There are 4 components to every English language test:
Listening (30 minutes)
Candidates listen to recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions. These include questions that test the listener’s ability to understand spoken information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers and the purpose of what is said.
Reading (60 minutes)
The reading component of the evaluation requires individuals to read a block of sample text and prove they understand the text’s main ideas, details, opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Writing (60 minutes)
The written component of the academic evaluation includes 2 tasks.
- Task 1: Candidates are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in their own words.
- Task 2: Candidates are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
The written component of the general evaluation includes 2 tasks.
- Task 1: Candidates are presented with an example situation and asked to write a letter in order to get more information about the situation, or to more fully explain the situation in their own words.
- Task 2: Candidates are asked to respond to a point of view, argument or problem as they would in an everyday conversation.
Speaking (10 – 15 minutes)
The spoken component of the evaluation requires candidates to record a conversation with an examiner.
- Part 1: Candidates will be asked to answer general questions about themselves and a range of familiar topics like their home, family, work, studies and interests.
- Part 2: Candidates will be asked to speak about an assigned topic. The examiner will then ask the candidate questions about what was said.
Candidates are not permitted to rehearse set responses before the speaking evaluation.
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