The READ ALOUD test, assess your ability to read a short text aloud using correct pronunciation and intonation. While reading aloud, you must follow the punctuations of comma and full stop by pausing and stopping at the correct places to make the reading more meaningful.

The READ ALOUD test assesses both speaking and reading skills.

You will get 6-7 READ ALOUD texts and as soon as the recording bar turns blue you must start reading.

The image below shows the item type.












  • Read Aloud – 
    • In 40 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and clearly as possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.
    • This is a long answer item type that integrates speaking and reading skills and requires test takers to read a short text aloud, using correct pronunciation and intonation.



  • Content:

Content is scored by counting the number of correct words in your response.

Replacements, insertions and omission of words will negatively affect your score.


  • Oral fluency:

Oral fluency is scored by determining if your rhythm, phrasing and stress are smooth.

Hesitations, repetitions and false starts will negatively affect your score


  • Pronunciation:

It is scored by determining if your speech is easily understandable to most regular speakers of the language. Stress words and phrases correctly.



Before speaking:

  1. Read the text before the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to do this.
  2. Focus on the content of the text. Some features of speech, such as phrasing, convey overall meaning. You can only deliver them correctly if you understand what you are reading.
  3. Briefly rehearse any unknown words, following normal spelling and pronunciation conventions.
  4. Speak when you hear the tone. Sit up straight and take a deep breath- this will help you speak clearly

While speaking:

  1. Imagine that you are reading to an audience. Speak clearly and at a normal speed. Speak at a normal volume, use punctuations, such as commas, semi colons and periods, as a guide for pauses and sentence stress.
  2. Make an attempt at unknown words and then move on.
  3. Do not go back to correct yourself or hesitate.
  4. If you make a mistake, continue reading.
  5. The microphone will close after 3 seconds of silence.
  6. You will not be able to re-record your response.
  7. Go on to the next item if you finish speaking before the recording progress indicator reaches the end.

Practice reading from these samples

  • The Earth just had the hottest month in recorded history, and it’s even worse than normal. The record comes in a run of unprecedentedly hot months. Not only does it break through the all-time record set a year before, it also continues a now 10-month long streak of months that are the hottest ever according to NASA data. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates temperatures slightly different.
  • The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found.
  • One of the most popular natural dandruff remedies, coconut oil can help reduce some of the yeast that contributes to flakes, explains Geeta Shah, MD, a Maryland-based dermatologist. She recommends massaging a small amount into your scalp and leaving it there for at least 15-20 minutes. “The longer the better,” she says. “Some people even leave it on overnight with a towel or shower cap so it penetrates a little deeper.”














August 12, 2017

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