In part one, you will listen to 1 short radio broadcast (interviews, news bulletin
etc.) played once. It lasts for 2 or 3 minutes and between 5 and 7 marks are available
for this section.
You just need to tick the right answer but be careful as some answers can be inferred.
You will have 1 minute to read all the questions and after the recording you will
have 3 minutes to answer.
Contrary to the long recording, there is no opportunity to write a draft and the
best approach is to tick what you think is the right answer with a pencil and then
check and confirm during the answering time.
In part 2, you will listen to a long recording (presentation, lecture, speech, documentary,
radio or television program etc.) which lasts for approximately 6 minutes. It will
be played twice. Between 18 and 20 marks are available for part 2.
You will have different types of questions to test your comprehension, there will
• multiple-choice questions.
• essay questions.
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.
You will have 1 minute 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 multiple-choice questions , 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.