In part 1, you will listen to a long recording (interview, lesson, conference, etc.)
which lasts for approximately 8 minutes. It will be played twice. 19 marks are available
for part 1.
You will have different types of questions to test your comprehension, there will
• multiple-choice questions.
• essay questions.
• questions with yes or no answers and justification.
Most of the recordings are interviews from radio programs. From my previous experience,
I have found that it is the listening test that most people fear. Even though you
understand almost everything, that may not be enough since you have to give complete
answersfor specific questions. Some of these questions are tricky and you may miss
the nuances. In addition to that, some interviews are fast and there is background
noise or music in most of them. An interview, for instance, may occur on a train.
The recording will also contain a variety of accents.
You will have 3 minutes to read the questions.
• Read through the task carefully and try to anticipate what you will hear on the
tape (What is it about? Who? When? Where?).
• Then you will listen to the recording. Do not try to answer the questionsstraight
away as you may miss key information. There will be space on the right side of your
exam paper for note taking and you should use it to write as much information as
you can (without forgetting specific data and dates).
This part tests your ability to listen for gist, detail and inference but also for
stated and non stated opinion, agreement and disagreement. Therefore you must concentrate
on what the speakers say and listenfor both stated and implied attitudes and opinions.
After listening, you will have 3 minutes to answer the questions and you should read
through the questions very carefully and focus on what you may not have understood.
You will listen to the recording a second time and even though you may be tempted
to write a complete answer, refrain from doing so and draft your answers in the space
provided. You will have 5 minutes to write your answers properly.
Except for specific questions requiring yes/no answers, do not forget that you will
be expected to write complete sentences and not just phrases. Do not worry if your
French is not perfect. The examiner focuses on the answer and not on your French.