Who doesn’t love tests? Okay, maybe it’s better to let this remain a rhetorical question! Anyway, I invite you to take Speakingo’s free online English test to check your progress!
Why do we need English language tests?
In general, there are two types of motivation for wanting to take English tests.
1. Tests for English exams
The first motivation for taking English tests for ourselves is that we are preparing for a particular exam. Whether it’s a school diploma or some independent language exam (TOEFL etc), it’s always very important to practice as many of their previous English tests as possible.
It is said that intelligence tests measure…. more our ability to pass intelligence tests than intelligence itself. The same is true of English tests.
Therefore, if you want to pass a certain exam, it is very important to know exactly what specifically the examiners will expect from you! What you get points for and what you don’t.
So if you are studying for a specific exam, I recommend focusing on the same institution’s tests from previous years. Other English tests may be generally beneficial and helpful, but in the short run they won’t necessarily get you a better score on your dream exam.
2. Learning English through testing
This leads us to the second motivation with which we often take English tests. It is simply the sheer desire to learn English!
Human memory works in such a way that we remember best the things that… we had to extract from memory at some point. And this is exactly what happens if we take a practice English test!
We need to remind ourselves of words and grammatical constructions that we may have once known how to use, but are slowly starting to become a thing of the past. If we bring them back on the English test, they will stay with us for good!
Therefore, English tests are not only an effective method of learning English, but also an interesting enhancement to it. Because, after all, who doesn’t like to see our results getting better and better over time, and English tests that used to be “too difficult” for us, today we manage to pass without any problems!
Speakingo free online English test
Therefore, as an additional feature of the site, I have introduced an English language test on which we can test ourselves!
Once you register for the service, you can use it for free as part of a trial week. Regular students can test themselves to their heart’s content at no additional cost.
After logging in, you will find the “Testing” link in the Student Profile on the top bar. If you click on it, you will go to a separate page where you will find not one, but three types of English tests.
English speaking and writing test
As it is at Speakingo, they all focus on speaking, although on each test there is also – as in a good school – a spelling test, or dictation .
Of course, “test-takers” on it are questioned on the material covered in the course, so if you are not a student or a trainee, everything may seem more difficult to you than it really is. If you’re taking the Speakingo course regularly, everything should go smoothly!
You can choose from three types of online English tests:
1. Unit Test which is a test of a particular level on the course
At Speakingo’s online English course, you can learn at six levels, which correspond to the six levels of proficiency on the European CEFR scale (A1-C2).
You use the slider under the biggest red button to set your level and click on the button to proceed to the test.
1. Progress Test, which is a test of your individual progress in learning English at Speakingo
This English test is worth taking if you have been studying with us for a long time. In lessons, Speakingo’s intelligent module stops asking you questions that you answer correctly three times. On the other hand, it is good sometimes to “dust off” this knowledge as well.
On the Progress Test you will find all the sentences that you have rewritten or reworked since the very beginning of our adventure together. You will then see how much of it you still remember today!
3. Placement Test or English level test
The Placement Test allows teachers to “place” a student at a given grade level. It is the longest of all three tests, as it has three stages: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Only after passing the easier stage can you approach the more difficult one. If the result is not good enough you get a suggestion on which level is worth studying.
On the other hand, let me warn you in advance that online leveling tests are not worth taking too seriously. The most important thing is that you feel good or comfortable with your level of proficiency – if the lessons seem too difficult or too easy for you, go boldly to those whose learning will give you more pleasure and satisfaction. And with that, it will also be more effective!
What does the online English test look like on the Speakingo course?
The online English test on Speakingo consists of three parts.
1. Test on answering questions in English
Did it ever happen to you, perhaps, to hear a question in English, after which, instead of answering, you froze or frozen in a linguistic panic?
To make sure this never happens to you again, in the first part you answer questions from the course. A native speaker from the speakers asks you the questions you need to answer. It’s not about coming up with some creative sentences, just answering the question correctly.
- Are you happy?
And because you see a beautiful, happy person in the picture you answer:
- Yes, I’m happy.
We click on the microphone. We answer in full sentences. We click the microphone again when we finish saying our sentence.
Then all the magic happens – the computer understands you and counts the correct and incorrect answers.
When you are learning these sentences, during the lessons also literal translations to your native languages are provided – that is why it is so important to choose your mother tongue correctly during registration!
2. Test of asking questions in English
In the second part of the lesson, you take the initiative. Under the picture you see the text of the question you need to ask in English.
For convenience, the translations are quite literal so you don’t need special translation skills to translate them into English. However, you must still remember all the vocabulary and grammatical constructions!
However, I warn you in advance that overly creative answers, unfortunately, the computer may not recognize. This is a test from the Speakingo course, and as it is with tests to pass it well, you have to brag about the knowledge you acquired in this very course!
3. Spelling test or spelling test
Although speaking is most important, no serious test can also do without checking how your spelling is.
Therefore, in the third part of the Speakingo English test you have a short dictation to complete. Your task is to accurately write down the sentences you hear on the computer keyboard.
English test results and history
When the test is over you immediately see your result. How many answers were correct and what is the percentage.
On the other hand, at the bottom of the main page of tests you will find the history of your tests, detailing the type of test and what score you managed to get at the time.
Ready to take the English language test?
If this sounds like something you would have or would like to do, there is nothing stopping you from trying your hand at Speakingo’s online English test right now!
Just log in or register with two clicks on the site and test yourself to your heart’s content!
Do you like this kind of English test? If you have any comments, questions or ideas, please write boldly by email or in the comments