Language Tests for Native Speakers
If you identify yourself as a "Native Speaker" of a certain language on your profile, we'll ask you to demonstrate your language capabilities through a "Listening" Test.
Remember the basic requirements that qualify you as a "Native" speaker:
Natural Pronunciation: You don't speak with an "accent" that differs from your selected Country/Accent.
Rapid Recall: You don't often spend time searching for expressions or words.
Broad Vocabulary: You don't often hear words you don't know/understand in general conversation.
In Listening Tests, you'll be given 20 recordings of speech in your chosen language. Your task is to differentiate between speakers of your native language and speakers of the same language but are from a different country, as well as foreign speakers of your language, with a foreign accent. For this, you'll need to consider the existence of the following different accents:
1. National varieties of your language: these are potential varieties of your language that are spoken in other countries, with its own norms regarding grammar and vocabulary. Note that these varieties should never be accepted as a valid response to your language/country. Some examples of national varieties of English are the ones spoken in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Ireland, Singapore, etc.
2. Dialects: these include the different accents that exist in certain areas of your country. However, as these deviations are regional, they should be accepted as a valid response to your language/country. Some examples of dialects from the English in the United States are Boston Urban, New York City, San Francisco Urban, Virginia Piedmont, Rocky Mountain, South Midland, Pacific Southwest, etc.
EXAMPLE: With Language-English | Region-Canada
You would mark a Canadian English Speaker "Native".
You would mark a British English speaker "Non-native" since that person does not speak English with a Canadian accent (he speaks another English variety).
And you would mark an English Speaker with a German accent "Non-native" since that person doesn't have English as the first language.
Double-check your profile language and country: Make sure your chosen country reflects how you speak, not necessarily where you currently live. Go to profile settings to edit profile languages.
Use headphones: You’ll want to make sure you’re hearing recordings as clearly as possible. Headphones are your best bet!
The test can’t be paused: Be sure you have enough time to complete all 20 recordings. Don’t forget to double-check your internet connection and device battery.
Each task is timed: You’ll be able to replay audio more than once, but make your selection before time runs out, otherwise, we’ll mark the task as incorrect.
The results are shown at the test’s end: If you don’t pass, you’ll be able to retake the test 1 more time. By default, there are no extra retries for tests that failed more than 2 times.
Basic requirements to take the Language Tests
In order to successfully take the listening test with a smooth experience, we advise you to have the following specifications:
OS version (or later)
Windows 10 (64 bit)
Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave)
Browser version (or later)
Internet minimum download speed
Important note: Internet connection speed is closely related to other factors, such as:
computer memory overload (several apps running simultaneously)
other resources using the same bandwidth (e.g. multiple browser tabs opened)
connections to proxy servers
The Listening Tests are currently available in the following languages:
English (United States)
Czech (Czech Republic)
English (United Kingdom)
Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
Arabic (United Arab Emirates)
Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Korean (South Korea)
English (South Africa)
More coming soon...