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GETS (Global English Testing Services) Higher is a 21st century English language proficiency test designed to assess the communicative abilities of a test-taker in all four key language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The test can be taken for all the four component modules together or as separate tests for any of the four language skills.

GETS Higher scores help schools, colleges and universities ascertain the English proficiency levels of their students and prospective students, enabling thorough planning of suitable language development programmes to support their students. The test is equally useful to higher education institutions as part of their student enrollment procedures.

GETS Higher is valuable to corporate organisations too, in their recruitment process. It supports the screening of job applicants on the basis of essential English proficiency levels required for specific roles in an organisation.

The test is developed using everyday social, educational and workplace contexts. GETS Higher is developed by highly experienced teams of English language practitioners and experts who have been associated with international English language proficiency tests and diagnostic tools. The scores are mapped to the international standards in language – Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). The exercises in the test reflect current trends in language learning and teaching.

GETS Higher is available as a paper based test and also delivered through the internet at authorised test centres.

The GETS Higher is administered in a secure environment at an ‘Authorised Test Centre’. The test is administered on-demand, subject to conditions.

Log on to www.getsworld.com to find a test centre nearest to you.

If you wish to have a test administration at a location not listed, please email us at support@getsworld.com with your request.

GETS Higher is designed to measure the English proficiency of candidates in all four language skills at the seven levels of the GETS Scale of English. Refer to the GETS Scale of English for a description of the language abilities at each of these seven levels.

While there is no course to complete before the test, test-takers could famil-iarise themselves with the test-format, task types and use an appropriate intermediate and upper intermediate language course to prepare for the desired level.

Visit www.getsworld.com to read the GETS Scale of English and to access a sample test and other support for test preparation.

Scores are awarded out of 100. Raw scores for each skill / module are converted to GETS Levels 1 to 7 as detailed in the GETS Scale of English.

Each module carries 25% weightage.

A reference to CEFR levels against the GETS scores achieved is reported, basis research carried out by the GETS test development team.

Modules / Skills

GETS Higher assesses the four key skills of English language.

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Test Format and Description


4 Parts / 30 questions

Approximately 40 min:

  • Part 1 : 1.5 to 2 min

  • Part 2 : 03 to 3.5 min

  • Part 3 : 3.5 to 04 min

  • Part 4 : 3.5 to 04 min

Each track is played twice.


Task types : Gap-fill; sentence completion; table completion; three option multiple-choice; True/ False and similar objective-type questions based on listening of dialogues, monologues or narratives in a standard variety of accents.

Skills tested : Following dictation; listening for specific information and for details; listening for detailed meaning; listening to identify attitude and opinions of speakers; listening for gist and main idea. Listening texts are set in both familiar contexts and those outside the everyday experience.

Text source : Designed using authentic and/or adapted real-world listening tracks such as announcements, dialogues, discussions, interviews, lectures, monologues, narratives, presentations, radio programmes, talks, telephone conversations.

No. of questions : A total of 30 questions.

Marking : One mark for each correct answer. No negative marking for incorrect answers.


60 min

5 Parts / 40 questions

Approximate text length:

  • Part 1 :250 - 300 words

  • Part 2 : 200 - 250 words

  • Part 3 : 400 - 450 words

  • Part 4 : 500 - 550 words

  • Part 5 : 400 - 450 words


Test takers are required to respond to questions based on a reading of approximately 1800 to 2000 words.

Task types : Gapped text; multiple matching; multiple-choice questions; True/False/Not Given.

Skills tested : Reading for specific information and for details; reading to understand main ideas; reading for detailed comprehension; reading to understand attitude, opinions and purpose of the writer; reading for gist and global meaning; reading to interpret information (inference); reading to understand meaning from context; following text organisation features; reading to understand text structure, cohesion and coherence.

Text source : The test is designed using authentic or adapted real-world materials such as advertisements, articles from newspapers, brochures, data information sheets, encyclopaedia entries, fiction, magazines, manuals, messages, notices, personal correspondence, reports and websites.

No. of questions : A total of 40 questions.

Marking : One mark for each correct answer. No negative marking for incorrect answers.


60 min

3 Tasks

  • Task 1 : 35 - 40 words

  • Task 2 : 90 - 120 words

  • Task 3 : 180 - 200 words


Task 1 : Write an e-mail, message, note or a short personal letter.

Task 2 : Compare, contrast and summarise the key points of input data or graphical information.

Task 3 : Present a piece of discursive writing as a summary of the arguments for and against a particular viewpoint and one’s opinion about a topic or subject of general interest. Test-takers maybe required to outline a problem, present a solution or their opinion and justify it.


12 - 14 min

5 Parts


Part 1 : (2 - 3 min) Answer questions on family, home, interests, study, work and other familiar topics.

Part 2 : (1 min) Read aloud four sentences.

Part 3 : (1 - 2 min) Talk on a given topic for 1 minute. Candidates are provided verbal prompts and have 30 seconds to prepare their talk.

Part 4 : (2 - 3 min) Make comparisons between two pictures on a related theme. Candidates need to talk for 1-2 minutes.

Part 5 : (2 - 3 min) Answer general questions on topical subjects related to the theme of the pictures in Part 4. Candidates are required to express their views and feelings, expand and support their ideas and provide extended responses.

Selection & Mode

While it is suggested that a test taker sits all the four modules at the same time, it is possible to select one or a combination of modules at any one time. The following selection is available for a test taker :

  • Complete test (all four modules together)

  • Listening only

  • Reading only

  • Writing only

  • Speaking only

OR a combination of test modules from the above.

GETS Higher is available under the following modes of delivery :

  • Pen & Paper

  • Computer / Internet

  • Speaking test can be administered via Telephone and / or via WebEx

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