Assessment for Adult Learners

Continuing Education

The CM Global English (CMGE) assessment is a comprehensive series of tests that provides a snapshot of how well an adult student whose first language is not English will manage in a learning environment where English is the medium of instruction. To be successful in such an environment, the student must be able to both comprehend and express oneself in English.

Written Semantics and Grammar

The first part of the CMGE assessment measures prior exposure to formal and informal English. It is a timed assessment  looking at two-word verbs, clauses, various verb tenses, prepositions, pronouns, possessives, irregular plurals, comparatives and other examples of English semantics and grammar.  At the conclusion, the test taker is automatically sent to the reading section.

Reading Comprehension

The second section is a timed, reading comprehension assessment, which consists of a number of reading passages, both fiction and non-fiction, with a range of readability difficulty. The assessment is a multiple choice, cloze test. The test taker demonstrates syntactical understanding of the passage by choosing the correct words missing from the passage. At the conclusion of this section, the student is automatically directed to the third part of the assessment.


The third section is a timed, listening comprehension assessment. The student listens to each recording and chooses the best answer from a number of possible choices. Some of the recordings have accompanying illustrations and some require several answers. The assessment gets progressively more difficult. At the conclusion of this section, the student is sent to the fourth and last section of the assessment.

Writing Sample

The fourth section of the CM Global English assessment asks the test taker to produce a written sample that is timed and based on a randomly selected topic. The topics are appropriate for adult learners. Included in this section, available in the dashboard for teachers, is an optional, scoring matrix to score the written sample.

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