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Putra English Language Competency Assessment

PUTRA ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT (PELCA)

1.0       INTRODUCTION

Putra English Language Competency Assessment, or PELCA, is a test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

PELCA assesses 4 English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how candidates use English for the workplace especially in an academic institution.

PELCA has three versions according to the intended candidates and their job scope:

  • PELCA PRO (for Non-academic Management and Professional staff),
  • PELCA ACADEMIC (for Academic staff)
  • PELCA SUPPORT (for Administrative Support staff)

 

2.0       GENERAL DESCRIPTION: PELCA PRO

 

Developer/Administrator   : Centre for the Advancement of Language Competence (CALC), Universiti Putra Malaysia
       
Knowledge/skills tested   : Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
       
Objective       : To assess the English language proficiency of the Management and Professional staff in academic institutions
       
Year introduced       : 2018
       
Duration      :

1 hour 28 minutes

Part 1- Listening, Reading and Writing (1 hour 20 minutes)

Part 2- Speaking (6 – 8 minutes)

       
Test type       :

Multiple-choice question, true/false, short response and open-ended

       
Score   : Level 1 to 6
       
 Results      :

Candidates are graded and given an overall score for their performance in all four skills. The results are based on the  6-level scale as shown below.

      Each level corresponds to a level of English competence.
       

 

Level

Description

Scores (%)

6

Proficient

91 – 100

5

Advanced

81 – 90

4

High Intermediate

61 – 80

3

Low Intermediate

41 – 60

2

Basic

31 – 40

1

Novice

0 – 30

 

Upon completion of PELCA, CALC will offer developmental courses to candidates according to their levels:

 

Level

 

Course Offered

 

5 and 6

 

 

Exemption(but are encouraged to do refresher English courses)

 

 

4

 

 English for University Staff ll

 

2 and 3

 

 English for University Staff l

 

1

 

 Remedial English

           

 

 

3.0       DESCRIPTION OF TEST SECTION

  1. LISTENING TEST

The listening test is designed to assess a wide range of listening skills, including how well candidates

  • understand main ideas and specific factual information,
  • recognise the opinions, attitudes and purpose of a speaker, and
  • follow the development of an argument.

Candidates will listen to two audio texts based on workplace scenarios. The recording for each section will be played twice.

The test is divided into TWO tasks:

      Task 1: Dialogue (multiple choice questions)

                        e.g.:  A conversation between two people set in a workplace situation. 

      Task 2: Monologue (short response-verbatim)

                        e.g.: an informative speech

 

This section carries a total of 25 marks.

 

  1. READING TEST

The reading test is designed to assess a wide range of reading skills, including how well candidates

  • read for the general sense of a passage,
  • read for the main ideas,
  • read for details, and
  • understand inferences and implied meaning.

Candidates will read two different texts (linear e.g. text passages and non-linear e.g. graphs) and answer the given questions.

The test is divided into TWO tasks:

      Task 1: Linear text (multiple choice questions)

                        e.g.:  A passage on stress management

      Task 2: Non-linear text (true/false and short response)

                        e.g.: a brochure

 

This section carries a total of 25 marks.

 

 

  1. WRITING TEST

The writing test is designed to assess a wide range of writing skills, including how well candidates

  • organise ideas,
  • write a response appropriately, and
  • use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately.

Candidates will write their opinions based on current issues related to academic settings in about 200 – 250 words.

Candidates will be assessed on these criteria:

  • language
  • organisation of ideas
  • content

This section carries a total of 25 marks.

 

SPEAKING TEST

The speaking test is designed to assess a wide range of skills, including how well candidates

  • speak on a given topic using appropriate language,
  • organise ideas coherently, and
  • express and justify opinions.

Candidates will be assessed individually on a given topic related to workplace settings.

The test takes about 6 – 8 minutes. Candidates will be given a topic and 2 minutes to prepare. They will then be asked to speak for 3 minutes on the topic.

Candidates will be assessed on these criteria:

  • fluency and coherence
  • lexical resources
  • grammatical accuracy
  • pronunciation and intonation
  • content

This section carries a total of 25 marks.

 

 

 

Updated:: 06/03/2019 [n_farrid]

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