My Cambridge Placement Test

They weren't joking about the computer giving you tasks according to your ability.
     I took the Cambridge Placement Test at the ungodly hour of 1am because that was the only time of the day the internet at my school was guaranteed to be speedy. Yes, you need a good internet connection for the large audio files & the flash application you need to download.
     I wanted to be the first to take it so I could share it with my fellow kiasu teachers. Admit it. You want to get an A just like what you preach to your students every day. Therefore, let me share my experience & tips with you. With that, I hope that you'll do better than I did.

Basic Requirements
#1 YOU MUST USE IE (Internet Explorer). The test requires scripts to be run through IE on your computer to block off your clipboard & who knows what else. Cut & paste is such a powerful tool for cheating. They wouldn't want people to cheat on messengers now, would they?

#2 Make sure you've got Flash Player & Java. This is the OS the test will be running on so please make sure you've got the latest updates.
     Your computer should be able to run the test but, if you are using a dinosaur or just incredibly paranoid, you can run a technical requirements diagnostic test here.
     You can also check your bandwidth or Internet speed here.

Tip #1: Take the Demo Test
     Familiarise yourself with the test software & the way it functions. It is not the most user friendly or visually stimulating, but it does what it needs to do.
     You can take the demo test here. Use this token: DEMCPTE1

Tip #2: Do Not Be Overconfident!
     DO NOT BE FOOLED. The demo test will be a walk in the park in the shoes of Godzilla but THE REAL TEST WILL REALLY CHALLENGE YOU.
     During the real test, the computer continually measures your ability & upgrades the questions accordingly.
     By the time I got to the long reading passages, I stopped smiling. Very tricky questions with 2 highly possible options for every question. I started to seriously ponder the questions & I even doubled back to check them after I was done which was a BIG WASTE OF TIME.
     Select your answer, check, get it right the first time & move on. DO NOT MAKE STUPID MISTAKES.

Tip #3: Do Not Be Fooled by the Progress Meter
     The progress meter is there to give you a general idea of the amount of questions you have to answer to receive a grade beyond the lowest grade. However, it is not an indicator of time or difficulty. I spent the most time in the final part of the progress meter because it was also the most challenging.
     Make sure that you save up enough time from before. DO NOT BE COCKY from the earlier easy as pie questions.

Tip #4: Listen with Jumbo's Ears!!!
     Ah, the British accent. They talk like they've got balls in their mouths. All suave & sexy. Dream on. NOT IN THIS TEST, THEY DONT!
     Expect to hear authentic British chatter in less than perfect intonations & pleasing tones. After a while, I got really annoyed with the piercing nasally cockney-ish accent in most of the recordings. The speed of the speech was inconsistent too. Some actors spoke really quick while others allowed breathing space. Vocabulary used was somewhat complex but manageable.
     Turn your volume on high & make the best of the first play-through because you may not have time to listen to the same conversation twice. Esp the long ones.

Tip #5: There is no BACK button
Finish one section before going to the next one because you can NOT return to a previous section again.

Tip #6: The test loops
Just like a Winamp player, when I got to the end of the progress meter, the test did not end. Instead, it gives me another listening comprehension question to answer. It does this until you time is up.

If you're ready. Begin your own test by clicking here.
**Note**: Candidate Number = IC Number
     Don't ask me how you'll know your results because I don't know. It doesn't show at the end of the test. I'm guessing we may receive a letter about it or never find out. They really know how to push our kiasu buttons.

Comments

  1. I wish I could take the test...just for the fun of it. Can take the test for people or not? Ahhhh...perhaps I can make some money out of this! Send all those hopeless ones to me, eh? Hehehehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Not a bad idea for an opportunist. Offer yourself on Engkabang.net! haha~~

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  2. I am sure my score will be very bad if I take this test.. LOL...

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    1. Belum cuba belum tau kan?

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    2. Sp i am here now...
      Hi im looking forward in reading more from you keep on writing :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing~ We'll be sitting for the test this Weds..the demo was really a walk in the park. Thought we can get our results from supervisor a.k.a. PK? hm..

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    1. The question is who is this 'supervisor'? It's definitely not a PK. My guess is they will send a letter or maybe not.

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  4. i took this test this evening. indeed, both long reading comprehension test and listening test were very challenging. i think we are not going to receive any result as my PK told me that the result is confidential for ministry only.. i think they just wanna know the level of English proficiency among the GP BI so that they could plan something for further improvement of P&P .. blah..blah..

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    1. Only the level with reading & listening to the British accent. They didn't measure speaking or writing.
      I doesn't matter to me whether I receive the results or not. I know my English is good enough.

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  5. Anonymous23/7/12 23:49

    an A will be equivalent to C1/C2 according to Common European Framework..so it should be 'We want a C!!' Hahah.

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  6. Reminds me of my Listening Task for my ielts. I enjoyed the 'listening' bit. :) Love accents. My bakery was all 'poms' at one time. I was the only Asian. It took me weeks to 'get' them. Blessings on your results!

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    1. I had a DELNA test before. The listening for that test was really pleasant on the ears.

      Not this one: Too many screechy type voices that feel like nails on a blackboard.

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  7. Kiasu teachers? haha

    I would suggest my friends to take this test. Lengthy reading ha? aiyyo..

    will find free time and nail it! i hpe i will :)

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    1. If your friends are currently teaching, they will not have a choice.
      I bet your lecturers took this test too!

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  8. Anonymous26/7/12 09:54

    OMG! I didn't put my ic number for the candidate number?? is that okay with it? I just put number 4 for the candidate number

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    1. You and me both as well as thousands of other teachers in the country. I guess it should be fine since they generated a token for you. They can trace your name anyway.

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  9. Anonymous24/4/13 18:39

    I came across this post and I just want to state my opinion (I am a teacher trainee).
    1. It is not difficult at all; you just need to be attentive and think. This is how the westerners test their students.
    2. The accent is ok. It wasnt as heavy as we thought it would be.My advice is be familiar with British accent before you sit for the test, it helps.
    3. It does not stop because it gives you a chance to answer the last question.
    4. Do not worry if it takes years to load because the loading time is not counted.

    Cheers

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    1. Great! Thanks for sharing your tips!
      People will definitely benefit from reading this.

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  10. This was actually pretty fun! I wish I could have taken the real exam and not the Demo Test.....I know, I am a dork

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    1. hahaha~~~ You're only saying this because you're an overachiever.

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  11. I'm a teacher trainee. I just know the result this afternoon. I got C1.

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    1. Congratulations! That's a good score!
      I'm still in the dark. Sad.

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    2. Well, thank you :) Don't be sad, there's a light at the end of the road, always~

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  12. Anonymous27/7/13 21:18

    I am still waiting for my results. I sat for CPT in June 2012.

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    1. Me too. Our results are a super SULIT secret. But if you call your PPD, maybe they'll tell you.

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  13. Anonymous8/10/13 22:05

    No result means no transparency.

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    1. Test shouldn't be too transparent. But not letting us know our results & yet condemning us for performing poorly is unethical.

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  14. for result
    http://apps.moe.gov.my/abpg/CPT/
    got c1..phew..

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  15. Anonymous6/9/14 21:23

    Sat for my CPT in 2012 and later for Aptis in April 2014. Got C2 for CPT and C1 for Aptis, Looking forward to get the one-off promised by KPM.

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    1. Anonymous9/12/14 00:53

      I thought those who got C2 don't need to take APTIS anymore?

      Anyway, is this test qualified to be used for international purposes? Or do I need to take IELTS too? Anyone knows how to take those?

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    2. Nope. This test is in NO WAY qualified for anything! It's supposed to be a mere diagnostic test. APTIS carries more weight because it is more comprehensive.

      I've taken the TOEFL test & written about it. It costs US$180. It has only a few test centres in Malaysia.
      I've written some tips for TOEFL.

      If you're looking for IELTS, it costs US$210. It's available at British Council branches nationwide. Seriously, you would have found this out with a simple Google search.

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  16. Hi Mr. I heard from someone that there is a database with the whole questions and answers of the cpt, if you know how or where can I find it please let me know, thank you!!!

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    1. I'm very sure someone in China has found a way to hack the system. But, I have no idea who. I'm sorry, I can't be of any assistance there.

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