Pearson English Placement has a broad range of question types, giving learners the best chance to show their English skills.

From choosing the correct option to writing answers in an open question, our questions are similar to the tasks learners will have done in the classroom.

This means that each question should feel familiar, giving learners the best chance to show their English skills. 

Pearson English Placement test

Reading

To demonstrate reading skills, learners will be asked to:

  • read and understand the main points from signs, newspapers and magazines
  • understand the detail of short texts
  • understand the detail in longer texts
English Placement Reading

Listening

To demonstrate listening skills, learners will be asked to:

  • listen for specific information in listening texts
  • show understanding of meaning in context and the detail of
    short dialogues
  • follow and understand short texts and show understanding

Vocabulary

To demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary, learners will be asked to:

  • produce words which relate to common themes and topics such as family, work and social situations
  • use appropriate words in different contexts
  • show an understanding of the different meaning of words and how they relate to other words
English Placement Reading
English Placement Reading

Grammar

To demonstrate knowledge of grammar, learners will be asked to:

  • choose the right word or phrase to make an accurate sentence
  • understand the difference between different grammatical tenses and other structures
  • put words in the right order to make grammatical sense

Writing

To demonstrate writing skills, learners will be asked to write accurately what they hear using correct sentence structure, word order and connectors.

English Placement Reading
English Placement Speaking

Speaking

To demonstrate speaking skills, learners will be asked to:

  • speak clearly using appropriate stress and intonation
  • pronounce words so that they can be understood
  • describe pictures or other visual material connecting ideas together accurately and with a range of language