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Presentation and interpretation of results

Results given to studentsResults in Supervisor - Chart of equivalent levels
ALTE and the Council of Europe - Cambridge ESOL Examinations

Results given to students

The default end screen does not show the candidate his/her result. It indicates that the test has finished and that he/she should refer to his/her teacher for the result. However, the test administrator can choose to show the students their results by clicking on Show results within supervisor mode. If this option is selected, the result is given in terms of an ALTE level and a descriptor. The six descriptors are Beginner, Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Lower Advanced and Upper Advanced. A chart appears on the same screen showing how the ALTE levels and descriptors correspond to the Common European Framework levels and the range of Cambridge ESOL examinations. See the chart of equivalent levels below. This puts the student's level into a more meaningful context.

Results in Supervisor

Within the supervisor mode the View results section presents a record of all students who have attempted a test, and their results. This list is created automatically. Highlighting a particular student's name will give you more detailed information about them. This is the information that they may have entered on the registration form at the beginning of the test.

The list, which can be printed, has the following columns:

Date - The date tests were taken.
Name - The name of the student.
Level - The level which can be shown to the student on the end screen and which relates to the ALTE framework.
Score - The score in the electronic test is a mark on a 0-100 point scale. This is not shown to the student as it is primarily to provide teachers with more detailed information. For example, the score out of 100 can indicate whether a Level 3/B2 student is near the top, middle or bottom of the level. The precise relationships between the ALTE/Common European Framework levels and the 100-point scale will be explained in the QPT User Manual. For more technical information on test score validation please refer to the section on
Development and validation.

Chart of equivalent levels

ALTE Level

Common European Framework Description Common European Framework Level Cambridge Examinations
5 Mastery (Upper Advanced) C2 CPE
4 Effective Proficiency (Lower Advanced) C1 CAE
BEC Higher
CELS Higher
3 Vantage (Upper Intermediate) B2 FCE
CELS Vantage
2 Threshold (Lower Intermediate) B1 PET
BEC Preliminary
CELS Preliminary
1 Waystage (Elementary) A2 KET
0.5 Breakthrough A1  
0 Beginner    

ALTE and the Council of Europe


ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) is an association of providers of European foreign language examinations, and includes some of the major international providers in the field of language testing. One of ALTE'S main aims is to make clear how qualifications achieved in different languages correspond to each other, and what they mean in practice. This will have the effect of making qualifications more usable and increasing people's potential mobility.

The Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has developed a language policy over the years with the following objectives:

  • To protect and develop the linguistic heritage and cultural diversity of Europe as a source of mutual enrichment.
  • To facilitate personal mobility and the exchange of ideas.
  • To develop a harmonious approach to language teaching based on common principles.
  • To promote large-scale plurilingualism.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was developed through a process of scientific research and wide consultation to provide a practical tool for setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner. The Framework provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. It is increasingly used in the reform of national curricula and by international consortia for the comparison of language certificates.

One of its aims is to help partners to describe the levels of proficiency required by existing standards, tests and examinations in order to facilitate comparisons between different systems of qualifications. For this purpose the Council of Europe has developed a European Framework with common reference levels.

This six-level 'Global Scale' makes it easier to communicate the system to non-specialist users and will also provide teachers and curriculum planners with orientation points.

C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expression related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

For more information about the Council of Europe, go to www.coe.int/portfolio!

Cambridge ESOL Examinations

The Cambridge ESOL Examinations are known all over the world and are recognised by universities, employers and national education authorities. They are suitable for learners of all nationalities, with examinations for learners of almost any age. The main suite examinations are amongst the world's best-known qualifications for learners of English, but the range also includes examinations in Business English and English for Academic Purposes as well as tests for young learners. The examinations cover all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.



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