Password Reading and Writing Test Format

Password Reading and Writing is made up of two test modules – reading and writing. The test takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. The test is aligned to the CEFR (A2 to C1) and delivers extremely accurate and reliable results.

  • Password Reading
  • Password Writing

Password Reading Test Module Details

Password Reading consists of five sections. In each section, there is one reading task to be completed.
Test-takers have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the test module.

Section 1

There is one task to complete in section 1.
Test-takers put seven sentences together to show the order of events in a story.
Test-takers drag and drop each sentence into the table.
Please note the first sentence is always already in the table.

Ice Cream

1. Shirley's children told her they wanted to eat ice cream.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

They ate all the chocolate ice cream and then they ate all the strawberry ice cream.
When she got home, her children were surprised but happy.
She went to the supermarket to buy some for them.
In the end, she decided she would buy both, so they could choose.
She didn't want to upset them by getting the wrong flavour.
When she got there, she couldn't remember if they wanted strawberry or chocolate.

1. Shirley's children told her they wanted to eat ice cream.

2. She went to the supermarket to buy some for them.

3. When she got there, she couldn't remember if they wanted strawberry or chocolate.

4. She didn't want to upset them by getting the wrong flavour.

5. In the end, she decided she would buy both, so they could choose.

6. When she got home, her children were surprised but happy.

7. They ate all the chocolate ice cream and then they ate all the strawberry ice cream.

Section 2

There is one task to complete in section 2.
Test-takers fill empty spaces with words from below the text.

Test-takers drag and drop words into appropriate spaces. There are more words than spaces.

Stress

Stress is often thought to be one of the greatest problems of the modern world. In fact , it is a natural part of our lives and you need to experience a certain level of it in order to live EXAMPLE TEXT . It happens when the human body reacts to threats or dangers. Your body begins to produce chemicals EXAMPLE TEXT cause your heart to beat faster and carry fats to your EXAMPLE TEXT to give them extra fuel. This is meant to help you to run away, fight off a predator or battle your enemies. When the threat has EXAMPLE TEXT  , or you have escaped from danger, the ‘relaxation response’ returns your system to normal.

waits                                 what                                 muscles                      that
healthily                           cleanly                             result                           passed
being                                lasts                                 foods                           harmful

The test-taker has answered correctly in the example below:

Stress is often thought to be one of the greatest problems of the modern world. In fact , it is a natural part of our lives and you need to experience a certain level of it in order to live healthily . It happens when the human body reacts to threats or dangers. Your body begins to produce chemicals that cause your heart to beat faster and carry fats to your muscles to give them extra fuel. This is meant to help you to run away, fight off a predator or battle your enemies. When the threat has passed , or you have escaped from danger, the ‘relaxation response’ returns your system to normal.

Section 3

There is one task to complete in section 3.
Test-takers must read the text and then answer eight questions about it.

Please note in the example below there is just one question. In the real test there are always eight questions.

Desertification

Paragraph 1

Agriculture in all parts of the world depends on the fertility of the soil. Good quality soils develop when organic materials such as fallen leaves are transformed by fungi and microbes into essential plant nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous. In some ecosystems, often those in dry areas with limited rainfall, there is a natural scarcity of rich soil. Relatively small numbers of animals and people are able to survive there.

In Paragraph 1 the writer says that the farming is difficult in dry areas because...

there is too little water for people and animals to drink
there are too few plants to provide organic materials
there are too few people to make farming practical

The test-taker has answered correctly in the example below:

In Paragraph 1 the writer says that the farming is difficult in dry areas because...

there is too little water for people and animals to drink
there are too few plants to provide organic materials
there are too few people to make farming practical

Section 4

There is one task to complete in section 4.
Test-takers read paragraphs of a text and then match headings to the paragraphs. The paragraph headings can be found just below the text. 

There is one more heading than is required.
In this example there is just one paragraph. In the real test there are always seven paragraphs.

Bringing up children bilingually

Note: Bilingualism is the ability to speak two languages and multilingualism is the ability to speak many.

Publications for bilingual families

Multilingual Matters (MM) is a publishing company based in Bristol, England, that specialises in books on many aspects of multilingualism, and publishes newsletters for bilingual (and multilingual) families all around the world. It was started almost 25 years ago by British born Mike Grover and his Finnish wife, Marjukka, who were raising their two sons in Finnish and English, but were frustrated by the lack of practical advice.

THIS IS WHERE THE TITLE FOR THE BELOW PARAGRAPH GOES
Marjukka explains the decision to launch the company: “Unsound research in Wales in the 1950s led to quite negative conclusions and the suggestion that raising children with more than one language would result in them having weak language skills. It wasn’t until the 1980s that these issues were clarified by more carefully designed studies in Canada. When my children were born, I spoke to them from the beginning in my own language. Although I was certain I was doing the right thing, I wanted to learn more about the process of raising bilinguals. A lot of research has been done about this, but it had no real ‘home’. So we set up Multilingual Matters.”

How and why MM started
A need to be flexible

A good time to begin 
Mistaken ways

Benefits of bilingualism 
Three languages better than two

Cause of conflict 
The way forward

The test-taker has answered correctly in the example below:

Bringing up children bilingually

Note: Bilingualism is the ability to speak two languages and multilingualism is the ability to speak many.

Publications for bilingual families

Multilingual Matters (MM) is a publishing company based in Bristol, England, that specialises in books on many aspects of multilingualism, and publishes newsletters for bilingual (and multilingual) families all around the world. It was started almost 25 years ago by British born Mike Grover and his Finnish wife, Marjukka, who were raising their two sons in Finnish and English, but were frustrated by the lack of practical advice.

How and why MM started
Marjukka explains the decision to launch the company: “Unsound research in Wales in the 1950s led to quite negative conclusions and the suggestion that raising children with more than one language would result in them having weak language skills. It wasn’t until the 1980s that these issues were clarified by more carefully designed studies in Canada. When my children were born, I spoke to them from the beginning in my own language. Although I was certain I was doing the right thing, I wanted to learn more about the process of raising bilinguals. A lot of research has been done about this, but it had no real ‘home’. So we set up Multilingual Matters.”


A need to be flexible

A good time to begin 
Mistaken ways

Benefits of bilingualism 
Three languages better than two

Cause of conflict 
The way forward

Section 5

There is one task to complete in section 5.
Test-takers read a text and then read some statements.
Test-takers put the statements in order to make a summary of the text.

The first statement is always answered.
There are two more statements than are required.
Please note in this example there are five statements. In the real test there are always eight statements.

The Ancient Gods

Early human civilisations relied heavily on the cycles of the natural world for their survival and these elements included the movement of the stars, the changing environmental conditions, as well as local flora and fauna. Over long periods of time, certain civilisations began to attach significance to these cycles of the Earth, believing that they were under the control of omnipotent beings or gods with special powers to determine the lives of human beings.

Often these beings known as gods were depicted in animal form in paintings and manuscripts and many of them became ‘sacred’, generating traditional ceremonies and rituals as illustrated by the cat in ancient Egypt. Primarily an agricultural society, rats presented serious issues for the Egyptians in terms of hygiene and food production, and it is thought that cats became revered in their culture due to their ability to keep the rat population down. Cats were considered so sacred that there were severe punishments for harming one, even if done so accidentally, which often resulted in death.

Rituals were constructed around these sacred animals, many of which were based on sacrifice, a widespread practice which involved killing and offering animals to the gods in exchange for favours. People would pray for good harvests, or to prevent bad weather or natural disasters, and in some cultures, for example the Sumerian, people believed that the thoughts of the gods could be seen by examining the internal organs of goats or sheep. They thought that by being able to predict the thoughts of the gods, it would be possible to keep them contented and in turn they would be blessed with good fortune.

The Ancient Gods

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3.
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Ancient peoples were able to predict the weather based on rituals.
Certain animals became sacred due to the importance of their natural talents.
Traditional rituals in Egypt killed farm animals to keep gods happy.
People sacrificed animals for the gods in order to prevent harm.
Ancient peoples believed that gods were responsible for the natural rhythms of the world.

The test-taker has answered correctly in the example below:

1. Ancient peoples believed that gods were responsible for the natural rhythms of the world
3. People sacrificed animals for the gods in order to prevent harm
2. Certain animals became sacred due to the importance of their natural talents.

Password Writing Test Module Details

Password Writing assesses a test-taker’s ability to write an essay. Test-takers are presented with a choice of two essay titles.
Test-takers are given instructions regarding length and content.

Choose topic (A) OR (B) and write an essay on ONE.

(A) “School Children should choose the subjects they study from a young age and stop doing subjects they find uninteresting.”
How much do you agree with this opinion and why? Give reasons and examples to support your answer.

(B) “Old people are an essential part of society, so they should be respected.”
How much do you agree with this opinion and why? Give reasons and examples to support your answer.

You have 30 minutes to write your answer. You should write more than 200 words; if you write less, your score will be less.

Your essay should:

  • Clearly present your ideas about the topic and be well organised.
  • Use appropriate examples or details to support your opinion.
  • Make accurate use of a suitable range of grammar and vocabulary.


Your score will be based on these aspects. 

Write your answer in the box below. Do not click finish section until you have finished.

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Sample Answer:

School children should choose the subjects they study from a young age and stop doing subjects they find uninteresting.

“In most education systems today, children learn a wide variety of subjects until they leave school.  At university, they begin to specialise before focussing on a specific job or career in the long term.  Some countries, however, allow students to start to choose areas of study they prefer from a much younger age and in my opinion this is not a good idea.

First of all, when a pupil is still young, they often do not realise the consequences of their choices.  By this I mean that, if they choose not to study a subject because they find it too difficult or not interesting, they may not realise that this will prevent them having many careers.  They may lose their dream job because they did not select the right subjects to study for it.  In any case, working hard to overcome difficulties is an important life lesson to learn for every young person.

Another reason for not allowing students to drop subjects too early is that they may give up studying ones they feel are not useful in terms of their academic future, forgetting that these are important for their well-being and creativity.  Art, music, drama, dance and sport are all important for our lives and can help build self-esteem.  Research shows that these positive feelings can lower stress and even improve pupil’s exam results.

Finally, in my view, the world’s best thinkers are the people with the widest knowledge.  In the future we will need creative people who can make links across many subject areas to come up with new ideas.   Computers cannot do this as well as humans can, but to be able to make new links we need a wide foundation.  In conclusion, school is the place to get the broad subject knowledge to build our future.”