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Test Outline

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

 

The test includes the following question types:

multiple choice, paragraphs, short answer, and verbal.

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Section 1:

 

Listening 1

12 Minutes 10 Marks

You will listen to a dialogue and complete short-answer questions. The audio clip can be paused and replayed. 

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

Listening 2

12 Minutes 10 Marks

You will listen to a non-fiction article and complete short-answer questions. The audio clip can be paused and replayed. 

Example: Why is the population of Seattle increasing?

Section 2: Grammar

 

15 Minutes 20 Marks

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).

Section 3:

 

Writing 1

15 Minutes 12 Marks

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.

Writing 2 

 

15 Minutes 12 Marks

You will write a descriptive paragraph based on a written prompt.

Example: Describe your favourite city.

 

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.

Section 4: Reading    

 

15 Minutes 15 Marks

You will read a chapter of a novel 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?

Section 5: Speaking    

 

10 Minutes 16 Marks

The speaking section will record your voice as you answer the questions. Each answer should be 30-60 seconds in length.  Marks are given for correct grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure, and vocabulary. Before each recording, you will be given 20 seconds to think.

Example: Describe your favourite city.

Section 6: Dictation    

5 Minutes 5 Marks

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.