The Michigan English Test (MET) is a multi-level examination for test takers who want to have their general English language proficiency evaluated at A2-C1 level as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is a secure exam developed by Michigan Language Assessment and administered by authorized test centers worldwide. It is available as a 2-skill or 4-skill test.
The Michigan English Test (MET) is an examination for test takers who want to evaluate their general English language proficiency at A2-C1 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in social, educational, and workplace contexts.
The MET is intended for adults and adolescents at or above a secondary level of education who want to have their general English language proficiency measured in a variety of linguistic contexts. The MET can be used for educational or for employment purposes.
The MET is a secure test and is administered only by authorized official examiners. The MET is awarded by the University of Michigan, one of the leading U.S. Universities in the field of linguistic research, with lengthy experience in establishing and developing a broad range of English language examinations.
The MET is available as a 2-skill (Listening and Reading) or a 4-skill test (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). It is officially recognized in Greece (levels B1, B2, and C1) by the state (ASEP/Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) and the private sector as an A2-C1 level certification of English language competence.
It is also recognized in several countries and can be used for academic and professional purposes that require language competence certification of these levels.
MET LISTENING (50 items)
The MET Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains three parts and assesses the ability of a test taker to understand a variety of speech in public, personal, educational, and workplace contexts. Questions feature short and long conversations as well as talks given by one person. Topics range from familiar to less familiar, covering both concrete and abstract ideas.
Part 1 (19 items): Each item consists of a short recorded conversation followed by a question. Test takers must choose one of four options provided.
Part 2 (14 items): It consists of (usually four) longer unrelated conversations between two people, followed by 3 or 4 questions each. Test takers must choose one of four answer options provided.
Part 3 (17 questions): It consists of four unrelated talks, each spoken by a single speaker, followed by 4 or 5 questions. Test takers must choose one of four answer options provided.
All parts are heard once.
Listening section duration: 35 min.
This section is scored at the University of Michigan.
MET READING (50 items)
The MET Reading Section includes grammar and reading comprehension. The MET Grammar items reflect language used in real-life situations. They consist of one sentence containing a blank. For each, test takers select the word or phrase that is grammatically correct.
The MET Reading Comprehension covers a variety of global, local, and inferential reading skills. The single-text reading part features two informational reading passages of academic or general interest. The multiple-text reading part contains two sets of three thematically related passages based on texts found in real life, such as newspapers, advertisements, emails, letters, and magazine articles. Each is followed by multiple-choice questions.
Grammar (20 items): An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. There are four answer options for each item. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
Single-text reading (10 items): Two extended reading passages followed by five questions each. There are four answer options for each item.
Multiple-text reading (20 items): Two sets of three thematically linked passages are each followed by ten questions. There are four answer options for each item.
Reading section duration: 65 min.
This section is scored at the University of Michigan.
The MET Writing Section consists of two separate tasks to cover a range of writing types and functions. Test takers write a few sentences in response to three related questions about personal experiences, and then write a formal, multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt. There is no word limit for the essay, but test takers are advised to write one to two pages.
Tasks: 2 (written production at sentence, paragraph, and essay levels).
Duration: 45 minutes
In the MET Speaking Section, the test taker participates in a structured, multi-stage task directed by one examiner. The MET Speaking Section gives test takers the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to describe a picture (stage 1), talk about a personal experience related to the picture (stage 2), give a personal opinion related to the picture (stage 3), explain advantages and disadvantages of a given situation (stage 4), and give an opinion and try to persuade the examiner to agree (stage 5). The five stages of the test build on each other; as the test progresses, the linguistic and interactional demands become increasingly more challenging.
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All sections of the MET are scored by the University of Michigan in the U.S.A.
The Listening and Reading and Grammar sections are computer-scored. Each correct answer carries equal weight within each section and there are no points deducted for wrong answers. Test takers receive a scaled score with a maximum of 80 for the Listening and Reading and Grammar sections, and a final score for these two sections; the final score is the total of the two sections.
Scores for the Speaking section are reported separately, also on a scale of 0–80.
The MET does not have a pass score. The test takers’ scaled score is calculated using an advanced mathematical model based on Item Response Theory. The scaled scores are not percentages. They do not show how many items test takers answered correctly, but rather where they stand on the language ability scale. This ensures that test scores are comparable across different administrations and fair to all test takers, regardless of when they took the test.
MET scores are reported on a CaMLA official score report form. The score report provides the following information:
- A score for each of the sections
- The final MET score, which is the total of the scores for the Listening and Reading and Grammar sections
- Speaking test score
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