Why does DynEd’s Placement Test stop at the 3.2 level?

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DynEd’s Placement Test is based on the Foreign Service Institute scale which ranges from 0.0~5.0.  This scale is used to gauge the general language proficiency of US government employees assigned to work overseas.  Scores above 3.0 are considered to be at near native speaker level, with 5.0 being the level of a well-spoken, highly-educated, proficient native speaker.  DynEd’s focus is to assist students in reaching a 3.0~3.2 proficiency level, which, when achieved, means they should no longer need the help of non-native speaker English courses, but be able to continue their study using realia and everyday native speaker materials.

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