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The ERF Placement Test


The Extensive Reading Foundation has developed its own placement test whereby students read passages at slowly increasing levels of difficulty and then report on how difficult each passage seems to be for themselves. The result is a number on the ERF 16-point scale which can then be correlated with your preferred book leveling system.


The test is available at:


Other Placement Tests


You can use one of the following freely available placement tests to ascertain your students' initial level. Refer to the level chart on this page, or Rob Waring's comprehensive chart to equate their level to that of other publishers.


Cambridge Placement Test

The Cambridge placement test is to be taken online.


Macmillan Level Test

This online test employs vocabulary-picture matching and some drag and drop cloze activities to place students into one of the six Macmillan reader levels.


Oxford Level Tests

Online tests directly accessible by students. There are two tests at each of the seven Bookworms levels.


Penguin Level Test

The Penguin Level Tests are PDF files, specific to each level range. You can administer them in a regular classroom.



This table below shows a very rough correspondence between the Kyoto levels and other language level criteria. You can use this to determine initial (tentative) reading levels for your students. Note that it is desirable for their reading level to be somewhat below their actual current ability.


Kyoto TOEIC TOEFL C E F R ERF Scale Lexile Yomiyasusa Level

Level 1 250 350 A1 BM 100-300 0.7-1.0
Level 2 280 365 A1
BH 175-400 1.0-1.2
Level 3 320 380 A1
EE 250-500 1.2-1.6
Level 4 380 400 A2 EM 325-600 1.6-2.6
Level 5 450 430 A2
EH 400-700 2.6-3.2
Level 6 500 450 B1 IE 475-800 3.2-3.6
Level 7 650 550 B1 IM 600-900 3.8-4.0
Level 8 850 600 B2 AE 700-1000 4.5-5.0
Level 9 950 677 C1 AH+ 900+ 5.5-6.0


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