The listening section tests your ability to understand spoken English that are used for communication and academic speech in educational institutions. During the test, you will listen to conversations, lectures and discussions following which you have to answer questions about them. There are two conversations- two lectures and two discussions in the short format and three conversations- three lectures and three discus- sions in the long format. After each listening passage, you will answer 5-6 questions related to it. Only two conversations- two lectures and two discussions will be graded. The other passages are part of an experimental section for future tests. Because you will not know which conversations, lectures, and discussions will be graded, you must try to do your best in all of them.
You will hear each passage only once. You may take notes while you listen, but notes are not graded. You may use your notes to answer the questions.
Choose the best answer for multiple-choice questions. Follow the directions on the page or on the screen for computer-assisted questions. Click on Next and then on OK to go to the next question. You cannot return to previous questions.
The listening section is divided into sets. Each set includes one conversation, one lecture and one discus- sion. You have 20 minutes to answer all of the questions in the short format and 30 minutes to answer all of the questions in the long format. A clock on the screen will show you how much time you have to complete your answers for the section. The clock does not count the time you are listening to the conver- sations, lectures, and discussions.
Review of Problems for the Listening Section
Prompts A prompt for the listening section is either a conversation on a college campus or part of a lecture in a college classroom on one of the natural sciences, humanities, or arts. Each conversation or lecture would last for three to six minutes. There are either 6 or 9 prompts in the Listening section with 5-6 questions after each prompt. When you are presented with 6 prompts, all 6 will be graded. When you are presented with 9 prompts, only 6 will be graded, and 3 will be used for experimental purposes. You should do your best on all 9 prompts because you will not know which of them will be graded.