Every learning journey is unique
The Benchmark Test is an assessment designed to measure learning progress, within one of four available levels most suited to your students.
This straightforward yet powerful tool makes it easy to measure real progress, fast. And with just a few basic requirements, the test can even be taken from home.
Use the Benchmark Test alongside any English course to smooth and accelerate the journey to fluency.
* Pearson’s Progress Test has been upgraded to Pearson’s Benchmark Test.
* The Benchmark Test is aligned to the Global Scale of English (GSE).
The GSE is the first truly global English standard, allowing teachers to more accurately and more easily measure learner progress. To learn more, jump to the GSE section.
Why choose the Benchmark Test?
Scores are based on the Global Scale of English (GSE) as well as the CEFR, meaning progress can be measured in small increments within each level.
Use with any course
This test is course-agnostic, meaning it measures real language skills and progress to enhance any teaching programm.
Relieve the burden of time and resources spent creating, administering and marking tests – while minimizing human error and receiving reliable results.
Backed by market-leading artificial intelligence technology and developed by the team who created PTE Academic, trusted around the world.
Benchmark Test facts
Type of test
Proficiency and progress
Assess 4 skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing)
4 test levels available
for CEFR bands A, B1, B2, C.
Length: 45 mins
Where: Online, at home or
in the classroom*
Admin platform: Pearson English Test Hub
Primary score: GSE
Other scores: CEFR
Detailed performance summary for each skill
Recommendations for teachers and students
Mapping to Pearson English courseware
Learner: Upper secondary schools, Universities, Private language schools
Level: All levels (CEFR <A1-C2; GSE 10-90)
Pearson English AI technology
* Suitable test environment required, including PC, headset (with boom mic for Speaking test only) and Internet connectivity throughout. Test location to be specified by institution.
Student and group score reports
* Sample score report in Japanese will be available soon
Delivered in minutes, individual and group score reports give detailed insights into students’ abilities and how they can improve.
The Benchmark Test experience
Students are presented with a wide range of question types, to give learners the chance to demonstrate their skills in different ways. Questions target individual and integrated skills.
From filling in word gaps and completing reading comprehension exercises to describing a picture and replying to spoken prompts, the Benchmark Test assesses the full extent of students’ abilities at the given level.
Here are a few examples:
Global Scale of English
We develop our English language courseware and assessment on a single scale – the Global Scale of English (GSE).
The GSE is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and EIKEN’s Common Scale of English, so that you can move seamlessly between courses and exams at any level, visualizing your students’ language progress with built-in monitoring tools.
The Benchmark Test provides the GSE scores as a part of the test result so you can utilize it to choose courseware at the right level for your students.
Learn more here
The Benchmark Test works alongside the Pearson English Level Test to first stream students, and then track their progress in detail.
Both tests are administered via Pearson English Test Hub, delivering rich insights into your learners’ needs and the effectiveness of your teaching programme, plus tailored recommendations for improvement.
* Please note that Pearson’s Benchmark Test is currently only available for group lessons. Minimum purchase order requirements might apply.