Assessment of Listening Skills
The Listening Comprehension section tests the candidate’s ability to listen for basic interpersonal, instructional and
academic purposes. A number of sub-skills need to be developed in the every day classroom transaction. Given below
are some of the sub-skills of listening which need to be assessed in the formative and summative assessments:
i. Listening for specific information
ii. Listening for general understanding
iii. Predictive listening
iv. Inferential listening
v. Listening for pleasure
vi. Intensive listening
vii. Evaluative listening
Role of Assessor:
An assessor is a person who is assigned the job of assessing a candidate’s performance in any of the skills that is to be
For the purpose of the Summative Assessment, an assessor will be a teacher who would also be an examiner or an
interlocutor who will conduct the examination and do the assessment if skills.
It is extremely important to keep in mind the factors listed below as they can significantly influence the expected
outcome of the Listening Test.
Therefore, due care and attention must be given to each of the following:
Size of the room
Acoustics of the room
Quality of the recording of the Listening Input
Quality of the oral rendering of the Listening Input (in case it is to be read aloud by the Examiner), in terms
of volume, clarity, enunciation, intonation, pace etc
Test Administration: For the Assessor (Teacher)
1 Select the time and date of the assessment.
2 Plan the seating arrangements in advance.
3 Decide exactly as to how much time is to be reserved for instructions or any possible interaction regarding
clarifications etc and for the actual test.
4 Make the announcement giving General Instructions directed to the Candidate before the recording is
played/before the reading of the text.
5 Adhere strictly to the time specified for each of the three phases of the Test (Pre-listening, While Listening
6. The general instruction given below should be followed while conducting the test.
The Listening Test
The Listening test comprises of a variety of task. These tasks are graded according to the length of the task and the
difficulty level. Schools may download the sample tasks and reorganize them in two parts transcripts and the marking
scheme for the interlocutor or the assessor and the worksheets for the students on which student swill write answers.
General Instructions for Students
You are not allowed to ask questions or interrupt the Assessor at any point.
1 You are being tested on your Listening Skills.
2 You will hear a set of recordings of the Listening Input or listen to a reading of the Listening Input.
3 Each of the recording will be played twice. In case there is an oral rendering of the Listening Input, it shall
take place twice.
4 You are required to answer a set of questions based on each of the Listening Inputs.
5 The test consists of 4/sections.
6 You are required to attempt all 4 sections of the test.
7 Familiarize yourself with the questions on the Worksheet. It will help you to answer them later on.
8 After you have listened to the input, you will be given specified minutes to answer the questions on your
9 You may answer the questions on your Worksheet while listening.
10 Do not interact/comment until you have moved out of the Examination Room
Assessment of Listening
The marking key is prepared before the test is administered. It will take about a period of 30-35 minutes to conduct a
listening test. At the end of the test, the answer scripts should be collected and marked. It is objectives type of
marking. Hence, it is suggested that scripts may be marked on the same day.