VSTEP.3-5

SKILL TIME NUMBER OF QUESTIONS

/TASKS

TASK TYPES OBJECTIVES
Reading 60 minutes, including time to transfer answers to the answer sheet. 4 reading passages, 40 mutiple-choice questions (MCQs) Test takers are required to read 4 passages on different topics, the passages’ levels range from level 3 to 5. The total number of words is between 1900 and 2500. There are 10 questions for each passage. To examine test takers’ reading proficiency ranging from level 3 to level 5 (i.e. level B1 to C1 based on CEFR) as follows:

– Reading for details

– Reading for main idea

– Reading for attitudes

– Infering meaning

– Understanding vocabulary in context

Listening Approximately 40 minutes, including time to transfer answers to the answer sheet. 3 parts, 35 mutiple-choice questions (MCQs) Test takers are required to listen to short announcements/ instructions, extended dialogues, lectures and talks; then answer MCQs in the test paper. To examine test takers’ listening proficiency ranging from level 3 to level 5 (i.e. level B1 to C1 based on CEFR) as follows:

– Listening for details

– Listening for gist

– Listening for attitudes

– Infering meaning

Writing 60 minutes 2 tasks Task 1: Letter/Email writing (at least 120 words, 1/3 of the test score)

Task 2: Essay writing (at least 250 words, 2/3 of the test score)

To examine test takers’ interactive and productive writing skills
Speaking 12 minutes 3 parts

– Social interaction

– Solution discussion

– Topic development

– Part 1: Social interaction

Test takers answer 3 to 6 questions on 2 topics

– Part 2: Solution discussion

Test takers are provided a situation with three suggested solutions. Test takers need to give their own opinions of the best solution among three options.

– Part 3: Topic development

Test takers give a talk about a topic with suggested ideas or their own ideas. There are some follow-up questions when they finish their talk.

To examine sub-skills of speaking including interacting, discussing and presenting a topic