The Global Scale of English: A new solution that’s off the scale

The Global Scale of English logoThe Global Scale of English (GSE), the world’s first truly global English language standard, will allow you to measure progress accurately and easily. Our ultimate ambition is to provide learners – wherever they are in the world – with the answers to these questions:

  1. How good is my English?
  2. Am I progressing?
  3. What do I need to do next?

Introducing the Global Scale of English

The four parts of the GSE ecosystem

The GSE ecosystem is made up of four parts

  1. The Global Scale of English itself (with a scale from 10 to 90).
  2. The GSE Learning Objectives, which provide a clear and precise definition of what learners can be expected to do at a particular level.

    Learning Objectives Academic

    Learning Objectives Adult Learners

    Learning Objectives Professional

    Learning Objectives Young Learners

  3. Course materials aligned to the Global Scale of English.
  4. Assessment tools designed to profile a learner’s proficiency for all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Personalisation of Progress - the Global Scale of English ecosystem

Personalisation of Progress – the Global Scale of English ecosystem

Because of the Global Scale of English ecosystem, learners of each level can get separate scores for each skill – speaking, listening, reading and writing, so they always know where their strengths are and where they need to improve. Click here to learn more about the ecosystem.

Global Scale of English alignment with other scales

The GSE is aligned to other scales you may have heard of, such as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and high-stakes tests such as IELTS and TOEFL. You can use the Global Scale of English to guide your learning no matter what your ultimate goal is.

Learn how we’re mapping English proficiency levels and learning goals to the Global Scale of English.

GSE Teacher Toolkit: Find the right Learning Objectives, grammar and vocabulary

The Global Scale of English Teacher Toolkit will save you time and improve the quality and relevance of your English classes. It gives you fast access to GSE Learning Objectives, grammar and vocabulary to help you plan lessons at the right level for your students. Best of all, it’s completely free to use.

GSE Teacher Toolkit

GSE Teacher Toolkit Screenshot

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

We have an expanding programme of collaboration with external researchers in universities all over the world. Our Technical Advisory Group comprises experts from language testing, psychometrics and teaching who provide feedback, advice and critical assessment.

The independent group of experts guides the work of Pearson English in developing the Global Scale of English and the GSE Learning Objectives. They also have oversight of the Pearson English suite of English language tests, including PTE Academic and Progress. Click here to learn more about the Advisory Group.

Collaborating with teachers worldwide to create the GSE Learning Objectives

The project to calibrate the GSE Learning Objectives has involved thousands of experienced ELT teachers from over 50 countries. Some attended training workshops and others took part via online surveys. All teachers rated the difficulty of newly created learning objectives – on either the Global Scale of English or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The data was then collated and analysed by a team of psychometricians.

This research project is ongoing and Pearson English would love to hear from experienced teachers who are interested in helping to rate new levels. For further information, please contact us at rating@pearson.com.



For more information about the Global Scale of English, click here.

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