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FOR THIS ITEM TYPE, YOU NEED TO READ A WRITTEN TEXT ALOUD.

The recording status box displays a countdown until the microphone opens. You have 30-40 seconds to prepare,depending on the length of the passage. You hear a short tone. After the tone, start speaking immediately. Do not start speaking before the microphone opens because your voice will not be recorded.

You should speak clearly. There is no need to rush.

Finish speaking before the progress bar reaches the end. The word “Recording” changes to “Completed”.

You are only able to record your response once.

If you remain silent for longer than 3 seconds, the recording will stop.

1. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Water covers over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and constitutes almost 70% of our bodies. This profound organic association appears to trigger a quick reaction in our brains when we’re close to water. Indeed, the mere sight and sound of water can incite a surge of neurochemicals that promote well-being and induce relaxation.


2. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

In Brazil, it is unlawful to chop down a Brazil nut tree. Thus, they can be found outside manufacturing plants, homes and on the sidewalks. The fruits are very heavy and rigid; when the fruits fall, they pose a serious threat to vehicles and people passing under the tree. Brazil nut fruits sink in fresh water, which can cause clogging of waterways.


3. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Permafrost is ground that is frozen year-round. In the Arctic, ice-rich permafrost soils can be up to 260 feet thick. Due to human-caused warming of the atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions, a steady thawing of the permafrost is currently taking place where the upper layer of seasonally thawed soil is gradually getting thicker and reaching deeper into the ground.


4. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

W.H.O has issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result. The move aims to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines, drugs and medical devices for use by populations are supported by the best available evidence.


5. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Buying directly from farmers at markets allows you to understand the processes that make up food systems, gives you insight into the seasons and the land, and creates a connection between you and the people who grow your food. Small-scale farms conserve soil and important fields, meadows, and surrounding open spaces that are crucial to maintaining a healthy environment.


6. Look at the text below. In 40 seconds you must read each text aloud as naturally and clearly possible. You have 40 seconds to read aloud.

Nearly anyone living in eastern North America, who has ventured beyond their porch, has had at least one unpleasant encounter with poison ivy. While best known for the irritating skin rash produced by contact with an oil in its leaves, poison ivy is also an important source of food and cover for wildlife.


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