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. This is an audio perception test that aims at identifying if you are able to recognize different national varieties or regional dialects of your native language.
Remember that the basic requirements that qualify a "native speaker" are:
Natural pronunciation: "Native speakers" don't speak with a foreign accent that differs from your selected country.
Rapid recall: "Native speakers" don't often spend time searching for expressions or words.
Broad vocabulary: "Native speakers" don't often hear words that they don't know/understand in general conversation.
In Listening Tests, you'll be given 20 recordings of speech in your chosen language. Your job is to differentiate between speakers of your native language and country from speakers that speak the same language but are from a different country, as well foreign speakers speaking your language, with a foreign accent. For this, you'll need to consider the existence of the following different accents:
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.
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.
FOR EXAMPLE: With Language-English | Country-Canada
You would mark a Canadian English Speaker as "native".
You would mark a British English speaker as "non-native" since that person does not speak English with a Canadian accent (he/she speaks another English variety).
You would mark an English Speaker with a German accent as "non-native" since that person doesn't have English as the first language.
Double-check profile language and country: Make sure your chosen country reflects how you speak, not necessarily where you currently live. If necessary, 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 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 (South Africa)
English (United States)
Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
Arabic (United Arab Emirates)
Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Korean (South Korea)
Czech (Czech Republic)
English (United Kingdom)
More coming soon!