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CD-ROM

User manual

This manual explains the CD-ROM interface features and functionality. It provides general
information and instructions on operating the CD-ROM software.

Item practice
Equipment check
When you access any speaking or listening items for the first time, a screen for equipment check
will appear. For speaking items, you will see a microphone check screen. For listening items, you
will see a headset check screen.
Follow the instructions on screen to check your microphone and headset.

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How to do the item practice


Follow these steps to do the item practice:

To start the item practice, click on

on the main menu.

Then choose a practice set and click on the practice set button, for example,

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2 To respond to the practice items, follow the instructions on screen.


When you have completed your response to an item, click on
Your response will be saved automatically for future review.

to go to the next item.

If you want to review and change any of the items you have completed or missed, click on
to go to the previous item.
You can also use the shortcut key to move through the screens by pressing Ctrl and the letter
N or P on your keyboard at the same time.

3 For listening and speaking items, you will be given a short time to prepare. The length of time
is indicated in the audio status box and/or the recording status box.
For the item types listed below, the audio recording will play automatically after the countdown
time.

Speaking items: Repeat sentence, Re-tell lecture and Answer short question
Listening items: Summarize spoken text, Multiple-choice, choose multiple answers, Fill in
the blanks, Highlight correct summary, Multiple-choice, choose single answer, Select missing
word, Highlight incorrect words and Write from dictation

To adjust the volume of the recording, move the slider left to decrease and right to increase.
You can adjust the volume at any time while the recording is playing.
For the item types listed below, the microphone will open after the countdown time. When the
microphone opens, you should start speaking and give your response.

Speaking items: Read aloud, Repeat sentence, Describe image, Re-tell lecture and Answer
short question

If you do not give your response and go to another item after the microphone opens, you
cannot go back to record your response at a later time. You will have to exit and restart the
practice.

4 To submit your responses, click on

on the last item in each practice set. If you have


not completed all the items, a question box will appear on screen, reminding you of the items
that you have not completed, and asking Do you want to continue the practice or access the
Answer key for the set?

Click on Continue to go to the first item that you did not complete.
Click on Access the Answer key to go to the Answer key for the practice set.

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or the
If you want to exit the practice before completing the set, click on
icon
in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. The program will save your responses to the
items that you have completed, and you will return to the Item practice menu. You can then
choose to do another practice set or resume the practice at a later time.

To resume the item practice, click on the practice set button that you want to continue. A
question box will appear on screen, Do you want to restart or continue this set?

Click on Restart to go to the first item in the practice set. Your responses from your last
attempt will be deleted.
Click on Continue to go to the first item that you did not complete. Your responses from
your last attempt will be saved.

To exit and close the program, click on


on the main menu or the icon in the
upper right-hand corner of the screen. A question box will appear on screen, Do you really
want to quit?

Click on YES to close the program.


Click on NO to continue using the program.
Timer
Only three item types are individually timed:

Writing items: Summarize written text (10 minutes) and Write essay (20 minutes)
Listening items: Summarize spoken text (10 minutes)

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timer

A countdown timer in the lower right-hand corner of the screen will show the time for each of
the item types.
You can continue working on the item if you have not completed your response after the countdown
time is over. This will help you assess your performance under timed conditions.

Answer key
The Answer key is available once you have submitted your responses to the items in a practice set.
You can also access the Answer key from the main menu.
To access the Answer key for a practice set, click on the practice set button, for example,
.

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You will be able to view all items in the practice set in the same order. There are one or two sets of
buttons at the bottom of each item screen, depending on the item type.

volume
control

response
buttons

prompt
buttons

Prompt
Prompt buttons allow you to access the audio recording of an item and its transcript.
Audio recording
To play the audio recording of an item, click on

To stop the recording, click on the button again.


Transcript
To read the transcript of an audio recording, click on

Response
Response buttons allow you to access your own response to an item, the sample response and its
transcript, and explanations where available.
Your response
To access your own response to an item, click on

If it is a written response, a text box will appear. If it is a spoken response, an audio recording
will start playing. To stop the recording, click on the button again.
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Sample response
Written sample responses are presented and highlighted on screen.

sample
response

Spoken sample responses can be accessed by clicking on


click on the button again.

. To stop the recording,

Transcript
To read the transcript of an audio recording of a spoken sample response, click on

Explanation
To read the explanation about why each response option is correct or incorrect, or why the
sample essay is a good response, click on
.

User interface tips


The following features are included to help you navigate through the screens on the CD-ROM.

To go to the home page, click on the

icon.

To minimize the window, click on the


To close the window, click on the

icon.

icon.

All text windows in the Answer key are movable.


You can open several text boxes at the same time and move them around to compare different
texts. For example, you can compare your own response with the transcripts of the audio
recording of an item and the sample response to the item. You can also read the transcript of
an audio recording while listening to the recording.

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Response boxes become scrollable whenever the length of the displayed text is larger than the
size of the response box. Hold the left botton of the mouse down on the scroll bar button and
slide it up and down the scroll bar to browse through the text.

scroll bar
button

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