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Levels tests on-line
By Paul Nation & Batia Laufer, adapted for WWW by Tom Cobb

TESTS AVAILABLE - Use these tests to find the growth-edge of your vocabulary.


 VERSION A

1000 level
2000 level
3000 level
5000 level
University Word List
10,000 level

 VERSION B

1000 level
2000 level
3000 level
5000 level
University Word List
10,000 level

VERSION C


2000 level
3000 level
5000 level

10,000 level

Tests A and B are equivalent versions of Nation and Laufer's Levels Test (controlled production format) which has been used by students all over the world.

Test C combines items from Tests A and B that are not cognate with French (does not apply to 1000 level, whch is mostly non-cognate, or to UWL, which is mostly cognate).


If you score below 83% on any level, then you could start building up this level by working on the corresponding wordlist on the Learn Words page. Use the linked concordance and dictionary as learning tools. Or if your prefer, read e-texts using VP to identify zone words. It is not a good idea to do all the versions of the test at the same time. Do one version, and save others to test yourself after study.

References:
Test validation: Laufer, B. & Nation, P. (1999), A vocabulary size test of controlled productive ability. Language Testing 16(1), 33-51.
Issues in 1000-level testing: Nation, P. (1993), Measuring readiness for simplified reasding: A test of the first 1000 words of English. RELC 31, 193-203

Check here for another approach to frequency-based vocab testing (from Boo Heever, Norway, includes randomly generated tests).