Oral Exam Criteria

How is the student evaluated?
The examiner listens to the students as they do the test, and then evaluates their level by comparing the speaker’s performance to descriptions. These say what a speaker can do in six areas. Levels go from 1 – 9. The six criteria are described below:
1. Fluency and Coherence
This refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and how good they are at connecting their ideas together. This is a fairly general criteria which includes evaluating the relevance of the candidate’s answers, but in terms of the elements we have identified in part 1 of this article, it refers to Speakers who need to be able to understand and follow the rules of language at a word, sentence and text level. (4 points)
2. Lexical Resource
This refers to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well he uses it. As well as the rules of language at a word level, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech and the social meaning of speech. (4 points)
3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
This refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. Again, as well as the rules of language, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech. (4 points)
4. Non verbal strategies
Appropriate gestures, eye contact and body language are important to determine the level of the language. (2 points)
5. Communicative abilitiy
Complex responses. (2 points)
6. Pronunciation
This refers to how well the candidate pronounces the language. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate’s pronunciation, there is evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is – although accent itself is not a problem. In terms of the elements we have identified in part 1 of this article, this criteria refers to Speakers need to be able to produce the phonological features of speech. (2 points)
Total: 20 points

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