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The Oxford Online Placement Test helps you place students into the appropriate level class for a language course. You can also use it as a quick measure of a student's general language ability.
This test is different from most other placement tests. Not only does it test grammar and vocabulary, it also tests how learners use that knowledge in order to understand the meaning in communication.
"Communicating meanings is why we use language" James E. Purpura, Associate Professor of Language and Education, Columbia University, New York.
Understanding meaning is fundamental to communication and is an excellent indicator of language ability.
The test has two sections: Use of English and Listening. It gives both an overall score and individual scores for each section.
You can now use the Oxford Online Placement Test to test British or American English, and choose a mix of accents in the Listening section. For the Use of English section, you choose whether to test your students in British or American English. In the Listening section, you select a mix of accents for them to hear within the same test, or restrict them to either a British or American accent.
The test has been pretested and validated by more than 19,000 students in 60 countries.
Our pretesting research is ongoing so that we can keep the test up-to-date.
Would you like to take part in our pretesting research?
Find out more
The Oxford Online Placement Test: What Does It Measure and How? (PDF) by Professor James Purpura
The Meaning of Oxford Online Placement Test Scores (PDF) by Alastair Pollitt
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