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English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE)

The ELPE consists of an Oral Skills Assessment.
The Oral Skills Assessment has the following features: 
  • The Assessment is conducted by a panel of two to three trained people.
  • The interviewers have pre-session training to ensure common standards. 

The criterion for this Assessment is whether the panel can understand what the person is saying. Because the raters are not subject matter experts, the accuracy of what the person says does not matter, just whether they can be understood without difficulty. The purpose of each section is to elicit samples of the student’s speaking. To an extent, the more the student talks, the easier it is for the raters to make an evaluation.