ALCE Scoring and Results

Explanation of Scoring

The four sections of the Advanced Level Certificate in English (ALCE™) examination are scored using an advanced mathematical model (IRT). For each section of the ALCE™ examination, raw scores are converted into scaled scores ranging from 0 to 1,000.

Scaled scores allow each administration of the examination to be equated with one another, ensuring that the ability required to pass or to achieve a high score remains the same from one administration to the next.

Listening & Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading (GVR) sections

For the Listening and GVR sections, scaled scores are not simply the percentage of correct answers because the ability of examinees and the difficulty of an item have been incorporated in the scores.

To pass the Listening or GVR section of the ALCE™ examination, candidates must have a scaled score of at least 650 out of 1,000 for the section.

Writing Section

For the Writing section, the difficulty of the task as well as the leniency and/or severity of the raters have been incorporated in the scaled scores. To pass the Writing section of the ALCE™ examination, candidates must have a scaled score of at least 650 out of 1,000 for that section, equivalent to a raw score of 11 out of 20 on the ALCE™ Writing Section Scoring Rubrics.

Speaking Section

For the Speaking section, the difficulty of the task as well as the leniency and/or severity of the raters have been incorporated in the scaled scores. To pass the Speaking section of the ALCE™ examination, candidates must have a scaled score of at least 650 out of 1,000 for that section, equivalent to a raw score of 11 out of 20 on the ALCE™ Speaking Section Scoring Rubrics.

Cut scores

The cut scores for each section of the ALCE™ examination have been determined through standard setting procedures, as laid out in the Council of Europe manual : Relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR): A Manual (2009).

Applying a mixed standard setting strategy, candidates who achieve an averaged total scaled score of at least 650 out of a possible 1,000 are awarded an ALCE™ Certificate.

The ALCE™ Certificate is valid for the holder’s lifetime, with the proviso for test users that a candidate’s language ability may improve or deteriorate in relation to his or her contact with the language.

SECTION SCALED SCORES

The table below shows the minimum-scaled pass scores candidates need to pass each section of the ALCE™ examination and the minimum average total scaled score candidates need to receive a certificate.

Section

Minimum scaled pass score for section

(out of 1,000)

Listening

650

GVR

650

Writing

650

Speaking

650

Total Average Scaled Score

650

Candidates who achieve an averaged total scaled score of at least 650 out of a possible 1,000 are awarded an ALCE™ Certificate, regardless of how many sections they have failed. All candidates have the right to have any section of their examination re-scored.

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