Nerves can make us struggle with the integrated skills test: reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction for the C2 level of the DELE. To avoid this, we’re about tp tell you about the structure of the test and what the examiner’s will expect from you as a C2 candidate.
Before the start of your test, a member of the support staff will take you to the preparation room and will give you the materials you need and the instructions so you can start getting prepared. You’ll also be given a pencil and blank sheet of paper, that you can check during the exam, where you can make your notes. This sheet is the only thing you’ll be able to bring to the exam room. You’ll have a total of 30 minutes to prepare before starting the exam.
You’ll have to prepare two tasks of the three that make up the test:
For Task 1 you’ll have to choose one of the sheets offered you by the support staff. Each contains two or three texts, having a total length of about 800 words. On them you’ll also find a graph with statistics or a diagram for you to interpret. you’ll have to present the information given in the sheet to the interviewer during 6-8 minutes. Tip: I recommend being organized and finding the central theme of the text, dividing the main ideas from the secondary ones, distinguishing the author’s intent, etc. Remember, you can make an outline on a blank sheet of paper and check it during the exam.
For Task 2 you must have a formal conversation with the interviewer based on the information you gave in Task 1. You can’t exactly prepare this task because it will depend on the questions you are asked. But if you have time left after preparing Task 1, I recommend you try to anticipate possible questions or even leave a point somewhat undeveloped so the interviewer can ask you and you’ll already have the answer prepared.
The interviewer and the evaluator will be waiting for you in the exam room. You’ll only speak to the interviewer, the evaluator will be in the back evaluating your test. It is likely that they’ll ask you how you are, your name, your country, etc. This questions are NOT yet the exam. To begin Task 1 you’ll again be given the sheet you had in the preparation room and will now be able to start your speech. When you’re done, you will move on to Task 2 and then to Task 3. You have NOT prepared this task. The interviewer will have you choose a sheet that contains 3 or 4 newspaper headlines commenting on partial aspects of the same topic. The task is to have an improvised conversation with the interviewer lasting around 5-6 minutes.
From the examiner’s point of view
The evaluator will assess Tasks 1, 2, and 3 independently and the interviewer will give you an overall grade for the entire test. In both cases the grade can be fail with 0 or 1, pass for the level at 2, or a 3, pass and above the level applied for. What do you need to obtain a passing grade?
The interviewer will give you a score of 2 if you gather the relevant information for your presentation from the different texts, organize and structure it according to the guidelines, and explain it with fluency, precision, confidence and the correct tone. Your discourse should be clear and also well-argued, with subtle nuances of meaning. If you have any difficulties, you should skillfully deal with them. Your linguistic repertoire must be broad enough to express yourself correctly and precisely, and to emphasize, differentiate and eliminate ambiguities. You’ll need to show the interviewer you can deal with complex conversations having different levels of formality without any problems as well as naturally and easily answer their turns of phrase, comments, and arguments. Last but not least, you should use linguistic elements and non-verbal keys and intonation that help with all types of topics and situations.
The evaluator will score you based on four criteria: coherency, fluency, correction and range.
The evaluator will make sure you extract correct information from the various sources and present it with a clear and orderly structure. If you forget to deal with any of the required points or do not refer to them enough, the interviewer will ask you about them. You should respond efficiently to the suggestion to deal with them more in depth. The evaluator will also look at whether you’re able to talk with ease and skill, following the turns the conversation takes, picking up on and using verbal and nonverbal keys and intonation without apparent effort.
In this case, the evaluator will make sure you can express yourself spontaneously and naturally. At a certain moment, you may hesitate, or now and then interrupt your discourse, but you must get around any obstacles without difficulty. Your pronunciation has to be clear and natural.
The evaluator will ensure you have high grammatical mastery of the language level that is appropriate to the tasks, even when you’re paying attention to other aspects (for example, planning or listening to reactions from the other speaker). Errors must be scarce, barely noticeable or insignificant.
The evaluator will focus on your linguistic repertoire. You have to show it is very broad and that you can use it correctly and appropriately, adapting what you want to say and the way of expressing it to the situation raised in each task. It’s important you use idiomatic or colloquial expressions appropriate to the tone being used.
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We hope this information about the structure of the test and the examiner’s point of view helps you prepare for your exam and that you’ll be able to take it feeling more relaxed.
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