Pretesting: Ensuring Cambridge English exams are accurate and fair
Pretesting is a vital element in Cambridge ESOL’s examination development process. In order to ensure tests are fair and at the appropriate difficulty level, Cambridge ESOL asks students around the world to take part in trials of exam material in simulated test conditions. It is also a way of making sure that people from different cultures do not widely differ in the way they perform on a test.
Pretests give students a chance to practise taking a Cambridge English exam using genuine questions under exam conditions. This helps students to know which areas they need most practice in, and gives them confidence in taking tests. It is best if students take pretests about six to eight weeks before their real test. This means that they are at the right level and that teachers will get the scores back in time to focus on any particular language areas in need of practice.
For further information, please visit Cambridge ESOL’s Website and read the Pretesting Guide. To find out when Pretests can be taken, please check the Pretesting Calendar. Please note that Pretests are not available for Speaking papers. If you have further questions, please contact pretesting@CambridgeESOL.org.