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Grade Pre-2

A2

400

32

 
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Level description

Can understand and use English at a level sufficient to allow him/her to take part in general aspects of daily life.

Overview of test structure

Grade Pre-2

First stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Items

Response type

Time allotted

Notes

Reading 

Sentence completion

20 short texts (one or two sentences/dialogues) from which one word or phrase has been omitted

20

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

75 minutes

Weighting

Items are worth 1 point each.

Gap fill in dialogues

6 short texts (dialogues) from which one or two phrases have been omitted

8

Pass/fail cutoff

Approximately 60% of total possible test score

Gap fill in passages

2 passages from which several words or phrases have been omitted

5

Q&A based on passages

2 passages followed by questions

7

Writing

Word reordering

A five-word section of a short text is removed. The words are arranged below the text in a scrambled order.

5

 

After putting words into correct order, examinees indicate which words should appear in 2nd and 4th positions.

 

Topics

School, hobbies, travel, shopping, sports, movies, music, food, weather, giving directions, foreign cultures, profiles of people, history, education, sciences, nature, environment, etc.

Listening

Conversation completion

Examinees listen to short conversations and choose the best response to complete the last turn of the conversation.

10

Multiple-choice

(Three recorded options)

25 minutes

Q&A based on dialogues

10 recorded conversations/discussions followed by questions

10

Multiple-choice

(Four printed options)

Q&A based on monologues

10 recorded stories or explanations followed by questions

10

Second stage

Skill area

Task

Format

Time allotted

Notes

Speaking

Oral reading

Preparation

Examinee reads passage on question card silently

20 seconds

Evaluation Criteria

Examinees are evaluated on their responses to each of the tasks and for their attitude toward actively engaging in communication. The following categories are also taken into account: pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar.

 

No. of Examiners: 1

 

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Reading aloud

Examinee reads passage aloud

Q&A

 

No. 1

Examiner asks question based on content of passage

No. 2

Examiner asks question about illustration on card

No. 3

Examiner asks question about illustration on card

No. 4

Examiner asks question to elicit examinee’s opinion about trends, ideas, and issues broadly related to topic of passage

No. 5

Examiner asks question to elicit examinee’s opinion about topic related to everyday life (may not be related to topic of passage)

Summary of Can-do statements

Below are summaries of the main features of the tasks and activities that typical Grade Pre-2 certificate holders feel confident about performing in English in real-life language-use situations.

 

Reading 

Can find information on graphs and tables and understand simple expository texts.

Listening

Can understand topics from everyday life and simple explanations and instructions.

Speaking

Can handle routine tasks from everyday life and express his/her ideas about topics that he/she is interested in.

Writing

Can write simple texts about things he/she is interested in.

 

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Examinee statistics

Grade Pre-2

2009

2010

2011

Applied

484,781

Applied

487,987

Applied

495,817

Passed

173,895

Passed

171,412

Passed

178,762

 

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