ESaT Ltd offers two main suites of examinations. The following is a brief introduction to the adult and junior suites of examinations:
ESaT Adult Examinations: TELSa
The TELSa examinations measure the degree of proficiency of the candidate's English. The examinations have been designed with an international user in mind.
The tests cannot be definitely classified as General English tests or as Academic English tests since we have tried to incorporate skills such as summary writing, note-taking, and other strategies which are more commonly tested in the latter type of tests. This, we feel, provides our candidates with the opportunity for more comprehensive preparation, and they should, therefore, be better able to cope with the language and skills necessary in the real world. The TELSa examinations, therefore, cater for a wide range of candidates, ranging from the High school student looking to apply for admission into a University to the adult who is keen on improving his or her position at work.
• Tests for learners of English as a foreign/second language - Age 16 and above
• Seven Cefr levels: A1, A2, B1, B1+, B2, C1 and C2, as well as a pre-A1 level for absolute beginners (Starter)
• All TELSa examinations test the 4 language skills:
To ensure that our assessment is as comprehensive as possible, we have included a Use of English section in each of our examinations, so as to test your knowledge of vocabulary and expressions, functional language and grammatical structures.
• Learner-friendly examinations
• Valid and reliable assessment
• Support for teachers
Valid and Reliable Assessment
The Common European Framework of Reference (Cefr ) Can-Do statements offer a valid and internationally recognised benchmark for our examinations.
A group of international professionals is responsible for the creation of our examinations thereby ensuring more objective testing of candidates from different cultural backgrounds.
We do our utmost to ensure that the candidate is totally focused on his or her performance on the day of the examination, and therefore, we have taken great care to produce an examination format which is very user-friendly, and in choosing topics and visuals with universal appeal. Moreover, Speaking examinations are recorded so as to ensure that the behaviour and performance of the examiners is standard across all centres and sessions.
ESaT tests are pretested, and a detailed statistical analysis is carried out before they are released for use.
Analysis of Results
Candidates receive a detailed Analysis of Results with a breakdown of performance in each of the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) as well as the Use of English section. This document is meant to help the candidate and his or her teacher/s to identify the areas of language which require further attention.
Young Learner and Junior Markets: ESaT Young Learner and Junior Examinations: jTELS
The ESaT jTELS suite of examinations is intended to measure the degree of language proficiency attained by young candidates. The Young Learner and Junior examinations are designed with an international candidate in mind.
·Tests for young learners of English aged 5 - 16
·4 pre-CEFR levels to help all students gradually progress from one level to the next.
·Valid and reliable assessment
·Support for Teachers
About the Test
Most of the jTELS examinations (tests aimed at candidates aged 7 or above) will test all 4 skills:
· Writing (tasks vary according to age and level)
· Listening (...for detail and gist)
· Speaking (Short Individual turn, followed by two short discussions, one between the two candidates, and one with the Examiner/Interlocutor).
To ensure that our assessment is as comprehensive as possible, a Use of English section is also included in our examinations - this section tests candidates' knowledge of functional language, vocabulary, expressions and grammatical structures at the earmarked level.
The examination questions, complexity of tasks and length of the test vary depending on the age and the level of the candidates.
It is hoped that this comprehensive approach will help the teacher and educator view the tests as a useful and complete tool in facilitating their students' development.
We firmly believe that testing should not necessarily be a negative and stressful experience. A lot of thought and research has gone into making our examinations as learner-friendly as possible, offering the right balance between stimulating, challenging and fun tasks.
Valid and Reliable Assessment
The Common European Framework of Reference (Cefr ) Can-Do statements offer a valid and internationally recognised benchmark for our exams.
A group of international professionals are responsible for the creation of our Young Learner and Junior suite of examinations. This guarantees that cultural bias is kept at a minimum, thereby ensuring that young candidates with different cultural backgrounds are tested objectively and not penalized unnecessarily. The effort that goes into the choice of topics, the visuals included in some levels, and the test format itself, as well as ensuring a standard approach during the speaking component, are all meant to help the examination candidates focus on their English and not get unnecessarily distracted.
Analysis of Results
All candidates receive a detailed Analysis of Results with a breakdown of performance in the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This is intended as a useful tool for teachers and educators in assisting the young learners to further improve their proficiency in the English language by helping to identify the Young Learner’s and Junior’s strengths and areas for improvement.
Our Young Learner and Junior suite of examinations offer learners a gradual progression from one level to the next.
Every level is a manageable, yet challenging, step towards obtaining proficiency in the English language.
We plan to offer 5 levels at pre-CEFR level, from Primary 1 for children as young as 5, up to English Diploma for 11 year-olds
3 examinations: A1 Diploma, A2 Diploma and B1 Diploma, will be aligned to the CEFR levels and will cater for the specific needs and experience of Juniors up to the age of 16.
These gradual steps break down the English language into manageable chunks that can be dealt with at every specific age, thus helping the young candidates progress from one level to the next and in so doing, fostering a positive approach to language learning.