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Life and Work Listening

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CASAS is pleased to announce that the Life and Work Listening 980 series (Forms 981-986) is approved for NRS reporting purposes through February 2, 2017. CASAS is working closely with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) [formerly the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)] to extend approval beyond 2017.

The Life and Work Listening 980 series is available in CASAS eTests Online and on audio CDs.

The Life and Work Listening 80 series (Forms 81-86) will continue to be offered by CASAS and is available in CASAS eTests and in a CD-delivered format. Please note that the 80 series is not approved for NRS reporting.

Both the 980 series and the 80 series are listening comprehension series that monitor the progress of your ESL/ELL/VESL students through pre- and post-testing. These competency-based series help to identify the listening skills that your English language students need as you prepare them to function successfully in today's society.

 

Delivery Formats

980 Series (Forms 981-986)

CASAS eTests Online
CASAS eTests Desktop
Audio CD

80 Series (Forms 81-86)

CASAS eTests Online
CASAS eTests Desktop
Audio CD

Scoring Options

CASAS eTests
TOPSpro Software
Manual Scoring (answer keys are included in Test Administration Manuals)

Advantages and Benefits

  • Three levels of pre- and post-tests, from Level A (beginning ESL literacy) to Level C (advanced ESL)
  • Measures six levels as defined by the National Reporting System (NRS)
  • Audio CD format requires students to listen and to record their responses on an answer sheet
    • Level A uses a picture prompt booklet for one section of the test
    • Levels B and C have no test booklets
  • Tests easy to administer, score, and interpret
  • Balance of life skills and employment-related content
  • Test questions powerfully relevant to the everyday lives of today's adult learners
  • Appropriate for the listening skills of English Language Learners

Sample Test Items

Download the Life and Work Listening sample test items to help familiarize yourself and your students with the format and content of Life and Work Listening.

Test Specifics

Life and Work Listening assessments correlate to CASAS Competencies and to CASAS Content Standards. Use student test results to help target instruction.

Listening tests are administered by using CASAS eTests or by audio CDs.

The test requires students to listen and to record their responses either on the computer or an answer sheet.

  • Level A uses a picture prompt booklet for one section of the test
  • Levels B and C have no test booklets
  • Tests take between 40 and 50 minutes to complete
980 Series
Life and Work Listening
CASAS
Level
Form
Number
Number of
Test Items
Time
Per Test
A Form 981 38 49 minutes
A Form 982 38 49 minutes
B Form 983 38 52 minutes
B Form 984 38 52 minutes
C Form 985 38 51 minutes
C Form 986 38 51 minutes

 

80 Series
Life and Work Listening
CASAS
Level
Form
Number
Number of
Test Items
Time
Per Test
A Form 81 30 45 minutes
A Form 82 30 45 minutes
B Form 83 30 50 minutes
B Form 84 30 50 minutes
C Form 85 31 40 minutes
C Form 86 31 40 minutes

 

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CASAS offers self-paced online Implementation Training at no cost. If you have not yet completed Implementation Training, you'll need to do so prior to ordering the Life and Work Listening series.

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