There are four papers to test the different skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
You will receive a separate score for each skill and for Use of English. These five scores are added up to get an overall result for the exam.
Let us look at each paper separately.
A. Reading and use of English.
This part takes 1.5 hours and tests how well you understand and deal with texts of different kinds, fiction (like novels) as well as non-fiction (like newspapers, magazines or manuals). You must be able to grasp written English from different angles: the understanding of textual content, structure and organisation, and the development of opinions and ideas.
There is a total of 53 questions, divided into 7 different parts.
In the Use of English paper, you need to demonstrate your knowledge of the language system by completing various tasks at sentence, word and text level, including gap-filling, comprehension questions and a summary writing task.
This part also takes 1.5 hours and it verifies that you can write texts of different types, such as essays, reviews and reports. The paper also includes questions on set texts. Responses are 300-350 words in length. The writing test is composed of 2 parts
This part takes 40 minutes and it checks if you can understand and follow a number of spoken lectures, interviews and speeches. There is a total of 30 questions, divided into 4 different parts.
This part takes 16 minutes per pair of candidates and it checks your capacity to interact in conversational English in a fluent and effective way.
The Speaking Test assesses your ability to interact in conversational English in a range of contexts. You are provided with pictures and written stimulus.
The paper consists of three parts: an interview section, a collaborative task and individual long turns with discussion.