University of Michigan Examinations
There are many ways to describe a great University: its top-ranked degree programs, its libraries, laboratories and research facilities, and its internationally eminent faculty. The University of Michigan, endowed with these resources, consistently ranks among the top public universities in the United States.
Numbers of the University’s operations are equally impressive: 28 schools and colleges in the State of Michigan; 571 major buildings; more than 8.5 million library volumes; more than 6,000 regular faculty members; about 58,000 students (Fall 2010); more than 4 billionEuros total revenue for operating activities (2009-2010).
Producing tests to exacting standards presupposes a great deal of research and expertise in testing and advanced technological infrastructure. As part of one of the world’s leading research Universities, the English Language Institute (ELI), itself a world leader in English-language testing, is uniquely positioned to meet this challenge.
Founded in 1941, the ELI was the first English language research and training entity of its kind in the United States. Today, with the same commitment to academic excellence, the same rigorous application of the methods of scientific inquiry and the same dedication to the principles of equity and accessibility, the ELI continues to be recognized worldwide as a principal center of language teaching, learning, assessment, applied linguistics research, and teacher education.
In Fall 2010, the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge, both institutions with a long and distinguished history in of language assessment, teaching, and research, agreed to collaborate in the field of testing and created a new non-profit entity called Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA).
CaMLA aims to offer a comprehensive and flexible set of the highest-quality products and services to help educational, governmental, and private-sector institutions meet their language-assessment needs.
The University of Michigan Certificates
The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) is a standardized, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) examination that formally testifies the knowledge of English at B2 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The test assesses language competence in speaking, listening, and understanding and producing written English.
The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) is a standardized test of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) that formally certifies the candidate’s knowledge of English at C2 level, as described in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).The test assesses linguistic, discoursal, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic elements of the English language.
The Michigan English Test (MET) constitutes an official certification of knowledge of the English language at A2-C1 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It is an examination for test takers who want to evaluate their general English language proficiency in social, educational, and workplace contexts.
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) is an intermediate (B1) to advanced (C1) level standardized examination for adult nonnative speakers of English. It is recognized by thousands of colleges, universities, and professional organizations as evidence of high intermediate to low advanced English language proficiency, for academic or professional purposes. The MELAB assesses linguistic, discoursal, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic elements of the English language. The four component skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking are evaluated through a combination of tasks.
Young Learners Tests of English (YLTE) are a fun and motivating way to test the English of young learners. The tests cover all four language skills and are developed by CaMLA in association with Cambridge English.
The tests are international and provide a clear and transparent assessment from beginner through early intermediate levels. Of primary importance is that the testing experience have a positive impact on children and on their subsequent language learning.
There are three levels of assessment for the CaMLA YLTE: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. All three levels have similar features such as test formats, test environment, assessment procedures, and the standardization of speaking tests examiners. The three levels differ in the tasks they ask children to attempt, and the assessment criteria used.