The updated format and content of the ECPE

The following table presents the updated format and content of the ECPE, in effect as of the May 23, 2021 administration:

Section Time Description # of items
Writing 45 minutes From a choice of two options, a proposal/article or an essay, examinees write one response, considering and presenting multiple points of view. Examinees are provided with clues/ideas of which they must use at least one in their response.  1 task
Listening 50 minutes

Part 1 – heard one time
(multiple choice)

Twenty short conversations, each followed by a question with 4 answer choices. The questions and answer choices are printed in the test booklet.

50

Part 2 – heard one time
(multiple choice)

Three short talks, each followed by 6 questions. The questions are printed in the test booklet and time is given before each talk to preview the questions. There are four answer choices for each question. Answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Examinees may take notes in the test booklet as they listen.

Part 3 – heard twice
(multiple choice)

Two segments from a radio program, each followed by 6 questions. The questions are printed in the test booklet and time is given before each segment to preview the questions. There are three answer choices for each question. Answer choices are printed in the test booklet. Examinees may take notes in the test booklet as they listen.

Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary, Reading (GCVR) 55 minutes

Grammar (multiple choice)

Incomplete sentences, each followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.

16

Cloze (multiple choice)

After reading two short cloze passages with 10 items each, from which words or phrases have been removed, examinees choose one of four options that best fills a missing word or phrase in terms of meaning and grammar.

20

Vocabulary (multiple choice)

Incomplete sentences, each followed by a choice of words to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.

16

Reading (multiple choice)

Three reading passages, each on a different topic, followed by 6 comprehension questions each. There are four answer choices for each question.

18
Speaking

Paired format:
25-35 minutes

(Three-way format:
35-45 minutes)

Examinees participate in a semistructured, multistage task involving two (or three) examinees and two examiners on topics set by the University of Michigan. The interaction involves a textual prompt. 5 stages
  • The three first parts (Writing, Listening, and GCVR) comprise the written section of the examination and are all administered on the same day. The fourth part, the Speaking Test, is administered before or after or even on the same day of the written examinations.
  • The format and the content of the test of the examination reflect the general language preparation, the methodology and the teaching material used for the learning of English as a foreign language.
  • Standard American accents are used in the recording for the listening section. Examinees are not exposed to dialects or background noise. Examinees hear only the speakers' voices and thus do not risk having their scores unfavorably affected by external factors.
Last Update At: 2021/03/12 - 16:59:38

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