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Guidelines for ISLPR Tests: Listening Test

Posted by on Apr 19, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Speaking, Listening and Reading skills are tested in a one-to-one interview that takes about 60 minutes. The interview is audio-recorded. Three things determined the content of the test: everyday life in Australia, everyday.

Academic Test:

Listening skills are judged throughout the interview. In one part of the interview, however, recordings will also be used.

The tester will ask you to listen to one or more authentic texts e.g.:

  • news stories
  • news commentaries
  • interviews
  • talkback
  • documentary material
  • community announcements
  • advertisements
  • messages on answering machines

The voices will be mainly those of speakers of standard Australian English but there may be segments with other varieties of English. Generally you will hear each text only once; occasionally a short segment may be repeated so that the tester can check your understanding of particular details. With longer texts, you may like to take notes while you are listening to the recordings. If you do take notes, you are advised to keep them short. After you have listened to a text, you will show how well you have understood it by talking to the tester about it. While you are talking, you may refer to any notes you have taken but you must give them to the tester when this part of the test is finished.

Professional Registration:

Listening skills are judged throughout the interview. In one part of the interview, however, audio or video recordings will also be used.

You will listen to authentic texts related to education and the socialisation of young people. After you have listened to a text, you will demonstrate your comprehension by talking to the tester about it.

You may choose to take notes as an aid to memory. The tester may check your comprehension of a section of a text and then resume playing the tape. Generally any text is heard only once; occasionally a short segment may be repeated so that the tester can check your comprehension of certain key details.

The texts may be:

  • news stories
  • news commentaries
  • interviews
  • talk-back
  • documentary material
  • community announcements or,
  • advertisements.

The voices will be mainly those of speakers of standard Australian English but there may be segments with other varieties of English. The tester is also likely to ask you to listen to children speaking.

Vocational Test:

Listening skills are judged throughout the interview. In one part of the interview, however, recordings will also be used. You will listen to authentic texts that will include one or more texts related to your vocation; other texts may be of a general nature.

After you have listened to a text, you will demonstrate your comprehension by talking to the tester Listeningabout it. With longer texts, you may choose to take notes as an aid to memory.The tester may check your comprehension of a section of a text and then resume playing the recording.

Generally any text is heard only once; occasionally a short segment may be repeated so that the tester can check your comprehension of particular key details.

The texts may be:

  • news stories
  • news commentaries
  • interviews
  • talk-back
  • documentary material
  • community announcements
  • advertisements.

The voices will be mainly those of speakers of standard Australian English but there may be segments with other varieties of English.

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