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Tests administration guide

The Passages Third Edition tests may be used to assess ■ Encourage Ss to take a few minutes to look through
students’ mastery of material presented in the grammar the test without answering any of the items. Point
and vocabulary sections of the Student’s Book, to out that some of the sections have examples that
evaluate their progress in listening and reading, and to show how the Ss should respond. Make sure they
check their understanding of the basics of composition. understand the instructions.
Each test covers six units and is available in two ■ Tell Ss that about five minutes of test time will
versions, A and B. The Units 1–6 tests may be be used for the listening section (part A). This is
administered after Ss have completed the first six units the first section; however, it is up to the teacher to
and the accompanying review units in the Student’s decide whether to give the listening section at the
Book. The Units 7–12 tests may be administered beginning or end of the test.
after Ss have completed the last six units and the ■ When giving the listening section of the test, direct
accompanying review units. the class to part A and go over the instructions.
Advise Ss just to listen the first time they hear the
Preparation recording, and then to listen and mark their answers
during the second playing. Then play the recording
■ Tell Ss in advance that they are going to have straight through twice, without stopping or pausing.
a written test, and suggest that they prepare by
reviewing the appropriate units in the Student’s ■ To help Ss use their time efficiently and finish on
Book. Ss should pay particular attention to the time, write the total time on the board before they
material presented in the grammar, vocabulary, and begin the test, and revise the time on the board every
writing sections. Tell them that the test will also five minutes to signal how much time is left.
contain a listening section and a reading passage.
■ Point out that the purpose of the test is not for Ss to How to score a test
compete for the highest score; rather, the test will ■ Either collect the test and use the answer key to
inform Ss (and the teacher) about how well they score it, or go over the answers with the class
learned the material and what material, if any, may while allowing each S to correct his or her own.
need extra review and practice. Alternatively, tell Ss to exchange tests with a partner
■ Schedule a class period of about 45–60 minutes for and correct each other’s answers as you elicit or read
the test. the answers aloud.
■ Make one copy of the test for each S. ■ Each test has a total score of 50 points. If a letter
grade system is useful to the teacher and the Ss, this
■ Locate and set the recorded part A for the test
scoring system can be used:
listening section.
45–50   = A or Excellent
40–44 = B or Very good
How to give a test
35–39   = C or Good
■ On the day of the test, hand out one copy of the test
34 or below = Needs improvement
to each S.
■ Remind Ss that they are not allowed to use any
reference materials, such as the Student’s Book or
a dictionary, during the test.

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