When you’re working on improving your English, assessing your progress from time to time is important to help you stay motivated and on track.

But how exactly do you go about it? There are plenty of tests online (and they can be fun), but the results don’t reveal much about how well you can actually say what you want to say in a meeting, for example. Your index cards or vocabulary learning app may show that you’ve learned xx words in the last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you use those words (correctly) to get your message across effectively.  

A better way to see what you’ve achieved is to reflect on how you now do what you need or want to do in English – whether that’s leading workshops confidently, playing a full role in meetings, holding stress-free conversations … I’m sure you can remember how you did these things a few months ago or at the beginning of the year. You know how you felt in those situations then compared to now. You can remember where the difficulties lay in the past. Use this knowledge to identify improvements – and also what you need to focus on in future.

I’ve created a checklist to help you do this in a structured way. Download it here: Checklist for reviewing your progress

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Nicola Bartlett
I’ve been an English trainer for over 25 years, helping adults to get their message across in English – clearly and appropriately. Successful communication in English requires more than just a good knowledge of the language. An understanding of different mentalities and a feeling for the best approach are vital, too.