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.


Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessments

Two of the biggest names in English as a Section Language assessment and certification have joined forces. Cambridge ESOL, of the University of Cambridge and the provider of the well-known Cambridge English exams, proudly announced the joint operation, Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessments (or CAMLA), on September 24th 2010. The CAMLA will be established to foster collaboration between the two universities and was primarily formed in order to order to promote the University of Michigan’s English language exams and aid in the development of new program. The partnership formally ties the oldest ESL program in the United States to the 800-year old college but as yet will not affect the existing Cambridge ESOL exams or IELTS which are taken by over 3 million people annually in 130 countries around the world.

The collaboration, although noteworthy, comes as little surprise to industry insiders. Because a good knowledge of the English language has taken on an important role in so many aspects of today’s increasingly global society, the demand for high-quality assessment for education has skyrocketed. This is a period of rapid growth for English proficiency exams all around world. Both organizations emphasize the need for learners and organizations alike to be able to choose between a range of tests that exactly meet their needs. This viewpoint has been amply reflected by proliferation in exam types offered by both organizations. The ELI, originally purveyors of only the ECPE exam, have expanded their offerings to include the intermediate-level ECCE and still-more advanced MELAB exams in roughly the same period that offering from Cambridge ESOL grew in the early 1990s. Thus a partnership between the two is a natural fit. Though the program will be headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it will make available the knowledge and experience gained from millions of test takers worldwide in order to offer new and improved services for its consumers.