About the test
- B2 - C1 level according to the CEFR
- test parts - grammar, reading and listening skills
- time limit 60 minutes
- the student's score appears right after the test
- highest score wins
- great prizes for top 20 students including 2 weeks in Canada
- patronage of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic
- students, schools and teachers will receive a certificate
Why to register?
- interesting and entertaining online test for students
- opportunity to compare your students' English language skills with other schools from around the world
- great experience for students plus an opportunity to compare their English language knowledge between each other
- great preparation for Cambridge exams
- motivation for teachers and great way to enhance your lessons
- after the contest it will be opened to public and can be used in English lessons
- 10 years of experience and great feedback from the students, teachers and the school principals - references
- media coverage
- COVID Free
Conditions for participation
- for high school and vocational students, aged 14-19
- a minimum 8 participating students from each school
- unlimited maximum number of participating students from one school
- categories by age, state, region, type of school etc.
- the test shall be taken under supervision (offline or online)
- students need to use headphones
- schools get access to the test based on a licensed School ID for 35EUR (see below License fee)
- June 1st, 2020 - Start of the Registration
- November 22nd, 2020 - Final Contest rules and guidelines
- January 20th, 2021 - End of Registration
- January 22nd, 2021 - TEST
- February 10th, 2021 - Final test results
Since the current pandemic development is unpredictable and certainly a significant percentage of secondary schools will be closed at the end of November 2020 we have decided to adapt to the current situation and soften the competition rules. COVID-19 Exception rules:
- Students from closed down schools due the COVID are allowed to access the test from their own device
- Students from schools which are not under a lockdown or quarantine may join the test in waves in several groups
- The Test session is prolonged from 9:00 - 14:00
- The minimum number of students participating from a single school is lowered from 10 to 8 students
For more details, please, refer to the the COVID-19 Conditions section of the Rules, terms and conditions.
The Test is optimized for the newest version of Google Chrome for OS 8.1, 10, and also for mobile devices with OS Windows 8 and Android 4.4 or newer. It was successfully tested on Firefox 70, Apple devices with iOS 13 and macOS Mojave. However, some errors or failures of the system may occur for MS systems, like Microsoft EDGE featured some problems with the videos if not used with a full screen using F11 on the keyboard. Microsoft Explorer is not supported. It is quite possible that the Test will work on every device made ever since the year 2000.
The complete results are available within a month after the date of the contest. Results will be sent to teachers’ and participants’ via e-mail and will also be published on the website. Results are anonymous except for the first twenty students and schools, leaving the remaining results invisible for the other visitors of the BIE website and accessible under school ID. In case of equal scores received by two or more students or two or more schools, the winner is determined by the time in which the test was completed. Final results are processed separately for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries.
Results – Students category
Students will have a chance to check their results and to see the correct answers in their respective tests. In order to give more students a chance to win prizes, in the Students category, those who placed within the top three in the previous year of the contest will not have their results included in the chart if participating repeatedly.
Results – School category
The school with the highest average score wins. The highest average score is determined by the results of the 10 best students from a particular school. That is, if a school nominates 50 students, only the results of the 10 best students will be considered to calculate the average score. Each school wishing to participate therefore needs to nominate at least 10 students. The schools which placed within the top three in the previous years of the contest will have their results included in the chart and may place within the top three repeatedly. Statistics will be processed separately for schools from the Czech Republic and other countries.
Students will receive their result on a certificate with their ranking within the country, worldwide and age category of the student.
There will be one special category for students who lived in an English speaking country for more than 18 months and/or with an English speaking family background. Students from this category will be evaluated separately and will not be able to compete for top 20 BIE prizes. The reason is derived from the purpose of the contest which is to encourage young students to study the English language. It wouldn’t be fair if they would compete with students with a significant advantage from a multilingual environment.
School categories include the result within the region, state and worldwide.
License Fee Conditions:
This season Best in English comes with a License fee of 35EUR (900CZK) per school.
For the past 9 years, the competition has been free of charge and supported only by a limited number of partners and sponsors with no government or EU funds. The main organization bearing the costs of the project has been our company, Czech-us agency. We would like to develop the contest further mainly when it comes to the technical aspects of the competition. This is the main reason why we have introduced the License fee this year.
We strongly believe this change will contribute to an increased quality of the BIE competition and the test itself. Introducing the License fee will serve for further BIE development.
The License fee includes:
- unlimited number of students competing for your school
- complete stats of your students and the school results
- certificates for the students, school and the teachers of English
- prizes for the best students within the TOP 10 rankings
- access to the BIE test for all your students after the contest
- free invitation to our annual meeting in Prague with school representatives and teachers of English with workshops, presentations, counselling etc. (January 2020)
- discounts and extra services provided by our partners for you and your students (books, teaching materials, career counselling and development, training, English language examinations, workshops etc.)
Full Refund policy in case:
- your school will not join the test if we are notified 2 days prior to the contest the latest
- students will not be able to submit the test due to technical problems (less than 10 results will be submitted)
- more than 40 per cent of the participating students will not receive a result due to technical problems (a list of the respective students needs to be provided on the day of the test)
- not enough students participating in the test due to sickness (less than 10) - needs to be announced at least 2 days prior to the contest
- the license fee will be paid by a local agency, ministry of education or other entity for the school
- the BIE contest 2020 will be cancelled by the organizer
Form of payment: either wire transfer or online using a debit/credit card.
The license fee will be due after the school registration to the competition. More information will be provided upon registration.
Certificate of participation
All participants (both students and schools) will receive the Best In English participation certificate after the results are published.
Certificate for teachers
The teachers responsible for organizing and coordinating the contest in their school will also receive the Best In English certificate with their name on it.