English Exam Overviews: The MET

imagesAlthough several of Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment’s English proficiency exams are targeted at students who are at the C1 or C2 (that is, advanced) level, the MET offers intermediate-level students a great alternative. More than that, it also presents them with an opportunity to take advantage of what makes this series of English exams unique.

What is the MET and what makes it unique?
As noted above, the MET, or Michigan English Test, is designed to meet the needs of intermediate level English as a second language students. As a result, it is calibrated to assess students ranging all the way from the A2 (basic) to C1(proficient) level. As this is by far the widest range among the Michigan array of exams – and given the fact that the exam also emphasizes the standards of American English – it makes the MET perfect for a variety of contexts. As a result, student interested in assessing the English proficiency for academic, professional, and social reasons can all benefit from the MET.

How is the MET scored?
The MET is actually two tests in one. The first, the “listening, reading, and grammar test” is a pen-and-paper test evaluated by way of 135 questions over two sections. The second, the MET Speaking Test, is comprised of structured, one-on-one interaction between an examiner and test-taker that is based around five specific tasks. Though only about ten minutes long, these tasks allow graders to evaluate a candidate’s fluency, accuracy, and clarity according to a predetermined set of standards.

Where can I take the exam and how do I register?
The MET is offered on specific dates at authorized test centers around the world. For a complete list of upcoming exams and their locations, visit the official MET registration page. For more details about the MET itself, however, be sure to check our comprehensive exam overview.


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