English Language Proficiency
In order to measure English language proficiency, there are a number of metrics that are absolute requirements. Language Testing International offers a variety of skill and language tests that rate subjects based on their ability to read, write, speak, and hear in a secondary language. Effective speaking in a second language, however, requires a wide array of skills and abilities in unusual combinations.
One of the main things to test when looking at a person’s ability to speak English is their conversational level of skill. Language, which operates on both a conversational and an academic level, has to be mastered at both levels for someone to be truly considered fluent. Conversational language covers a wide variety of everyday words and is the focus for most people. In terms of learning English for the purpose of a job or for travel, this is often sufficient because it covers many types of real word transactions as well as common requests for goods and services. Truthfully, many native English speakers only truly understand their language on a conversational level, and so by many accords, this level of mastery can be considered fully fluent.
In order to gain a real level of fluency, however, a speaker of the language needs to be able to speak on both a conversational level as well as an academic one. Academic language covers what would be commonly considered a college education in the native language, as well as certain technical and scientific terms. A person with this level of mastery over a language would often be considered a native speaker or an excellently well trained speaker; able to engage in language on a variety of levels from the literal to the figurative and all while using spoken rhetorical strategies to convey words, thoughts, and feelings.
One of the reasons that Language Testing International is considered to be a reliable source of linguistic testing is their focus on academic rigor and testing validity. While anyone can write a test, it takes a test which has a level of validity and reliability to be able to be accurately measuring a given skill in language. The concept of test validity is that, in effect, the test is actually measuring the skills desired and giving an accurate assessment o those skills. Further, test reliability covers that even if tests are different, they will produce similar results across a field of statistical data.
While there might be many reasons to engage in language testing, having a bad test will make any of those reasons worthless. Only Language Testing International offers the best English language proficiency test on the market currently.