Test Information

The AEAS Assessment is specifically developed or selected for international Primary and Secondary school students wishing to study in Australian and international schools in other countries.

The AEAS English language proficiency tests are developed under contract to AEAS by the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. The test development meets the highest international standards with reliablity and validity of test materials well established.  The AEAS Report presents accurate information on students’ abilities.

The AEAS Assessment includes:

test-description

Testing takes approximately 3 hours.

1. English Language Proficiency

The English language tests assess a student’s ability using a threshold approach. This is based on the minimum level of English language proficiency required before an international student can be expected to cope in Australian schools.

Tests are available for the following year levels:

  • Years 4 – 6
  • Years 7 – 9
  • Years 10-12

Years 10-12

Sub Test Time Allowed Number of items/tasks
Vocabulary 20 minutes 20 – 25
Reading Comprehension 30-35 minutes 20 – 30
Writing Skills 30 minutes 1
Listening Skills 20 minutes 20 – 25
Speaking 10-15 minutes 3 – 4

Vocabulary
The vocabulary subtest:

  • Comprises at least 20 items
  • Tests both passive and active knowledge
  • Includes a variety of item types including multiple choice questions, matching and gap filling.

Reading Comprehension
The reading comprehension subtest:

  • Comprises two to three texts of different types
  • Has 20 – 30 test items
  • Includes a range of topics that are appealing and relevant to students’ age and background
  • Tests a range of reading skills and
  • Includes a variety of item types including multiple choice questions, matching and gap-filling.

Writing
The writing subtest:

  • Is based on topics of interest and relevance to students’ age and background
  • Comprises one task
  • Requires students to write at least 200 words.

Listening
The listening test:

  • Includes a range of text types including monologue, dialogue and instructions
  • Comprises four to six texts with at least 20 items
  • Includes a range of topics appealing and relevant to students’ age and background
  • Includes a variety of item types such as multiple choice questions, matching and gap-filling.

Speaking
The speaking subtest:

  • Is administered face to face and will generally be taped
  • Includes 3-4 stages
  • Comprises a range of conversational tasks such as questions on familiar and unfamiliar topics, a short presentation on a specified topic and a discussion of pictures
  • Assesses range,complexity and accuracy of vocabulary and grammar, fluency and pronunciation.

The speaking test takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Interviews may be scheduled for the afternoon of the testing session with specific times being allocated to students. Interviews will generally be arranged by your Test Administrator.

Please check with them when you arrive for testing to confirm the time of your speaking test.

Years 7-9

Sub Test Time Allowed Number of items/tasks
Vocabulary & spelling 30 minutes 40 – 50
Reading Comprehension 30 minutes 20 – 30
Writing Skills 30 minutes 1
Listening Skills 20 minutes 20 – 30
Speaking 10-15 minutes 3 – 4

Vocabulary
The vocabulary and spelling subtest:

  • Comprises up to 50 items
  • Tests both passive and active knowledge
  • Includes a variety of item types including multiple choice questions, matching and gap filling
  • it also includes a spelling test where students must write the correct spelling

Reading Comprehension
The reading comprehension subtest:

  • Comprises two to three texts of different types
  • Has 20 – 30 test items
  • Includes a range of topics that are appealing and relevant to students’ age and background
  • Tests a range of reading skills and
  • Includes a variety of item types including multiple choice questions, matching and gap filling.

Writing
The writing subtest:

  • Is based on topics of interest and relevance to students’ age and background
  • Comprises one task
  • Requires students to write at least 150 words.

Listening
The listening test:

  • Includes a range of text types including monologue, dialogue and instructions
  • Comprises four to six texts with at least 20 items
  • Includes a range of topics appealing and relevant to students’ age and background
  • Includes a variety of item types such as multiple choice questions, matching and gap filling.

Speaking
The speaking subtest:

  • Is administered face to face and will generally be taped
  • Comprises three tasks:

1. General interview (not assessed)
2. Picture task – a discussion about two pictures
3. Monologue task  – a short presentation on a specified topic

  • Assesses range,complexity and accuracy of vocabulary and grammar, fluency and pronunciation.

The speaking test takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Interviews may be scheduled for the afternoon of the testing session with specific times being allocated to students. Interviews will generally be arranged by your Test Administrator.

Please check with them when you arrive for testing to confirm the time of your speaking test.

Years 4-6

Sub Test Time Allowed Number of items/tasks
Vocabulary & Spelling 30 minutes 40-50
Reading Comprehension 30 minutes 20-30
Writing Skills 20 minutes 1
Speaking 10-15 minutes 3+
Listening Skills 20 minutes 20-30

The tests for Years 4-6 include the same types of sub tests as for the Years 7-9 and Years 10-12 tests.

 

2. Mathematical Reasoning Ability

The mathematical reasoning tests are available for the following year levels:

Time Allowed Numberof questions
Years 3 & 4 45 minutes 36
Years 5 & 6 45 minutes 38
Years 7 & 8 45 minutes 40
Years 9 45 minutes 30
Years 10 & 11 45 minutes 30
Year 12 45 minutes 30

All mathematical reasoning tests are multiple choice. The tests are commercially produced and are designed to test understanding of mathematical principles and ideas. If a question involves terms or symbols which the student is not familiar with, they will be explained in sufficient detail to enable the student to answer the question.

The test administrator is able to give the instructions in the students’ primary language.

If required students are given a maximum time of 45 minutes to complete the test, however, many students finish well before the maximum time available. For this reason, this is usually the last test given to students and the Test Administrator may give permission for the student to leave the test room when they have completed the test.

3. Non-Verbal General Ability

All students complete a multiple choice test free of language which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The test administrator is able to give the instructions in the students’ primary language.

The non-verbal reasoning test provides an indication of the student’s general ability level. It provides a measure which is independent of learning in specific school subjects.

Test items involve analyzing the sequence of an abstract pattern and selecting the next pattern in the sequence from four or five possible answers. Instructions are only given at the beginning of the test. Students should apply the same principles to all questions in the test.

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