Testing Instructions for New ESOL Students
Must be administered within 20 school days when a student
"yes" to any of the three questions on the Home Language Survey
Get everything you need together in a quiet place with no
* Answer sheet, student profile sheet
* Cassette and player (and a blank cassette if you want to record
the student's story retelling)
* Pencil, pen
* Administration Manual, Scoring and Interpretation
* Manual, Cue Picture Book
Complete student-identification data.
Give student a reasonable amount of time to respond.
* Part 1 (Name That Picture and Action Words) doesn't
require the cassette.
Follow specific directions and "script" in the manual. You will point to a
the Picture Cue booklet and ask the student to identify the object or the action
Mark incorrect answers in the answer booklet.
* Part 2 (Listening Comprehension)
requires the cassette (Side A)
and pictures in the cue booklet. Follow directions and script.
(Note: the example on the tape does not have a matching picture, but the actual test items
do have pictures.) Play the tape, pausing for student answers.
Mark incorrect responses.
* Part 3 (Story Retelling)
requires the cassette (Side B) and pictures in the cue booklet.
Play the taped story while the student listens.
Ask the student to repeat the story while you record it on a blank tape. You will not be
able to write as he speaks, so it's important to record his retelling for future reference
* Use the Student Profile Sheet, Short Form
Fill in the scores for Item Blocks 1 through 7 on the left side.
All score conversion tables are in the Oral Scoring and Interpretation Manual.
* Do exactly what the Student Profile Sheet asks you to do.
* To determine the appropriate score for Block 3 (Story
Retelling), compare what
you wrote down to the sample passages pages 7-20 in the Scoring Manual;
choose the passage that most closely resembles what you have written
and record the score in the Block.
* To validate this score, play the tape recording of the student's
as you listen, decide whether your chosen score is accurate.
If you have trouble with this part, send me the tape, and I will help you choose the
This is the most difficult section to score, and it is also weighted most in determining
* Ignore Block 4a, unless the score is between
73.3 and 75.5.
With these inconclusive (borderline) scores, you will have to use the observation
form in the back of the Scoring Manual to determine ESOL placement.
I suggest that someone who has had some extended contact with the student
complete the observation form.
* Interpret Language Proficiency from the score
* If the student is in grades 4-12, administer
the appropriate CTBS-4 Survey.
If the student scores at or below the 32nd percentile in either subtest,
he must be scored as Limited English Proficient.