How it Works

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How the CM Global English assessment works

CM Global English 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 an environment, the student must be able to understand what is read and heard and be able to express his/herself, particularly through written work.

When the students log in, they will be prompted to enter their name which will remain affiliated with that code. If at a later date the students are reassessed you will be able to easily compare their results.

Instructions are clear and simple and include a resource for testing sound quality before assessment begins.

Schools can choose whether or not they wish the student to see the raw scores and ELL levels at the conclusion of each of the three tests.

Written Grammar

The first section is a timed, written grammar assessment, measuring prior exposure to formal English. Two-word verbs, clauses, various verb tenses, prepositions, pronouns, possessives, irregular plurals, and comparatives are some examples of the grammar being assessed. At the conclusion of this sub test, the test taker is automatically sent to the second sub test.

Reading

The second part of the assessment is a timed, reading comprehension measure, which consists of 10 reading passages for secondary grades, 5 for elementary, and 3 for late primary, both fiction and non-fiction, with a range of readability difficulty. This reading test is a multiple choice, cloze test. In a 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 a number of choices.  At the conclusion of this sub test, the student is sent to the third sub test.

Listening

The third section is a timed, listening comprehension assessment, which consists of 40 short recordings. The test taker listens to each recording and chooses the best answer from a number of possible choices. Some of the recordings have accompanying pictures and some are oral passages with follow up questions. At the conclusion of this sub test, the student is taken to the fourth and final section of the assessment.

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, is an optional, scoring matrix to score the student’s written sample.

The assessment concludes with a report sent to the test administrator, with  a recommendation to consider a specific overall English support level. Llevels and scores for each sub test are also provided.

CM Global English Assessment Reports

Upon completion of the assessments, raw scores for the first three sub tests are automatically converted to English Language Learning (ELL) support levels.

A Variety of reports are available for your use and can be downloaded in PDF format for student records. Scores are instantly available. Assessment reports include subtest raw scores and the recommended overall ELL support level.

Assessment reports are available for individual students and groups. Administrators receive daily and weekly summary reports.

Resources

Schools and Districts will have access to our new resources section, which includes for example, a writing scoring matrix and an easy to administer, face to face, English speaking assessment.

Schools, if they wish, can use the CM Global English course-programming recommendations, based on overall ELL support levels, to determine best academic and ESL course placement.