Knowledge test with verbal content
Time limited test
time limit: 15 minutes
Processing time: approx. 16 minutes
Home-test without supervision
desktop, tablet, smartphone
Persons who score high on this test can effortlessly understand abstract texts in English that are complex in terms of content and language. An output differentiated by level (A/B/C) can also be provided if required.
After an introductory instruction and a trial task, the test is completed in time-limited manner, in multiple-choice format (multiple selection from different answer alternatives). It is possible to skip items, scroll forwards and backwards.
ABCILITY is presented exclusively in English - meaning that the instruction is also given in English (level A1, beginner). The test follows an ascending reading comprehension ability per level: starting with A-level and going up to C-level tasks.
English language skills are an indispensable requirement for most professions today. Although the level of language proficiency required varies widely, few people can avoid communicating or receiving information in English altogether in their professional lives.
ABCILITY measures reading comprehension within the language competence of English as a foreign language. This means that information presented must be correctly understood and correctly completed or rephrased, for example. Based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)), the reading competencies are tested at three levels (A / B / C) from the possible active (writing & speaking) and passive (listening & reading) skills in the present English test ABCILITY. The classification of the level of participants takes place over correct solving of items on the corresponding level. For each level, both lexical and grammatical definitions are available according to the CEFR, thus a an assessment can be made on the basis of the (correct) answers given. Due to the construction of the procedure according to the CEFR, no explicit grammar or vocabulary queries are necessary, as comprehension within a context is tested directly. In order to cater for a wide range of occupational groups and settings, ABCILITY offers a wide variety of contexts (travel, instruction, culture, work communication).
α = .88
0.42 Crystalline Intelligence (CRYSTAL)
0.48 Logical Reasoning (PRO-IT SYLLOG)
0.47 Verbal Reasoning (DEDUCTION)
.04 Social Competence (SOCIAL
-.15 Work-related Achievement Motivation (DRIVE)
.56 Other-assessed English performance (Interview)
.56 Self-assessed English performance
.46 English grade
N > 2,000