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Babbel, the world’s top-grossing language app, and Cambridge English, the global gold-standard in language assessment, launch 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.
The Babbel English Test is available now as part of the Babbel back to work bundles for €59, and will be released as a standalone test in October 2017 at a cost of €39.
“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.”
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. Like Babbel’s lesson content, these tasks reflect authentic, real-life situations. These include, for example, 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.
Founded in 2007, Babbel is the world’s first language learning app. With more than one million current paying subscribers, the company is leading the market for online language learning. Meticulously designed courses guarantee you language skills you can use right away, conveniently offered on a lean app (available on iOS, Android, Web). Babbel is ranked as the world’s #1 most innovative education company by Fast Company Magazine.
At the core of Babbel is a empirically proven method that empowers you to speak confidently. All learning content is tailored to the user’s native language and based on authentic examples they can put to use straight away. This makes Babbel the shortest path to a real-life conversation. In fact, 73% of users believe they can have a short, simple conversation in their new language within five hours of using the app.
At Babbel, we want you to learn the right way. A team of more than 500 people from 40 nations obsesses daily on how to create the best quality in modern language learning, covering 8,500 hours of content in 14 languages, with topics ranging from basic conversations to business language. The app combines world-class didactic strategies, such as communicative didactics and spaced repetition to optimize how new vocabulary and grammar is received, saved and recalled. All audio examples and dialogues are recorded with real native speakers, empowering learners to speak correctly and confidently.
For more information, visit www.babbel.com