English Language Test

English language tests are designed to help evaluate a candidate's level of proficiency in English.

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What is an English language test?

An English language test is one of the best-known and most commonly used language proficiency tests. The purpose of the test is to assess a test-taker's level in reading and writing English.

The assessment will typically cover topics such as comprehension, grammar, sentence composition, and the ability to comprehend everyday and business language.

There are a variety of contexts the test might include, such as work-place scenarios, formal and informal language, and precise translation.

Those who do well at the English test demonstrate the potential to understand non-complex professional copy that might be typically used in a professional business environment, and communicate their ideas in English at an intermediate level with colleagues or clients.

About the English Language Test

English is spoken by almost 1 billion people around the world – it is the number one most-spoken language. English is considered an essential business language and the ability to speak English on the international job market is crucial.

Sample English Language Test question Test your knowledge!

There ____ thousands of people attending a protest in London tomorrow.

  • 1) is
  • 2) are
  • 3) was
  • 4) weren’t

Why should you use an English language test for recruiting?

Assessing an applicant's English can be challenging for recruiters who don't speak English fluently, or who do speak it but might not know how to assess what level of English an applicant can understand, in a fair and accurate way.

A candidate might state on their resume that they have intermediate fluency in English – but without using a test it may be very difficult to measure. An English language test solves that problem and can be easily shared with a large pool of candidates to provide comparative data.

The test evaluates their ability and understanding of basic grammar, reading comprehension, and formal idioms. A recruiter can then see which of the applicants has the highest level of fluency in English overall.

Those who best meet the English language requirement can move forward in the hiring process, with the applicants who didn't possess the required level eliminated. This makes for a much more efficient hiring process, saving the need to interview numerous candidates in English by phone or face-to-face.

Job roles for which English proficiency might be a prerequisite include:

  • Translators
  • Teachers
  • Pilots and flight attendants
  • Editors or proofreaders
  • Salespeople
  • Business roles
  • Tour guides or travel agents
  • Journalists and content creators
  • Customer support staff
  • Jobs in English-speaking countries

Proficiency in English could also be helpful for any business with operations in the European market, or with clients from English-speaking countries. Over 60 countries recognise English as their official language, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

View a sample report

Results for the English Language Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report.

The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

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How our test assesses English language skills

In Neuroworx's English language test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the Common European Framework B2 (upper-intermediate) level, the test questions are designed to indicate how well a candidate comprehends English.

The test avoids requiring any irrelevant knowledge from the candidate aside from language proficiency; thus it is general enough to be used for any job requiring English. All questions are multiple-choice: a format familiar to most candidates that allows for immediate, objective scoring.

The response options aside from the correct answer, called distractors, are mostly common mistakes or misconceptions, which enhances the question's ability to accurately measure a candidate's proficiency.

During the development process, this test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was written, examined and revised by English language and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants.

In other words, this test empirically demonstrates consistency and measures the language knowledge as intended. Raw scores are provided for each candidate to indicate how they perform relative to one another.

Regarding the candidate's experience, this test has been reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of English proficiency and feels the test is reasonable.

This test is also monitored on an ongoing basis to optimise performance and is analysed regularly for fairness issues.

Our test platform

Our platform offers an extensive library of hundreds of tests, giving you the flexibility to select and combine them in any way that suits your hiring needs. From understanding specific role requirements to assessing general cognitive abilities, our diverse library ensures you can tailor your assessment process precisely.

Our test questions come in various formats, including multiple-choice, true and false, ranking and situational judgment, all ensuring comprehensive candidate assessment.
Role-specific simulations.
Experience real-world scenarios with our role-specific simulations, providing accurate insights into candidates' performance, readiness and fit for the position.
Adaptive scoring.
Our adaptive scoring system evaluates responses in real-time, by adjusting to the candidate's ability level, enhancing accuracy and reliability.

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Scientifically validated by psychometric specialists

  • Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists, psychometricians, and subject matter experts who work closely together to ensure each test is accurate and reliable.
  • Our subject matter experts are rigorously vetted and typically have several years of experience working in their industries and hold advanced credentials.

Frequently asked questions

What are the different levels of an English language proficiency test?

Generally speaking, candidates are graded from B1, B2, C1 and C2 in language tests. B represents an independent user and C represents a proficient user.

  • B1 = Threshold or intermediate
  • B2 = Vantage or upper intermediate
  • C1 = Effective operational proficiency or advanced
  • C2 = Mastery or proficiency

The English language test is based on an intermediate level proficiency.

How do you test an applicant's English language competency?

By taking a language test, candidates can demonstrate to a potential employer or educational institution at what level their current competency in English lies. This will often be broken down by categories such as reading, writing, listening and speaking.

What is the cost for Neuroworx's English language test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay: no set-up or hidden fees.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, sign up (no credit card required) and we'll give you a 7 day trial completely free. You'll get unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you like. You can cancel any time and you won't be charged anything.

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