The ABLE B2 examination is developed and scored by Hellenic American University, a non-profit institution of higher education chartered in the state of New Hampshire, USA, in accordance with best practices in language assessment.
All parts of the examination are written following specific guidelines and test specification. Items are pretested to ensure the validity and reliability of the examination. Care is taken that the tests are fair and accessible to all candidates.
The ABLE B2 examination tests communicative competence in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Some important features of the ABLE B2 examination are the following:
Listening: All oral texts are heard twice (preparation time is given to candidates before each part).
Use of language: Specific grammatical structures are tested. There is no individual section which tests vocabulary knowledge; vocabulary is tested through integrated tasks.
Writing: Candidates have 40 minutes to complete one task.
Lists of general topics for the Speaking and Writing sections are available in advance in order to help teachers prepare their students more effectively.
The Hellenic American Union will start administering ABLE B2 shortly, in test centers throughout Greece