English writing exam

Online assessment of writing English skills

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The Writing exam is offered together with the Speaking exam as the optional complementary module to the English Core tests.

Online test of written English proficiency

The English writing test is an optional module of the TrackTest English level test.  You are expected to complete the Core level test and the Speaking test before proceeding to the Writing test.

The S/W exam credit is required for accessing this module covers both Speaking and Writing exams.

You will need a computer with the keyboard or smartphone and the modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari or similar).

Writing test- how it works

The English Writing test takes about 10 minutes. It is the last section in the Speaking & Writing exam (Productive skills exam) and a prerequisite for obtaining the Complete certificate.

The Writing exam consists of two English writing tasks, usually one focused on written interaction (forms, notes, short messages and e-mails) and one focused on written production (reports and short essays).

Each task has a minimum word limit (60-150 words, depending on the level and type of task). Your writings are saved and evaluated by the combination of our AI rating model and trained assessors.

You get the result in 7 days after the test completion. The result includes the Productive skills test protocol with comments about your written performance and highlighting the mistakes you made.

The Writing test methodology:

Duration of the writing test as a whole: Approximately 10 minutes (this includes 4 minutes of preparation time)
Target CEFR level of the writing test: Separate tests for A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2 proficiency levels
Channel for test delivery: Typing the texts in the designated areas of the website.
Test content: General English language proficiency test (vocational assessment upon request)

Key test purpose:  Proficiency test and placement tests

Other possible test purposes include:

  • Diagnostic tests, which ‘seek to identify those areas in which a student needs further help’.
  • Placement tests, which are ‘designed to assess students’ levels of language ability so that they can be placed in an appropriate group or class’.
  • Proficiency tests, which ‘are not based on a particular language programme. They are designed to test the ability of students with different language training backgrounds.’

Rating method: A combination of a holistic and analytical approach.
It has been claimed that the holistic approach more closely resembles how language production is judged in real life and can be quicker than using an analytic approach. However, analytic marking can offer richer diagnostic information for L2 learners.

The TrackTest Writing test combines a holistic approach with the analytical for rating. For the purposes of the certificate, it uses quantitative feedback: below the level / meets the level /above the level where is the test-taker’s performance judged as a whole.

In the accompanying Writing test report, raters provide also 3-grade quantitative feedback as well as qualitative feedback.
Performance is rated by the combination of AI-model and manual marking, using 1-2 raters.

Feedback: Both quantitative and qualitative feedback are provided for test-takers.

Quantitative feedback: below the level / meets the level /above the level
Qualitative feedback: General feedback and optional specific feedback.

Instructions: Task instructions are provided written and/or via pictures.

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