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Table 1 Test format and content of the VET

From: Chinese test takers' attitudes towards the Versant English Test: a mixed-methods approach

Item type Task description Number of items
1) Reading Test takers read printed, numbered sentences, one at a time, in the requested order. 8
2) Repeat Test takers repeat sentences verbatim. 16
3) Short answer questions Test takers listen to spoken questions in English and answer each question with a single word or short phase. 24
4) Sentence builds Test takers rearrange three short phrases presented in a random order into a sentence. 10
5) Story retelling Test takers listen to a story and describe what happened in their own words. 3
6) Open questions Test takers present their views or opinions after listening to a question in English. 2