The Practical English Proficiency instrument measures the extent to which a candidate can comprehend and converse in the English language as well as the candidate’s ability to reason in an analytical and logical way in a verbal context. The General Language Proficiency of a candidate is broken down into three main categories.

The first of these is called Language Proficiency and is built up by the candidate’s knowledge of the structure of the language; his/her ability to express himself/herself in a comprehensive and understandable manner when writing in English; and the candidate’s understanding of the relation value of objects and terms in the English language.

The second category is called the Vocabulary and Understanding of Words. This category is built up by the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of emotional and abstract language; his/her ability to use and comprehend concepts and the difference between concepts; and the candidate’s ability to correctly spell words in the English language.

The third category is called the Comprehensive Ability. This category is built up by the candidate’s ability to understand the contextual meaning, and his/her comprehension and ability to follow a conversation in the English Language. The above three categories are presented in the A-Section of the Summarized Report.

These three categories, the ability to express oneself; the ability to comprehend the words of the language; and the ability to understand the context and use of the language, together with the candidate’s ability to reason in an analytical and logical way in a verbal context, constitute the structure of a candidate’s General Language Proficiency status (using 50 items). The latter ability (i.e., to reason in an analytical and logical way) is reflected in the B-Section of the test and represents, to a large extent, the candidate’s Verbal Intelligence (using 15 items).

The PEP-test consists in total of 65 test-items and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

Measuring Areas – Scales: Two Main Structure and Six Substructure

1. Language Proficiency

  1. Grammar & Language Structure
  2. Vocabulary & Understanding Words
  3. Comprehensive Ability

2. General Verbal Reasoning/Intelligence

  1. Verbal Discretionary Insight
  2. Verbal Reasoning
  3. Comprehensive Ability

Purpose: Comprehensive measuring of Language Proficiency

  1. Selection
  2. Training & Development
  3. Project Planning
  4. As well as seven supportive measuring areas.


Reliability: Ranging from 0.88 to 0.96 (Significant).

Validity: Ranging from 0.57 to 0.71 (Significant).

Fairness: Research indicates that the test strongly favours the English speaking subgroup in any population as well as differentiates, at the second order, in favour of the education subgroup in especially populations where members studied through the English language media. In all other of the critically sensitive factors, no significant statistical difference could be found in applying the Norming Process. (N = 11.474; Significant at 0.001 level).

Readability & Ease of Comprehension: Considering this being one of the differential purposes of developing and applying the PEP, it does not really apply.


The PEP can be used at a grade 6 schooling level.

The PEP can be applied and interpreted by a competent person in the training and education HR-fields.

It is important to supervise the assessees.


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