How to test your students' English level?

1. Set up your test

Select the students whose English you want to test, set the time and date for the test, and click to send them an email.

Admin Panel Guide

2. Run the test

Test takers complete the test in 30 minutes. All they need is a computer, tablet or mobile and a set of earphones.

Operations Guide

3. See the results

The results appear immediately in your Admin Panel, ready for sorting. And you can print out a certificate for each test taker.

Understanding Results

What will the test tell you?

You'll see who has done it and who hasn't; when they did it; and how long they spent on it. You'll see a CEFR level for each test taker refined with a Relative Numeric. And for each test taker, the certificate shows their language level with relative strengths for Reading, Listening and Language Elements. It's a fully comprehensive report.

How to interpret "Relative strengths" in the certificate?

The relative strengths align within one CEFR level. There are no absolute numbers, so a test taker who is shown as very strong at reading at the B1 level will not be able to read as well as a B2 level test taker no matter what their relative strength. The purpose is to indicate which English language skill the test taker is strongest or weakest at.

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Case studies


HOPES is funded by the EU Madad fund. It’s a consortium of four European partners: the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the British Council, Campus France and Nuffic from the Netherlands. The objective is to address the lack of higher education for Syrian refugees.

The first step is to get students through an English programme, which starts with the Dynamic Placement Test. Over the last 18 months, HOPES has run more than 7,000 tests...


Becki George from Etherton Education explains why they have been using the Dynamic Placement Test for the last two years:
"Etherton Education has been using Clarity's Dynamic Placement Test for about two years now to get an idea of the students' level of English prior to their arrival. Previously, we would conduct a paper-based placement test on the day the student arrived but this was incredibly stressful for all concerned..."


Imagine you’re testing up to 500 students, either online or offline and you want to invigilate the test. Let’s look at the procedure followed by National Taiwan University, who tested 388 students in one day.

Read about how Taiwan’s premier university ran their test in this document, which also outlines the procedures followed by the other two case studies in this section, HOPES and Etherton Education.

Etherton Education uses Dynamic Placement Test to get an idea of the students' level of English prior to their arrival

Universitas Indonesia, the number one ranking university in Indonesia, had their own English placement test — but language centre managers felt that a new generation needed a new approach.


In September 2019, the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Taiwan ran a trial to determine whether they could use the Dynamic Placement Test to test the English of 1,525 new students, using their own devices. This report describes the trial and its outcomes.