PQS Communication (Oral)

Stage: Stage 3
Level: Grade 10


PQS’s Oral Examinations in Spoken English are one-to- one, face-to- face assessments of speaking and listening skills with a PQS examiner. These exams help support candidates who wish to develop their proficiency in English language speaking - for example in personal goals, study, travel and employment purposes.

PQS Communication (Oral) Exams are available at 12 levels, from Grade 1 to Grade 12 (pre-A1 to C2 CEFR* proficiency levels).
Grouped by development stage, PQS Communication (Oral) Exams offer a progressive framework for the development of English language skills. PQS Communication (Oral) Exams are designed to complement general English language courses, and exam preparation focuses on the development of communicative skills and building confidence among candidates.

Assessment Summary

PQS Communication (Oral) Exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with a PQS examiner and tests take between 5 and 20 minutes depending on the grade. At each stage, candidates carry out a number of speaking and listening tasks that show their fluency, accuracy and ability to communicate in English.

  • Task components include:

  • -Introduction: where the examiner ‘breaks the ice’.

  • -The Conversation: An opportunity to demonstrate a realistic exchange of information, ideas and opinions at an appropriate level for the grade.

  • -The Topic: Before the exam, the candidate prepares a topic of their choice – this is used as the basis for discussion and as the basis of a presentation at Advanced stage.

  • -The Interactive task: A prompt from the examiner initiates candidate- led speaking and listening interactions – requiring an authentic exchange of information and opinions.

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