What makes a good language test?


English language proficiency is of paramount importance for international students entering into an academic environment. As such, English language testing is a critical tool for understanding what a student can be expected to do in the language and thus inform decisions regarding admission to higher education. This interactive and participatory session will focus on the topic of ‘what makes a good language test?’ and explore various factors relating to test purpose and design, compliance, and construct.

In this session, speakers will explore the skills that students may need across various academic contexts; the links between English language proficiency and higher education readiness; what CEFR B2 looks like in terms of student ability; factors that may impact choice of English language tests for admissions; and considerations for test construct.

We anticipate participation from English language test providers to give insight into current well-known English language tests.


The objectives of the session are:

  • To discuss the needs that students have relating to English language proficiency across a range of contexts
  • To be able to explain the various factors impacting test choice and use
  • To develop better understanding of the elements that go into English language test design
  • To be able to articulate which skills and subskills align to CEFR B2 and what students attaining that level should be able to do.

Target Audience

Recommended for anyone whose work involves the consideration of English language tests, or the processing of applicants presenting English language tests, for study, work or immigration purposes. For example: admissions officers evaluating international applicants; admissions managers defining policy and setting admission thresholds; employers evaluating international applicants, etc.

Support materials

Delegates will receive a copy of all materials used.Delegates completing the course will also receive a certificate of completion. 

Book on this course

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The standard cost to attend a scheduled Training Workshop for members is £275 + VAT, for non-members is £325 + VAT per person.

*Please note, payment by invoice is only available to UK ENIC members. If you are not a member, you must pay by card.

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