English Placement Test
Before you start your course at DCE, you must take a placement test. The test takes about 45 minutes in total. First, you need to write a short text. Then you will answer some grammar and vocabulary questions. After that, you will have a short interview with the Director of Studies, where you can talk about yourself, your job, your interests and your life.
We ask you to take this test so that we can understand the level of your language proficiency. We can then place you in the best class for your level, so that you will learn as much as possible, and study with other students at the same level.
We cannot place you in a class without the placement test, so please come to school and take the test at least one week before the start of your course.
Don’t worry if you have a bad day and you feel that you didn’t do well on the test. If you are placed in a level that is too low for you, your teacher will know that, and they will send you to a higher level. Also, if you feel that the class is too difficult or too easy, talk to your teacher. They can send you to a different level, or give you some suggestions to help you.
At DCE, we use the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) to inform our class levels. You can find more information on the CEFR here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/the-cefr-descriptors
The CEFR charts will tell you what you need to be able to do in English in order to reach any particular level. Why not download a self-assessment chart and set your own learning goals?