We all know that assessment is a crucial part of your teaching experience. That is why your English Campus offers the Test Compiler; an area perfectly suited to building customized tests, specific to your needs and from a database of over 1000 test activities. Students do not have access to these activities from within the English Campus so your tests will not contain any activities they have seen before. If you prefer to use a ready-made test, we have 32 complete Macmillan tests to use from Beginner to Advanced level including a placement test.
Test Compiler overview
To access the Test Compiler, click on the Test Compiler link in the Tests & Exams drop-down menu from your homepage.
You will see a list of tests. Using the drop-down menu at the top left of the screen you can choose to see only the tests you have built or all tests on the site. Below is an overview of what you can do on this page:
Note: You can change your default numbers per page in your profile. We recommend 100.
You will also notice some icons to the right of the test names. These are for editing, adapting and assigning your test and are explained in the ‘Assigning a test’ and ‘Editing and adapting a test’ sections of this guide.
On the All Tests page you will see the ready-made Macmillan tests which are available at levels 1-6. You can assign these tests to your students directly or you can adapt them to create a modified version of your own before you assign them to your students.
Note: For more information on adapting tests please see the ‘Adapting a test’ section of this guide.
Building a test
To build a test click on the ‘Build test’ button at the top right of the Test Compiler page. This will take you to the following screen. Here you can enter all the details that will appear on the first page of the test when your students view it.
You can give your test a title and a description.
Once you have entered a Test title, Test description, Level and Group, click Save. Then click the ‘Edit Activities’ tab to add test activities.
If you have added activities to a test before, they will be displayed here like this:
To add new activities, click the button ‘Add activities’.
This will take you to the Test Compiler search page, which looks like the regular search but only contains test activities. Remember that these activities are completely separate from the other activities in the English Campus. You can use Quick Search, Guided Search or Word & Phrase Search to find the test activities you need in the Test Compiler database.
Note: You can have up to 40 activities in a test. There are 3 activity types; Listening Activity, Language Exercise and Vocabulary Activity. There are 9 interaction types; Checklist, Drag and drop, Gap Fill drop-down, Gap fill key-in, Matching, Multiple choice, Rearrange, True or false, Word highlight or Delete.
Once you have done a search, you will see a list of activities to choose from, as shown below. Select the activities that you want to add to your test by checking the box to the left of the activity title. Then click the white ‘Add to Test’ button to add them to your test. A pop-up confirmation box will tell you when the activities have been successfully added to the test. Click ‘Search again’ to find more activities or ‘Back to Test Activities’ to return to the test you are building.
The search results page will look like this:
Use the filters to narrow down your search.
Clicking on the plus button next to an activity title expands a description of that activity.
Select which activities you would like to use by checking the boxes.
You can see an explanation of the content type and an example of the text.
There is an indication of the time it takes for students to complete the activity.
Discover the interaction type and how the activity needs to be completed.
The green play button allows you to preview the activity as your students would see it.
Click ‘Add to test’ to add the activity to your test.
If you have finished adding activities, you can return to the list of activities included in your test.
Otherwise you can search again.
Once you have returned to the test you will see the activities you chose on the Edit Activities screen. If you have finished editing your test for now, click on ‘Back to test list’ button in the top right. You will then be able to see your test in the My Tests list.
Note: You can return to edit your test at any time. For more information about adapting or editing tests please see the ‘Editing or adapting a test’ section of this guide.
Once you have created a test, you will see that the title and text of the test appear in black on the My Tests screen. This means that the test has not yet been published. In order to assign a test to students or classes it must be published.
To publish a test, click on the green ‘Publish’ button that appears in the icons next to your unpublished test.
Your test will then be published and you will see that the icons change to include a red ‘Unpublish’ button, as well as icons to assign your test. These are explained in the ‘Assigning a test’ section of this guide.
Note: You will not be able to unpublish a test once it has been assigned to a class or student.
Assigning a test
In order for your students to view and complete a test it must be published and assigned to students or classes. To assign a test to a class, find the test on the My Tests page or on the All Tests screen and make sure it is published.
Note: You cannot assign a class or user to a test before it has been published. For more information on publishing tests see the Building a test section of this guide.
Once you have found the published test that you wish to assign, click on the ‘Class assign’ icon to its right. This will take you to a list of your classes that have already been assigned the test (if any). To choose a new class to assign your test to, click the ‘Assign test’ button.
This will take you to your Test Settings page. Use this area to choose from a range of options that will customize how the test is taken.
The title of your test is displayed here.
It is important to select accurate activate and withdraw dates as, even when the test has been assigned to them, your students will only be able to access the test during this time.
Edit the options you would like to have on how your test is taken. You can choose to add a time limit, whether your students have access to the Dictionary during the test and when they receive their scores. Remember to check the ‘Answers visible’ box if you would like your students to see the correct answers with their scores.
If you have preset your test settings, you can select these here.
Remember to save your settings.
When your settings have been saved, click on the ‘Select classes’ tab to choose which classes to assign your test to.
You will then be taken to a list of your classes. Use the tick boxes to choose which classes you would like to assign your test to, then click the ‘Assign’ button.
A confirmation box will appear. Click ‘Confirm assignments’.
Your test will be added to that class and the students in the class will be able to see the test in their My Studies box when they log in.
Note: You can have up to 4 tests assigned to a class.
You can also assign a test to individual students. Again, you can do this from your test list.
Click on the ‘User assign’ icon. Then follow the same steps as in the Class assign instructions. You simply have to select individual users, rather than classes.
Editing or adapting a test
Editing a test
Before you publish your test you can edit it and make changes. After publishing, you can do this by adapting the test. Scroll down to learn more about adapting.
To edit a test, go to the Test Compiler ‘My Tests’ area. You will see a list of all of the saved tests you have created.
Find the test you wish to edit and then click on the edit button in the icons that can be found to the right of the test name.
You can then edit details in the test introduction. If you would like to make changes to the activities in your test, you can do this using the ‘Edit Activities’ tab.
This will take you to the ‘Edit Activities’ page.
You can change the order your activities appear in the test sequence.
Use these icons to remove or preview the activity.
Add more activities to your test.
When you have finished editing your test, return to the test list.
Note: You can only edit a test before it has been published. Once you have published your test, you cannot edit it. However after publishing and assigning a test, you can still access the test to adapt it and create a new version.
Adapting a test
You can create a new version of a test by adapting it. You can adapt your own tests and also tests created by other teachers and administrators on your site. You can also adapt the ready-made Macmillan tests. Other teachers and administrators can adapt tests that you have created.
To adapt a test, find the test you want to adapt on the My Tests page (to adapt your own tests) or on the All Tests page (to adapt a test created by someone else).
Once you have found the test you want to adapt, click the Adapt icon. This means you will have made a new version and the original version will remain the same. This is not the same as editing a test, which can only be done before a test and the changes are applied to the original version.
You will then be taken to the Edit Introduction page of the test, as shown below. Make any changes you want to. You can change the title and description of the test, for example. On the Edit Activities tab you can add activities and delete them from the test.
Once you are happy with your changes, click Save and then Back to Test List. You will now see your adapted test in the My Tests list, as shown below.
The test ID will automatically change. Any changes that you made to the title and description of the test will also appear on this screen. You can edit this new version of the test at any time before it is published. You will need to publish the test and assign it to a class or user in order for your students to be able to see it.
Viewing test scores
Viewing class test scores
To see your students’ test scores for live tests (tests that have not reached their withdraw date), select the ‘Tests’ option from the My Classes module on your English Campus homepage.
This will take you to the Test Scores page for that class.
Tests that have been assigned to the class are listed across the top. If you cannot see the test, it may have reached its withdraw date. If the test has reached its withdraw date, you will need to view the class scores in Test Compiler; see the section below, ‘Viewing class test scores for withdrawn tests’.
Below the test name is an overall class average score.
If a student has completed the test, their score will be shown as a percentage in a green box: see student, ‘Sacha’. Click on the box to see more detail. Otherwise the box will be red and read ‘Not done yet’: see student, ‘Omar’.
Use the drop-down menu to change between classes without leaving the Test Scores page.
In order to see the answers each student gave, click on their percentage score. This will open a new window showing details about their test scores.
See the name of the test you are looking at.
You can see your student’s overall score as well as for the different content types included in the test.
See a percentage score and the number of questions answered for each activity.
You can see your student’s answers for each question. Click on the answers button to do this.
When you click on the answers button next to an activity , the activity appears with the student’s answers marked. Correct and incorrect answers are marked by green ticks and red crosses, as shown below. Hover over a red cross to see the correct answer.
Note: If a test has reached its withdraw date and is no longer live, you will need to view the class test scores through Test Compiler.
Viewing class test scores for withdrawn tests
If a test has reached its withdraw date, you will need to view the class scores within Test Compiler.
Find the test you wish to view the scores for and click on the Class assign icon.
You will see a list of the classes the test has been assigned to.
Click on the View class icon to see a list of students in the class and their test scores.
Viewing individual user test scores
To see the scores of a test assigned to an individual user, you need to go through the Test Compiler section of your English Campus.
From the My Tests area, click on the User Assign icon next to the name of the test you wish to review.
This will take you to the User Assign area, where you can see a list of the users who have been assigned this test. Click on the ‘View record’ icon of the student whose scores you wish to see, as shown below.
From here you can review the test scores just as you would when seeing a class’ scores.
The Placement Test
What is a Placement Test?
Placement tests are a diagnostic tool commonly used by English language teachers. The purpose of a placement test is to allocate students a correct level. They are usually a multi-level paper test in which the student answers as many questions as they can. From the result of the test, the students are placed in a class level that is most suitable for them.
What is the English Campus Placement Test?
The English Campus Placement Test contains 100 questions from Starter/Beginner to Advanced level. It lasts 60 minutes. You can use a student’s score on the English Campus Placement Test, along with the level diagnostic table at the end of this guide, to decide on their level of English.
How do I use the English Campus Placement Test?
The English Campus Placement Test works in exactly the same way as traditional paper tests but it has the advantage that questions are marked automatically. You simply assign the test to students and they log in to the English Campus to take the test.
The ready-made English Campus Placement Test is ready to use straight away. It is located in the Test Compiler area of English Campus which you can find under the Tests & Exams tab of your English Campus homepage. It is comprised of 12 parts with each part containing a different number of questions. The first part contains 27 questions (please be aware that students will need to scroll down the page to view all of the questions). The second part contains seven questions, the third part five and so on. There are a total of 100 questions in the test. The time limit for the Placement Test is 60 minutes but students can submit the test earlier if they have finished. Students can return to any part to review their answers at any point before they submit their test, or when the time limit is up.
Once a student has submitted their test you can log in to the English Campus to check their scores. Use the test score along with the level diagnostic table at the end of this guide to decide on the student’s level of English.
How can I assign the English Campus Placement Test?
Assigning the English Campus Placement Test is the same process as assigning standard Test Compiler tests. There is no limit on the number of students you can assign the English Campus Placement Test to. If you want to assign a placement test to a class you need to have already created the class and populated it with users. If you have not yet created User IDs and classes on your English Campus site see the instructions in the guide called ‘Users‘. You do not need to create a class if you want to assign the test to individual users.
Note: To learn about assigning a test to a class or user, please read the ‘Assigning a test’ section of this guide.
How can I create users and classes on my English Campus site?
You can either give each student a personalized User ID and password or you can set up a number of generic usernames that can be used by any students taking the Placement Test. If you don’t know how to create classes or users, you can refer to the English Campus guides ‘Groups and classes‘ and ‘Users’.
Once you have created classes and users you can assign the English Campus Placement Test to them.
How can I change the time limit for the English Campus Placement Test?
It is easy to change the time limit for the English Campus Placement Test. You can do this when you assign the Placement Test to a class or a student, via the ‘Test Settings’ tab.
Where can my students take the English Campus Placement Test?
Your students can take the English Campus Placement Test anywhere they have access to a computer with an internet connection. Students simply log in to their English Campus and they will see the placement test in the ‘My Studies’ area.
Where can I find English Campus Placement Test scores for a class?
To see English Campus Placement Test scores, log in to your English Campus homepage and take the following steps:
In the ‘My Classes’ area of your homepage, you will see each class you have been assigned. Click on the ‘Tests’ button for the class that has taken the Placement test.
This will take you to the ‘Test scores’ page, where a ‘Placement test’ column will be listed. In this column you will see a percentage score for each student in the class who has completed the test, corresponding to their name.
Use the score to find out each student’s level by comparing it to the level diagnostic table. See section: ‘How can I interpret English Campus Placement Test scores?’
If you want to see a student’s answers for each question of the test, click on their percentage score. This will open a window showing the test details for that student, including their scores for each activity in the test.
More information about viewing test scores can be found in the ‘Viewing test scores’ section above.
Where can I find English Campus Placement Test scores for an individual student?
To see English Campus Placement Test scores for an individual student, log in to your English Campus homepage and take the following steps:
Go to Test Compiler.
Find the English Campus Placement Test that you have assigned and click the ‘Assign users’ icon. You will see a list of the students you have assigned the Placement Test to.
Click to view the record of the student whose scores you want to see. You can see the student’s overall scores at the top of the page. Use the overall score to find out each student’s level by comparing it to the level diagnostic table in this guide. Further down the page the parts of the test will be listed and you can see which questions the student answered correctly.
How can I prevent my students from seeing their scores?
Students will see their placement test score according to how you have edited the options in the ‘Test Settings’ tab when you assigned the test. If you do not wish your students to see their scores, you have two options:
Firstly, you can set the date to make the answers visible much further into the future than when that student will be accessing the English Campus. Information about how to do this can be found in the ‘Assigning a test’ section of the guide.
Secondly, once the students have completed the test, you can choose to unassign the test from their class. To do this, enter the ‘My Tests’ area of your English Campus and click on the ‘Class Assign’ or ‘User Assign’ icon as needed. This will take you to a list of the classes/users the test has been assigned to. Click on the ‘Unassign all checked’ option.
How can I interpret English Campus Placement Test scores?
The English Campus Placement Test will tell you how many questions the student scored correctly out of a total of 100 questions. You can use the level diagnostic table below to give you an idea of what level your students are once they have taken the English Campus Placement Test. Please note, this is purely a guide: the Placement Test scores and English Campus activities are designed to relate to the English Campus levels, 1-6. Relation to any other framework and grading system is open to interpretation.
|Score in Placement Test||English Campus levels||Cambridge||CEFR||ALTE|
|0-20||Level 1 (Starter/Beginner)||–||A1||Level1|
|21-30||Level 2 (Elementary)||KET||A2||Level1|
|31-50||Level 3 (Pre-intermediate)||–||A2/B1||–|
|51-63||Level 4 (Intermediate)||PET||B1||Level2|
|64-80||Level 5 (Upper-Intermediate)||FCE||B2||Level3|
|81-100||Level 6 (Advanced)||CAE/CPE||C1/C2||Level4/5|
To report scores to students you might want to choose from the following phrases:
You have scored [add score here] in this test. With this score, we recommend that you begin to use English Campus [or your school name English Campus] materials at Level [starter/beginner/pre-intermediate/intermediate/upper-intermediate/advanced].
This means you are ready to prepare for Cambridge ESOL’s [add name of exam here] test.
Your score in this test is similar to CEFR Level [add level here] – although please note that this test does not include speaking or writing, which are an important part of the CEFR Levels.
The English Campus Placement Test can quickly assess students’ grammar, reading, listening and vocabulary skills. It is marked automatically, which leaves you more time to focus on assessing speaking and writing skills! If you are looking for ideas on what to put in a written test you might want to try adapting one of the English Campus Sample Essays or News Items. The marks from the students’ English Campus Placement Test may help you decide on the level of material to use for the speaking and writing components of your placement test.
Can I adapt the English Campus Placement Test?
Although it is possible to adapt the Placement Test, it is not recommended for the following reasons:
- You will not be able to use the level diagnostic table (at the end of this guide) if you adapt the Placement Test as you would be changing the number of questions in the test and therefore the scoring system.
- Test Compiler activities do not follow the same numbering system as the Placement Test activities so the questions will not appear in sequence.