13. Suggestions for ARTA accent assessment-takers during the test
Relax and get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Relaxed students tend to
perform better on this assessment.
Focus on being as natural-sounding as possible. It is better to sound smooth,
even if you make a few pronunciation mistakes than to speak very slowly and
haltingly with no pronunciation errors. Speaking clearly is better than speaking
quickly; those who speak very quickly are harder to understand than those who
speak smoothly but a bit more slowly.
a. Before the ARTA assessment
Talk in English as much as possible. Getting plenty of informal speaking practice
will help you feel more relaxed and sound more natural.
Practice giving directions from a map, telling stories from current events, and
describing a chart or graph (see materials section below).
Practice with a timer so that you gain a feeling for how long 30 seconds, 60
seconds, and 90 seconds are.
Pay attention to the time allotted for each question. Bring a watch with a second
hand so that
you can see how much time you have left. Watches that beep are not allowed.
Listen to native speakers and notice how they communicate. How do they
organize their ideas?
What types of discourse techniques do they use? How do they adjust the
formality of their language for different situations?
b. After the ARTA assessment
Your score will be emailed to you within a week of the test. If you do not receive
your score from your trainer within 10 days of your test date, first contact your
trainer, then call to speak with a Program Manager.
Scores will often be given during the follow-up session.
14. What will my assessment results mean?
If you receive a score of 35 or above (Pass), you may be recommended for an ARTA
Program. For scores below 35, you should continue language training. ARTA's
Basic and Intermediate Programs and Group courses, offered during Fall and
Spring terms, are described on our web site along with a recommended
sequence of courses to follow.
15. Can I practice for the test?
Yes, practicing for the test may be beneficial. Even if you feel your oral skills
are good, you can practice. This type of test has a particular format which
may be unfamiliar. Practicing will help you feel more comfortable on the day of
the test. You can practice by Reading the information for the Tips for Accent
Reduction on our web site. Note that the while the Accent Tips has listening
skills, versions of assessments do not. Subscribe to the ARTA Mentor
Membership services accessible in our Member Login Portal (MLP), which
include: Official Practice Assessment Packet (MP3 of Assessment
and accompanying assessment pdf's)
Practice Assessments 1 and 2 from past ARTA assessments (MP3 with
recordings of each
assessment, with students responses.
Practice Assessments 1 and 2 pdf's PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LOCATIONS ARE NOT OPEN TO PROVIDE
Consulting the ARTA Training Guide in the Members area. This guide
is available for purchase on our website. Be sure to use the 2015 version of this
guide, not the new version.
The new version has listening comprehension sections that students do not
need to practice for the assessment.
16. Who rates assessments and how are they rated?
The ARTA assessment is rated by trained and certified ARTA trainers. Each
assessment is rated by at least two different raters, who do not know the score
that each other has give to your assessment. The assessment is rated not only
for pronunciation but for how well you use grammar, vocabulary, stressing and