※The English is read only once in the actual test.
You are taking an English class. The professor is giving a lecture on the role of English
in the 21st century.
Your professor asks you to present an argument on the following topic:
Some people believe that the learners of English should work hard on their pronunciation. Other people believe that correct pronunciation is not crucial for successful communication. Which position do you support?
Argue one of these positions.
Provide at least two pieces of supporting evidence.
Use your personal knowledge and experience to provide support for your answer.
You will have three minutes to prepare your answer.
Your classmate has a question.
Provide a response.
Focus of the question
The question is designed to measure the test taker’s ability to express their opinions on academic topics that they are familiar with
In university classes, there are many occasions to give opinions and to answer questions from classmates about those opinions. Using this setting, the question focuses on the test taker’s ability to “expand on and support ideas with supplementary information and relevant examples” and to “answer a series of follow up questions with a degree of fluency and spontaneity which poses no discomfort for either party”, equivalent to CEFR Level B2.
Explanation of the question
This is in a setting where a university professor asks a student a question about whether English learners should work hard to improve their pronunciation, and the student gives his/her opinion. The test taker is given 3 minutes to prepare an opinion and 3 minutes to express it. Additionally, after the first answer, the test taker’s ability to fluently respond to a related question from a classmate is also measured. The test taker has 1 minute to respond without preparation time.