s school, Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pila, has become an Oxford Test of English Approved Test Centre, meaning they can offer the test securely within their computer room.
“It only takes two hours, and the results are ready in 14 days, which makes everyone feel really comfortable and confident,” says Ana.
“My biggest hope is that the children maintain their English and use it throughout their lives. Our objective is to give them the ability to have a conversation, to be able to communicate – we don’t drill grammar here, we just want them to love English as much as we do!”
And it seems they already do. Maria, 16, says, “Knowing English helps me when I travel to other countries; for now, I can understand other cultures and communicate with people, but maybe speaking English will also help me get a job when I leave school.”
Ana believes the Oxford Test of English is “a great starting point for showing future generations that they are our hope and that they can conquer the world. Being able to speak English will open doors for them and set them on their journey to success.”
Fast-track your 12 to 16-year-olds’ English language certification with the Oxford Test of English for Schools.
Learn how the test could benefit you and your students on our website.
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Don’t forget to share this link to our Learning Resources Bank with your students – where they can find additional tips and support to guide them through their English learning journey.