Guidelines for Examinees
Graded Test for English Majors-Band 8
The oral test for fourth-year English major is designed to assess your oral interpretation skills and your ability to speak English. It consists of three tasks: Task One: Interpreting from English into Chinese, Task Two: Interpreting from Chinese into English, Task Three: Making a comment on a given topic.
For both Task One and Task two, you will first listen to a speech that lasts about two or three minutes. This first speech provides a context for the interpreting that you will do when you hear the speech the second time. The part of the speech you are required to interpret is usually shorter than the one you have heard the first time, you should get ready for interpreting. The speech for interpreting is divided into four or more segments and each segment consists of one or two sentences. Between every two segments there is a pause signaled by the sound of a beep. Once you have heard the beep, please start interpreting. When you hear the next beep, you should stop interpreting and get ready to listen to the next segment.
For Task Three, each of you gets a sheet of paper that contains a topic and direction. The topic you are to comment on is about a national or international issue. Your preparation time is four minutes. Your comment is limited to three minutes.