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How can someone's real level of English be evaluated without interviewing them?

LTEST is an automatic test designed to measure passive knowledge of the language and receptive skills (grammar, vocabulary, understanding of spoken and written English, etc). It does not measure productive skills (speaking and writing) and therefore in common with all automatic tests, LTEST cannot ‘certify’ linguistic competence. However, results of exhaustive experimentation have demonstrated that the level assigned to a candidate on the basis of the score he achieves on LTEST is a generally reliable indicator of actual competence.

The test has assessed my level as L0. This level doesn't exist on the Common European Framework scale. What does it correspond to?

L0 corresponds to levels of linguistic competence below level A1, the lowest score on the CEFR scale. We have added this level because a candidate may be more than an absolute beginner (no knowledge of the language) but his level may not be sufficient to be assessed as CEFR level A1. To interpret the meaning of L0, it is important to look at the numerical score achieved on the test, bearing in mind that CEFR level A1 already corresponds to a minimum score of 20 on LTEST.

I wasn’t able to print the page that explains how to interpret my test score and the level of linguistic competence I have been assigned. Where can I find this information?

You can view all the CEFR (Common Europe Framework of Reference for Languages) levels by going to the LTEST website (http://www.commoneuropeanframework.org).

I noticed that the test result includes a grammar report. How is it created?

While you are taking LTEST, the system records the mistakes you make. However, only one wrong answer on a specific language point is not enough to confirm that you have a problem in that area. In fact, you must make at least two mistakes in the same area for this to show up in the grammatical report. This is why some grammar reports are more detailed than others.

How are TOEIC™ levels calculated using LTEST?

LTEST calculates the candidate's level according to the score achieved on the test. The level assigned makes reference to the standards described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. CEFR uses a progressive system of level descriptions: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. TOEIC™ (Test of English for International Communication) also uses a progressive system of level descriptions, based on a points system where 990 is the maximum score. The creators of LTEST have analysed the CEFR and TOEIC™ level descriptions and created a table showing the broad correspondence between the two systems. The same approach could be used to determine equivalents for the IELTS™ scale, although a comparison cannot be made between all the descriptors.

Can I retake the test?

Yes, if you want to retake either the quick test or the full version, just remember that you have to wait 3 days before doing so. Your results will only be kept on file for a year, because after that your level may have changed. Remember, when you do the test again you cancel the result of the test you have already taken. Click on the appropriate button on the results page if you want to retake the test.

On average, how many hours of lessons will it take to reach the levels described in the levels scale?

Because there are so many variables involved, it is not possible to say exactly how long it will take you to improve without knowing your specific context of learning. However, the following can be used as a rough guide to calculate the minimum number of hours of face-to-face lessons required to improve your test marks and move up the level scale.

  • 1 mark every 5 hours (approx.) for scores up to 40 (A2.2)
  • 1 mark every 10 hours (approx.) for scores between 41 and 65 (B2.1)
  • 1 mark every 15 hours (approx.) for scores between 66 and 86 (C1.2)
Remember that some people never manage to reach an advanced level in English, however much they study!