Why is Pipplet better than a face-to-face language proficiency interview?
Pipplet uses an asynchronous interview app: the examiner and the test taker are not online at the same time. This helps ensure strict control of the assessment protocol for test takers. Everyone gets an objective input. Examiners are given access to audio recordings without the interference of social cues, allowing a pinpoint focus on language skills. This improves the test reliability dramatically, and ensures fairness and objectivity to the test takers.
Face-to-face interviews put considerable cognitive stress on the language examiner because it requires multi-tasking to manage all aspects of the interview process. Therefore, making it difficult to get a precise assessment against specific criteria. With the Pipplet app, the examiner can replay oral productions as many times as necessary. It improves the accuracy of the assessment especially when using specific criteria like pronunciation, grammar, etc.