Chapter 6 – Music and Language Tests


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On-screen: [Computer-Delivered Testing Demonstration. Chapter 6, Music and Language Tests.]

Narrator: Chapter 6, Music and Language Tests.

On-screen: [(Questions with answer choices).]

Some assessments contain listening items or questions that require a spoken response. An ETS® approved headset and microphone will be supplied at the test center. You will need to check your headset and microphone volume before the test begins.

On-screen: [Changing the Volume.]

You will be shown how to wear the headset appropriately and change or adjust the volume.

On-screen: [Adjusting the Microphone Volume.]

It is important for you to maintain a consistent distance from the microphone and speak directly into it. Keep your voice at a consistent level of loudness, not too soft, not too loud. The computer will indicate whether or not the microphone volume has been successfully adjusted.

On-screen: [Using Video Controls.]

If video is included in your test, a sample video will be included so you can become familiar with how to use that function.

Questions in the music test may include recorded excerpts of pieces you will listen to and then answer questions about what you hear.

On-screen: [General Test Information.]

Language tests measure four basic language skills: Reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading sections typically show a passage on the left side of the screen. The questions appear on the right. As you read the passage, you can scroll through it. You may also click on words underlined in blue to see any footnotes, definitions, or explanations related to that word.

There are several types of tasks included in the writing section of the test, depending on which test you take. This screen shows what a typical response to email, memo, or letter task looks like. You will read the item shown and provide an appropriate response. The directions will indicate the minimum length and time limit for your response. For the German, French, and Spanish tests, you will have access to an alternate character toolbar so that you can insert the necessary accents and language-specific characters. The toolbar can be moved around by dragging it.

On-screen: [Listening Section Directions.]

Listening sections begin with a screen of directions in English. After you click continue, the section will play automatically.

On-screen: [Listening to the following selection.]

After you hear a selection, you will have a chance to preview questions about the selection before hearing it a second time. The questions will then be presented one at a time. You will have a fixed amount of time to answer each question. When the response time has ended, the test moves automatically to the next question. You cannot go back to previous questions.

In a typical presentational speaking or situation opinion task, you have 15 seconds to review the information shown. Then you have two minutes to prepare. After that, you have two minutes to record your presentation. A tone indicates when to begin speaking.

In a typical interpersonal speaking task, you have 30 seconds to review the outline of the conversation. The shaded lines indicate what you hear. The other lines reflect the basic idea of what you are expected to say. A tone indicates when to begin speaking. You have 25 seconds to respond to each part of the conversation.

End of Video: Computer-Delivered Testing Demonstration. Chapter 6, Music and Language Tests