Language Schools

Password tests were developed by world leading experts in testing and assessment. They are used by language schools requiring standardised testing for corporate clients and individual students. The tests provide valid and reliable test scores aligned to the CEFR.

Password tests are used for screening on arrival, for progress testing, and for end of course testing. Language schools involved in the training of corporate clients benefit from our ability to customise tests to reflect the industry their clients work in.

Test-takers receive valuable certification showing both Password scores and CEFR levels which can be used to provide educational institutions and employers with evidence of their English language level. Password test delivery, results, reports and certification are all securely managed online.

Using Password testing eliminates the need for language schools to create examinations, print and distribute exam papers, collect and mark scripts and input data. Results are easily accessed from each Language School’s own secure area of our database.

Provide corporate clients and individual students with CEFR aligned gold standard testing

Customised High Quality Testing

Password partners enjoy a unique combination of high quality and easily accessible testing operated under their own control and brand. Password partners benefit from:

  • The expertise of our world-leading team of academics in testing and assessment.
  • Our large data bank of questions.
  • Our continuous investment in the technology that underpins our testing.
  • Our world class service and support.

Password English language tests and test modules are designed and academically managed by CRELLA (the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment) at the University of Bedfordshire. Founded by Professor Cyril Weir OBE and directed by Professor Anthony Green, CRELLA are a research group of world leading experts in testing and assessment, who are involved in the development and validation of many of the world’s most renowned English language assessments including Password, IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge suite.

Password English tests are formally aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.
More information about the CEFR.  

Password English language tests have proven to have extremely high levels of accuracy since their launch in 2008. For more detailed information about our tests, please read through the documents below:

The Password Maths test in its current form was developed during 2017 in consultation with senior maths teachers from a consortium of leading UK independent schools. It replaces the original Password Maths test designed by Dr Harriet Jones, Director of the University of East Anglia’s Pre-University Skills Programme and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Test Details

Password tests are made up of one or more Password test modules. The following test modules can be combined in various ways depending on each  individual language schools’ requirements.

Password Reading

Password Reading consists of five sections. In each section there is one reading task to be completed. Test-takers have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete all tasks. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1).

Password Writing

Password Writing assesses a test-taker’s ability to write an essay. Test-takers are presented with a choice of two essay titles to choose from and are given instructions regarding length and content. The test takes 30 minutes and is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1).

Password Knowledge

Password Knowledge is a sophisticated test of English language grammar, vocabulary and reading. It consists of five sections and takes 1 hour to complete. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1).

Password Listening

Password Listening consists of five sections. In each section there are one or more listening tasks to be completed. Once test-takers press the play button, it is not possible to pause or restart the recording. Test-takers will hear the recording twice. The second time they hear the recording the question(s) will appear. Notes can be made to help prepare answers. Test-takers have 1 hour to complete the five sections. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1).

Password Speaking

Password Speaking has five sections with one or more speaking tasks (questions) in each, simply answered by speaking into a microphone. There is about the same amount of time available to prepare answers as there is to speak. Notes can be made to help prepare answers. The test takes 20 minutes. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1).

Password Knowledge Intro

Password Knowledge Intro is a simplified version of Password Knowledge.  It is a sophisticated test of English language grammar and vocabulary. It consists of four sections and takes 45 minutes to complete. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A1 to B1).

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