Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments

Shaping English Language Assessments
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Test Center Criteria

To become an authorized CaMLA test center, an organization must:

  • Be an educational institution, such as a language school or licensed testing center
  • Provide qualified instructors and staff to administer a secure administration, including:
    • Administrative and supervisory staff
    • Staff to act as examiners and proctors for exams
    • Staff to train examiners to conduct oral interviews
  • Have the ability to recruit, hire, and train additional qualified personnel as needed for the test administration
  • Provide adequate facilities to administer the exams, as described in Criteria for Test Sites
  • Have shipping and storage facilities to securely receive and store confidential documents
  • Be committed to cooperating fully with CaMLA and other CaMLA-authorized test centers
  • Be willing to administer the exams to candidates who are not affiliated with the test center’s educational institute
  • Be able to handle test-related financial transactions
  • Be willing and able to publicize the exams and disseminate information about them
  • Be committed to maintaining the highest possible standards with respect to the use and security of the exams
  • Guarantee to provide consistency in test administrations among candidates, among venues, and from year to year
  • Be fair and impartial in dealing with candidates
  • Respect confidentiality of candidates’ results and personal data
  • Be willing to accommodate candidates with disabilities, following CaMLA procedural guidelines
  • Be committed to following all CaMLA policies and procedures regarding the testing programs and be committed to being an exemplary representative of CaMLA
  • Be committed to working with CaMLA to make the exams affordable to candidates

Criteria for Test Sites

Location

CaMLA prefers that the exams be administered to a minimum of fifty (50) candidates per site. CaMLA prefers testing a large number of candidates at a few venues over testing a few candidates at each of many venues. This is more efficient, less costly, and provides for more consistent delivery of tests. CaMLA accepts that this will not always be feasible.

Venue

Optimally, the test site will be an auditorium or classroom in an educational institution (binational center, college or university, public school). It will not be in a private language school unless that school is the CaMLA-authorized test center.

Where the proposed venue is off-site—not at the building of the authorized test center—it must be inspected for suitability in advance by qualified test center personnel.

Other acceptable venues include hotel ballrooms, auditoriums, or conference rooms. Examples of unacceptable venues include hotel dining rooms, bars, or night clubs.

Venues must meet all legal requirements for maximum capacity, fire exits, access to toilets, and access to water.

Only the test center’s designated testing staff and the candidates should be able to access the exam room.

Facilities in the Examination Room

Staffing

Each room must have one examiner plus one proctor for every 20 to 25 candidates (minimum of two staff in each room).

Space

There must be enough space to seat candidates in alternate seats, leaving at least one empty seat between candidates, or the space equivalent to one chair’s distance. There should be nothing—e.g., large columns—to obstruct vision.

Comfortable Seating Arrangements

Tables, lapboards, or armrests must be provided for candidates to write on.

Light and Heat

The test center must provide good lighting—neither too dim nor too glaringly bright—and a quiet and comfortable heating/cooling system.

Sound

The exam room must be soundproofed so that noises from outside the room or the building do not disturb candidates. Good, quality playback equipment must be used for the listening sections of the exams. Amplification must be used in large auditoriums (any room requiring a microphone for the examiner’s verbal instructions).