Sunday, January 12, 2014

Common Core Listening and Speaking Test?

Common Core Listening and Speaking Test may be modeled after test developed by Pearson for students in the UK and India. Pearson Tests of English is a comprehensive English reading, writing, speaking and listening test! Most American students have never taken a test that requires listening and speaking with questions and or giving a oral response to a prompt. The new CCSS ELA test students may eventually take will look like Britain's PTE test! Pearson is the main provider of English Language test around the world i.e. defacto PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

"The Standards are an extension of a prior initiative led by CCSSO and NGA to develop College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language as well as in mathematics. The CCR Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening Standards, released in draft form in September 2009, serve, in revised form, as the backbone for the present document. Grade-specific K–12 standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language translate the broad (and, for the earliest grades, seemingly distant) aims of the CCR standards into age- and attainment-appropriate terms."Wiki


The module comprises four sections of increasing difficulty. It takes 40 minutes: 30 - for testing, plus 10 for transferring the answers to an answer sheet. Each section, which can be either a monologue or dialogue, begins with a short introduction telling the candidates about the situation and the speakers. Then they have some time to look through the questions. The first three sections have a break in the middle allowing candidates to look at the remaining questions. Each section is heard only once. At the end of this section students are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.


The speaking test contains three sections. The first section takes the form of an interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the internet or family. In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic. The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate, generally on questions relating to the theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract, and is usually considered the most difficult.

Online Sample Listening Test!

PTE Academic
About PTE Academic
listening test 1
listening test 2
listening test 3
speaking test 1
speaking test 2

PTE General
About PTE General
level 1 listening
level 2 listening
level 2 reading
level 3 listening
level 4 listening
level 4 reading
level 5 listening

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