Category Archives: Assessment

an English exam that measures real-world skills

an English exam that measures real-world skills

Every teacher wants the best for their students. When it comes to choosing an English language qualification, that means an effective preparation process, a positive exam experience and a reliable, widely accepted certificate.  However, selecting the right English language qualification for your students’ is not an easy task.  As the world’s leading learning services company, […]

4 activities to improve your students’ intelligibility

4 activities to improve your students’ intelligibility

Intelligibility is the art of being understood by others. Many students think they need to speak flawlessly and with a native-like accent to make themselves clear, but this is not quite true. While there is a correlation between proficiency and intelligibility, even students of lower general proficiency are capable of expressing what they mean, in […]

A round-up of our 10 most popular blog posts from 2019

A round-up of our 10 most popular blog posts from 2019

2019 is about to come to an end – and what a year it has been! It’s hard to believe how quickly it has flown by. We’ve been busy attending events and welcoming speakers and friends to debate and discuss key themes in education. Ken Beatty at our Gallery Walk, IATEFL 2019 One of our […]

Computer-based language assessment: the future is here

Computer-based language assessment: the future is here

David Booth is the Director of Test Development for Pearson English content. He is responsible for the development of the exam materials and specifications for Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, Progress, Placement, PTE General and PTE Young Learners. In this article, David explores the benefits of computer-based language assessment for test centers, test-takers and […]

the new official practice app

the new official practice app

When it comes to exam preparation, it can be an uphill battle to get your students enthused. But now you have another tool in your teaching toolkit! We’re excited to introduce our brand new official PTE Academic Practice App. It helps your students tackle the challenging exam and achieve the score they deserve.  What is […]

How to motivate your students through assessment

How to motivate your students through assessment

Motivating students can be difficult, especially where exams are concerned. The prospect of preparing learners for them seems like a mammoth task. But assessment can also be a way of encouraging motivation. The clue is in the word ‘test’. Whether externally or internally driven, students wish to test their knowledge and their learning; they want […]

How to improve student engagement with Assessment for Learning

Assessment for Learning

The new school year is the ideal time for a fresh start. After all, once young students are in a routine they can be resistant to change, and it’s hard to find time to experiment once teaching is underway. But too many changes all at the same time are difficult for teachers to manage and […]

5 ways to establish SMART goals

5 ways to establish SMART goals

We’re at the start of a new term. With many students starting courses in September, now’s the perfect opportunity to help your students establish their learning goals for the year. Early goal setting is essential as it helps with motivation, focus and a sense of direction. Defining those goals, however, can be overwhelming. Use this […]

5 benefits of using tablets in the primary classroom

5 benefits of using tablets in the primary classroom

Interactive whiteboards, PCs and laptops are common in many schools around the world, but have you ever considered using tablets in your young learner classes?  Tablets can be used for many things. Online research, watching and creating videos, playing games, and digital storytelling are just a few examples. Of course, there’s also the added environmental […]

What should you look for in an English placement test?

If you’re an English teacher, Director of Studies or school owner you’ll know the importance of putting students in the right group. Whether it’s a business English class, exam prep or general English – a placement test is essential. Without one, you’ll teach classes with such varied levels and needs, it’ll be hard to plan […]

Can a computer really mark an exam? The benefits of automated assessment in ELT

Can a computer really mark an exam? The benefits of automated assessment in ELT

Automated assessment, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), is one of the latest education tech solutions. It speeds up exam marking times, removes human biases, and is as accurate and at least as reliable as human examiners. As innovations go, this one is a real game-changer for teachers and students.  However, it has understandably […]

The high cost of placing university students in the wrong English program

The high cost of placing university students in the wrong English program

University students usually join English language programs because they need to attain a certain level to be accepted on their chosen courses. A placement test is the first step on this journey. Before starting an Intensive English Program (IEP) or an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, students are assessed for their levels in […]

6 steps to exam success: Monitor progress

This is the third part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. In this article, Philip Warwick will look at building exam strategies and identifying progress points.  This allows teachers to offer valid guidance and supervision whilst differentiating between the skills and parts of the exam so that they can review key […]

Which exam is right for my students?

Which exam is right for my students?

A Guide to the Pearson Assessment Suite Are you stuck on which English exam or test to offer your students? You’re not alone – there are lots of different assessments to choose from and it’s often hard to see how they are different and why you should select one over another. We’re bringing it all […]

IATEFL 2019: Three technology-based assessment talks

IATEFL 2019 kicks off on Monday and we can’t wait!  Before the big event, we wanted to share with you some of the last remaining Pearson talks that will take place over the coming week. Check out the full programme and keep up-to-date on our dedicated IATEFL 2019 page. The following three sessions are all […]

How to use assessment products to prepare your students for success

How to use assessment products to prepare your students for success

Assessment is an indispensable part of language learning. It can contribute significantly to a learner’s success in mastering a language. However, when done wrong, it can easily fail to serve the learner’s actual needs. The Pearson Test of English (PTE) products were created to provide teachers with tools that help them assess their students’ skills […]

6 steps to exam success: Balance your teaching

6 steps to exam success: Balance your teaching

This is the second part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Read more about our first webinar with Lindsay Warwick in our post: 6 steps to exam success: Understand your exam. In this article, she’ll look at techniques and activities to help you find a balance and meet the needs of […]

Six steps to exam success: Understand your exam

Six steps to exam success: Understand your exam

This is the first part of our exam preparation series: 6 steps to exam success. Read more about the upcoming webinars in our post: 6 steps to exam success: a series of webinars to help you prepare your students. Knowing an exam is important for any teacher who wants to help students develop the skills […]

a series of webinars to help you prepare your students

a series of webinars to help you prepare your students

Teaching exam classes can be a challenge for new and experienced teachers alike. In an effort to help you prepare your students for their upcoming Cambridge English language exams, we’ve created a series of 6 webinars (plus one bonus episode). Our expert trainers will share everything you need to know about exam prep broken down […]

Preparing for Breakthrough (Level 4)

Preparing for Breakthrough (Level 4)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Young Learners is designed for students aged 6-13. It assesses their understanding and use of real-life, practical English. Each of the four different exam levels (Firstwords, Springboard, Quickmarch and Breakthrough) integrates listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on completing fun communicative tasks in age-appropriate contexts.   For […]