The revised ECPE exam * as of May 2021

The revised ECPE exam * as of May 2021

May 2021 ECPE Test Specifications
The following table provides detailed information about the ECPE revisions. Refer to the notes column to see the specific changes or an indication that there is no change to that part of the exam. The updated exams will remain at the same proficiency level, and the overall level of difficulty and standards will not change. The revised exams will be offered for the first time in May 2021. Until then, the tests will remain exactly the same.

Visit our ECPE section for more tips HERE

source :  michiganassesment.org

Changes to the ECCE and ECPE Exams 2021 – Webinar

Changes to the ECCE and ECPE Exams 2021 – Webinar

In this webinar recording, you will learn about the upcoming revisions to the ECCE and the ECPE. Assessment Manager Rachele Stucker will explain the format of the tests and the new item types that will be included when the revised exams are live in May 2021. View sample tests of the revised exams here. https://michiganassessment.org/sample…

Michigan Language Assessment

Are you ready for the ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking – Functional Language for each stage and sample video

Are you ready for the ECPE (Proficiency) Speaking – Functional Language for each stage and sample video

Functional Language for all 5 stages of the ECPE Speaking test

Stage 2

Student A

Ok let me tell you about my two options

Lets see…

First there is …..

It says here….

It also says that…..

The only drawback is ….

That’s all the information I have about the ……..course

Now let me tell you about the other option…

So those are my options, Which one do you think sounds best?

Student B

Well, If I were you, I’d go for the first option you told me about , the…….

Stage 3

Student A

So we need to make our final choice of who we’re going to recommend for the position of…..  The candidate/option I chose is…. And the one you chose is…  So let’s compare the two

Let’s look at at the similarities…..

Let’s look at their qualifications… / the location / the price / the facilities

I see what your saying… but we shouldn’t attach too much importance to academic credentials alone..

The way I see it sometimes (experience)_ can be just as crucial as ,,,,,

Do you think ……  is something we should consider when choosing ……

Both of them…..

…… is better at…. This is something we should take into consideration when choosing ….because….

One difference is…

We need someone who is………

So it looks like we’ve decided that …. is our final choice right

It’s a tough choice though, isn’t it?

Planning  Stage 4 ( two minutes given – this part is not scored )

Talk together to decide which two bullet points (reasons) each one of you is going to cover and help each other with ideas of how you are going to justify these reasons (supporting details)

Decide who is going to start presentation.  Don’t forget an introduction (Student A) and conclusion (Student B)

Stage 4

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Student A

After careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that….is the most suitable…. for …….

My partner and I where impressed by this option for a number of reasons…

The first reason why we believe X would be the best option is..  This would mean that…. It would benefit our company …..

Equally important is the fact that this…..

Another advantage is that fact that… By this I mean that……

And now my partner (name) will continue with 2 more points in favor of…. or

…. will continue with further detalis about our reasons for choosing this ….. to recommend to you

Student B

Another factor that played a role in our decision was that ….. what this means is that…..

One more reason why we believe X would be the best choice is….  By this I mean that…

We also considered it important that……

A final reason is that…. This would certainly be an asset for …  OR

The final point we took into account when making our decision was that….

We believe it is important that …. should/can

As we all know…..

We, therefore believe that for all these reasons, the fact that  …a  …b… c… d…  X would certainly be the best choice for…  OR

So those were the main reasons that my partner and I would like to recommend that you choose …….. for ….

Stage 5

I understand your concern regarding…..

I do understand what you mean….

It might seem as a problem but the way we see it is…..

That is certainly a potential drawback of this option, I would say however…. We coud…. for example…..

I see your point…. What I’d suggest

That way we can …..

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Sample video of a complete ECPE speaking test :

[Michigan Language Assessment]

Test Taker Prompt HERE

Examiner Prompt HERE

Test Score and Commentary HERE

ECPE speaking test additional speaking prompts HERE and  HERE 

Hellenic American Union Speaking test for the ECPE test

Prompt used in following videos can be found HERE

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4 and 5

Useful TIPS for Stage 2 – Read more HERE 

The revised ECPE exam – as of May 2021

The revised ECPE exam – as of May 2021

The revised ECCE and ECPE sample tests are full-length samples that include a test booklet with the listening and reading sections of each test, separate files with writing and speaking prompts for each test, audio files for the listening sections, and a sample answer sheet. Additionally, there are sample responses with commentary for the speaking and writing sections of both tests.

Download all the files  HERE

source :  michiganassesment.org

ECPE speaking topics and key points

ECPE speaking topics and key points

ECPE Speaking topics and key points

  • Projects 
      • cost / salary
      • place held
      • date to be held
      • frequency
      • what is involved
      • positive points
      • target (audience)
      • equipment needed
      • meals (provided or not)

Read more HERE 

Vocabulary chunks for projects :

  • Financial projections are an essential tool for making business decisions
  • creating new businesses and products 
  • determining whether there’s a market for them or if people really want their product
  •  consider timeframes
  • choose the projects that will best serve your organizational goals
  • What is the benefit to the organization?
  • What are the major milestones?
  • What are the potential stumbling blocks?
  • What risks does this project pose?
  • plans for geographic expansion? Local? National? Global?
  • When will the business turn a profit?

 

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  • Locationa. hold an event (venue)
    b. to visit
    c. to build sth

      • size
      • capacity
      • population
      • weather
      • important sights
      • infrastructure (transportation system)
      • amenities (heating, pool, conference rooms, etc.)
      • cost
      • what is in the vicinity
      • activities available there
      • cuisine
      • accessibility (airport, train, bus, car)
      • history and culture
      • special features

Read more HERE 

Vocabulary chunks for conference location – workshop location

  • running a successful event
  • keep events focused entirely on the content, the speakers and the attendees
  • Who does your conference serve?
  • keynote speakers
  • Having a budget will also help you set the price
  • University campuses: These are best suited for smaller, academic events and are relatively cheap to hire.
  • Hotels: These typically have dedicated conference facilities and own catering. They’re the best all-in-one choice since they offer both accommodation and conference space.
  • Independent venues: This category includes all other types of venues that can host conferences.

Here are a few other factors to consider when looking for the right venue:

  • Size: Booking a too-small venue where everybody has to squeeze into a tiny room is clearly a bad idea. Similarly, securing a giant venue for a relatively modest crowd will not only hurt your wallet but also make the conference feel empty and poorly attended.
  • Location: It’s best to pick a somewhat secluded location so that participants are better able to focus on the conference itself. Even better if the venue has calming, picturesque surroundings to help people relax.
  • Atmosphere: It’s crucial that the vibe of the venue suits your target audience and theme. You don’t want to host a business conference inside a giant gym, for instance.
  • Facilities: Does the venue have the proper layout and the right conference room styles for your needs? Does it have the necessary facilities like e.g. smaller rooms for breakout sessions?
  • Accommodation: Does the venue provide accommodation or are there hotels nearby?
  • Catering: Is catering included or can external catering companies easily get to and work inside the venue? If not, are there suitable restaurants and cafes in the area? (Keep in mind any special dietary requirements: vegan, kosher, nut-free, etc.)
  • Transportation: How easy is it for participants to travel to the venue by public transport? Are there enough parking spots for those who drive?
  • Technical aspects: Does the venue have the right IT, audio, and video equipment? You’ll need projection screens, microphones, plenty of charging spots for participants, and—of course—solid WiFi access
source : billeto.co.uk

READ MORE HERE

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  • Persona. award them (promotion)c. for a scholarship
      • skills (job-related)
      • qualities & personality traits
      • appearance
      • qualifications (education, certificates)
      • interests
      • achievements
      • previous or current experience
  • b. for a job

Read more HERE 

Vocabulary chunks :

  • work long hours for no pay, sacrificing personal time
  • If you are autonomous, you’re likely self-motivated and independent
  • come up with a new and better solution to a problem
  • thinking outside the box
  • complete all of your responsibilities
  •  Your fresh ideas show your enthusiasm, passion and your loyalty to the company
  • If you’re an easy person to get along with, that proves that you’re a good fit for the company
  • you fit in with the company’s corporate culture
  • you are resourceful, efficient and on the ball
  • Efficiency and resourcefulness are qualities you must have in order to climb the corporate ladder

If you ‘re hiring a new employee, you need to know what to look for in a quality job candidate. Here’s a list of traits to identify before you offer someone a job.

  1. Ambition
  2. Passion
  3. Patience
  4. Likable
  5. Reliable
  6. Creative
  7. Adaptable
  8. Leadership
  9. Positive
  10. Confident
  11. Dependable
  12. Responsive
  13. Integrity
  14. Organized
  15. Intelligent

Read more HERE

 

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  • Media (best way to promote sth)
    • description (what is involved)
    • medium used (on TV, on the radio, in the press, flyers/leaflets)
    • frequency
    • target audience
    • cost
    • positive points

Read more HERE 

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  • New Course or Specific Book for a Course (proposal)
    • plot / subject matter
    • cost
    • equipment needed
    • target audience
    • length / frequency
    • qualified staff availability
    • outcome of course / what will students learn from this course / book
    • prerequisites (students must have certain level of English/ must know how to play an instrument…)
  • New Sport (see “New Course”)

Read more HERE 

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  • New Products
    • description (what kind of product it is)
    • cost
    • delivery/shipping
    • target group
    • properties / description of product
    • requirements (must be stored in cool temperatures; must have extra space in store, etc.)
    • raise awareness for cause, will increase profits, etc.)

Read more HERE 

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  • Design (new Town Hall, library, etc.)
    • architectural style
    • materials used
    • cost
    • designer’s details & credentials
    • conveniences
    • special features (security system, unique object present, café present, wireless connection, etc.)
    • target group
    • opinion of public

Read more HERE 

 

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More tips and details about the ECPE Oral Exam HERE

ECPE Speaking – Sample Video and Functional Language

ECPE Speaking – Sample Video and Functional Language

Sample of a complete ECPE speaking test :

 

 

 

[Michigan Language Assessment]

Test Taker Prompt HERE

Examiner Prompt HERE

Test Score and Commentary HERE

ECPE speaking test additional speaking prompts HERE and  HERE 

Hellenic American Union Speaking test for the ECPE test

Prompt used in following videos can be found HERE

Stage 1

 

 

 

 

Stage 2

 

Stage 3

 

 

Stage 4 and 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECPE YouTube channel (21 videos) with lots of TIPS (Real English Online) HERE

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