Marking in the Euroexam is not a method of counting mistakes but rather of assessment of language skills based on precisely constructed marking schemes. These schemes focus not just on accuracy of language, but primarily on communication including the clarity of the overall message, the effect on the reader or listener, and success in including, and conveying all relevant content.
Our markers and examiners go through a thorough process of familiarisation and training in their use of the marking schemes. Their performance is continuously monitored and re-assessed. You will find examples of our marking schemes below.
In order to pass, candidates need to score 60% of the total marks with a minimum of 40% in each skill.
A sentence or paragraph that is well-written in terms of grammar and vocabulary has little value as a communicative act if it does not convey the intended message. Many tasks – similarly to the way language is used in real-life situations - require the complexity of various speaking-listening and writing-reading sub-skills. This task-oriented and global assessment system is in line with current views and standards throughout Europe and the world and it is what we apply to exam writing, course book writing and preparation tips as well.
Writing / Schreiben
The two tasks in the Writing test are marked differently: in Task One marks are given for each piece of information filled in correctly whereas in Task Two the marking scheme covers criteria such as Task Achievement, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Range and Accuracy.
Both tasks are marked with a marking scheme focusing on Task Achievement, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Range and Accuracy.
In the case of Task One examiners work with a mark scheme, which focuses on Task Achievement, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Range and Accuracy. For Task Two examiners use a mark scheme containing the following criteria: Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Range and Accuracy.
Marking schemes for levels B2/C1 are more differentiated and they focus on six categories: Task Achievement, Appropriacy, Coherence, Cohesion, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Lexical Range and Accuracy.
Speaking / Sprechen
There will be one examiner in the exam room – the Interlocutor who is running the exam. Before the exam you have ten minutes preparation time in the preparation room. Here you receive your Mark Sheet and a Picture Sequence. You are allowed to use your non-electronic dictionary to prepare your story.
At these levels the marking criteria are grouped together in two main sections: Range and Accuracy is one area and Fluency and Coherence with Pronounciation is another. Ten marks are given in total.
There are four main criteria in the speaking test at these levels: Range and Accuracy, Fluency and Coherence, Pronunciation and Communication Strategies. Twenty marks are given in total.