The Summarize Spoken Text question is a long-answer item type that integrates listening and writing skills, and requires you to understand, analyze and combine information from a spoken text, and then summarize the key points in writing.
|Number of items||2-3|
|Time allowed||20-30 minutes|
|Prompt Length||60-90 seconds|
|Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scored||Listening and writing
Grammar, vocabulary, spelling
|Subskills tested||Listening: Identifying the topic, theme or main ideas; summarizing the main idea; identifying supporting points or examples; identifying a speaker’s purpose. style, tone or attitude; understanding academic vocabulary; inferring the meaning of unfamiliar words; comprehending explicit and implicit information; comprehending concrete and abstract information; classifying and categorizing information; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent.
Writing: Writing a summary; writing under timed conditions; taking notes whilst listening to a recording; communicating the main points of a lecture in writing; organizing sentences and paragraphs in a logical way; using words and phrases appropriate to the context; using correct grammar; using correct spelling; using correct mechanics.