What is the MSU Speaking Test?
How do I prepare for the MSU Speaking Test?
Make sure you are familiar with the format of the test. You will hear 12 questions and respond to them by speaking as clearly as you can and saying as much as you can in the time allowed. You will have 30-90 seconds to speak depending on the question. These questions are also printed in the test booklet. The test lasts less than half an hour, so fatigue will not be a problem. The best thing you can do on the day of the test is to relax and say as much as you can about each of the 12 topics.
You can preview Sample MSU Speaking Test Questions (PDF download). If you go through this practice test, you may be less nervous on the day of the test. It is also a good idea to have a friend listen to your practice responses and give you feedback.
How will my test be evaluated?
Two or more specialists in English language teaching (NOT a computer) will rate the response to each task on a scale ranging from 20 through 60. Raters must assign one of the following numbers: 20 30 40 50 60 to each of the 12 tasks. Individual raters cannot assign numbers in between such as "45".
How will my score be computed?
Your ratings are averaged across tasks and raters and rounded to the nearest 5. Thus, you could receive a score of 20, or 25, or 30, or 35, or 40, or 45, or 50, or 55, or 60.
What are raters listening for?
In short, raters are evaluating the comprehensibility of your spoken English and your ability to elaborate in providing original, spontaneous answers to questions. You will not receive higher scores for clever content, nor will you receive lower scores if your answer is not necessarily true or accurate.
How do I sign up?
Students may only take the MSU Speaking Test if they are requested to do so by their home department. Registration is required. Qualified students may register for the MSU Speaking Test, starting three weeks before the test date.
If you have any trouble registering for the test, please email email@example.com.
Upcoming Test Dates
The MSU Speaking Test will be administered to qualified candidates at MSU on the following dates:
All test-takers will be notified of the test locations when they sign up for the test.
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