How to test your Thai Language ability
I must have counted over 100 different blogs from people in Thailand who try to explain the Thai language. Some a real linguist type people for whom I can't understand there English let alone get much out of what there trying to say. Others are pretty basic. But you'd think with all those bloggers and Thai language websites out there that some one would have written something about how to test your Thai language ability. Alas I'm here to help.
Doing a search on the Internet the only thing I could find (searching in English) was the Thai language competency test that the government runs each year. This in fact is a grade 6 exam and not much help for those at other levels. In fact the highest exam that the government has for foreign Thai language learners is this grade 6 exam. Not very helpful if you were in fact at a higher level than this. Though I must admit, to actually pass an exam at a higher level than grade 6 would be extremely difficult. See the Thai language exams are full of language about the monarchy and Pali and therefore become difficult unless you want to read every single course syllabus in the Thai language, if you don't mind doing that go ahead but it ain't for me, I went through school once and could care less about doing it again. Another point would be for what benefit would it to be able to speak Thai at a higher grade than grade 6 level. Honestly most of what I learned in High School was a complete waste of time things like Romeo and Juliet bored the hell out of me I think reading a book about something that interests you is more beneficial.
So not to get off track I have a link here where you can test your Thai skills.One thing you should know about these tests, they arn't perfect but they are good practice. For most Thai's, they don't score much above 55% for their level of Thai language ability. Pretty poor I must admit then again I got C's in English the whole way through school so it's about the same really.
The tests are designed for Thai's and they ask some really weired questions and the question style you'll have to learn in order to answer the questions to the Thai language tests as well. If I were you start with the grade 1 exams and move up. I got to grade 5 and scored 60% but then when I got to grade 6 I scored 50%. Well half the questions I didn't even understand what they were trying to ask of me which is probably why i scored low on the grade 6 exam.
Here's an example of the grade 1 exam test question for Thai language.
คำถาม : คำใดแปลว่า กลางคืน (Which word below means night time)
ตัวเลือกที่ 1 : ทิวา
ตัวเลือกที่ 2 : ราตรี
This question is really basic, the answer is number 2 ราตรี. I actually had to think about it for a quick second though, but think about how you say goodnight ราตรีสวัดิ์. See not hard at all right? lol.
I like how all the tests are timed as well, whatever you do don't get the old girlfriend to help you out with them either, in fact do the tests when she's not around. As soon as my girl saw what I was doing she was all like commenting and annoying the hell out of me laughing when I got a question wrong, not a very good test environment for testing anything let alone testing your ability in the Thai Language.
Well If you do the tests on Thai language please come back here and comment let me know how you did, I'd love to see someone come back and say that they got 80% on the grade 10 exam, after looking at it, I don't think I'd ever be there because the thai language books are sooo bloody boring. Good luck and let me know how you go.