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Testing the knowledge of foreign languages and establishing levels of proficiency
had been a subject of debate in Europe since the 1970s., and the final resolution was enacted
in the 1990s. The following article presents preliminary research on illustrations as tools for
testing the knowledge of foreign languages at the elementary level. The aim of the research is
to arrive at a comprehensive characteristic of the illustrations used in testing the knowledge of
English in children. The project has been founded upon three research questions: 1) What is
the character of the illustrations used in testing the knowledge of English in children?; 2) What
is the subject matter of those illustrations?; 3) What functions do those illustrations perform in
testing language abilities in children? The article, which constitutes just a small part of a much
broader research project, constitutes an analysis of selected tests used to assess the knowledge
of English in children. Data used for the analysis was collected in the course of evaluation, on
the basis of universal criteria, visual methodology criteria, and content criteria.
The project expects that the results of the research will aid not only the testing process,
but also the process of preparing testing materials for that age group.