New online language learning platform takes off

A new test from Babbel and Cambridge English provides a gold-standard online platform for English language learners

Babbel, the world’s top-grossing language app, and Cambridge English, the global gold-standard in language assessment, have together launched the Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English. This online language assessment allows adult learners of English to assess their listening and reading skills online from level A1 (beginner) up to and including B1 (intermediate). Test takers will earn a certificate of achievement, which can be downloaded and used to demonstrate English skills to potential employers, for self-assessment, when warming up for an exam, or to enhance an online career profile.

“Online language learning is taking off in a big way,” says Juliet Wilson, Director of Assessment at Cambridge English, a department of the University of Cambridge. “Until now it’s been difficult for learners to know whether they are really learning the right skills, or to demonstrate their real level. By working with Babbel, we can give learners reliable evidence of their progress and a certificate of achievement that demonstrates what they have learned. Cambridge English exists to help people to learn English, and prove their skills to the world, and we have chosen to work with Babbel because we are impressed by their energy and commitment to delivering high-quality language learning.”

Online language learning is taking off in a big way. Until now it’s been difficult for learners to know whether they are really learning the right skills, or to demonstrate their real level.

“With 10 years of experience teaching languages online behind us, we are well aware of the need for flexible and mobile language tests. However, ensuring the test’s quality and validity was paramount”, commented Thomas Holl, founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Babbel. 

“This is why we are immensely proud to launch the Babbel English Test with Cambridge English, the biggest and best name in language assessment. Together we’ve created the highest quality English test on the digital learning market.”

The Babbel English Test features a set of around 70 different questions per session, each testing a variety of listening and reading comprehension skills, reflecting authentic, real-life situations. These include images of posters and signs, listening tasks featuring recordings of speakers with different accents, as well as radio broadcasts and real conversations. The exam itself has hundreds of potential variations and will never be the same twice, no matter how often it is taken.

The Babbel English Test is available now as part of the Babbel back to work bundles for €59, and will be released as standalone test in October 2017 at a cost of €39.

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