Part 1: Written Composition
You will be given 30 minutes to write on a random topic. Write only on the topic given to you. In the topic, you might be asked to explain, describe, or argue for a specific position. Be sure to include a thesis statement followed by specific examples.
Your compositions will be graded on:
- How clearly you express yourself in English
- Your grammar
- Your vocabulary usage
This means that your composition should be organized, your arguments should be fully developed, and you should show a range of grammatical structures using broad vocabulary.
Part 2: Grammar, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension
This part of the test is multiple choice and contains 100 questions: 40 grammar, 40 vocabulary, and 20 reading. The total time limit is 75 minutes, with each question having four answer choices.
You must choose the ONE BEST answer that applies.
"Do you want another cup of coffee?"
"It depends on how much time ________ is before we have to leave.”
- A.) it
- B.) there
- C.) which
- D.) what
The correct answer is ‘B’, there.
There are two types of vocabulary questions. In the first type, you are given a sentence with an underlined word or phrase. You should choose the word or phrase that is a synonym for the underlined word or phrase. In the second type of vocabulary question, you will read a sentence with a word missing. You should choose the word that best fits the sentence in meaning.
Jim tried to conceal the package.
- A.) hide
- B.) remember
- C.) tie up
- D.) wrap
The correct choice is ‘A’, hide.
The floor was dirty, so she decided to _________ it.
- A.) scrub
- B.) screw
- C.) scurry
- D.) inscribe
The correct choice is ‘A’, scrub.
While l was getting ready to go to town one morning last week, my wife handed me a little piece of red cloth and asked if I would have time during the day to buy her two yards of cloth like that. I told her l would be glad to do it. Putting the piece of cloth into my pocket, I took the train to town.
Question: The person telling the story is….
- A.) a married lady
- B.) an unmarried lady
- C.) a married man
- D.) an unmarried man
The correct answer is ‘C’, a married man.
Part 3: Listening Comprehension
This is a multiple-choice, audio test containing 45 questions. It lasts about 20 minutes.
You will be given a test booklet and an answer sheet. You will listen to the problem, read the answer choices in the test booklet, and mark your answers on the separate scantron sheet. For each problem in this part of the test, there are three answer choices. You must choose the ONE BEST answer. If you are unsure, you should make a reasonable guess.
There are two kinds of problems in this part of the test: questions and statements.
You hear: When is she going for vacation?
- A.) last week
- B.) to England
- C.) tomorrow
The correct answer is ‘C’, tomorrow.
You hear: That movie was pretty bad.
- A.) It was good.
- B.) It wasn't good.
- C.) It wasn't beautiful.
The correct answer is ‘B’, it wasn’t good.
Part 4: Speaking
The spoken interaction is centered on five distinct tasks. The tasks are presented to the test taker both orally and textually on the prompt. The five tasks are:
- Describe a picture.
- Talk about a personal experience related to the theme of the picture in task 1.
- Give and support a personal opinion on a topic similar to task 2.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of a specific situation.
- Give an opinion on a specific issue and convince the examiner to agree with that opinion.