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MELA Speaking Test

The MELA Speaking Test takes 20-30 minutes. Candidates participate in a 20 min interview, which is recorded and rated by two different assessors.

Performance on the interview is rated based on fluency, pronunciation, and the range and accuracy of the language used. The interview is based on workplace situations and assessors use a rating scale adapted from the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the language required for the Canadian health care workplace.

The following table summarizes the Speaking Test organization, task requirements, and timing.

Not rated:

Describe Occupation-specific Procedures

2-3 min.
This part of the interview is a warm up. The candidate receives instructions for the interview and has an opportunity to introduce him/herself, including explaining own training, experience and skills (for the purposes of planning the role play). This part is NOT RATED.
Part 1:

Describe Occupation-specific Procedures

3-5 min.
This part of the interview measures how clearly and effectively the candidate is able to describe familiar occupation-specific tasks and procedures. The candidate is asked to describe his/her work experience and describe in some detail an occupation-specific routine.
Part 2:

Role-Play/Give Instructions

5-7 min.
This part of the interview is a role play. It measures how clearly and effectively the candidate is able to give instructions. The candidate is asked to role-play giving clear, detailed oral information to someone to carry out a multi-step task.
Part 3:

Opinion/Discussion

5-7 min.
In this part of the interview the candidate provides own opinion and participates in a discussion about a complex and/or abstract idea related to health care.

Listen to sample MELA Interviews: