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How to Prepare for the MELAB Test

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How to Prepare for the MELAB Test

    The MELAB test is an exam that assesses English language proficiency for college students and others who are not native English speakers. Test takers should learn the content of the exam and ways to prepare for this important language proficiency test.The University of Michigan English Language Institute produces the MELAB test. It provides a few specific tips for preparing for the MELAB, but most are pretty general in nature. Like all language proficiency tests, the MELAB can have virtually any topic in the English language. This means that there is no such thing as studying too much for the MELAB exam.

    General ways to improve your language proficiency really depend on your personal situation. But a good way to improve every single day is to get a good dictionary and carry it around. Look up words you know in your own language but do not know in English. When you speak or think in your own language, develop the habit of trying to translate what you say into English. When you think of a word you don't know, look it up. This is primarily for vocabulary practice, as it is very difficult to teach yourself grammar by doing this exercise.

    Because the MELAB test does have grammar, this means you need to employ other study techniques. Obviously, any grammar book in English is going to be helpful. It should be a grammar book used by native English speakers, as this will give you extra practice in using your dictionary and learning new words from the lessons found in the grammar book.

    They say practice makes perfect, and this is definitely the mindset you should have when learning English and studying for the MELAB English language proficiency exam. If possible, speak with native speakers. This is good practice for learning both grammar, everyday language, and new vocabulary. Never be afraid to make mistakes, as this is the normal process of learning unfamiliar material. And never get offended when a native speaker corrects your mistakes. This is also a valuable part of the learning process. Before taking the MELAB, you should also find out exactly what is on the test. The University of Michigan English Language Institute publishes the MELAB exam content outline on its website (see link at the bottom of this article). Use that content outline to get familiar with what you need to do on the exam. This is an all-encompassing language test that includes composition, speaking, listening, and a section for grammar, cloze, vocabulary, and reading. Cloze is a fill-in-the-blank exercise, but you are given four choices and must choose the best word among the four to fill in the blank in the given passage.

    Tip: For listening practice, the Institute recommends sound files online with transcripts. Listen first and try to grasp the meaning. After doing that, you can then go to the transcript to try to pick up on what you did not understand the first time. View the link below to find these files.

    To look for more listening practice, run a search online for ESL podcasts. You will find some additional websites that will either have a transcript or slowly break down the sample conversations for you. English is a very hard subject and language to master. But every second you apply yourself to improving is a step in the right direction.

    多伦多MELAB考试(47)侧记

    47号是我的生日,No Celebration,晚上跑到多大参加密歇根英语水平考试 - MELAB,别有一番纪念意义

    第一个Surprise,考试的人巨多。主要是和新托福相比,由于技术含量很高,新的iBT福考试每次最多只能考十几人。而47日晚共有350名考生参加MELAB考试。一进主考楼的大厅,发现里面人头攒动,熙熙攘攘。大家都在探头探脑地寻找自己的"位置"-- 按照考生Last Name的首字母排序,指示考生去哪一间考场。我和所有W-Z的考生一起,被带到一间较远的教室,环顾左右,一共20来人,几乎是清一色的Chinese,心里纳闷,很快明白姓王的姓张的姓许的还有姓杨的,当然都是中国人了。

    第二个Surprise,管理效率低下。要求所有考生6点半到场,来得早的同学就傻坐在座位上,三名考官不是进来一个查一个证件,而是等到所有人到齐,从6点半开始查护照和报名表,整整折腾了40来分钟。用考生的话形容?"This takes forever." 第三个Surprise, 可以边吃边考。考生可以带吃的喝的进考场,建议大家带咖啡提神,带水,带些蛋糕巧克力什么的随时补充能量,盒饭就算了。还有的考生带进来一个大闹钟,实在有些夸张。

    终于开始考试了。第一部分考写作,说实话,这次的写作真的很容易,两个题目选一个,What Makes A Good Neighbor(2天回到学校和徐老师午饭时谈起才发现原来此题已经他在他的作文课上讲了N遍了)或者If you have a good job in a foreign country, your parent

    is sick and needs you to go home and take care of him / her, what will you do and

    why?(这道题更郁闷,当我告诉学生我考的是这个题目的时候,他们都特兴奋的告诉我,上周的作文课徐老师让他们做的随堂写作就是这篇,而且模版他们每个人都是张口就来) 所谓容易与否就是拿到题目,考生是不是有的写。这两道题都与考生的实际生活息息相关,就怕一写还收不住呢。我写的是好邻居一题,开头引用经典的中国谚语?"A neighbor is better

    than a relative far away(远亲不如近邻) " 后来了解到大多数考生都选的第二题,因为忠孝为本,家庭为重,血浓于水这样煽情的字眼信手拈来。主考官作了一件不可思议的大好事,她把两个作文题用很慢的语速,字正腔圆地给大家读一遍,然后还问有谁不理解题意。考生可以在她读题的过程中基本选定题目,确定提纲和思路,因此有满打满算的30分钟完成作文,所以大可不必担心作文会写不完。

    接着考听力。Part A是单句,让你选一句正确的回答。内容其实并不难,但是录音不清楚,Speaker的语调缺乏托福那种激情和抑扬顿挫,显得沉闷乏味,容易走神。Part B 是对话,有点儿像笔考托福的那种对话,只是出题的方式不同,让你选一句与原话具有同样意义的解(Paraphrase)。奇怪的是,这两部分都没有考MELAB的经典题型 - 虚拟语气和习语,一个都没有。我甚至觉得有点失望。后来在语法部分发现好几道虚拟语气题,心想?"原来在这等着我呢。"

    听力Part A Part B两个部分不允许记笔记,但是可以事先看题,而且一定要事先看题。Part C3个所谓的Long Talks,第一段是一个Radio Announcement,一个主持人介绍两个教授的最新研究发现,然后两个教授一男一女轮流说说自己项目的细节。接着是两个段子

    题,讲的是环保内容,题目一点都不刁钻,没有地图题,但是语速很快,此部分可以记笔记,但是必须记得飞快才能跟上节奏。

    听力之后休息10分钟,回来熬过漫长的80分钟,完成108道语法、Cloze 、词汇和阅读。题目并不难,只是时间太长。语法和笔考托福很像,考一些be worth doing It's worth a try这样的东西。Cloze最后的5道题比较tricky,词汇题不难,阅读一共5段,总的来说都OK。考生可以提前交卷,真有不少提前作完的呢(后来才发现这些早交卷的同学都是胡乱涂的选项,哎,真是可惜了那么贵的考试费)。我坚持到最后,一看表,晚上1015分。

    总的感觉,从考试内容上讲,MELAB比雅思托福都要简单,但是很容易出错。比如最后的108道题,一不留神错个十道八道题一点不稀奇。听力部分不难,但是容易走神,有时需要脑筋转来转去,长段子是打乱顺序出题,如果缺乏经验,马失前蹄就在所难免。 给所有考生的建议,凡是努力复习过托福的同学,一定会觉得MELAB很容易。反过来就不是那么回事了。没有复习过托福的同学,一样觉得MELAB挺难考。建议大家除了以MELAB复习材料为核心,还要拿笔考托福甚至新托福的材料全面地训练,尤其是笔考托福的对话和长段子,虽然出题方式与MELAB不同,但是知识点都是一样的。此外,MELAB考试由美国密歇根大学出题,它的题目风格是典型的学院派,very classy,好像一下子从信息时代回到了四轮马车时代。听力的考察主要侧重语气和细节,题材主要是科普和环保,因此建议考生多了解密歇根大学的一些信息,尤其是科研动向,多看科普性文章,如CNN.com 的科学版,美国科学杂志Science,还有Discovery频道的节目。

    MELAB确实是托福和雅思很好的一种Alternative,写作和口语明显地比托福雅思容易,口语基本上就是10分钟就个人问题的闲聊,没有固定的Topic。听力经过认真准备之后达到90分?错7个:不是大问题,最后的108道题也是完全能够冲刺的。加拿大阳光国际学院的MELAB培训课程为考生系统、有效地备战MELAB考试,详情请致电416-335-9839

    最后送给大家一句话,Luck Favors the Prepared Minds,如果准备得很充分,付出一定努力,考试的时候你就会非常Lucky! So, Good Luck!

    How can I prepare for the MELAB?

    You may prepare for the MELAB by becoming familiar with the format of the test so you have an idea what to expect.

    You may prepare for the writing portion by writing on a topic for 30 minutes. How well do you communicate your ideas? Do you write clearly? Does your writing show that you have a wide range of vocabulary? Are the words you use appropriate?

    You can prepare for the listening test by giving yourself frequent opportunities to listen to spoken English. There are also free samples of speech on the MICASE Web site, a majority of which are located in the Sound Files

    On-Line link. Please note that there are no sample MELAB examinations at this location.

    The MELAB Speaking Test is a one-on-one oral interaction between an oral examiner and an examinee. The best way to prepare for the Speaking Test is to speak English regularly with proficient users of English. The MELAB Speaking Test is conversational in nature so being an active participant in conversations will give you opportunities to improve your oral communication skills. Your oral communications may also be enhanced by other oral activities such as listening to the radio, watching television, and viewing films. You can also benefit from any speaking activities on which you get feedback on your spoken English. The MELAB oral examiner will be evaluating how well you speak English with regard to your speech (fluency and intelligibility), interactive skills (conversational development and comprehension), and language (vocabulary and grammar).

    MELAB考试简介与样题

    能够替代新托福考试的有两种考试,一是学术类雅思(IELTS),另一种便是 MELAB.前者大家都比较熟悉了。本文重点向各位考生介绍一下后者。

1?MELAB简介

    MELAB全称Michigan English Language Assessment Battery.由美国密西根大学英语语言中心?English Language Institute University of Michigan,简称ELI-UM:主考。主要测试要到美国接受高等教育且英语为非母语的学生的英文熟练程度。MELAB 考试已有30年的历史。该成绩已被美加众多大学所认可,并作为评定奖学金的依据之一。

    MELAB 考试由三块组成,总的考试时间为150210分钟,考生的最后成绩由三部分取平均分而得。 这三部分的基本组成是?

    第一部分为写作(Composition), 时间为30分钟,考生可以从2个给定的题目中任选一题,写一篇200-300字的文章。

    第二部分为听力。总共50个问题。25分钟答完。考生在三个选项中选择一个正确的答案。

第三部分为语法,完成填空,词汇和阅读(Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary, Reading, an

    objective multiple-choice test containing grammar, cloze reading, and vocabulary

    problems, and reading passages followed by comprehension questions).此部分总共100个问题, 总时间为75分钟,每题有4个选项,但只有一个是正确的。

    MELAB考试的最后一部分为口试(Oral Interview),考生可选择亦可不选择。口试根据MELAB提供的口语考试材料进行,考试时间为1015分钟。口试于当日下午进行。申请密西根大学的申请人必须参加口语考试。

    MELAB考试的总体难度和机考托福几乎相当,比新托福(iBT)容易。MELAB 满分为???分。一般大学要求在??分到??分之间(相当于笔试托福的???到???分)且不要考生提供口语分。所以 MELAB 成为托福改题后的另一选择。

??MELAB考试部分样题

    写作?What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you? Describe.

听力: a. Short conversations b. Short statements or dialogues

语法? “What is that thing?”

    “That a spider.”

    a. to call b. for calling c. be called d. is called

填空: Long ago roads were only trails for people and animals to walk on, but today

    roads must be made for car, trucks, and buses. The most modern (1) is often called a superhighway.

    a. way b. road c. travel d. superhighway

词汇?When the boat left, everyone was joyful .

     a. sad b. tired c. angry d. happy

?. 考试和报名程序

    To receive a MELAB Information Bulletin, which contains a registration form,

    instructions, and sample test, you should contact:

English Language Institute

    Testing and Certification

    3020 North University Building

    The University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1057, U.S.A. Telephone: (313) 764-2416 or 763-3452

    Fax: (313) 763-0369

?.多伦多考试地点及费用

    地点? Center #035 Dr. Georgia Wilder New College 21 Classic Ave, Rm 105B

    Toronto, ON M5S 2Z3 CANADA

    Phone:(416) 946-3942 Fax:(416) 946-0337 mailto:melab.newcollege@utoronto.ca

    Website: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/melab/

费用?

    US$80.00 (with oral interview)

    US$120.00 (with oral interview)

    免费送2所大学,Before test, each additional report will charge US$15.00.After test,

    each additional report will charge $20.00 MELAB 考试的有效期为2 年。

    考试分享MELAB考试信息

    有些学校不仅承认MELAB成绩,而且,还自行举办这个MELAB考试。也就是说,不用向迷执安大学交报名费,只要向要申请的学校报考即可。而且,在申请的学校举办的这种考试往往是免费的。

    我申请的学校就有这个考试。每学期的结束之前一周,会有一次免费的考试。在考试的前一天报考就可以了。考试时间是从12 点到下午的2 点。交卷后,马上就有英语系的教授来批改,所以,是立即可以知道成绩的。包括作文成绩。但是,这个MELAB成绩只有在考试的这个学校里才被承认。如果要送分到其他学校的,还是要正常秩序的报名,交费,考试,等成绩,程序和考TOEFL是一样的。

    我的朋友考试时,是在一个教室里,用一个公用的大录音机放的听力,没有用耳机,内容全是短句,无对话及段子题。语法与TOEFL不同,有很多的虚拟语气,阅读与词汇比TOEFL稍难。

    要注意的是,虽然研究生院承认这个成绩,但是,并非每个系都承认这个成绩。我申请的系就要求考TOEFL ,而不要MELAB的成绩。但是,因为是免费的,所以,不妨把它作为一次考托前的模拟考试,热热身也好。我自己就有这个打算的。

可以参加这个免费的考试,也算是人在海外的一个优势了。

    MELAB The English Language Institute Testing and Certification 的简称。MELAB的网址是?http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli

    MELAB考试综览

    MELAB?Michigan English Language Assessment Battery,密执安英语语言评估测试:是由美国密执安大学英语学院?English Language InstituteUniversity of Michigan,简ELIUM:主办提供的英语水平考试。其测试对象为赴美国或加拿大等国学习的母语为非英语国家的学生。该考试也是联合国开发项目和世界卫生组织等国际组织为在我国选拔出国留学人员及对其颁发奖学金的英语水平考试。目前世界上共有120多个国家承办该项英语水平考试。美国、加拿大等国有300多所大学都承认MELAB成绩作为大学生、研究生入学的英语成绩,与TOEFL成绩具有同等效力。在美国,尤其是在加拿大,有些院校甚至专门需要密执安考试成绩。

     MELAB考试分集体考试?Group Test:和个别考试?Individual Test:两种。在我国,主要以集体考试为主,临时性的个别考试一般为应提供奖学金的国际组织紧急要求而安排。备考试中心定期举办的集体考试时间为每年四月、六月和十二月的中旬三次。

     为了便于我国出国留学人员参加美国密执安?MELAB:考试,中国国外考试协调处?CIECB经国家教委批准,从1987年下半年起负责在我国境内承办该项考试。至今为止,中国国外考试协调处在12所高校设立了考试中心,但这些考试中心只负责承办考试,不负责办理出国留学事宜。

     报名参加MELAB考试时应注意以下几点?

     ?1:集体考试。考生应该持本人所在单位人事部门开具的介绍信、本人工作证、学生证到所在地的考试中心报名,并在考试前一个半月向考试中心提出申请,索取并填写考生登记表和身份证表?Identification Forn1:,向考试中心交两张近期半身兔冠正面身份证相片和美元报名费及人民币邮资、手续费。集体考试的考生的登记表为蓝色。

     考试中心主考和联络员收取上述考生报名资料后,经检验无误即可编目考生手册。在报名截止日的第2天将考生名册及美金报名费交CIECB。考生名册要求按汉语拼音顺序排列,CIECB转寄美国密执安大学英语学院审核。

     美国密执安大学英语学院接到中国国外考试协调处汇寄来的考生名册后,要检查过去的考生记录,对于符合规定的考生,学院将授权各考试中心举行考试,即将注有“授权”字样的考生名册连同考试资料?作文纸、答题纸等:一同寄往中国国外考试协调处并转发给各地区的考试中心进行考试。

     ?2:个别考试。对国际组织提供奖学金的考生,将由国际组织直接在国外向美国密执安大学英语学院为考主缴纳美元报名费。在国内要求个别考试的考生应先向考试中心索取申请表,填写清楚后连同美元报名费由考生直接汇寄美国密执安大学英语学院。个别考生的登记表为绿色。

     对国际组织代为在国外缴纳美元报名费的考生,美国密执安大学英语学院将给考生寄来

    蓝色考试通知书?Page l:及ID Form,井同时给考试中心也寄来蓝色考试通知书?Page 2和答题纸。在国内申请个别考试并给美国密执安大学英语学院汇去美元报名费的考生,美国密执安大学英语学院也将分别向考生及考试中心寄来上述蓝色考试通知书和其他材料。考生和考试中心取得联系后,可要求其安排考试。

     只有在最近6周内没有参加过密执安的成套考试,或者在最近12个月中参加这一考试的次数不超过3次,才有资格参加考试。申请手续办妥后,考生将收到准考通知书。准考通知书会告诉考生与谁联系进行考试,准考通知书有效期为6个月,前面所提到的美元考试费应一律交付中国银行汇票?Money Order CheckBank of China New York Branch:,国际邮政汇票?International Postal Money Order Check:或国际金融组织提供的经济资助单?Credit Voucher card:。考试费汇票的抬头?PAY TO THE ORDER OF:应为CMELAB?CHECK密执安英语学院不收现金和私人签发的支票?Personal Check:。考生交纳的考试费款额应与考试费收费标准相符,否则不予受理。考生交纳的口试费可按当日中国银行外汇牌价折收人民币。

     考生在考试当日应持填好的附两张二寸照片的身份证明表格、身份证和工作证?学生证:入场,考试证件不合格者一律不准入场考试,考试费一律不退。

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