Every week someone asks me for a test.
They want to know their English level.
Well, I don’t have a test.
I think they’re a bad idea.
But after reading your comments from yesterday’s Vitamin V (thank you!), I now see there are some good reasons for wanting to know your level.
Let’s talk about those first.
Then, later in the week, I’ll share my crazy ideas.
And I’ll tell you how to use those crazy ideas to make faster progress.
Here we go!
Good Reason #1
You need a new job or you want to go to a new school and they require a certain level.
Well, in that case, you gotta know your level and you’ve got to have a piece of paper that proves it.
That’s a good reason to take a level assessment test.
Now here’s the interesting part.
Some students who score high on these tests really can’t speak well.
While some students who score low on these tests can speak quite well.
An HR manager I used to date in Prague knew this. So when she was interviewing a new candidate for a job, she never looked at their level: the real test was, could they speak with her?