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A reliable, thorough means to determine ELL support levels

A Proprietary ELL Assessment

Designed for Elementary. Secondary, and Continuing Education Students

Made in Canada

We are a leader in ELL assessment and instruction

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How it Works

The CM Global English (CMGE) assessment is an accurate and reliable, comprehensive set of English (aka ELL, ESL, EAL) tests designed for International and Newcomer students in K to 12 Schools, in Adult Continuing Education, and in Second Language Instruction. The CMGE assessment is ideal for capturing a snapshot in time of a student’s English knowledge. Students deserve a quality assessment that maximizes their opportunity for learning achievement. The CMGE assessment provides valuable information for planning explicit and specific language instruction and appropriate course selection.

The CMGE assessment can be used as part of the entry process for new students. As well, because it is so accurate, it can be used as an annual measurement of English acquisition growth and for future support planning.

The assessment is very easy to use, for both the student and the administrator. Results are instant. The assessment has four parts:

Standard English

Knowledge of Standard English semantics, lexicon, and grammar is assessed. Such knowledge is an indication of prior exposure to formal and informal English.


Reading comprehension in English is assessed, using fiction and non-fiction passages, each within a range of readability difficulty. The assessment provides a measure of syntactical understanding to navigate and comprehend age appropriate, English text.


English listening comprehension is determined by responds to oral questions, statements, and  commands  of increasing difficulty. Components are based on realistic scenarios encountered in daily social and classroom life.


A writing sample is created on a randomly selected, familiar topic. The selection of topics changes according to the student (Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, and Continuing Education).

  • The Richmond International Student Program has been using the CM Global English ELL assessment tool for a number of years. We tried the assessment on a test basis and eventually included both our short-term and long-term international students. We now use it for all of our school district's in-coming students and are extremely pleased with the product. With instant test results provided, we can immediately do course planning and know with confidence, that our students are placed in courses where opportunities for success are best realized.
    Shaun Sephton
    Director, Richmond International Education, School District #38 (Richmond)
  • “Our district has been using the CMGE online assessment since 2018. It is a user-friendly, comprehensive English Proficiency Assessment. The student assessment results are instant and can be easily shared with staff. I have appreciated the great customer tech support from Stephanie. The designers, Tony and Daphne are very knowledgeable and accessible ELL experts.”
    Michele Ginnell
    ESL Teacher Coordinator, Central Okanagan Public Schools International Education
  • I have had the pleasure of working with Tony Carrigan for many years and continue to be impressed by his creative approach to ELL assessment. According to one of our ELL teachers, Students of various language levels, from beginner to advanced, have found the CM Global English online assessment easy to use and intuitive. It has been a useful tool in helping to place these students in appropriate programs to ensure the are receiving the exact support they need to best enhance their English acquisition.
    Dr. Scott Bergstrome
    Director, International Programs School District #64 (Gulf Islands)
  • In developing the CM Global English assessment tool, our program was invited to participate in their product development - to test, to evaluate, and to provide feedback. We are thrilled with their assessment tool! We have been using it to assess G2 - G12 international students for some years. We have great confidence in CM Global English!
    Carrie Li
    Senior Manager, Richmond International Education, SD #38
  • I have known the designers of the assessment for more than thirty years. They are experts in the field of ESL assessment and instruction, both in Canada and abroad. Their ESL measurement tool, the CM Global English Assessment has been analyzed and proven to be a reliable and valid assessment.
    Dr. Lee Gunderson
    Professor, Language and Literacy Education UBC

Who uses CM Global English?

We provide on-line ELL (ESL & EFL) Assessments for school districts, independent schools, international student programs, and overseas recruiting agencies, including:

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