What scale is used to grade the CanopyCredential test?

The CanopyCredential test is scored according to the Canopy Scale for Bilingual Proficiency in Healthcare Communication, the only standardized proficiency scale specific to the medical domain.

The Canopy Scale for Bilingual Proficiency in Healthcare Communication was created to provide a uniform measure of bilingual proficiency in healthcare. We developed our own scale because there was no existing, recognized proficiency scale that was specific to the healthcare domain. To do this in a highly standardized and systematic way, we relied on the level descriptions of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), a versatile and internationally recognized scale designed to be adapted for different contexts.

The listening items on the CanopyCredential test are scored automatically according to the CEFR and Canopy scales. The speaking items on the test are scored by experienced and trained human raters.

More information about the Canopy Scale can be found in our Toolkit for Bilingual Healthcare Communication