The Second Language Evaluation-English Test consists of:
- SLE – Test of Written Expression
- SLE – Test of Reading Comprehension
- SLE – Test of Oral Proficiency
SLE English: Written Expression
The SLE – Test of Written Expression in English consists of 65 multiple-choice questions and you will have 90 minutes to complete all the questions on the test.
The 65 multiple-choice questions will be of two different types in this test:
1. Fill in the blank; and
2. Error identification.
In this test, you will encounter a number of texts and each text is followed by one question. Your will be required to read each text carefully and select the best answer to each question.
This test assesses your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and other aspects of written expression that are necessary to perform writing tasks dealing with work-related situations.
Your proficiency level is determined by your score on the test and out of the 65 questions only 55 will count towards your final score.
Exemption: 52 to 55
Level C: 43 to 51
Level B: 31 to 42
Level A: 20 to 30
X (Below A): 0 to 19
SLE English: Reading Comprehension
The SLE – Test of Reading Comprehension in English consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and you will have 90 minutes to complete all the questions on the test.
The 60 multiple-choice questions will be of two different types in this test:
- Fill in the blank; and
- Answer the question.
In this test, you will encounter a number of texts and your will have to read each text carefully and respond to the questions by selecting the best answer to each question.
This test will assesses your ability to understand texts written in your second official language.
Your proficiency level is determined by your score on the test and out of the 60 questions only 50 will count towards your final score.
Exemption: 45 – 50
Level C: 38 – 44
Level B: 28 – 37
Level A: 18 – 27
X (Below A): 0 – 17
SLE English: Oral Proficiency
The PSC Canada test of Oral Proficiency in English is administered by telephone or face-to-face by a certified assessor. Your proficiency level (X, A, B, C or E) is determined by your score on the test.
The SLE – Test of Oral Proficiency in the Second Official Language (SLE – TOP) consists of four parts:
Part 1: Questions and answers about work situation or other similar activities
You will answer short questions about your work or other similar activities for which short, factual answers will be expected.
Duration: two to six minutes.
Part 2: Listening and speaking in response to brief messages and conversations
Two short voice-mail messages (10 to 15 seconds each) and two short work-related conversations (30 to 35 seconds each) will be played. You will listen to each recording twice, then you will be asked to determine the reason for the call, what help is being offered or what needs to be done.
Duration: approximately seven minutes.
Part 3: Talk with follow-up questions
You will choose one of the three topics that the assessor will propose for a talk. Your talk should last two to three minutes and you will be given a minute and a half for preparation.
After your talk the assessor will ask you some follow-up questions on the same topic.
Duration: 10 to 12 minutes.
Part 4: Listening and speaking (in response to a longer conversation)
You will listen to a two-minute recording of a work conversation between two people at a meeting.
You will listen to the recording twice. Then you will be asked to provide a short summary of its content and answer related questions.
Duration: 11 to 13 minutes.
The degree of difficulty increases gradually as the test progresses in the SLE – Test of Oral Proficiency. The assessor will inform you of the different phases of the test. The assessor will decide whether you will take two, three, or all four parts based on the degree of proficiency that you demonstrate during the test.