The PRAXIS Series®:  Computer-delivered Testing Demonstration Video Transcript

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On screen:  [ETS® The PRAXIS Series® You may interact with this presentation using the mouse. You may also use the TAB or arrow keys to move from button to button, and the space bar or ENTER key to make a selection.

While the presentation is playing, you may click the CC button on the player controls to turn captions ON or OFF.

Buttons Available:  Continue with Captions On, Continue with Captions Off.]

Introduction

Welcome Tab
Narrator:   Welcome to The PRAXIS Series® computer-delivered testing demonstration. You will learn about the main features common to all of the tests — including logging in, navigation and types of questions. Additional sections cover features that appear only on particular tests. Interactive simulations will allow you to practice along the way. By the time you’re done, you will have a good idea of what it will be like when you take an actual computer-delivered PRAXIS test.

Demo Mode Tab:
Narrator:  This presentation works in two modes — Demo and Practice. During the Demo mode, you’ll see and hear explanations of key test features. The navigation for the demonstration itself appears across the top, including buttons to jump to other sections and controls to play, pause or rewind the section you’re viewing.

Practice Mode Tab:
Narrator:  After each explanation, you’ll enter the Practice mode, where you can practice what you just learned. Instructions and visual hints will guide you. If you’re confused, you can hear the explanation again by clicking the Repeat Demo button. When you’re done practicing, clicking Next Demo will take you to the next section.

Narrator:  Please click Next Demo to continue.

SECTION 2: Log In

Confirm Information Tab:
Narrator:  At the testing center, you will sit down at the computer that has been assigned to you. The first screen will show your name, photo, candidate ID and the title of the test you will be taking. After confirming that the information on the screen is correct, you will click the Continue button to move ahead.

To practice this step, pretend that the information you see here is correct, and click the Continue button.

General Directions Tab:
Narrator:  After you log in, you will see a series of General Directions screens. The screens shown here are common to most of the tests. The information for the particular test you take may differ, and may include instructions for additional testing tools.

This section is not timed, and you may read at your own pace. At the last General Directions screen, clicking Continue will begin the timed test. To practice moving through the General Directions section, click the Continue button at the upper right corner of each screen.

Pressing Continue brings a series of general directions for the test. 

On-screen:  [ETS®, The PRAXIS Series®

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On-screen:  [Test Center Regulations 

You should have nothing on your computer table except scratch paper, a No.2 pencil, and your identification; put everything else under the table. Cell phones are not allowed in the test center.  Watch alarms must be turned off. You may not eat, drink, or use tobacco during the test.  The official time will be kept by the computer. The test administrator is authorized to dismiss you from the test session and/or your scores may be canceled for actions such as, but not limited to, those listed below. The Office of Testing Integrity will be notified of any action taken. 

I understand that by clicking on the Continue button above, I affirm that I have read these test center regulations and understand the consequences of failure to abide by them.

Click Continue to go on]

On-screen:  [If You Need the Administrator:

If at any time during the test session you think you have a problem with your computer or need the administrator for any reason, please raise your hand.

Click Continue to go on]

On-screen:  [Confidentiality Agreement

The contents of this test are confidential and the property of ETS. Unauthorized disclosure or reproduction in part or in whole of this test is prohibited. Violators of this policy will be banned from future testing and any scores earned will be canceled. Violators will also be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the applicable laws.

I understand that by clicking on the Continue button above, I will be given access to this confidential material only for the purpose of taking the test. I agree that I will not disclose to any person or entity, reproduce, or otherwise use, the test questions, instructions, or other material revealed to me in the course of taking the test.

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On-screen: [General Directions

Test Format

This test has two parts. Part A includes 90 multiple-choice questions.  Part B includes four constructed-response questions. For each of the constructed-response questions, specific directions and tasks will detail what you are expected to provide in your responses.

Timing and Break

You have a total of two hours to take the entire test:  Part A and Part B.  The two parts of the test are not separately timed.  You must be sure to monitor the time you spend on each part of the test.

Suggested timing:

During the test you may take one optional break. If you wish to take this break, raise your hand.  Please note that timing will not stop for this break.

Note: The information given here and throughout the test regarding timing reflects the standard timing.  If you have been approved for extended time, the adjusted timing will be reflected accurately on the clock that appears on the screen.

Test Information

You may use the scratch paper provided to work out your answers. No credit will be given for any responses marked on the scratch paper. All scratch paper must be turned in to the test administrator at the end of the testing session.

If you have a concern about the wording of a test question, note the question number on the scratch paper and continue the test. Report your concern to the test administrator after you complete the test.

Click Continue to go on.]

On-screen:  [Testing Tools Information

Below is an overview of the tools and buttons available to you during the test. These buttons and tools will help you navigate through your test.

NEXT:  After you answer a question, click on Next. You may still change the answer after clicking on Next.

BACK:  Clicking on Back will take you to the previous screen or question.

HELP:  Clicking on Help will bring you to Help. From Help you can get information on different topics by clicking on one of the tabs at the top screen.

MARK:  Clicking on Mark will place a check mark next to the questions you may want to look at on the Review screen. Clicking on Mark again will remove the check mark. A question will remain marked until you unmark it, even if you change the answer.

REVIEW: Clicking on Review will display the Review screen.  The Review screen lists all of the questions in the test and their status. The Status column shows if a question has been answered, not answered, or not yet seen.  The Mark column shows all questions you have marked for review. The question you were looking at last is highlighted when you enter the Review screen.   

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On-screen:  [Review Information

Below is a sample of the Review screen.  The question you were looking at last is highlighted when you enter Review.  The Status column shows if a question has been Answered, Not Answered or Not Seen.  Questions you have marked are indicated with check.

Review will be available to you at any time during the test.  The Review screen will also appear after the last question in the test section if time is still remaining.  If there is time remaining in the section, you will have the opportunity to return to any question to answer or review the question more carefully.

Image of table with 3 columns and 21 rows.  Table headers are Number, Marked, and Status.  Table rows are numbered 1 through 20.  Status Answered are unmarked.  Status Not Answered are all marked by a check.

Click Continue to go on.]

On-screen:  [Question Information 

On this test, certain questions may require you to do one of the following to enter your answer.

Carefully read all directions associated with each question. Click on Help and select the How to Answer tab when needed.

Click Continue to go on.]

On-screen:  [You have finished the General Directions. You are now ready to begin.

Click Continue to go on.]

SECTION 3: Navigation

Answering Questions Tab:
Narrator:  During the test, buttons and information that allow you to navigate through the test appear at the top of the screen. Questions, answer choices and related material occupy the main part of the screen.

PRAXIS computer-delivered tests may consist entirely of multiple choice or selected-response questions, or they may include both selected-response and constructed-response questions. Be sure to check the PRAXIS website for your test specifications.

To answer a selected-response question, click on a response. To deselect it, click on it again. To change your answer, click on a different choice.

To practice, try choosing an answer, click again to deselect it, and then choose another answer choice. When you’re done practicing, click the Next Demo button.

Next, Back, Mark Tab:
Narrator:  To move to the next question in a test, click on Next. To return to a previous question, click on Back.

Each single click of these buttons will move you forward or back one question. Be careful not to double-click or you may accidently skip past a question.

In most test sections, you can mark a question to review later. If you want to mark a question, click on the Mark button. Click Mark again to un-mark it.

Practice moving back and forth among the three questions here, and try marking and un-marking a question. When you’re done practicing, click the Next Demo button.

Review Tab:
Narrator:  In test sections that allow review, the Review screen shows the status of each question: answered, not answered, or not yet seen.

The Marked column shows the questions you marked for review. The question you were looking at last is highlighted. If there are more questions than will fit on the screen, you can use the scroll bar to view the others.

On the Review screen, click on any question to highlight it, and then click Go To Question. To go back to where you were before you clicked the Review button, click Return.

To practice this feature, click the Review button and then follow the directions on the Review screen. When you’re done practicing, click the Next Demo button.

Timer Tab:
Narrator:  The time remaining in the test is displayed in the upper right below the navigation buttons. Hide it by clicking Hide Time. To display it again, click Show Time. When there are 5 minutes left, the display will blink for a few seconds and remain visible for the remainder of the test section.

When time is up, you will see a message telling you that time for the section has ended.
Practice hiding or showing the timer by clicking the corresponding buttons. Then click Next Demo to continue.

Help Screens Tab:
Narrator:  The Help button takes you to information on the testing tools, how to answer, general directions, and other resources that are available, depending on which test you’re taking. The test clock does not stop when you are using the Help function.

The Return button takes you back to where you were before you clicked Help.

Practice by clicking the Help button and viewing the various help screens by clicking their tabs. When you’re done, click Next Demo to continue.

Practice Test Tab:
Narrator:  This 3-question practice test allows you to try all of the testing tools and functions described up to this point. When you’re done practicing, click the Next Demo button.

SECTION 4: Question Types

Stand Alone Tab:
Narrator:  In this section, you will see examples of types of questions that are common to most computer-delivered PRAXIS tests.

The standalone question presents a direct question or an incomplete statement, such as this example and the ones presented in the Navigation section of this demo.

On-screen:[Section 4: Example 1
Mr. Harrison, a fifth-grade social studies teacher, recognizes that students are experiencing difficulty comprehending a chapter in the textbook.  Mr. Harrison decides to use a strategy in which he and his students share responsibility for discussions as they predict, clarify, and summarized while reading the text.  Mr. Harrison is most likely using which of the following instructional strategies?

Modeling

Reciprocal teaching

Coaching

Guided reading]

Narrator:  Practice selecting an answer, and then click the Next Demo button.

Stimulus Materials Tab:
Narrator:  Questions with stimulus materials begin with information such as a reading passage, graphic, table or a combination of these, followed by a question based on that material.
Questions with an aural stimulus require you to answer a question after hearing a recording, such as a short music sample.

Most recordings will play once while some may play two or more times. You can choose or change your answer at any time while the music is playing or during the brief pause after each playing. You will not be able to replay the music for a question, so be sure to answer each one during the time provided and before you advance to the next question

On-screen: [Wait until the music starts before answering]
Question 1: Who is the composer?
[music plays]
[You may answer while the music plays or during the pause after]
Select your response now.
[on screen:  Choices:  Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart or Bach]
[on screen:  TIME EXPIRED:  Actual test would move to the next question automatically]

Click Next Demo to continue.]

Sets Tab:
Narrator:  Sometimes two or more questions are based on the same stimulus material. In these cases, the stimulus will be on the left side of the screen and the questions will appear on the right.

Click the Next and Back buttons to see an example of two questions based on the same stimulus. When you are finished, click Next Demo.

On-screen:   ["The people all saw her come because it was sundown. The sun was gone, but he had left his footprints in the sky. It was the time for sitting on porches beside the road. It was the time to hear things and talk. These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment." 

Questions:

  1. The description of the sun in the second sentence contains which of the following literary devices? Foreshadowing, Irony, Flashback, or Personification 
  1. Which of the following is the best way of describing the last three sentences of the passage (They became ...in Judgment”)?
    1. They emphasize the weariness the sitters feel after a long day's work.
    2. They are used to paint a picture of the way in which the sitters wish they spent their evenings.
    3. They are a vivid way of describing the ease and authority the sitters feel during the evening.
    4. They highlight the contrast between the feelings of the sitters and the feelings of the bossman.]

Scrolling Tab:
Narrator:  Some questions require you to scroll down to view the entire stimulus and the question that follows it.

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom, to be sure that you see ALL of the answer choices.
Practice by scrolling the window so that you see the question and all four of the answer choices. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Constructed Response Tab:
Narrator:  Some PRAXIS tests include constructed-response questions. Constructed-response questions are questions that require you to provide a written or, in some cases, a spoken response. For questions requiring a written response, the question being asked will appear on the top or left portion of the screen and the area for you to type in a response appears on the lower half or right portion of the screen.

To practice, try typing a response in the lower portion. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Numeric Entry Tab:
Narrator:  Some questions that have numeric answers, may require you to enter an answer using the computer keyboard or by transferring the display from an on-screen calculator. Some questions may have more than one place to enter a response.

To practice, click in each box and type a number. Backspace to erase.  When you are finished practicing, click next demo.

On-screen:  [Question:  In the x-y plane, what is the slope of a line perpendicular to the line y = - 2x – 5?

Slope = Box 1 divided by Box 2]

Multiple Selection Tab:
Narrator:  Some questions require you to click check boxes instead of an oval when more than one choice within a set of answers can be selected. To deselect a choice, click it again. Be sure to read the instructions carefully to see if you are required to choose a specific number of answers.

To practice, select multiple answers by clicking more than one checkbox. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Sentence in Passage Tab:
Narrator:  In questions with reading passages, you may be asked to choose your answer by clicking on a sentence or sentences within the reading passages.

To practice, move the mouse pointer over the passage here and click to select a sentence as your answer choice. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Graphic Selection Tab:
Narrator:  In some questions, you will choose your answer by clicking on a location or locations on a graphic such as a map or chart, as opposed to choosing from a list. 
To practice, move the mouse pointer over the image here and click a city name to choose an answer.

When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo. (On screen example:  "Which of the cities shown below is the capital of New Jersey?"  Map of New Jersey with Jersey City, Edison, Trenton, Tom's River, Atlantic City, and Cape May)

Grid Tab:
Narrator:  In some questions, you will choose your answer by clicking on your choice or choices within a table or grid.

To practice, move the mouse pointer over the grid here and click to choose an answer. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Drag and Drop Tab:
Narrator:  You may be asked to choose answers from a list and drag and drop them into the appropriate locations in a table, paragraph of text or graphic. To “drag” an answer, move the mouse pointer over it, press the mouse button down, and while still holding it down, move the mouse to “drag” the answer to one of the empty boxes. Then, release the mouse to “drop” it into the box. If you change your mind, you can drag an answer to a different box, or back to its starting position.

To practice, drag and drop the names of the presidents into the correct boxes. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

Drop Down Tab:
Narrator:  This type of question will ask you to select the appropriate answer or answers by selecting the options from a drop-down menu. To see the options, click on a triangle next to a blank, and then click on your choice.

To practice, choose an answer from the drop-down menu. In this demo, only the first drop-down menu is active. When you are finished practicing, click Next Demo.

SECTION 5: Math and Science Tests

Mathematics Reference Sheets Tab:
Narrator:  Some Mathematics tests provide reference material that you can view to help you answer questions. You access the information by first clicking the Help button, and then clicking the tab for the reference sheet you wish to consult. The Return button takes you back to the question you were viewing.

Click Help and then click the tab for the Math Reference.  (The Math Reference shows common mathematical notations, definitions, and formulas used in the tests).  To go back to the question, click Return. To continue, click, Next Demo.

Science Reference Sheets Tab:
Narrator:  Some Science tests also provide reference material that you can view to help you answer questions. You access the information by first clicking the Help button, and then clicking the tab for the reference sheet you wish to consult. The Return button takes you back to the question you were viewing.  Click help, and then click the tab for the periodic table.  To go back to the question, click return.  To continue, click next demo.

Onscreen Calculator Tab:
Narrator:  An on-screen calculator is available as part of the testing software for tests that require the use of a graphing, scientific or 4-function calculator. A calculator Help screen, such as the one shown here, will be available to you during the test. Additionally, if the test you are taking requires the use of a scientific or graphing calculator, you can take advantage of the tutorial that is available through the PRAXIS website. The tutorial will allow you to practice using the on-screen calculator before the day of the test. Tips on how to use the 4-function calculators are also available on the PRAXIS website.  Click next demo to continue.

On-screen:  [How to Use the Calculator

To use the calculator, click the calculator icon at the top of the screen. To dismiss the calculator, click the icon again. To move the calculator to another place on the screen, click its title bar and drag it.

To operate the calculator, click the calculator buttons or use the keyboard or keypad numbers and operations. To use the keypad, the NumLock key must be on. The calculator displays 8 digits and works like a typical basic calculator except that it respects order of operations. In a computation involving more than one operation, multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction for example, if 1 + 2 x 4 = is entered, the result is 9. not 12. because the multiplication is performed before the addition.

The calculator has a memory location for storing a number, which is initially 0. To add the displayed number to the stored number, click the M+ button. An M will appear next to the display to show that a new number has been stored. To recall the stored number, click the MR button. To clear the memory. click the MC button, which resets the memory to 0. removing the M

There is a Transfer Display button, which you can use on Numeric Entry questions with a single answer box. Clicking the Transfer Display button will transfer the calculator display to the answer box. You should check that the transferred number has the correct form to answer the question. For example, if a question requires you to round your answer or convert it to a percent, make sure that you adjust the transferred number according.

Ets.org/praxis/calculators]

Section 6: World Language Tests

Narrator:  The PRAXIS World Language Tests measure four basic language skills:
Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

While the details vary among these tests, the demonstrations and practice examples presented here will give you a basic familiarity with key test features. Be sure to check the PRAXIS website at gace.ets.org/prepare for guides and preparation materials for the specific test you plan to take. Click Next Demo to continue.

Listening Tab:
Narrator:  Listening sections begin with a screen of directions in English. After you click Continue, the section will play automatically.

[pause, excerpt plays]

After you hear a selection, you will have a chance to preview questions about the selection before hearing it a second time.

[pause, excerpt plays]
The questions will then be presented one at a time. You will have a fixed amount of time to answer each question.

When the response time has ended, the test moves automatically to the next question. You cannot go back to previous questions.

After reading the Listening Section directions, click Continue. This example includes only the first question.  The Listening Section directions are shown below and the practice example is shown in Appendix A.

On-screen:  [Listening Section Directions

This section is designed to measure how well you understand spoken Spanish and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

You will listen to several selections in Spanish. Each selection will be played twice. You will hear the selection, and then you will have 60 seconds to preview the questions before the selection plays a second time. For each question, choose the response that is best, relative to the selection.  The last two questions may test your knowledge of culture and linguistics.  You may take notes as you listen. Your notes will not be graded.

After listening to a selection the second time, you will see six questions presented one at a time. You will have 20 seconds to answer each question.  A clock at the top of the screen will indicate how much time is remaining to answer the question.  The entire listening section lasts approximately 50 minutes.

When the response time has ended, you will automatically be taken to the next question.  You will not be able to return to the previous questions.

You may now begin. Click Continue to go on.]

Reading Tab:

Narrator:  Reading sections typically show a passage on the left side of the screen. The questions appear on the right. As you read the passage, you can scroll through it. You may also click on words underlined in blue to see any footnotes, definitions or explanations related to that word.

Click on the underlined word to see its footnote.

On-Screen:  [Result:  Mac Pherson: escroc, charlatan, menteur]

Writing Tab:
Narrator:  There are several types of tasks included in the Writing section of the test, depending on which test you take.

This screen shows what a typical “response to email, memo or letter” task looks like. You will read the item shown and provide an appropriate response. The directions will indicate the minimum length and the time limit for your response.

For languages such as Spanish, French and German that use the Latin alphabet, you will have access to an alternate-character toolbar so that you can insert the necessary language-specific characters.

To practice using the alternate character toolbar for the specific World Language Test you are taking, visit the Prepare for a Test page on the PRAXIS website and select the World Language Test you are taking from the drop-down menu.

For languages such as Chinese that use pictographic characters rather than an alphabet an input method editor is used to type responses for the writing tasks.  To familiarize yourself with the use of the input method editor, visit the prepare for a test page on the PRAXIS website and select your World Language Test.

On screen:  [ets.org/praxis/prepare]

Practice inserting a character into the response using the alternate character toolbar. In this demo, only the first character is active. You can also move the toolbar around by dragging it.

Integrated Speaking Tab:
Narrator:  There are several types of tasks in the speaking section of each language test. This screen shows a typical Integrated Speaking task. The task consists of a scenario you will have to talk about based on a passage you have already read in the Writing section. You will have a fixed amount of time to review the passage again and to prepare your response. You will then have 2 minutes to record your response.  To continue, click Next Demo.

Oral Presentation Tab:
Narrator:  This example shows a typical Oral Presentation or Situation/Opinion task. You will have 15 seconds to review the information shown, two minutes to prepare and 2 minutes to record your presentation. A tone will indicate when to begin speaking.
To practice, follow the directions in the example shown.

Simulated Conversation Tab:
Narrator:  This screen shows a typical Simulated Conversation task. You will have 30 seconds to review the outline of the conversation. The shaded lines indicate what you will hear, and the other lines reflect the basic idea of what you are expected to say. A tone will indicate when to begin speaking. You will have 25 seconds to respond to each part of the conversation.
Practice the first two parts of the conversation. When it is your turn to speak, wait for the tone, and then speak for 25 seconds.
[part 1 plays]
[tone plays then 25-second countdown]
[part 2 plays]
[ tone plays, another 25-second countdown]
An actual test would proceed with the rest of the Interpersonal Speaking conversation. Click Next Demo to go on.  (Example Interpersonal Speaking Conversation is shown in Appendix B.)

Section 7: Finishing a Test

Test Completion Tab:
Narrator:  If you finish a test and there is time remaining, you will have the option of returning to the last question or going to the Review screen. Otherwise, clicking Continue will end the test.
If time expires BEFORE you finish a test, the test will end automatically. The Continue button will take you to the Report or Cancel Scores screens.

Click “Continue” and then “Next Demo” to go on.

Report or Cancel Scores Tab:
Narrator:  The Report or Cancel Scores section requires you to either report your scores from the test session or cancel them. If you decide to cancel your scores, no scores for the test session will be reported to you or any institutions.

You must make a choice to report or cancel your scores. If you click Next and then OK without making a choice, a message will appear indicating that you must answer.

You should be very careful as you make your decision. After you answer the question, click the Next button and then confirm by clicking OK; you will NOT be able to go back and change your choice.

To practice, click Continue, answer the question, click Next and then confirm your choice by clicking OK.

How to Exit Tab:
Narrator:  After you report or cancel your scores, the test session will be over. If you choose to report your scores for a selected-response test, clicking the Continue button will take you to a screen that displays your unofficial scores. For tests with constructed-response questions, scores are not available until your responses have been scored, and clicking the Continue button will exit the test.
Click Continue to close your test session.

Section 8: Quit

Narrator:  This demonstration is now complete.

Click Quit Demo to end the demo or choose one of the tabs above to view another section.

On-screen:  The tabs listed are 1. Intro, 2. Login, 3. Navigation, 4, Question Types, 5. Math and Science Tests, 6. World Language Tests, 7. Finishing a Test.  Quit.

For more information about the PRAXIS Computer-delivered Tests, please visit our website at ets.org/praxis.

On-screen:  ETS® and The PRAXIS Series®  logos appear with the following copyright information: Copyright © 2014 by Educational Testing Service. All rights reserved. ETS, the ETS logo, LISTENING. LEARNING. LEADING., PRAXIS and THE PRAXIS SERIES are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS). [END]

 

Appendix A:  Spanish Listening Example

 

 

NARRATOR:

La siguiente entrevista fue emitida en una estación de radio.

 

 

MA:

Buenos días. Nació en la Gran Manzana. Criado en Puerto Rico. De vuelta con nosotros está: ¡Lefty Pérez! Hola, ¿qué tal amigo?

 

 

MB:

Hola, muy bien, con gusto de estar aquí. ¿Y tú, qué tal? ¿Bien? Contento de estar aquí una vez más trayéndote mucha salsa.

 

 

MA:

Oye, mucho tiempo sin verte desde “Calle 8”. Te veo más delgado... pero... estás por todos lados: en canales de televisión, promocionando tu nuevo disco, “Salseros unidos” y en muchas presentaciones por Nueva York, Puerto Rico, San Francisco... ¡Cuéntanos, cuéntanos!

 

 

MB:

Exactamente, el Carnaval de San Francisco fue un exitazo grandísimo: como 4.000 personas a quienes les encanta la salsa.

 

 

MA:

De cierta forma estás como retomando tu carrera.

 

 

MB:

Sí, sí... pero yo siempre he estado ocupado, activo, trabajando en otros países. Y, pues, este nuevo proyecto que he comenzado es titulado “Salseros unidos”.

 

 

MA:

Háblanos de este disco porque no hemos tenido mucho tiempo de hablar de la producción completa.

 

 

MB:

Sí, bueno, esta producción es muy especial para mí. Este... “Salseros unidos” sale de la muerte de un compañero nuestro. Llamo a unificar a los salseros del mundo y vengo y les escribo junto con Pedro Jesús. Colaboraron conmigo varios artistas en el video y menciono la mayoría de ellos en la canción.

 

 

MA:

Hagamos un pequeño flashback del comienzo de tu carrera. ¿Qué recuerdas?

 

 

MB:

Bueno, yo comencé a los 13 años oyendo los temas de Héctor Lavoe, y los cantaba en el baño, escuchando a Cheche Colé, “Abuelita, tus refranes me hace reír”.

 

 

MA:

¿Pero, pero lo cantabas igualito?

 

 

MB:

Yo canto bastante bien como Héctor. Pero para llenar esos zapatos se necesita...

 

 

MA:

¿Todavía te acuerdas? A propósito de Héctor: ¿ya viste la película “El cantante”?

 

 

MB:

¡Excelente! Y exhorto al público a que la vaya a ver. Lo que hicieron Marc Anthony y su esposa Jennifer es traer a esta leyenda a la pantalla gigante para que el mundo, el mundo, el mundo entero conozca quien fue este señor.

 

 

MA:

¿Lo que más te ha gustado de la película?

 

 

MB:

Son los chistes que decía Héctor Lavoe y como era él.

 

 

MA:

Gracias, Lefty Pérez. Bendiciones. Éxitos.

 

 

MB:

Te quiero. Salúdame a Panamá ... .

 

 

MA:

¿Cómo no? Con gusto.

 

 

MB:

Chévere. Un abrazo.

 

 

MA:

Un abrazo y gracias.

 

 


Appendix B. Spanish Interpersonal Speaking Example

Question 6:  Interpersonal Speaking: Simulated Conversation

Approximate time5 minutes

Directions: For this question, you will participate in a simulated conversation within a context. First, you will have 30 seconds to read an outline of the conversation in your study guide. The shaded lines of the outline give you an idea of what you will hear during the conversation, while the other lines give you an idea of what you will be expected to say.

You will have five turns to participate in the conversation. A tone will indicate when to begin speaking, and a second tone will indicate when to end speaking. Each time it is your turn to speak, you will have 25 seconds to respond. You should participate in the conversation as fully and appropriately as possible.

Now begin reading the outline.

(30 seconds)  Listen to the context and questions of the simulated conversation:

(MA) Imagínese que recibe una llamada telefónica del Centro de Formación de Profesores del Instituto Cervantes para invitarlo o invitarla a una entrevista sobre su solicitud de beca

1. (Woman)  

Buenos días. Es un placer hablar con usted por teléfono. Soy Elena García, del Centro de Formación de Profesores del Instituto Cervantes en España, directora del programa de becas. Recibí su solicitud para una beca de estudios y tengo que hacerle varias preguntas para obtener más información. Vamos a empezar. ¿Por qué le interesa estudiar en España?

       
      TONE (25 seconds) TONE
       
2. (Woman)   Ah, bueno, ya veo que tiene mucho interés. Si se le otorgara la beca, ¿qué le gustaría estudiar y por qué?
       
      TONE (25 seconds) TONE
       
3. (Woman)   ¿Por qué le gustaría estudiar durante el verano?
       
      TONE (25 seconds) TONE
       
4. (Woman)   Nuestro programa de becas incluye participación en actividades culturales. ¿Qué aspecto de la cultura de España le interesaría conocer más?
       
      TONE (25 seconds) TONE
       
5. (Woman)   Para finalizar nuestra entrevista, ¿qué preguntas tiene sobre los requisitos o sobre el contenido de nuestro programa de formación de profesores en España?
       
      TONE (25 seconds) TONE

 

This is the end of the Speaking section.