I received an ultimatum to do a language test for Erasmus to determine the language skill level before and after the exchange period. What ensued was quiet irritating and somewhat hilarious...
Firstly, they required me to fill in personal information. With Firefox nothing I did worked. Pressing submit just scrolled the page up a bit, no error messages, nothing. With Internet Explorer that part worked, so I could continue.
The test itself consisted of five sections: Reading comprehension, Listening comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Key communicative phrases. Since Erasmus is an European entity, the language used was British English, irregardless of what English the tested person was used to.
Note: I'm very fluent in English, so my questions were from the hardest level. At least I assume the test works that way since it shows the difficulty level increasing with every correct answer until maximum.
The Key communicative phrases section included phrases like "let the cat out of the bag" and "cool as a cucumber", which are kind of usual phrases, I guess.
In the listening section the multiple choices included "the pro's outweigh the con's, I assure you!" So the people making the test can't even distinguish between plural and possessive forms of words?
Or how about a question with four choices, of which two were "An overwhelming majority"? Which one is the correct, since that was the correct beginning for "of voters in the Republic of Ireland backed the Treaty in the second referendum." And it wasn't the only question with two exactly the same answers.
Or what two words would you fill in for "She not only looked at confidential files, but also ___ ___ a colleague's computer"? Smashed up? Peed in? Locked up? Took away? There are so many possibilities.
Or how about a sentence "Jake’s memory is not was it has been"? "The train was too late again", as opposed to being appropriately late, or not-too-late?
Reporting these problems was done via email and since there were many, I already received complaints for not reporting them "in a more appropriate way" and they don't even know what part the reports are about, even though they put debug data into the email. Well, how about making a web form instead and having all the data there, including the text on the page?
Oh, and I wasn't surprised when the test claimed I have level C2 English. Probably I do, but I wouldn't allow this test to determine anything above B2, probably.
And here are some nice screenshots, since they asked for them: