How our test assesses Italian language skills
In Picked’s Italian language test, candidates are presented with a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the Common European Framework B2 (upper-intermediate) level, the test questions are designed to indicate how well a candidate comprehends Italian.
Candidates do not need any knowledge for the test except for linguistic proficiency, making it suitable for any position that requires Italian. The test uses multiple-choice questions, which is a format that most applicants are comfortable with and allows for quick, objective grading.
Apart from the correct answer, the other response options, known as distractors, are mostly common mistakes or misconceptions, which improves the question's ability to accurately measure where a candidate’s proficiency lies.
To ensure this test met our quality standards, it was rigorously analysed during the development process to maximise its reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. The test was written, examined and revised by Italian language and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample, matching the varying levels of experience you might find in a talent pool.
In other words, this test has demonstrated consistency and assesses language as intended. Raw scores are provided and can be compared across candidates, to evaluate how they stack up.
To ensure candidates have a fair chance of exhibiting their true level of Italian proficiency, a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds scrutinised the test to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues.
Our team also continually monitors and analyses the test to ensure it is performing optimally and to check for fairness issues.