Evaluation and Testing of Students - Placement Tests

 

This video is part of our video series on "Evaluation and Testing of Students". In this video, we look at placement tests. This type of test is also referred to as a level test. Its goal is to find out the current level of the student tested. A placement test generally tests all four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) and progresses from easy to hard questions.


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Past tense is one of the aspects in English grammatical tense which indicates an action or event that has completed in the past and it is composed of four different forms of past tense which are the past simple, past continuous, past perfect and the past perfect continuous tense. The form of the verb in past simple is divided into two categories which are the regular verb and the irregular verbs. ?-ed? or ?-d? will be added at the end of the regular verb form such as worked, played and typed etc.. Unlike the regular verbs, the irregular verbs have no specific rule of how they are changed from its basic form. For example, the verb ?see? will be changed to ?saw? and the verb ?put? will be remained the same in past tense. The past continuous tense is used when an action occurred in the past is being interrupted, a developing event that happened in the past, action that started before but continues in the time of speaking and is being used in description. We also have to keep in mind that the verb ?to be? is switched to ?was/ were? in past continuous tense while comparing with the present continuous which the verb ?to be? is either ?is/am/ are?. Past perfect tense is considered as an action completed before another past event. It is similar to the present perfect tense, however, the verb ?has/ have? before the past participle will be changed to ?had?. Past perfect continuous is used to describe actions that occurred in the past and being carried on uninterrupted to the past moment that have been mentioned. The formation of the past perfect continuous tense is as follow: (subject + had + been + verb + ing). It is often a common mistake for student to leave out either the verb ?had? or ?been? or forget to add ?ing? at the end of the base form of the verb. Similarities occur between the present and past tense among of the forms, and hence confusions or mistakes can happen easily if students do not have a full acknowledge about the rules and differences between the tenses. Practices and clear explanation should be given to students such that they are able to master and apply theses tenses correctly on their studies or daily use.


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