Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SSL Encryption on TrackTest English Proficiency tests

English test SSL encryptedAll TrackTest test-related pages- tracktest.eu, app.tracktest.eu and store.tracktest.eu are encrypted with the latest and regularly updated encryption mechanisms. They are encrypted before being transmitted over the Internet.

Encryption makes it difficult for unauthorised people to view information travelling between computers. Therefore it is unlikely that anyone read this page as it travelled across the network.

What does it mean for me?
SSL encryption adds an extra layer of security for registered users and visitors. However, you can continue to use our TrackTest pages as before.

In your browser, you will see the green lock next to the web address and https in the address itself. 
english test ssl certificate
All TrackTest links without https are automatically redirected to https version.     

P.S. This blog stays on http protocol as the Google technology running this blog does not allow the migration yet. We are looking at the alternatives to enable it here too. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Audio listening samples in Internet Explorer not working. What can I do?

You have reached the TrackTest listening section of the test and you do not hear the audio track. Here are the most typical issues and how to fix them.

1. I do see the audio track on the page but it does not play and shows 00:00 duration.

Listening not working- audio

This issue can happen with some specific settings of Internet Explorer, versions 10 and 11. These browsers sometimes block the ActiveX controls- small apps that allow websites to provide content such as videos or audio. You will need to allow it for TrackTest.eu so you can listen to the audio sections properly.

How to fix it:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

English proficiency school index 2016

For all English teachers, we are publishing the School English Proficiency Index on the day of World Teachers' Day

The School English Index is a benchmark calculated from all English test results achieved in TrackTest English Proficiency Tests by young learners and students in educational institutions- schools, high schools, colleges and universities around the world. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You advised: English language requirement for aircraft mechanic- B1/B2

aircraft mechanicThere is a question posted in the German community forum about the job requirements for the Aircraft mechanic/machinist/technician in German airlines Lufthansa, particularly regarding the English language proficiency.
User ramay1418, an expert in aircrafts, provided this detailed answer (and also recommended TrackTest, thanks for that :-):

(loosely translated in English)
Your English should be relatively good. You should be at the level B1 or even B2 based on EU CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Like in real life, a better level is naturally always better :-).

Monday, July 4, 2016

TrackTest became the ALTE institutional affiliate member

ALTE- the Association of Language Testers in EuropeWe are glad to announce that the TrackTest English Proficiency Test is now also an institutional affiliate member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).

The Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) was established in 1989 by the Universities of Cambridge and Salamanca. The initial aim was to establish common standards for language testing across Europe, thereby supporting multilingualism and helping preserve the rich linguistic heritage of Europe.

It was also vital that individual test takers gained a language qualification that was a fair and accurate assessment of their linguistic ability, one which was recognised around the world, and which could be accurately compared to qualifications in other languages.

ALTE now has 34 members, including some of the world's leading language assessment bodies, and 40 institutional affiliates as well as several hundred individual affiliates.

TrackTest became an institutional affiliate of ALTE in 2016. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Copa America, UEFA EURO fans. One football question for you.

Football fever is rising this month. Copa America and EURO tournaments are going to occupy minds of a half of the planet.  Therefore, we have decided to choose a football theme for this question of the month. It is a very strong topic, we currently have sixteen questions mentioning football or footballers in our test database :-). 

Would you know the correct answer for this English grammar question from the A2 English test?

Monday, May 30, 2016

How valid and reliable is our English placement test? You will be surprised.

Will you pass the English proficiency level you got recommended by our free English placement test?

Yes, you will pass. Probably. 

More specifically, you have 83% chance to pass the English level test for the level recommended by pre-test. 

This is one of the findings from the validity study our analytical section released recently.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Admins: How to re-activate multiple users

School or company admins of the English proficiency tests can prevent users to access their account between the assessment rounds. They do it via Archive English test users feature. When they decide to re-activate them again, they can do it easily as shown in our tutorial video screencast.