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New Pipplet test design

Today we’re happy to announce the new and improved Pipplet test design 1.2! The main change that you have probably noticed is the visual aspect of the test. No more drawings.

Your illustrations were so cute, why change them? It’s been hard for us to say goodbye to our initial design as well. But we have to keep moving!

The main reason for us to make this decision is to ensure the best test-taker experience!

If the sketches are cute, then they also lack details.
We have analyzed a great number of responses and realized that real-staged photos encourage the test-takers to produce more.
When it comes to describing a picture, it’s important for it to have enough details, since not all of us have a vivid imagination. So, real-staged photos are the best option.
As for the role-play, it’s way easier for most of the test-takers to give a higher quality response if they can “immerse” themselves into the context and photos give them the opportunity to do so.

Here are some other reasons for choosing photos:
Photos are more realistic. The main goal of the Pipplet test is to evaluate the language skills in a real-life context, so it seems logical to have more lifelike materials.
Photos give a more “professional” vibe. The interface will keep its relaxed atmosphere, but photos will give some more of that “professional” vibe that a lot of our clients are used to.
A better representation. Sociolinguistic approach insists on the importance of a link between our language skills and our social experience. In that sense, photos will also ensure a more inclusive experience for all of our test-takers.
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