English is the way to 21st Century learning !


English language competency is needed not only to do well in English as a subject and in general communication, but also in other subjects taught in English at school such as, Mathematics, Sciences and Social Sciences.

In an English medium school environment, majority of the input that a student receives is from the teacher in the classroom or from the textbooks and both of which is in English. English language proficiency plays a big part in the life of a student for :

  • Learning from the teacher in the classroom

  • Understanding general instructions

  • Understanding exam questions

  • Participating in group work

  • Researching while completing project work

  • Interacting with teachers and peers

  • Researching and reading subject-based information

  • Independent study

  • Exam preparation


We need to ensure that students have honed their English language skills to be able to comprehend complete and accurate meaning of new terminology learnt. It is equally important to confirm that students have gained a deeper understanding of subject content. It is this comprehensive learning of subject content on which they build their higher studies and career.

GETS for School is accordingly designed as a suite of three tests across three levels :
Primary, Secondary, Intermediate, for students in Grades 4 to 9.

GETS Higher is available for students in grades 11 - 12 as a comprehensive test of English language skills mapped to the CEFR, the world standards in measuring language proficiency.

Test of General English provides an accurate assessment of a student’s language competencies in use of Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS). The five assessment components of this test i.e. Lexical Resource, Language Structures & Systems, Listening, Reading and Writing in the digital age, form the basis of learning, communication and progress in the school environment.

Test of Subject Language aims at motivating students to learn English for academic school study and is based on Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) which involves understanding and use of formal language about curricular subjects. The language used in subject teaching is often abstract and formal and therefore is difficult to understand. The results in this test indicate students’ ability to effectively use English language as a tool for learning.

Test of Oral Presentation provides an assessment of Oral Presentation skills or a student’s ability to talk effectively using both formal and informal language, in a variety of settings. It tests : Fluency or the ability to express oneself easily, readily, coherently and effortlessly; Pronunciation or the ability to speak English with clear sounds, correct stress and intonation so as to convey and enhance meaning; Discourse or the student’s success at being able to speak formally and extensively about a topic or to hold a formal discussion on a particular subject; Interactive Ability or the student’s ability to listen to and respond appropriately while maintaining and developing an interaction.

GETS for School – Key features & highlights


  • Developed at three levels:

    • GETS Primary – for Grades 4 to 5

    • GETS Secondary – for Grades 6 to 7

    • GETS Intermediate – for Grades 8 to 9

  • Package of 3 tests:

    • Test of General English

    • Test of Subject Language

    • Test of Oral Presentation

  • Questions are engaging for all & challenging for the most able

  • Integrally linked to ongoing classroom learning

  • Assesses English language abilities across subjects

  • Reports can be used by Teachers, Students and Parents to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses enabling timely and planned intervention

  • On-demand test dates and quick communication of results

  • Developed by highly experienced teams of English language professionals and subject-experts

Test Format and Description


Primary (grades 4 - 5)

General English
45 min.

Subject Language
30 min.

Question types:
  • Listen, spell and write

  • One word definitions

  • Un-jumble words

  • Gap-filling tasks

  • Matching

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Sentence completion

  • Table completion

  • Yes/No

  • Completing gaps in notes

  • Responding to questions based on maps/ diagrams/ pictures

  • Writing an email, or a comment in a discussion forum (30 - 40 words)

Question types for Oral Presentation:
  • Respond to questions about oneself

  • Describing a picture or diagram or other visuals basis input provided

  • Talk about similarities and differences between diagrams/photos

  • Respond to questions about the presentation

Secondary (grades 6 - 7)

General English
60 min.

Subject Language
40 min.

Question types:
  • Listen, spell and write

  • Un-jumble words

  • Crossword puzzle

  • Gap-filling tasks

  • Correcting sentences (editing)

  • Transformation of sentences

  • Matching & Multiple matching

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Table completion

  • True/False

  • Completing gaps in notes

  • Short questions based on maps/ diagrams/ reading

  • Identifying the key ideas in a reading text

  • Writing an email (60 - 80 words)

Question types for Oral Presentation:
  • Respond to questions about oneself

  • Talk about similarities and differences between diagrams/photos

  • Present a short talk on a topic with the help of verbal prompts

  • Read about an article or appliance or gadget and talk about it. Respond to questions about the presentation

Intermediate (graded 8 - 9)

General English
75 min.

Subject Language
50 min.

Question types:
  • Dictation: Listen to definitions and spell

  • Un-jumble words

  • Crossword puzzle

  • Gap-filling tasks

  • Correcting sentences

  • Sentence completion

  • Transformation of sentences

  • Matching & Multiple matching

  • Multiple choice questions

  • Table completion

  • True/False/Not Given

  • Completing gaps in notes

  • Short questions based on maps/ diagrams/reading

  • Identifying key ideas in a reading text

  • Writing an email, blog or wall post (150 - 180 words)

Question types for Oral Presentation:
  • Respond to questions about oneself

  • Respond to questions on general topics

  • Discuss a visual (photograph/diagram/ pie-chart/ graph/ table) that is provided and summarise the information it conveys

  • Read about an article or appliance or gadget and talk about it. Invite questions. Respond to questions about the presentation

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