Product Information

Service Provision

The PROGOS®service is available in two formats, namely, a test or as a system. For more details, please contact us.

Test Description

A 20-minute business English speaking test with a variety of open-ended questions.

Part 1Interview
Answer each question within 20 seconds.
Give relevant responses to general and business related questions.
Ten(10) interview questions
No preparation time
Answer time: 20 seconds per question
Part 2Reading Aloud
Read eight (8) sentences aloud.
Each sentence is shown on a screen → Read it aloud.
Read the sentences correctly and intelligibly.
Eight (8) sentences
No preparation time
Answer time: 10 seconds per sentence
Part 3Presentation
One (1) topic-based task with three (3) required points.
Present the topic and expand on each required point.
One (1) task
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Answer time: 60 seconds
Part 4Graphics Presentation
Present a graph.
Present the graph by describing the facts and the information shown.
One (1) task
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Answer time: 60 seconds
Part 5Communication Activity
One (1) conversation-based task with four (4) audio prompts.
Respond to the prompts like in a conversational situation and spontaneously.
One (1) task with four (4) audio prompts
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Answer time: 30 seconds after each prompt

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Test Evaluation and Feedback

Test Evaluation is based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the CEFR-J. The manual evaluation is conducted by trained and experienced evaluators.
The evaluation focuses on task achievement, appropriateness, and the quality of the responses.

Overall Evaluation
(CEFR - J Level)

Task Achievement

  • Are you fulfilling all the requirements of the communication goal?
  • Are you able to successfully complete all the criteria set out in the task?
Analytical Evaluation
(CEFR Level)
  • Range

    Knowledge and variety of vocabulary, expressions and phrases

  • Accuracy

    Knowledge and correct use of grammar

  • Fluency

    The ability to speak
    easily and correctly

  • Interaction

    The skill to start, maintain
    and/or end a conversation

  • Coherence

    The organization of ideas in a logic manner

  • Phonology

    Intelligible pronunciation,
    intonation and stress

The following are also included in the feedback sheets:
・ The Can-Do descriptor of the CEFR level result.
・ General feedback and advice on how to improve speaking skills by one PROGOS/CEFR-J level.


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Overall Evaluation

Evaluated at CEFR-compliant (CEFR-J) level

Analytical Evaluation

6 analytical aspects defined by CEFR

  • arrow_right_alt The Can-Do descriptor of the CEFR level result.
  • arrow_right_altGeneral feedback and advice on how to improve speaking skills by one level.
  • arrow_right_altSpecific study advice for achieving item ②.

Advisors for PROGOS® (human evaluation)

In charge of advising on test design, test and task implementation, etc.

Prof. Yukio Tono

Leading scholar in CEFR research in Japan
Prof. Yukio Tono
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

・CEFR-J Project Leader
・Instructor of NHK radio and TV English programs

In charge of evaluating the final stages of planning and development.

Prof. Masashi Negishi

Leading scholar in language testing
Prof. Masashi Negishi
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

・Participated in the development of large-scale language tests
・Co-leader in the CEFR-J Project, developing CEFR-based language tests