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An accurate, affordable means to determine ELL support levels

made in Canada

Made in Canada

We have extensive experience in ELL assessment and instruction

Student taking Assessment

A Proprietary ELL Assessment

Designed for Elementary. Secondary, and Continuing Education Students

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How it Works

The CM Global English (CMGE) assessment is a comprehensive series of English (aka ELL, ESL, EAL) assessments designed for students in Elementary and Secondary Schools and in Second Language Education. Suitable for International students and for all Newcomer students who might or would benefit from extra English instruction.

The assessment, a series of language tests, provides a snapshot of a student’s English capabilities.  The assessment results provide useful information for planning explicit and specific language instruction and appropriate course selection. Cost is minimal – you get each full assessment (reading, oral, written grammar, and writing sample) for one low cost. You only pay for the assessments you buy – no monthly fees; no start-up costs.


In this section written semantics and grammar are assessed. They are an indication of the student’s exposure to English determined by measuring the knowledge of English phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax.


The reading comprehension assessment has fiction and non-fiction passages, with a range of readability difficulty. The reading assessment provides a measure of the student’s syntactical understanding to navigate and comprehend a text within their age range.


In the listening comprehension section, student responds to oral questions, statements, and  commands  of increasing difficulty. Questions are based on realistic scenarios that a student may encounter in daily home and classroom life.


The student produces a writing sample by writing about a randomly selected, familiar topic. The writing topic prompt changes according to the age of the student (Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, and Continuing Education).

  • The Richmond International Student Program has been using the CM Global English ELL assessment tool for the past three 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 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 Student Program 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, 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)
  • As the Director of the Vancouver and Toronto office of Can-Achieve International Education Ltd  I have had  positive experiences with our clients use of the CM Global English on-line assessment. Designed by ELL experts, it is a reliable, cost effective, and easy to administer tool for our clients to measure their proficiency in English.
    Jasmin Shao
    Director of Canada, Can-Achieve International Education Ltd
  • 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, private schools, international student programs, and overseas recruiting agencies, including:

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