The following is a general overview of what should be done to be ready for the English as a Second Language CORE Ministerial exam. The exam is in two parts: the first part is to
discuss about a topic, and the second part is to write an
2 competencies will be evaluated:
- Competency 1: Interacts orally in English
- Competency 3: Writes and produces texts
The evaluation grids for the Ministerial exam give detailed information about
is evaluated and
it is evaluated.
Preparing for the evaluations
oral interaction (C1) evaluation and the
written (C3) evaluation are both
prepared using the
preparation booklet. It will be distributed to students a few weeks before the C1 evaluation. Students must read texts and answer questions found in the document to get familiar with the topic.
preparation booklet can be used during the oral interaction evaluation, but
not during the written evaluation.
The oral interaction (C1) evaluation
This evaluation is done in teams of 4. It is a 15-minute
discussion on the topic students have been reading and discussing about.
Students are required to
interact. Saying one or two sentences here and there is not interaction.
To do well, students must
participate, be on topic,
keep the conversation going by reacting to others' comments (ex. agreeing/disagreeing with them, adding to what they just said, asking questions etc.).
Things to remember...
on the day of the oral interaction
1. Be sure to stay on topic.
2. Be sure to add to the discussion.
3. Be sure to ask questions.
4. Be sure to express and explain opinions.
on the day of the day of the written
1. Be sure to answer
one of the questions in the booklet.
2. Be sure the text is
3. Be sure the opinion piece has all the necessary components:
introduction with a
conclusion related to the