In international language assessment tests, for example an English as a Foreign Language proficiency test, both modes of testing may be used, multuple-choice style and communicative. Multiple-choice items are the easiest form of tests to administer because there is a narrower range of correct answers, those being the correct word, phrase, or clause or a synonymous or substitutive word, phrase or clause thereof.
Communicative tests, or oral examinations, may also be used when testing proficiency in speaking the target language. These are harder to administer and to score, so their use is sometimes thereby limited. A third type of test are those designed to test writing skills in which the examinee is required to write responses that will have wider fields of responses than multiple-choice style questions.