Objective level verification
Language certificates and audits are used to precisely confirm the language level. It is defined on the scale of the European System of Language Learning Description CEFR. According to the CEFR classification, there are 6 levels of language proficiency from the lowest A1 to the highest C2.
Exams and audits check both passive and active language skills. In this way, they confirm employees’ ability to work in a foreign-language environment and to communicate in a foreign language.
After passing the exam, participants receive an international certificate that is recognized by companies, institutions and universities around the world. Certificates might be issued in a paper or electronic form. Most test centres recommend repeating the exam or audit after the period of 2 years due to possible changes in language skills.
Forms of exams and language audits
Language exams are usually organized in the traditional form, i.e. a stationary language exam held on a designated date and place. Depending on the type of exam, there are several exam sessions per year (in the case of the TOEFL exam, up to a dozen). It is also possible to organize "on demand" exams. In this way, the International Language Institute organizes TELC and TOEIC exam sessions at times adapted to companies' needs.
Language audits have a much more flexible structure and are more technologically advanced. They take place entirely or partly in the online system. They use the latest technological solutions such as:
- tspeech processing technology
- written text processing technology
- adaptive learning technology that selects questions based on how the student is handling the test material
Pre-tests and post-tests
Language audits - thanks to their flexible structure and low price - are often used in the form of pre-tests and post-tests. The system of pre-tests and post-tests is used to measure the progress in using a foreign language in a selected period of time , e.g. in a semester.
Such a constructed system of objective measurement of language progress during courses is most often used by companies and institutions. As a result, they have constant, regularly updated feedback on the progress of their employees and the effectiveness of their training investments.