How the MELAB is scored

All sections of the MELAB are scored by the University of Michigan in the U.S.A.

The Listening and GCVR sections are computer-scored. Each correct answer contributes to the final score for each section and there are no points deducted for wrong answers. A scaled score is calculated using an advanced mathematical model based on Item Response Theory that ensures the ability required to receive a particular score remains the same from year to year.

The Speaking and Writing sections are graded by CaMLA certified examiners according to scales established by CaMLA. All essays are scored by at least two raters.

The score ranges for each MELAB section are:

Section Range Notes
Writing 0-97   
Listening 0-100   
GCVR 0-100   
Speaking 1-4 May include + or -
Final MELAB 0-99 Average of writing, listening, and GCVR scores

There is no official passing score on the MELAB. However, different institutions and organizations that accept MELAB scores may require certain minimum scores for their purposes.

For example:

  • One undergraduate program at a state university requires a minimum final MELAB score of between 80 and 85, with no part score below 80 (the final MELAB score is an average of parts 1, 2, and 3).
  • Another undergraduate program at a community college requires a minimum final MELAB score of 75.

MELAB scores are reported on an official score report form. The score report provides the following information:

  • A score for each of the sections
  • The final MELAB score, which is the average of the scores for the writing, listening, and GCVR sections
  • Speaking test score
  • Additional comments about the test performance (where relevant)
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Last Update At: 2015/02/19 - 11:02:22

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