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Life and Work Listening

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The series monitors the progress of ESL/ELL/VESL students through pre- and post-testing and helps to identify the listening skills that they need as you prepare them to function in English in today's society.

Delivery Formats

980 Series (Forms 981-986)

CASAS eTests Online
Audio CD

Scoring Options

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

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 mark 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
  • Life and Work Listening tests correlate to CASAS Competencies and to CASAS Content Standards. Test results help target instruction.

Test Specifics

Tests take between 40 and 50 minutes to complete.

980 Series
Life and Work Listening
Number of
Test Items
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


Sample Test Items

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


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


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