Assessment for Secondary Students

Grades 8 – 12

The CM Global English (CMGE) assessment is a comprehensive series of tests that provides a snapshot of how well a secondary or elementary 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 a classroom environment, the student must be able to both comprehend and express oneself in English.

Secondary Written Semantics and Grammar

The first section of the CMGE assessment measures prior exposure to formal English. It is a timed assessment, consisting of 40 sentences. Two-word verbs, clauses, various verb tenses, prepositions, pronouns, possessives, irregular plurals, and comparatives are some examples of the semantics and grammar being assessed. The student must choose from four possibilities. At the conclusion of this section, the student is automatically directed to the reading section.

Secondary Reading

The second section is a timed, reading comprehension assessment, which consists of 10 reading passages, both fiction and non-fiction, with a range of readability difficulty. The assessment is a multiple choice, cloze test. In this cloze test, words in the passage are replaced, in a consistent manner, with blank spaces. The student demonstrates reading comprehension of the passage by choosing the correct word from five possible choices. At the conclusion of this section, the student is automatically directed to the third part of the assessment.

Secondary Listening

The third section is a timed, listening comprehension assessment, which consists of 40 short recordings. The student listens to each recording and chooses the best answer from five possible choices. Some of the recordings have accompanying pictures. Some of the recordings consist of oral passages that the student listens to and then answers several questions about the passage. The assessment gets progressively more difficult. At the conclusion of this section, the student is automatically directed to the fourth and last section of the assessment.

Secondary Writing

The fourth section of the CM Global English assessment asks the student to produce a written sample that is timed and based on a randomly selected topic. Included in this section, available in the dashboard for teachers, is an optional, scoring matrix to score the student’s written sample.

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