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National Geographic Learning is introducing a new adaptive online test, providing institutions with a reliable assessment solution to deliver adequate tuition to learners. The National Geographic Learning Online Placement Test effectively evaluates English language learners and places them in one of fourteen levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference.


“We believe half of the world will speak or learn English by 2030 because proficient English is the gateway to a promising career for millions across the globe,” said Alexander Broich, President of Cengage Global Businesses and General Manager for English Language Teaching. “As enrollments are growing by up to 5 percent annually, institutions need a valid and reliable test to place students at the correct level of English learning. Our online placement test addresses that need without human testers – and at scale.”

The test – intended for ages 15 and older – records speaking and evaluates it for a narrower placement and offers skill-specific score reports for listening, reading, and use of language. It features real-world-context questions from a wide range of subjects and audio from global speakers. The test has been tested thoroughly, led by leading assessment experts.

“For our students, faculty, and staff, having ready access to a high-quality placement instrument is an absolute necessity,” said Richard McDorman, Chief Academic Officer for Language On Schools in Florida. “With National Geographic Learning’s new placement test, we can be assured our students will enter the right level of our program so students can benefit from our instruction and shine, both inside and outside class, as they live their English adventure.”

The Online Placement Test has already been adopted pre-launch in the United States, Mexico, and Vietnam.

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