(It shows fake words to prevent people from guessing.)
WordEngine is a computer based English vocabulary assessment test developed by a Prof of Aoyama Gakuin university. I am not convinced of the validity of the method: at the very beginning, I was punished with a yellow card for pushing a wrong button. (Or meme is correct word as they confirmed.) I do not think they can check one’s vocabulary without using a more extensive test. Some of the words, never have I have seen before, but no context was given so it was useless. (Note: It seems they are intentionally inserting fake words. If I know that, I would have scored better. The score method is described below.) You can see the score below, but vocabulary is essential but constructing concept and sentences are more essential. As far as vocabulary is concerned, mine is close to the native or more in science. But I do not know much English in comedy and colloquial expression: especially expressions and words related to pop cultures.
Probably I know about 20,000 English words and perhaps much more, considering that I finished all of my degrees in Canada working on various fields. Getting degrees requires extremely a large number of vocabulary, though physics requires more mathematics and computing skills than words. Retrospectively, if I had my current English knowledge when I was in university, I would have had an easier life: that is, my college life was almost nothing but hell because of the lack of English skill. But when you are in the hell you may not realize you are in the hell since you cannot see the life beyond: the hell becomes the norm of life. That may be a good thing to reduce further suffering. Many people undervalue formal education, but it does provide a solid knowledge background though it may seem intangible.
I do not watch TVs, movies nor read non-fictions. (But I will read more and buy some vocab books.) I have hard time to concentrating watching TVs which I only do while I am flying. The average seems very low. I have never seen TOEIC exams these days — I used its materials years ago for improving my listening skill. But, based on what I got, a serious English teacher should get a high score, though any people who have been using English more than 15 years should have sufficient vocabulary, but not so much accuracy.
Based on this score, there is no course available from this company since I cannot select any class; when I tried to select a class to find out my coverage, it said there was not enough words to learn. My maximum words to learn was 5.
Notice that TOEIC is ranked as an easy test based on the average score since most of the people know the vocabulary used, probably because it is a test for basic communication skill.
These scores suggest that writing papers is nothing to do with the abundance of vocabulary, and also mean learning a language never end. Knowing words also does not equates to their proper usage, which is more important.
Read how it work before taking this assessment. It shows so many false words, you will get confused. I probably missed a few words because I became oversuspicious on small details. They do not trick in small detail.
Schema behind Word Engine:
How does V-Check calculate the number of words I know?A.
A. The V-Check database has more than 25,000 English words listed in a mathematical ‘ogive’ – a rank order of word difficulty. Toward the low end of the ogive are the words that almost everyone knows such as “hello” and “help”. At the middle of the ogive are the words of average difficulty. At the high end of the ogive are the words that only a few top experts know such as “chiton” and “huia”. When you take the V-Check, words are selected at different levels of difficulty from along the ogive difficulty scale. Your responses reveal your ability. You may notice that about half the words in a V-Check test are not real words. Non-words are given to control for guessing behavior. If you reply “yes” to non-words the test will automatically stop and you will need to restart it.
After the V-Check determines your ability, it calculates the probability of you knowing each of the 25,000 different English words in our database. For example, if you have a 90 percent probability of knowing a word, that word is counted as 0.9 and if you have a 50 percent probability of knowing a word, it is counted as 0.5. The system then computes the cumulative probabilities for all words required for each course.
To the best of our knowledge, V-Check is the most accurate test of vocabulary comprehension available today. For more information about the science and research behind the V-Check, please see our research section.
Score scheme is based on variance analysis.