information about the process of Speaking sub-test.
Information about the process of Speaking sub-test
There are three tasks or parts to the test which takes the form of an interview lasting between 11 & 14 minutes:
Part 1 Introduction & Interview (4-5 minutes)
Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
The tasks test your ability to perform the following functions in English:
provide personal and non-personal information;
express & justify opinions;
express a preference;
make comparisons & discuss contrasts;
relate personal experiences;
repair conversation & paraphrase.
Procedure of the test: The test is conducted by one examiner. He or she asks all the questions and assesses you. The test is recorded on audio cassette. You will be taken to the examiner’s room where you will be asked to sit either opposite or at right angles to the examiner. The examiner will then switch on the cassette recorder and start the test. In part two you will be given 1 minute for preparation to given topic (card) for speaking 1or 2 minute without stoping. You can make a note if you wish. (you will be given pencil and paper, of course).
Marking Your performance will be assessed on the criteria below: Fluency & Coherence Being able to keep going, to talk at a normal rate without unnatural pauses and hesitations.
Being able to link ideas and language together clearly so the examiner understands you. Lexical Resource Having the vocabulary which enables you to express yourself while talking about both familiar and unfamiliar topics or being able to get around any vocabulary gaps without hesitation. Grammatical Range & Accuracy Being able to use a variety of grammatical structures appropriately. Making as few grammatical mistakes as possible. Being understood despite making grammatical mistakes. Pronunciation Being able to use English pronunciation features like stress and intonation naturally. Not causing the examiner any problems in understanding what you are saying.
The examiner will give you a score from 1 to 9 for each of these factors. They will be converted into one final score between 1 and 9.