I took the PET exam in the middle of July. I think this computer system is quite nice. However, when I joined the course to prepare for PET exam, I couldn’t use the computer very well, but I am used to it now, because I had experience using a computer during the course. I think it would be difficult to use a computer without practice for the reading. In addition, we need more time to write our answers when doing the listening exam to check our answers. I enjoyed writing on the computer, it’s easier than paper.
Aki Nishi (PET)
Hello, my name is Cassio Fleury. I’m 20 years old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Recently I came to the Gold Coast, to study business at Shafston College. A few months ago, a very funny bloke told us in class that we could do, if we wanted to, a test to measure our business English skills, and I asked myself, why not? =D
The exam is the Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage, by the Cambridge Exam Centre. We didn’t even have to go to Brisbane to take the test, everything was done here at the Gold Coast
Well, I wasn’t really nervous about the test, but anyway, Alex (the funny bloke from before) did everything he could to make us comfortable with it, like arranging some coffee for us in the first break, and let us decide how long we wanted every break to last.
There were four evaluation criteria: speaking, listening, writing and reading. That’s right, no grammar kids. The test focused itself (for obvious reasons) in the corporate matters, so all the content wasn’t really new for me as I studied marketing back in Brazil, but anyway, I guess the information was very clear and comprehensible, apart for some more complex terms.
I guess I did okay, I passed with a grade B (77/100).
Cassio Fleury (BEC Vantage)
Doing the computer-based BEC Vantage test was a very good experience. I am a person who has used a computer far more than paper based activities, so it was very natural and stimulating to do the exam in such a fashion. I have done a paper based Cambridge test before and I think they will soon became obsolete. The computer based Cambridge tests are the future and I am looking forward to doing the BEC Higher computer version of the test.
Francisco Azevedo (BEC Vantage)
I was in a first group of students who did the computer based exam, which is more up-to-date and also a convenient way of testing. The actual exam takes place in a computer lab where each student sits at his/her own computer.
The significant value of this modern examination method is especially the listening part. Using your own headset that enables you to adjust your volume and keeps you away of the noise in the classroom, it’s just great!
Using computers for testing is very comfortable, especially for young people who are more familiar with computers than with paper and pen.
Sandra Gosmanová (CAE)