About MELAB or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

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MELAB evaluates advanced-level English language competence

 

MELAB is recognised by USA, Canada, British and other countries

 

The MELAB tests an individual on 4 basic skills

MELAB or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery

What is MELAB?

The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery or MELAB evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult non-native speakers of English. The MELAB is taken by students who are seeking admission to USA, Canada, British and other countries offering education in English. The test is also taken by professionals for proving their English skills.

 

What is the format of the exam?

The MELAB tests an individual on 4 basic skills i.e. Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking. The test is of 2 and a half to 3 and a half duration and consists of written composition, listening comprehension test and a multiple-choice test containing grammar, close reading, vocabulary and reading comprehension problems.

The speaking test under MELAB, though, is an optional test. It is required for some professional certification programmes and also for the applicants of the University of Michigan.

 

What would each section of MELAB Test include?

The MELAB tests a student in the four basic language skills areas i.e., writing, listening, reading and speaking. The details are mentioned below:

Section

Time

Description

Number of Items

Writing

30 minutes

Students have to write an essay based on one of the two topic choices.

1 task

Listening

35-40 minutes

Part 1 (multiple choice)

A short recorded question or statement is accompanied by three printed responses. Students choose the statement that conveys a reasonable answer or response.  

18

Part 2 (multiple choice)

A recorded conversation is accompanied by three printed statements. Students choose the statement that means about the same thing as what is heard.

22

Part 3 (multiple choice)

Four recorded interviews, such as those that might be heard on the radio, are each followed by recorded comprehension questions. The questions and answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Test takers choose the correct answer from the choices.

20

Grammar

Cloze

Vocabulary

Reading

80 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of four words or phrase to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

32

Cloze (multiple choice)

Two passages with deletions are followed by choices of words and phrases to complete the text. Students must choose the word or phrase that best fills the blank in items of grammar and meaning.

24

Vocabulary (multiple choice)

An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of four words or phrases to complete it. Students must choose the option that best completes the sentence in terms of meaning.

31

Reading (multiple choice)

Four reading passages are followed by comprehension questions. Students choose the correct answer form the printed answer choices.

23

Speaking

15 minutes

Students engage in conversation with an examiner.

 

 

 

What is the passing score for MELAB?

There is no official passing score on the MELAB. It depends on the eligibility criteria of different institutions and organisations that accept MELAB scores.

 

How to register for MELAB?

You can contact a nearby centre for MELAB registration.

Click here to know a centre near you

 

What is the cost for MELAB Test?

The cost for the MELAB Test can be confirmed from a MELAB centre near you. 





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