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Test Outline

The test is made up of the following sections: listening, grammar, writing, reading, speaking, dictation, and vocabulary.  

 

The test includes the following question types: multiple choice, paragraphs, short answer, drop down menus, and verbal.

The test has a time limit of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The test is out of 100 possible marks.  A passing score is 65% or above.

NOTE:  This test outline is for anyone who registered for the test after January 1st 2024.  If you registered in 2023, you can find your test outline here

Section 1: Listening

You will listen to a dialogue and and non-fiction article. You will complete short-answer questions. The audio clips can be paused and replayed.  You will be marked for the accuracy of your answers as well as your grammar and sentence structure.

Example: What do Kelly and James plan on doing tomorrow?

This section is worth 18 marks.  

Suggested time limit: 20 minutes

Section 2: Grammar

You will answer multiple choice and short answer questions that focus on topics like sentence structure, verb tenses, etc.

Example: Which sentence uses an apostrophe correctly (multiple choice).

This section is worth 21 marks.

Suggested time limit: 10 minutes

Section 3: Writing

You will write a descriptive paragraph based on a photograph.  

Paragraphs are marked for paragraph structure, sentence structure,

grammar, and vocabulary. Paragraph questions do not require research,

and the allotted time accounts for brainstorming and organizing.

This section is worth 20 marks

Suggested length: 200 words

Suggested time: 15 minutes

Section 4: Reading

You will read a short story and complete short-answer and multiple choice comprehension questions.  Marks will be given for the correct answer as well as sentence structure. To achieve full marks, you must write the answers in your own words. Do not copy and paste your answers from the story.

Example: Which holiday destination did Michelle choose and why?

This section is worth 14 marks.

Suggested time: 15 minutes

Section 5: Speaking    

The speaking section will record your voice as you answer two questions. Marks are given for correct grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure, and vocabulary. 

Example: Describe your favourite city.

The suggested length for each recording is 60 seconds.

This section is worth 14 marks (7 marks each)

Suggested time limit: 10 minutes

Section 6: Dictation    

The dictation section consists of very short audio clips. You will write exactly what you hear.  Marks are given for correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Example: Being a vegetarian is challenging, but being a vegan is even more difficult.

This section is worth 8 marks

Suggested time limit: 5 minutes

Section 6: Vocabulary    

The dictation section consists of a paragraph with missing words. You will select the best-fitting word using a drop-down menu.  

Example: Being a vegetarian is __________, but being a vegan is even more difficult.

Choices:  challenging, celebrate, cellulite, category, cathedral 

This section is worth 5 marks

Suggested time limit: 5 minutes

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