Usually, when a child is at the stage of choosing a foreign educational institution, tests are conducted with him that allow him to best choose a school with an adjustment for personal abilities, talents; in general, to choose the place where the student's prospects will be the best.
This testing is especially important for those who would like to study at the most influential, prestigious and respected schools, where the program is particularly complex, the requirements are high, and the selection is cruel.
What is the test?
They are based on the traditional testing models adopted in the United Kingdom - Common Entrance Exam and UKiset. There is no binding to a specific educational institution, almost all candidates for British schoolchildren pass such tests.
Usually there are two levels of diagnosis - basic and advanced.
In the first case, we are talking about graduates or high school students, in the second - about high school students. There are also differences in the level and number of exams. Interviews and interviews are also usually held with older children, as well as an A-level English proficiency test.
In the analytical reading block, students get acquainted with fragments of a literary work in English, and then perform related tasks. They need to highlight the purpose and the main parts of the text, answer questions, remember certain words or facts from the fragment read.
Very often – and almost always – students need to write an essay on a particular topic. This allows you to find out how ready the student is for independent work, his skills of concise presentation of thoughts, the ability to work according to the instructions, mastery of the structure of the text.
To find out how much a person is able to think logically, verbal tasks and demonstration of pictures are used. Here the ability to place accents, find different things or draw generalized conclusions is very important.
What Testing Shows
The result of the written part of the test allows you to find out how well the student speaks the language in terms of grammatical and lexical knowledge, is educated to interpret the questions asked to him. Most often, the examiner pays attention to the level of complexity of the grammatical structure and the richness of the choice of lexical units, the features of expressing one's own point of view, the development of critical thinking skills.
Diagnostic testing is not an exam in the generally accepted sense of the word - there are no positive or negative marks, cut-off points. The assessment is made individually, allowing, on the basis of a review and analysis of the student's abilities, to find out the degree of his readiness for classes in a particular program.