This test will help you to test yourself. It will show you how quickly you will learn English.
Do not send the answers to us! It is just to help you.
It asks you a number of questions within each of these sections. Write your answer on paper, then look at the "How to calculate your score" section, where you can add up your score for each section.
How to calculate your score
The following are statements which are assumed to be true in general, and which give a good indication of learning speed when considered together. However, everyone is an individual and everyone is different.
For each question, note the letter on the left-hand side, then give yourself a score from 1 (most difficulty) up to 5 (least difficulty):
A. Which country do you come from?
Students from some countries learn English more slowly - cultural differences and language differences play a large part in this.
1 Countries with a very different language or culture eg. Korea, Arabic-speaking countries, rural Africa, Southeast Asia.
2 Countries with a very different language but an international culture, eg. Japan, Finland, South America, Caribbean.
3 European countries where English is used little, eg. France, Spain, Italy.
4 European countries where English is important for business, eg. Switzerland, Germany.
5 European countries where English is widely spoken in everyday life, eg. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands.
B. What is your mother tongue?
1. Students whose mother tongue has a non-Latin alphabet will probably have more difficulty at first.
2. Mistakes based on your first language are greater where the language is very different from English, eg. Japanese, Chinese, Korean
3. Languages which are similar to English but where cultural differences are important eg. Spanish, Portuguese.
4. Languages or dialects which are not normally written with a Roman script (letters of the alphabet) eg. Korean, Arabic, Thai, Japanese.
5. European languages are usually written with a Latin script, eg. French, Spanish, Italian, German, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish.
C. How old are you?
In general, older students learn more slowly and younger students faster, children even faster:
1. over 50 years old,
5. under 10 years old
D. Why do you want to learn English?
Your reason for learning will affect how fast you will learn:
1. 'My parents/guardians want me to'.
2. 'I want to visit an English speaking country.' or 'I want to write to a penpal.' 'It's my hobby.'
3. 'I need it for my job.' or 'I need to pass an exam.'
4. 'My employer wants me to learn English.'
5. 'My husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend speaks English.'
E. Have you learned other languages before?
People with a history of learning languages learn faster than those without:
1. No, never.
2. I studied one language at school but never used it.
3. I have learned a foreign language in the country where it is spoken, or I have studies two or more languages.
4. I have already learned three or more languages, or I am fluent in at least two foreign languages
5. I spoke fluently two or more languages as a child.
F. Have you studied English before?
How long? What level did you study at?
Students who have studied more tend to learn faster as they start to remember what they learned before.
1. "I have only studied English with books on my own."
2. "I have only studied English using recordings, video, TV etc on my own."
3. "I recently studied English with a teacher in my home country."
4. "I took a full-time course in English recently with a native speaker."
5. "I passed an English exam recently."
G. Have you ever visited an English-speaking country?
How long? Students who have been in an English-speaking country longer have become accustomed to hearing English and will learn faster.
2. For one or two weeks.
3. For at least four weeks.
4. For less than 6 months.
5. For more than 6 months.
H. How fast do you want to learn?
People may prefer to learn fast, others to learn slowly. Some people have more confidence.
1. Very slowly.
2. Slower than average.
3. Average speed.
4. Faster than average.
5. Very fast.
I. How do you like to learn?
Students with a background of 'academic' study will learn faster.
1. I want to learn grammar and vocabulary on my own.
2. I want to have a teacher to tell me what to do.
3. I want to learn in a class with other students.
4. I learn by talking to my friends.
5. I learn by talking with people who speak English well.
J. Do you like to do a lot of written work?
2. A little.
4. Quite a lot.
5. A lot.
Now add up your total points from all the questions:
If you have scored over 35 you are very likely to learn fast and you are probably not a beginner. You probably enjoy learning and will be successful quickly.
If you have scored between 20 and 35 you are very likely be an average learner - you will need to work hard but within a few months you will have learned a lot.
If you have scored between 10 and 20 you will find it much harder to learn - it may take you a long time to learn - up to a year. Be patient with yourself, but don't give up. Keep practising!