3-4 lectures, 6 questions each (standard length of 3 lectures)

2-3 conversations, 5 questions each (standard length of 2 conversations)

41-57 minutes (standard time of 41 minutes)

Average of 35 sec per question (excluding time spent listening to audio tracks)

Question types

1. Gist-content question

2. Detail questions

3. Organization questions


How does the professor organize the information he presents to the class? 

By talking about the roles of ice weathering

By comparing weathering caused by ice and water

 By discussing the steps in the process of ice weathering

By discussing a specific example of ice weathering

4. Function questions

The aim is to determine why the speaker says something. They test the ability to listen carefully and draw a conclusion about the speaker’s purpose in saying something. You need to figure out the real meaning of the words. 

e.g.  Why does the librarian say this: “That‘s why I‘m here.”   

  • To show that he is busy with someone else
  • To indicate that he is ready to help
  • To question why the student is here
  • To demonstrate that he is bothered by the question

5. Stance (attitude) question

They question asks about the intention and attitude of the speaker when he/she talks about a specific detail. This question is about why the speaker mentions the detail and how he feels about it. 

E.g. How does the man seem to feel about the assignment?   

It will be interesting.

It will be worth the effort.

It will be impossible to do.

It will take a lot of effort.