STYLE Level 4

STYLE Level 4 is aimed at the high end of the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Here you will find information for Level 4 regarding:

Level

The overall descriptors of the A2 level of the CEFR have been used to guide the content and level of the examination. According to these descriptions, users of the language at this level:

  • Can understand enough to be able to meet needs of a concrete type, provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.
  • Can understand short, simple texts on familiar matters of a concrete type which consist of high frequency everyday or job-related language.
  • Can write short, simple formulaic notes relating to matters in areas of immediate need. Can write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors like “and", “but” and “because”.
  • Can interact with reasonable ease in structured situations and short conversations, provided the other person helps if necessary. Can manage simple, routine exchanges without undue effort; can ask and answer questions and exchange ideas and information on familiar topics in predictable everyday situations.

Format & Content of STYLE Level 4

 

Section Time Total marks No. of Tasks Tasks No. of questions Format (excluding examples)
Listening 25 minutes 25 4 Task 1 5

5 short dialogues heard twice with 1 question per dialogue – candidates choose which picture the dialogue is about

Task 2 5

1 dialogue heard twice – 5 short statements to which candidates choose True or False

Task 3 5

1 long conversation heard twice – candidates use the information they hear to choose the correct answer choice from three short written options

Task 4 10

10 short dialogues heard twice with 1 question per dialogue and 3 picture answer choices per question

Reading &
Use of Language

40 minutes 40 6 Task 1 5

1 short text with 5 multiple-choice questions, each with 4 answer choices

Task 2 5

3 short texts with 5 multiple-choice questions, each with 3 answer choices

Task 3 10

10 short sentences, each with a gap and 4 answer choices

Task 4 10

10 short sentences, each with a gap and 4 answer choices

Task 5

5 1 dialogue with 5 gaps – candidates choose the correct option from three answer choices
Task 6 5 1 text with 5 gaps – candidates choose the correct option from three answer choices
Writing 25 minutes 18 2 Task 1 1

Providing personal information

Task 2 1

Writing a short text

Speaking 7-9 minutes 9 4 Task 1 -

Answering personal questions

Task 2 -

Understanding and providing information in an information gap activity

Task 3 -

Guided discussion in order to reach an agreement

Task 4 - Follow-up questions asking about preferences

Scoring

The results of STYLE 4 are given for each of the four papers: Listening, Reading and Use of Language, Writing, and Speaking. Candidates receive a scale score for each paper expressed as a number between one and five, with one as the lowest scoring result and five as the highest scoring result.

Candidates who receive a result of three, four or five for each of the sections on the test are considered to have a satisfactory, good or excellent result respectively.

The Writing Section

The Writing Section is scored out of a total of nine marks for each of the two tasks. There are three criteria: Task Completion, Organization, and Linguistic Resources.

Each criterion provides between one and three marks: a candidate below the level for a criterion receives a score of 1 for that criterion; a candidate at the level receives a 2; while a candidate above the level receives a 3.

The number of marks is added together to give a total score out of nine for each task. Candidates receive a score of between one and five which shows their scale-score achievement for the Writing Section.

The Speaking Section

The Speaking Section is scored out of a total of nine marks. There are three criteria: Task Completion, Fluency and Interaction, and Linguistic Resources.

Each criterion provides between one and three marks: a candidate below the level for a criterion receives a score of 1 for that criterion; a candidate at the level receives a 2; while a candidate above the level receives a 3.

The number of marks is added together to give a total score out of nine. Candidates receive a score of between one and five which shows their scale-score achievement for the Speaking Section.

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