Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Who can take the WPLN?

  • Anyone aged 16 or above
  • Minimum understanding of English Language: Ability to write name and simple words and phrases in English.
  • For individuals taking WPLN assessments in order to enter National Institute of Technical Education Certificate courses offered by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), minimum age of 18 years old for females and 20 years old for males (after serving National Service)

Who is eligible to take the WPLN assessments and to qualify for the subsidised assessment fees?

  • Singaporeans/Singapore Permanent Residents;
  • Anyone 16 years and above;
  • If not taking the assessments within the 90-day lockout period; and
  • Individuals taking WPLN assessments in order to enter National Institute of Technical Education Certificate courses offered by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), minimum age of 18 years old for females and 20 years old for males (after serving National Service)

How can I pay for the WPLN assessment?

The available modes of payment are Visa/ Mastercard/ eNets. SkillsFuture Credits will be available as a mode of payment from 1 February 2020. If you require assistance in registering for the test, please contact the British Council WPLN dedicated Customer Services team.

 

How is the WPLN structured?

Please refer to the Candidate Guide for information about the test. This helps candidates prepare for the tests and has an overview of the tests and each component is described in detail. You’ll find advice on how to prepare for the tests, as well as information on how the test is marked.

How is the WPLN Assessment Scored?

Speaking and Writing skills are scored by human examiners. All other skills are scored automatically.

How are WPLN results reported?

The test results are reported on a numerical scale (0 - 50) and their corresponding WPLN proficiency levels.

You will receive a Candidate Report from the British Council with results for each component you have attempted The number of results on your report depends on the number of components that you have taken. .

When will WPLN test takers be able to view their results?

All WPLN assessment results will be available through the registration and payment system within 5 days of the tests being completed.

What is the Core Grammar and Vocabulary component? Is it compulsory?

The Core Grammar and Vocabulary test gives candidates a score out of 50 for their grammar and vocabulary proficiency. The component is compulsory, and has to be taken by the individual taking a literacy assessment, regardless of the number of literacy skills assessments he/she is sitting for.

How is my WPL Assessment score linked to the CEFR?

Your WPL scale score (see your certificate) has been linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is a language proficiency framework which is used around the world (see www.coe.int for more information).

The number in each cell is the minimum WPL scale score required to be classified in that CEFR level for that skill (test component). There are no CEFR levels for Grammar and Vocabulary.  

 WPL CEFR Cutscores

Component

A1

A2

B1

B2

C

Listening

8 16 24 34 42

Reading

8 16 26 38 46

Writing

6 18 26 40 48

Speaking

4 16 26 41 48