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Oxford English Testing (oxfordenglishtesting.

com)
A Presentation for ALT Manitoba
Presented by Jeff Gulley
February 23, 2012
What are the biggest problems with placement testing?

What are the biggest problems with practice testing?
Problems
Agenda
1. Oxfordenglishtesting.com
2. Oxford Online Placement Test
3. Oxford Online Practice Tests
4. Benefits
5. Tour of oxfordenglishtesting.com

1. Oxfordenglistesting.com
What is it?
What is Oxfordenglishtesting.com



High quality, reliable testing
A complete testing service: teachers assign tests, record
results, track progress
Less marking and more teaching, saving time and effort












What is Oxfordenglishtesting.com
Online
PRACTICE
Tests
Oxford
Online
PLACEMENT
Test
Learning
Management
System












What is Oxfordenglishtesting.com
2. Oxford Online Placement Test
What are you currently using?
Placement Testing
Takes about 40 to 50 minutes
About 50 questions:
35 Use of English, 15 Listening
Test adapts to students level
Shorter time, more accurate placement, anti-cheating
Automatic marking and instant result
Anywhere with computer and internet access
Oxford Online Placement Test
Key features
Form and Meaning (use of English)
Listening (listening)

Form: grammar and vocabulary
Meaning: knowing and understanding how language is used
Oxford Online Placement Test
What does it test?
Oxford Online Placement Test
Form
Oxford Online Placement Test
Meaning
Oxford Online Placement Test
Listening
What this means for students/you:

OOPT does not cover:
Extended writing
Speaking
Linguistic competence vs. learning competence

Oxford Online Placement Test
What does it test?
Oxford Online Placement Test
Adaptive testing
1st item CORRECT
7th item CORRECT
5th item CORRECT
6th item INCORRECT
4th item INCORRECT
8th item CORRECT
3rd item CORRECT
2nd item CORRECT
Easier items ITEM BANK Harder items
What this means for students/you:
Shorter time
Less test anxiety
More accurate placement
Anti-cheating (no two tests the same)
Oxford Online Placement Test
Adaptive testing
Oxford Online Placement Test
Automatic marking
Automatic marking
What this means for students/you:
Instant results
Informed, quick, easy placement
Save money and time (no marking)
More time to accommodate learning competence portion
Oxford Online Placement Test
Automatic marking
Started in 2010; replacing paper and pen tests
BrE; AmE being added in summer 2012
User list across Canada
Oxford Online Placement Test
Additional facts
Most affordable placement test out there
Bulk pricing available

1-9 tests bought: approx. $4.75 CAD per test
10-99 tests bought: approx. $4.50 CAD per test
100-599 tests bought: approx. $4.25 CAD per test
Etc.
5000+ tests bought: approx. $3.30 CAD per test
Oxford Online Placement Test
Costs
3. Oxford Online Practice Tests
IELTS
TOEIC
TOEFL iBT
Cambridge exams
KET
PET
FCE
CAE
Oxford Online Practice Tests
All major standardized tests

Oxford Online Practice Tests
All major standardized tests
Three delivery methods:
Institutions
Self-study
Course book tie-ins

Two testing methods:
Practice mode
Testing mode
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Delivery methods
Institution delivery:
School buys tests online
Courses created in LMS
Teacher distributes and
assigns tests to students
Oxfordenglishtesting.com
Teacher/school buys test codes
TOEFL course IELTS course
Student 5
Student 3
Student 4
Student 2
Student 1
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Delivery methods
Self-study delivery:
Student registers for self-
study
Student purchases tests
Student completes test at
leisure
Oxfordenglishtesting.com
Student buys test code(s)
TOEFL test 1 TOEFL test 2
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Delivery methods
Course book tie-in delivery:
Teacher sets up test prep
course, gives students
joining code
Student in test prep course
purchases book
Book comes with unlock
code
Student joins class online,
uses unlock code to unlock
tests
Teacher assigns tests
Sample unlock code in book:
e220-w6787-u0092-q18887-n723
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
No timer
All features enabled for instant support:
Online dictionary
Exam tips
Auto-marking; instant feedback
Audio scripts
Sample written answers
Useful phrases
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Online dictionary
Double-click
Meaning
Pronunciation
Wordlist entries
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Exam tips
Useful tips for exam-taking
Reading questions
Time management
Skimming/scanning
Etc.
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Auto-marking; instant
feedback
Use of English questions
Instant feedback helps
students understand
mistakes immediately
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Audio scripts
Listening questions
Allow students to check
audio as they listen or
after they listen
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Sample written answers
Writing questions
Real student writing
examples
Comments show what is
good about the sample
response and what is
missing (e.g., too many
words)
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsPractice mode
Useful phrases
Speaking questions
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Testing methodsTest mode
Mock exam
Timer set
No support features
Teacher sets whether student sees result after finished test
Can be reassigned in Practice mode
4. Benefits
Students, Teachers, Schools
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Benefits for Students
Practice English interactively
Get better exam results
Practice when and where
they want
Feel more confident with the
language
Oxford Online Practice Tests
Benefits for Teachers
Less administration
Improve their students results
Have confidence in materials
Offer extra practice and
homework online

Oxford Online Practice Tests
Benefits for Schools
Ensure that the school is
competitive
Standardize testing to
external levels
Find business opportunities
Save time and money
STUDENTS STUDY AT SCHOOL
& AT HOME
USE A COURSEBOOK
PUT IN CLASS
ENROL
DO A PLACEMENT TEST
Oxfordenglishtesting.com
Your school year
OXFORD ONLINE PLACEMENT TEST
BOOKS + ACCESS TO 1 TEST
TEACHER SETS HOMEWORK,
MARKS HOMEWORK, & FILLS
IN MARKBOOK
INSTITUTIONAL OFFER
TESTS (HOMEWORK)
TEACHER SETS TESTS, MARKS
TESTS, & FILLS IN MARKBOOK
INSTITUTIONAL OFFER
TESTS (MOCK EXAM)
SELF-STUDY
PURCHASE 2 TESTS
TAKE INTERNATIONAL
LANGUAGE EXAMS
EVERYONE GOES ON HOLIDAY!
5. Tour of Oxfordenglishtesting.com
Website

www.oxfordenglishtesting.com












What is Oxfordenglishtesting.com



High quality, reliable testing
A complete testing service: teachers assign tests, record
results, track progress
Less marking and more teaching, saving time and effort
Thank you
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