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Level3 new exam_model

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A new level 3 exam model explained. It was introduced by Polish Armed Forces School of Languages on 1st of September 2015.

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  1. 1. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Level 3 exam – a new model (survival kit)
  2. 2. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com A new exam model is used from 01SEP15! (Decision of Dyrektor Departamentu Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wojskowego dated 01APR15)
  3. 3. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com skill time tasks/ questions points points for level 3 / 2 + Reading 65 min 2 / 20 20 14 / 12 Listening 40 min 3 / 20 20 14 / 12 Writing 90 min 2 (1 A&B, 2) 30 21 / 18 Speaking (+15) 25 min 2 (1 A&B, 2 A&B) 20 14 / 12 Exam specification BEFORE: NOW: skill time tasks/ questions points points for level 3 / 2 + Reading 65 min 2 / 20 20 14 / 12 Listening 40 min 3 / 20 20 14 / 12 Writing 80 min 2 20 14 / 12 Speaking (+15) 25 min 2 (1 A&B, 2 A&B) 20 14 / 12
  4. 4. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Task 1. official letter / e-mail (120 words minimum) OR memmorandum (120 words minimum) Task 2. Report No pictograms used any longer. Minumum number of words set for 200. No maximum limit! Importance of military related topics descending. More focus on current social- political matters. Both forms must be written in an appropriate format (letter, memorandum, report). The texts should be clear, coherent and cohesive with main points logically presented. Linking devices should be used correctly. The language has to be consistently formal. Accuracy and appropriacy are expected. All points given in the instructions should be covered. The texts have to be paragraphed and written in full sentences. WRITING
  5. 5. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Writing - scoring criteria Language Resources and Accuracy Style Organisation Task fulfilment NOW: what was assessed BEFORE: Language Resources and Accuracy Form Organisation/ content Effect on the target reader
  6. 6. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Writing - scoring criteria Points Language Resources and Accuracy 9-10 A wide range of vocabulary, used with high precision. Grammar used successfully, with very rare slips. 8 A relatively wide range of vocabulary, used precisely most of the time. Very few errors in grammar. Errors do not impede comprehension. 7 An acceptable range of vocabulary, used with occasional imprecision. Occasional errors in grammar. Errors rarely, if at all, impede comprehension. 6 An acceptable range of vocabulary, used with noticeable imprecision. Frequent errors in grammar. Errors may occasionally impede comprehension. 4-5 Narrow range of vocabulary, used with frequent imprecision. Numerous errors in grammar. Errors may fairly frequently impede comprehension. 1-3 Insufficient range of vocabulary to handle the topic. Numerous errors in grammar. Errors often impede comprehension.
  7. 7. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Writing - scoring criteria Points Form 9-10 All points fully covered and developed. Formal style consistently used. 7-8 All points covered. Length of the text adequate (the minimum fulfilled). Formal style generally used. 6 One point not covered. Length of the text inadequate (10% shorter than the minimum). Formal style inconsistently used; informalities occur. 1-5 Two points covered but not developed. Length of the text inadequate (but above 50% of the minimum). Informal style used with attempts at formal style.
  8. 8. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Points Organization / content 9-10 Text coherent and logical. Arguments (only in task 2!) well chosen and developed. Linking devices used correctly. 8 Text coherent and logical. Arguments (only in task 2!) well chosen but not all of them fully developed/supported. Linking devices generally used correctly. 7 Text mostly coherent and logical. All arguments (only in task 2!) related to the topic but not always logical/or lacking supporting details. Linking devices generally used correctly. 6 Text coherent with breakdowns in logic. Poor choice of arguments (only in task 2!) but attempts to give supporting details visible. Occasional errors in the usage of linking devices. 4-5 Text not very coherent with visible breakdowns in logic. Poor arguments (only in task 2!) lacking supporting details / or not developed. Clumsy usage of linking devices. 1-3 Text incoherent and illogical. Arguments (only in task 2!) poorly chosen, underdeveloped and lacking supporting details. Incorrect usage of linking devices. Writing - scoring criteria
  9. 9. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Points Effect on the target reader 9-10 Message fully understandable. Text reads easily. 7-8 Message mostly understandable. Occasionally, understanding requires some effort on the part of the reader. 6 Message is occasionally unclear and requires some interpreting from the reader. Most of the text reads quite easily, though sporadically understanding requires some effort on the part of the reader. 4-5 Message unclear. Reader must guess the author's intentions. Parts of the text read with difficulty. 1-3 Message unclear. Text reads with difficulty. Writing - scoring criteria
  10. 10. Linguistic Atelier – military English courses http://www.LinguisticAtelier.com Military English tests and exams http://www.STANAG6001.com Conlusions A new model : 1) Favours a good organization and a proper form of your writing 2) Precision is still required, but it affects mainly the fourth criterion (effects on the reader) 3) Poor linking words/phrases affects more your score. 4) Proper/logical arguments matter only in task two (report). 5) No maximum number of words gives more opportunities to express yourself and to make more errors! 6) Relatively more time for writing two pieces (in comparison with 90 mins for three forms).

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