A BRIEF ON EACH SECTION
Reading: Reading tests candidates’ ability to read and comprehend the passages, and answer the questions based on the same. It consists of 3 – 4 passages, and each passage has 13 – 15 questions on it. It lasts for approximately 60 – 80 minutes.
Listening: Listening tests candidates’ ability to understand spoken English that is typical of interactions in an academic environment. It comprises the talks and lectures of generally American speakers. Listening has two formats i.e. Short Format (SF) and Long Format (LF), one of which appears in the test. SF comprises 6 talks of which three are conversations and three are lectures. LF has 9 talks of which three are conversations and 6 are lectures. SF will last for approximately 45 – 55 minutes, whereas LF lasts approximately 70 – 80 minutes.
Speaking: Speaking tests a candidate’s ability to converse in English. Speaking has 6 question prompts which include independent speaking questions, as well as integrated speaking questions. Candidates are given a few seconds to think and the time allotted to speak keeps changing as per the question format. Approximately 45 seconds to 1 minute is the time limit, per question in speaking. Overall speaking test lasts for 20 minutes.
Writing: Writing tests a candidate’s ability to express himself through written text. It comprises of 2 tasks. In Task 1 i.e. Integrated Writing, candidates are required to read a passage, listen to a lecture and compose a technical essay based on the passage and the lecture. The time allotted is 20 minutes. In Task 2 i.e. Independent Essay, students are given a general topic to write an essay on. The time allotted is 30 minutes.