GETS Higher

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


The GETS Higher test scores are useful to Schools, Colleges, Universities to ascertain the English proficiency levels of their students and prospective students, enabling the planning of suitable language development programmes.


GETS Test is useful to corporate organisations in their recruitment process for screening of prospective employees and also as part of campus recruitment. the test is developed using social, educational, and workplace contexts.


GETS Higher Test is developed by a highly experienced team of English language practitioners 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 (CEFR). GETS is available as a paper based test and also delivered through the Internet at authorised test centres.


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Test Format


Reading Description
60 min

5 Parts / 40 questions

Approximate text length:

  • Part 1 :  140 - 200 words or a visual representation of information
  • Part 2 :  200 - 300 words
  • Part 3 :  300 - 400 words
  • Part 4 :  400 - 500 words
  • Part 5 :  500 - 600 words
Test-takers are required to respond to questions based on a reading of approximately 1800 to 2000 words.

Task types : 3 option multiple choice; gap fill with 1 - 3 words; true / false; multiple matching; categorisation.

Skills tested : Reading to understand the main ideas; reading for specific information; reading for detailed factual information; reading for detailed understanding of texts; reading to interpret information; understanding attitudes & opinions of writer; reading for gist and overall meaning; recognising meaning of words and phrases from context; following text organisation features.

Task source : Designed using authentic / adapted, real - world materials such as notices, messages, articles from newspapers, magazines and websites, personal correspondence, encyclopaedia entries, brochures, reports, data information sheets, fiction, advertisements and manuals.

No. of questions : A total of 40 questions (8 questions in each part).

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


Writing Description
60 min

3 Tasks

  • Task 1 :  35 - 40 words
  • Task 2 :  90 - 120 words
  • Task 3 :  150 - 180 words
Task 1 : Write a message, note, e-mail or short personal letter.

Task 2 : Write a report to explain the key points or stages of input data or graphical information and to summarise it.

Task 3 : Write an essay in response to a problem, point of view or argument. Test-taker will be required to outline the problem, present a solution and an opinion and justify it.


Listening Description
Approximately 45 min

4 Parts / 30 questions
Task types : 3 option multiple-choice; gap-fill with 1 - 3 words; true / false; multiple matching; categorisation based on listening of monologues, short dialogues or narratives in a variety of accents.

Skills tested : Listening for main points; listening for overall meaning; listening for specific information; listening for detailed meaning; listening for opinions of speakers. Setting of the listening texts would be both familiar and commonplace and also outside the usual experience.

Task source : Designed using authentic, adapted or real-world listening tracks such as talks, discussions, telephone conversations, announcements, radio programmes, interviews, lectures, short dialogues, monologues.

No. of questions : A total of 30 questions (6 to 8 questions in each part).

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


Speaking Description
10 - 14 min

5 Parts
Part 1 : (2 - 3 min) Questions on work, study, interests and familiar topics.

Part 2 : (1 min) Reading aloud-4 sentences.

Part 3 : (2 - 3 min) Talk on a given topic for 1 minute or over. Candidate is provided verbal prompts and 30 seconds to prepare.

Part 4 : (2 - 3 min) Making comparisons between two pictures on a related theme. Candidate needs to talk for 1 - 2 minutes.

Part 5 : (3 - 4 min) Answering general questions related to the theme of the pictures in Part 4. Candidate is required to provide extended responses and present a personal point of view.

Grading System

Scores are awarded out of 100. Raw scores are converted to GETS Level 1 to 4 and awarded for each skill / module, plus an overall average Level.

Each module carries 25% weightage.


75% - 100% GETS Level 4
50% - 74% GETS Level 3
36% - 49% GETS Level 2
35% & below GETS Level 1