How the ALCE is scored
The Listening and GVR sections are scored by computer and the application of specialized software, using the principles of Item Response Theory.
Using scales and procedures established by Hellenic American University, the Writing section is scored by two independent raters. In the case of significant difference between the scores of the two raters, a third rater is called to determine the final score. The raters have been trained and certified according to Hellenic American University standards.
The Speaking section is scored using scales and procedures established by Hellenic American University. The oral examiners have been trained and certified according to Hellenic American University standards. All tests are recorded.
Assessment principles of the ALCE (in effect as of January 2014):
- Each of the ALCE sections is marked on a scale of 0 to 1000; each section carries equal weight in determining the final grade.
- The passing score for each section is 650 out of 1000. The scores for each section are combined and averaged to give a total possible average scale score of 1000 for all four sections.
- Candidates whose average score for all four sections is equal to 650 or higher are awarded the ALCE.
- Candidates whose average score for all four sections is below 650 are not awarded the ALCE.
- Candidates who have been absent from one or more sections are not awarded the ALCE. Any passing score they may have received for whichever section they were not absent from does not affect the final result.
- Hellenic American University allows candidates with disabilities to request for special examination accommodations or modifications.
- The ALCE examinations: Changes to scoring system
- Scoring Criteria for the ALCE Speaking Section ( .pdf, 555 KB)
- Scoring Criteria for the ALCE Writing Section ( .pdf, 551 KB)
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