August 26, 2021

National Geographic Learning Introduces an Adaptive Online Placement Test for English Language Learners

BOSTON—August 26, 2021 — National Geographic Learning, a Cengage Group brand, is today introducing National Geographic Learning Online Placement Test, an adaptive online test to help institutions quickly and reliably assess English language learners around the globe and place them in one of fourteen levels correlated to the Common European Framework of Reference. 

“We believe half of the world will speak or learn English by 2030 because proficient English is the gateway to a promising career for millions across the globe,” said Alexander Broich, President of Cengage Global Businesses and General Manager for English Language Teaching. “As enrollments are growing by up to 5 percent annually, institutions need a valid and reliable test to place students at the correct level of English learning. Our online placement test addresses that need without human testers – and at scale.”


National Geographic Learning’s adaptive test, designed for learners ages 15 and older, auto-collects speaking samples for a finer degree of placement and features a Score Report for each test-taker with skill-specific scores for listening, reading and use of language.

“For our students, faculty and staff, having ready access to a high-quality placement instrument is an absolute necessity,” said Richard McDorman, Chief Academic Officer for Language On Schools in Florida. “With National Geographic Learning’s new placement test, we can be assured our students will enter the right level of our program so students can benefit from our instruction and shine, both inside and outside class, as they live their English adventure.”

The Online Placement Test database includes a broad range of questions that reflect real-world contexts and authentic audio featuring global speakers. All questions have undergone rigorous global user-testing to ensure validity, led by a panel of leading assessment experts.

The Online Placement Test already has early pre-launch adoptions in the United States, Mexico and Vietnam. To learn more about National Geographic Learning’s Online Placement Test, visit:

About National Geographic Learning

National Geographic Learning, a Cengage Group brand, is a leading educational publisher for the English Language Teaching and secondary education markets worldwide. At National Geographic Learning, we believe that an engaged and motivated learner will be a successful one, and we design our materials with a highly interactive storytelling approach which is a great way to invoke these connections. To learn more, visit:

About Cengage Group

Cengage Group, a global education technology company serving millions of learners, provides affordable, quality digital products and services that equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be job ready. For more than 100 years, we have enabled the power and joy of learning with trusted, engaging content, and now, integrated digital platforms.

We serve the higher education, workforce skills, secondary education, English language teaching and research markets worldwide. Through our scalable technology, including MindTap and Cengage Unlimited, we support all learners who seek to improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education. Visit us at or find us on LinkedIn and Twitter.