Path exams assess the ability to receive information (reading and listening skills) and provide information (speaking and writing skills). Furthermore, we look for evidence of active communication skills. In order to achieve this, our examinations offer more opportunities for free expression of ideas. The relevance and clarity of those ideas may be enough to achieve good marks. Appropriate vocabulary with correct spelling, or clear pronunciation when speaking, is however very important.
We do not want candidates to have to attend lengthy exam preparation classes in order to learn ‘exam techniques’. We are interested in communication skills, so all that is really needed is to attend normal classes.
These four-skill exams are designed for students of all ages. They comprise speaking, listening, reading and writing modules, which may be taken separately or altogether.
However, a comprehensive skill set also includes interaction, which concerns the spontaneous exchange of language between two or more people in conversation or transaction, and strategic interaction by email or other written media. Skills also include mediation, where a language user must pass on information, either by speaking or in writing, to another party who was not present when the information was originated, such as passing on a telephone message, or reporting on a political debate.