Listening Tests for Language Levels
Whether you intend to take an accredited language exam, like American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), or want to learn for an upcoming trip or meeting, listening skills are essential for any language learner. After all, it’s no use conversing with a foreign speaker if you can’t understand their reply, right?.
Listening tests can be tricky because the speed the actors speak, the complexity of their vocabulary, and variations in accents can all play a part in complicating an otherwise straightforward question. Therefore, we have designed two distinct levels of test: Elementary and Intermediate (more on these below).
Whichever test you take, you will follow the same basic format. Each test is divided into sections and each section has several questions to answer. Listen to the associated audio files and then select the correct answer from the multiple-choice responses. Once you have completed all sections of the test, you will instantly receive the results on screen and in your e-mail. The results comprise a total score, which questions (if any) you answered incorrectly, and a proficiency rating and level description. You can learn more about our proficiency ratings and how they compared to professional examinations, like ACTFL, by clicking here.
If you’d like to improve your listening ability, we recommend registering for one of our expert language courses. Or, if you are an existing Language Trainers learner, then share your test results with your tutor so they can cater your lessons and help you improve more quickly.
Elementary levelOur Elementary-level Listening Test is aimed at Beginner, Elementary, and Pre-Intermediate proficiency learners; the latter is the highest rank you can receive.
Actors speak clearly and slowly to enable ease of understanding. Discussion topics are relatively simple and straightforward; usually just one or two sentences, but the questions get harder as the test progresses.
The test comprises 12 sections, each with several multiple-choice questions. You can answer them in any order and can listen to the audio files as many times as you’d like.
Intermediate levelThe Intermediate-level Listening Test is aimed at language learners of Pre-Intermediate and up. The format of the test is similar to the Elementary level. However, there are only 3 sections this time, but audio files are longer, actors speak more quickly, and discussions are more complex, including someone recounting their weekend, a job interview, and a professional presentation.
Like the Elementary Listening Test, you can answer questions in any order and take as long as you need.
Tailored tests for your organizationIf you want to gauge the listening level of a number of language learning employees or students, we can help! Contact us with your organization’s details and your language learning requirements, and we will build a FREE and tailored listening test for your entire business!
Without any charge or obligation to enroll on one of our courses, we will create a custom listening test which you can share with your language learning personnel. Each learner need only follow the custom URL, which we will send to you, and then complete the multiple-choice listening test at a time and place that is convenient to them and to you. After we have received everyone’s results, we will send you a summary of each individual’s current listening ability, with advice about how they can continue their learning even more effectively.
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Language Level Tests
Listening to foreign-language speakers is just one part of assessing your language ability. A key area to develop is grammar comprehension. These skills are essential for constructing meaningful sentences and phrases in both written and speech form, as well as to understand others. Discover your current capability with our FREE Language Level Tests.
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