About this course

Learn new approaches to assessment and testing

This is a general course suitable for teachers working in the secondary, tertiary or the private ELT sector. 

Course aims to help you:

  • identify and use some of the key terminology associated with assessment and testing
  • focus on approaches to assessment and testing within the Communicative Approach to English Language Teaching
  • link assessment theory directly to the design of testing and assessment materials
  • Focus on testing each language skill as well as integrating skills testing.


20 hours over 8 weeks 

Part of:  Stages 2 and 3 of the CPD framework

Level of English required: B1+


Course structure

The course is made up of a minimum of 20 hours of online self-access training (i.e. it is not moderated by a teacher trainer) comprising ten sections.  These cover the following topics: 

  • Assessment theory
  • Formative assessment
  • Item review
  • Item analysis
  • Test specification
  • Testing reading skills
  • Testing writing skills
  • Testing listening skills
  • Testing speaking skills
  • Testing integrated skills

Each section contains reading tasks, exercises, reflective tasks and assessment activities to try out in participants’ own contexts. Some sections also contain questionnaires and audio recordings.


In order to complete the course, you are required to: 

  • access and read all the documents and resources for each section 
  • successfully complete the exercises and questionnaires in each section. 


You will receive a certificate if you complete successfully all sections of the course. 

How to apply?

To apply, please visit the TeachingEnglish website.