Euroexam: Level A2 / Niveau A2

At this level, Euroexam measures candidate's ability to:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment),
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Overview of the Exam

Euroexam: Level A2 consists of four parts covering the four principal language skills:

 

Number of tasks

Time (minutes)

Marks

Reading /
Leseverstehen

3

35'

25

Writing /
Schreiben

2

30'

25

Listening /
Hörverstehen

3

30'

25

Speaking /
Sprechen

4

20'

25

 

 

Total: 1h 55 min + breaks

Total: 100

Candidates are allowed to use ANY printed (i.e. not electronic) dictionary in the reading, writing, the last five minutes of the listening and the preparation period of the speaking tests.

Click here for our Bring a dictionary (or two) page for more details on dictionary usage, and our suggestions for the most efficient use of dictionaries during the exam.


The Exam in Detail

A description of each and every exam task.

 

Reading / Leseverstehen

The reading test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of 35 minutes.

Task 1 – Headline Matching

  • There are six pieces of news for which the candidates must find the most appropriate headline from a choice of seven paragraph headings. One heading is not needed.
  • The task tests the ability to understand globally.

Task 2 – Scan Reading

  • The candidate reads three texts on a single topic and seven statements containing information from one of the texts. The candidate’s task is to decide to which text each piece of information relates. An example is provided.
  • The task tests scanning for specific information.

Task 3 – Multiple-Choice Reading

  • The candidate answers seven multiple-choice comprehension questions based on a single text of 250-350 words, normally an article, letter or narrative.
  • This task tests detailed comprehension, overall understanding and the interpretation of text.

Writing / Schreiben

The writing test consists of two tasks and takes 30 minutes.

Task 1 – Form Filling

  • The candidate is asked to complete a form, which seeks six pieces of personal information. The first three pieces consist of a single word, while the second three require full sentences of 10-15 words.

Task 2 – Message Writing

  • There are two tasks from which the candidate chooses one. The candidate must write circa. 50 words for either a postcard or an email.
  • This task tests communicating basic information.

Listening / Hörverstehen

The listening test consists of 3 tasks, and takes a total of approximately 30 minutes. Candidates listen to recorded material and complete a task sheet.

Task 1 – Short Conversations

  • The candidate listens twice to six short recordings about everyday objects and matches each conversation to one of seven pictures.
  • This task involves listening for information.

Task 2 – Making Notes

  • The candidate listens twice to an extended monologue. There are notes based on the text which contain six gaps. Each gap requires a single word, which the candidate must write while listening.
  • This task tests understanding the main points of a text, picking out important specificinformation and following discourse.

Task 3 – Radio Interviews

The candidate listens to two radio interviews, featuring a presenter and a single interviewee, and answers four multiple-choice questions during each interview. The recordings are played twice.


Speaking / Sprechen

The Speaking Test consists of four parts and takes approximately 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes preparation time for the second task.

Task 1 – The Interview

  • The interlocutor asks each candidate alternately four questions about everyday life.
  • This task tests talking about everyday life.

Task 2 – The Picture Sequence

  • The candidate receives a picture story with four picture which depict an everyday event. Before meeting the examiner, the candidate has ten minutes to prepare an oral account of what is depicted. The candidate may make notes in the preparation stage, but should not read aloud from a prepared script.
  • This task tests the sequencing of everyday events.

Task 3 – Transactional Dialogues

  • The interlocutor and the candidate role-play as friends. The candidate receives a card containing an instruction (e.g. to request something) and constructs a suitable utterance to the interlocutor. The interlocutor replies with a short scripted response, which ends the conversation. The candidates each receive three cards, and the test is administered alternately between the candidates.
  • The task tests functional exponents such as requesting, giving information, asking for clarification, confirming and denying.

Task 4 – Communication Dialogue

  • One candidate in the pair is given a prompt card, which indicates in note form four pieces of information to elicit from the second candidate. The other candidate has a card with the four pieces of information in note form. The task is in two rounds with the role of the candidates reversed in the second.
  • This task tests the ability to give reasons and information.

Evaluation Criteria - A2

Click on the following links for the Euroexam: Level A2 evaluation criteria for speaking skills and writing skills.


Level A2 descriptors

 

 

Listening

Can understand enough to be able to meet needs of a concrete type provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.
Can understand phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate priority (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment) provided speech is clearly and slowly articulated.

Reading

Can understand short, simple texts on familiar matters of a concrete type which consist of high frequency everyday or job-related language.
Can understand short, simple texts containing the highest frequency vocabulary, including a proportion of shared international vocabulary items.

Spoken Interaction

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters to do with work and free time. Can handle very short social exchanges but is rarely able to understand enough to keep conversation going of his/her own accord.

Spoken Production

Can give a simple description or presentation of people, living or working conditions, daily routines, likes/dislikes, as a short series of simple phrases and sentences linked into a list.
Can deliver very short, rehearsed announcements of predictable, learnt content which are intelligible to listeners who are prepared to concentrate.

Writing

Can write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors like ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘because’.
Can write about everyday aspects of his/her environment, e.g. people, places, a job or study experience in linked sentences. Can write very short, basic descriptions of events, past activities and personal experiences.