How much is that much? Points, percentages,… that make up a successful exam. We help you understand…
Those who have successfully passed their language exam very rarely inquire or complain about their points and percentages, in other word, their results. However, a narrow fail will immediately make candidates count their scores, double-checking every imaginable correct and incorrect answer at least twice.
At the same time, we, the Euroexam Centre need to consider a wide range of aspects in order to provide fair and reliable results that mirror real language knowledge and language use, as accurately as possible, and present them as clearly as possible to candidates and teachers. This is exactly what we are trying to achieve on this page.
What makes the result more precise?
Euroexam considers it vitally important to measure the language knowledge of its candidates in a valid, reliable and objective result calculation process, which was developed by international experts, to guarantee that you need the same level of knowledge and skills to pass a successful language exam in any exam period. As the questions in an exam task can never have exactly the same level of difficulty, the point that a candidate may gain or lose for a single exam question (we call it an “item” in testing) is calculated and considered in the final result in a way, that shows the actual difficulty of that question.
The evaluation system used by the Euroexam Centre meets all requirements and follows the strict set of procedures accepted by the Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations of the Educational Authority. This system includes obligatory statistical data evaluation, analysis and correction procedures. The essence of these procedures, which are supervised and maintained by the contribution of internationally acclaimed testing experts, is that the performance of candidates is not evaluated mechanically. So the statistical total of correct/ incorrect answers may be modified on the basis of the actual difficulty of each individual question (item) in every exam test, also considering the performance of every candidate of a given exam. This result calculation procedure meets the most cutting-edge specifications of language the language testing profession, and ensures that the measurement accuracy and reliability of the Euroexams is considered exemplary on an international sale as well.
Let us repeat what we have already mentioned above. The final result authenticated and approved by experts cannot be produced in a simple mechanical way, by adding up the correct/incorrect answers, since the individual correct/incorrect solutions carry different weight, even if the difference is small. It also occurs in longer exam tests with many questions (e.g. in the Reading and Listening tests) that some questions, which are of lower language level, are not calculated in the results at all. In such a case, the question is only included in the task in order to fulfil the format requirements (e.g. the number of words, paragraphs), to keep comparability with former exams and practice tests. This way the tasks are always completely predictable for the candidate. Every step of the calculation of results is documented and can be followed and is controllable if someone has the right kind of professional knowledge and tools. Strengthening the reliability of the exams, the regular supervisions carried out every two years by the Accreditation Centre for Foreign Language Examinations of the Educational Authority cover the area of result calculation procedures, as well.
The calculation of the results of practice tests, mock exams
When you practice and prepare for the exam with downloadable Euroexam tests, or with tasks in the Practice Test Book publications, you cannot and should not follow any of the professional methods we have described above, during “manual” evaluation of those tests. However, we have selected the practice tests from earlier exams in a way that they provide reliable results - which can be expected from a practice test - even if the percentage of correct answers in the tests is simply calculated.
Important! The numbers of questions (you know, the “items”) are not the same in the individual exam tests, but the weight of each test is the same in the final result (each test adds a maximum of 25 points to the total). Instead of counting proportions, which is complicated for many, the simplest solution is to always calculate the result achieved in a practice test or mock exam for one test (e.g. for the three tasks of the Reading test) and in percentages (!!!). (This is the number of correct answers divided by the total number of questions, multiplied by 100). If you are not only interested in the result of one test, but have already completed and evaluated all of them, you need to average the results (add them up and then divide them by the number of tests). So, it is always the performance determined in percentage that gives you clear information about the result of the whole exam and the single tests.