For Students

For Students

Exam Day

On the day of your exam, you will receive an email inviting you to a zoom meeting.

You must have your passport with you and ready to show the assessor during the exam.

When you first connect to the meeting, there may be a delay or some audio issues. The assessor will speak to you and check that you can hear them. They will also ask if you can hear them clearly.

Once the technical issues have been checked, the assessor will explain that they are about to start the exam and will begin recording. They will explain that the exam will start when they say ‘hello’.

You will then take the exam, following the instructions of the assessor.

You will have a short conversation on general topics. Then, you will be given one minute to plan a short speech on a familiar topic. You will then deliver your speech for at least one minute. Do not worry if the assessor interrupts you. The assessor will then ask you some follow-up questions on the topic and about what you said.

Following this, the assessor will share their screen with you and introduce the topic of a short audio recording. You will hear the recording twice. First, you will be asked to say what the talk was generally about. Then, you will be asked to listen again and note the details of the two sides of an argument. After listening, you will report your findings to the assessor.

You will now be asked to share your screen by pressing the green button at the bottom of the screen on Zoom. You will then be emailed a reading text with five questions that must be matched to parts of the text. The answers to which you will email back to the assessor. They will then email you another text that you will be asked to summarise in one long sentence.

To end the assessment, you will be asked to write an essay on a topic related to the text you just summarised. This will be a longer form of writing and you will write it as a reply to the question that has been emailed to you.

That is the end of the exam. The assessor will thank you and sign off.

Exam Day Tips

  • Sign up for Zoom before the day of your exam and test your equipment, then you will be sure everything is going to work.
  • Have a pad of paper with you—making notes is encouraged during the exam.
  • When planning your extended speaking, make sure you note down what the assessor says carefully and address all points.
  • You are not assessed on the quality of your ideas but you are assessed on how logically they link together.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for the assessor to repeat what they said, you will not be marked down for this.
  • The summary you write should not plagiarise whole sentences from the reading text but you can use keywords from the text in your own writing.
  • Ensure your summary covers the general meaning of the whole text.
  • You must use your own words when writing the summary and essay.
  • Do not use any outside sources during the exam, you are asked to share your screen and if you translate or copy and paste you will be disqualified.
  • Paragraphing, punctuation and structure are vital parts of your essay.
  • Take notes when you read to help you at any time during the exam.
  • Try to give detailed interesting answers that are not too short.
  • Try to relax and engage with the assessor.