VSTEP certificate is an acronym for Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Proficiency, which is a 6-level English proficiency test according to the Foreign Language Competence Framework for Vietnam (equivalent to A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). VSTEP has 4 sections that include: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
1. Listening Section
In this section of the test, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to understand conversations and talks in English. There are three parts in this section with special directions for each part. Answer all the questions on the basis of what is stated or implied by the speakers in the recording. There will be time for you to read the instructions and you will have a chance to check your work The recording will be played ONCE only.
Time allowance: about 40 minutes, including 05 minutes to transfer your answers to your answer sheet
PART 1: Questions 1-8
In this part, you will hear EIGHT short announcements or instructions. There is one question for each announcement or instruction. For each question, choose the right answer A, B, c or D. Then, on the answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the letter of the answer that you have chosen.
PART 2: Questions 9-20
In this part, you mil hear THREE conversations. The conversations mil not be repeated. There are four questions for each conversation. For each question, choose the correct answer A, B, c or D.
PART 3: Questions 21-35
In this part, you will hear THREE talks, lectures or conversations. The talks, lectures, or conversations will not be repeated. There are five questions for each talk, lecture, or conversation. For each question, choose the right answer A, B, c or D.
2. Reading Section
In this section of the test, you will read FOUR different passages, each followed by 10 questions about it. For questions 1-40, you are to choose the best answer A, B, C or D, to each question. Then, on your answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the letter of the answer you have chosen. Answer all questions following a passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in that passage. You have 60 minutes to answer all the questions, including the time to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.
3. Writing Section
There are two tasks in this section of the test. In the task 1, you are required to write an email or mail. In the task 2, you have to write an essay for a given topic. You have 60 minutes to complete this section.
4. Speaking Section
There are 3 parts in this speaking section:
Part 1: Social interaction
The examiner asks the candidate 3 to 6 questions on two different topics.
Part 2: Discussing the solution
Candidates choose the best solution among the three given solutions and give explanations and arguments for their opinions.
Part 3: Topic development
Candidates develop a Speaking topic based on the given prompts or use their own ideas. The examiner then asks the candidate a few more questions on the same topic.
5. Practice Tests
To improve your English test scores, practice sample tests are the best way. Bellow are free VSTEP practice tests.