MET Format and Content

The MET tests listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and speaking. The test is divided into three separate sections: a listening test, a reading and grammar test, and a speaking test. The following table presents the format and content of the MET:

Section Time Description # of items
Listening approx. 45 minutes Multiple-choice questions assessing the ability to understand conversations and talks in social, educational, and workplace contexts. 60
Reading and Grammar 90 minutes Grammar
Multiple-choice questions testing a variety of grammar structures of written English.
25
Reading
Questions assessing the ability to understand a variety of texts in social, educational, and workplace contexts.
50
Speaking 15 minutes max. Structured one-on-one interaction between examiner and test taker that includes five distinct tasks on a number of different topics. The tasks require test takers to describe information about a picture and about themselves, give a supported opinion, and state the advantages and disadvantages of a particular situation. In particular:
  • Task 1: Test taker describes a picture.
  • Task 2: Test taker talks about a personal experience on a topic related to what is seen in the picture.
  • Task 3: Test taker gives a personal opinion about a topic related to the picture.
  • Task 4: Test taker is presented with a situation and will have to explain some advantages and disadvantages related to that situation.
  • Task 5: Test taker is asked to give an opinion on a new topic and try to convince the examiner to agree with the idea.
5 tasks
  • The two first parts (Listening and Reading and Grammar) comprise the written section of the examination and they are both administered on the same day. The third part, the Speaking Test, is administered before, after, or even at the same day of the written examinations.
  • Listening recordings and reading passages reflect everyday interactions in an American-English-speaking environment.
  • Vocabulary is assessed within the listening and reading sections.
  • Speaking Section Materials
Last Update At: 2015/03/02 - 14:53:31

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