‘Write from Dictation’ is a short-answer item type that integrates listening and writing skills, and requires you to understand and remember a sentence, and write it using correct spelling.
|Number of items||3-4|
|Prompt Length||3-5 seconds|
|Scoring||Partial credit (for each word spelled correctly)|
|Communicative skills, enabling skills and other traits scored||Listening and writing|
|Subskills tested||Listening: Understanding academic vocabulary; following an oral sequencing of information; comprehending variations in tone, speed and accent. |
Writing: Writing from dictation; using correct spelling.
- You have seven seconds to position the cursor in the box before the recording will play.
- Type as many words as you can. At this point, you may ignore the spelling and spacing and focus on the content words.
- If you find it easier, you may disregard less significant words such as articles and prepositions. You may add them after the audio stops.
- Unless you find it more effective, do not wait for the sentence to finish before writing the sentence.
- Common mistakes committed in this task are failure to add “s” for nouns in plural forms and including “ed” in verbs signifying past events.
- Complete the sentence using your knowledge in grammar and contextual clues. Check the spelling of the words and observe proper capitalization and punctuation.