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Part A: Reading

In this task, test takers read printed, numbered sentences, one at a time, in the order requested. Test takers hear a request to read one of the numbered sentences printed on the test paper. Reading items are grouped into sets of four sequentially coherent sentences. The grouping helps disambiguate how each component should be read.

The sentences are relatively simple in structure and vocabulary, and they can be read easily and in a fluent manner by literate native speakers of English. For examinees with little facility in spoken English but with some reading skills, this task provides samples of their pronunciation and reading fluency. The readings start the test because, for many test takers, reading aloud presents a familiar task, and thus this task provides a comfortable introduction to the interactive mode of the test as a whole.

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Part B: Repeat

In this task, test takers repeat sentences verbatim. The sentences are presented to the test taker in order of increasing difficulty. To repeat a sentence longer than about seven syllables, the test taker has to recognize the words as produced in a continuous stream of speech (Miller & Isard, 1963). As the sentences increase in length and complexity, the task becomes increasingly difficult for speakers who are not familiar with spoken English. Highly proficient speakers of English can generally repeat sentences that contain many more than seven syllables because these speakers are very familiar with English words and phrase structures and with the common syntactic forms of English clauses in typical sentences. If a person habitually processes five-word phrases (e.g. “her really big apple tree”) as a unit, then that person can usually repeat utterances of 15 or 20 words in length. Generally, repetition of material is constrained by the size of the linguistic unit that a person can process in an automatic or nearly automatic fashion.

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Part C: Short-answer Questions

In this task, test takers listen to a spoken question and then answer the question with a single word or a short phrase. The questions generally present three or four (sometimes more) lexical items spoken in a continuous phonological form and framed in an English sentence structure. To respond to the question prompt, the test taker needs to identify the words in phonological and syntactic context, and infer the demand proposition. Each question asks for basic information, or for simple inferences based on time, sequence, number, lexical content, or logic. The questions do not presume any particular familiarity with specific facts of Anglo-American culture, geography, history or other subject matter; they are intended to be within the realm of familiarity of both a typical 12-year-old native speaker of English and an adult who has never lived in an English-speaking country. Expert judgment was used initially to define correct answers to these items. Many of the items have multiple answers that are accepted as correct. All questions are pre-tested on diverse samples of native and non-native speakers. A minimum criterion for short answer items to be retained in the test is a 90% correct response rate from the native-speaker sample.

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Part D: Sentence Builds

In this task, test takers are presented with a sequence of three short phrasal word groups. The phrases are presented in a random sequence and test takers are asked to rearrange them into a sentence. This task initially requires receptive lexical and local syntactic processing; the test taker also has to understand the possible meanings of the phrases and know how they might be likely to combine with other phrasal material. The length and complexity of the sentence that can be built is constrained by the size of the linguistic unit (e.g., one word or a three-word phrase) that a person can hold in working memory for processing.

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Part E: Open Questions

In this task, test takers listen to a spoken question and the give their opinion. The questions deal either with family life or with the test taker’s preferences and choices. This task is used to collect a spontaneous speech sample from the test taker.

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Post time 2005-5-24 19:06:25 |Display all floors

thanks for your help!

DEAR,

    I'M  eager to get your help of sending Spoken English test!
my  e-mail adress as follows:

  raoxiaogangnihao@sina.com.cn

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Post time 2005-5-24 19:18:40 |Display all floors

thanks for your help!

DEAR,

    I'M  eager to get your help of sending Spoken English test!
my  e-mail adress as follows:

  raoxiaogangnihao@sina.com.cn

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