CATs StepCheck

In a world interconnected through technology and travel, English has become a global language. English gives universal access to opportunities in education, business and leisure.

English is taught and tested all over the world – and demand for English language skills has never been higher.

CATs StepCheck is a world-class test which identifies the current language levels of learners of English in a range of skills instantly and accurately.

Whether you are a decision-maker at an educational institution, an employer or a government or employment agency, CATs StepCheck allows you to test the English language skills of any number of classes, applicants and employees.

What is the CATs StepCheck difference?

Powerful & Simple

StepCheck allows you to choose the skills to test: listening, reading, speaking and writing.


StepCheck uses innovative artificial intelligence technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University to mark speaking and writing responses instantly.


Adaptive reading and listening tests respond to the level ability of the learner.


StepCheck is available on demand: you choose when and where to run the test. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, headphones and a microphone.

Affordable & Ethical

StepCheck gives you the highest quality English language assessment for the lowest price on the market.


The CATs system is funded by a Cambridge University charitable trust, which supports education, economic, environmental and community development projects.


The principal vision is not profit. After investment in product development, all surpluses are used for charitable causes, such as giving free CATs access and university scholarships to deprived communities.

Instant & Accurate

StepCheck results are available instantly for all four skills.


StepCheck results are rigorously aligned with the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), differentiating test takers from A1 to C1.


Developed in Cambridge, UK, by a dedicated team of specialists in English language teaching, learning, assessment and validation, StepCheck has been statistically validated during extensive international trialling and is proven to be highly reliable.

Who is CATs StepCheck for?

Employers and employment agencies

For recruitment and training

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Educational institutions

For selection, admission, placement, and training

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Government agencies

For setting targets and raising national standards

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About the test

CATs StepCheck tests candidates in a range of skills for all ability levels, from absolute beginner to highly sophisticated, from A1 to C1 on the CEFR.

With StepCheck you choose the skills you want to test

There is a separate test section for each skill (listening, reading, speaking and writing) so you choose the combination of skills you want to test. Here are the most common formats for the StepCheck test:

  • StepCheckExpress

    • Listening

    • Reading

    • Speaking

    • Writing

  • Up to 30 Min

  • StepCheckExpress with Speaking

    • Listening

    • Reading

    • Speaking

    • Writing

  • Up to 40 Min

  • StepCheckExpress Communicator

    • Listening

    • Reading

    • Speaking

    • Writing

  • Up to 65 Min

Running the StepCheck test is simple

StepCheck can be administered easily at a time and place that suit you. You can use the test with any number of candidates at the same time. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, headphones and a microphone for each candidate.

When you order StepCheck tests, you receive a unique code for each test you buy. The tests are ready to use immediately.

  • 1

    Simply give each candidate a test code, which they enter in the CATs website.

  • 2

    The candidate enters the code and completes their details – you do not need to enter any information manually in advance of the test.

  • 3

    The candidate takes the test.

Your local distributor is on hand to provide training and support throughout the process.

Results

StepCheck results are available within 15 minutes of the end of the test. A simple report is provided for each candidate showing:

  • The candidate name and unique CATs ID.
  • The date the test was taken.
  • The CEFR Level achieved for each skill tested.
  • A short description of what each result means in terms of English language ability.

More detailed information is available for individuals and groups via a state-of-the art CATs reporting dashboard, including test reports giving an overview of how individuals and groups have perfomed. These reports can be exported for your own internal use.

The journey starts with a single step

CATs StepCheck can be used as a standalone test and also as the gateway to a wholeeco–system of CATs Step learning and assessment materials.

Support

Support in all aspects of test delivery is available from a dedicated local CATs StepCheck Distributor.

Find a CATs StepCheck Distributor

A network of authorised in-country distributors promote and support StepCheck with businesses, agencies, educational institutions and training providers. In our first phase, we have networks of CATs StepCheck distributors in India and Brazil. Let us know where you are based and we can set up a network in your region.

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Become a CATs StepCheck Distributor

If you would like to add CATs StepCheck to services you offer your clients by joining our network of CATs distributors, please contact us by clicking on the link below.

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