The MET Go! is a multi-level English language examination covering beginner to intermediate levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR A1–B1). It is a secure exam developed by Michigan Language Assessment and designed for students ages 11 to 15. The MET Go! is administered by authorized test centers worldwide. It is available as a 3-skill or 4-skill test.
MET Go! is a secure, multilevel test of English, developed by Michigan Language Assessment, covering beginner to intermediate levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR A1–B1). It is meant to be informative, with score reports that provide individualized diagnostic feedback for each test taker.
MET Go! is an engaging test with full-color illustrations for middle school-aged learners. It can be taken as a 3-skill test that consists of listening, reading, and writing or as a 4-skill test that also includes speaking. Listening and reading questions are multiple choice and have one correct answer. Writing requires three responses to a range of different tasks. The speaking section is given separately from the other sections and may be scheduled on the same day of the written exam or on a different one. The written sections of the test are scored at the University of Michigan, while the speaking section is scored by Michigan Language Assessment certified raters administering the test.
MET Go! LISTENING (30 items)
The MET Go! Listening Section reflects language used in real-life situations. It contains five parts and assesses the ability of test takers to understand a variety of speech in public, personal, and educational contexts. Test takers identify people in a picture based on descriptions, respond to short questions, answer questions about conversations, and answer questions about announcements made by a single speaker. The audio for each question is played twice.
The content covers a variety of listening skills:
- Global skills that test comprehension of the entire passage, such as asking for the main idea
- Local skills that test a part of the passage, such as a detail mentioned by the speaker
Part 1 (4 items): Test takers listen to some information related to a picture and answer four questions (matching activity).
Part 2 (4 items): Test takers listen to four questions and choose the best response for each. There are three answer options provided to choose from.
Part 3 (4 questions): It consists of four short recorded conversations, each followed by a question. The three answer choices are shown as pictures. Test takers must choose one of three answer options provided.
Part 4 (9 questions): It consists of three longer conversations between two people, each followed by three questions.
Part 5 (9 questions): It consists of three short announcements delivered by a single speaker, each followed by three questions.
All parts are heard twice.
Listening section duration: 30 min.
This section is scored at the University of Michigan.
MET Go! READING (30 items)
MET Go! Reading items reflect language used in real-life situations. The content covers skills similar to those in the listening section: global and local. Part 1 features one-sentence grammar and vocabulary items centered around a single theme, each containing a blank. Part 2 features four reading passages, informational and narrative, each followed by several multiple-choice questions. All reading passages are supported by a graphic.
Part 1 (Grammar/Vocabulary 16 items): An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of three words or phrases to complete it. Each sentence tests either grammar or vocabulary using a thematically related set of questions supported by a single picture.
Part 2 (Reading comprehension 14 items): Two informational texts and two narrative texts are each followed by three or four questions.
Reading section duration: 30 min.
This section is scored at the University of Michigan.
MET Go! WRITING
The MET Go! Writing Section consists of three separate tasks to cover a range of writing types and functions. Test takers describe a sequential narration of familiar events, write about a personal experience, and express a preference or opinion.
There are no word limits for the three parts of the test, but test takers are advised to write at least twenty words for part 1, one paragraph for part 2, and two paragraphs for part 3.
Tasks: 3 (test takers should write a short narrative description, share an experience, and provide their opinion).
Duration: 30 minutes
MET Go! SPEAKING
The optional MET Go! Speaking Section lets test takers demonstrate their ability to compare two pictures (stage 1), describe a picture (stage 2), and talk about their experiences and preferences (stage 3). The three stages of the test build on each other; as the test progresses, the linguistic and interactional demands become increasingly more challenging.
Test takers participate in a structured, multistage task with one examiner. The three stages of the test follow an informal and ungraded warmup.
Duration: 7-10 minutes
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The listening and reading sections of MET Go! are scored by computer at the University of Michigan. Each correct answer adds to the final score for its section; points are not deducted for wrong answers. MET Go! test takers receive a personalized score report and an official certificate of achievement. All results are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to provide an internationally recognized level of ability.
The score report includes details about test taker accomplishments, including a separate CEFR-linked score for each skill section taken.
Scaled Score Range
All sections of the MET Go! are scored by the University of Michigan in the U.S.A.
Each correct answer in the Listening and Reading sections carries equal weight within each section. There are no points deducted for wrong answers.
The Writing section is marked by certified raters.
The speaking test is administered and scored by certified examiners.
Score reports include personalized statements about the test takers’ abilities, with recommended activities for skill improvement.
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