PROGOS

Sample Questions

Guidelines

Before the test

  • ・Silent answers (no answers) will not be scored.
    Try to speak as much as possible, using vocabulary and grammar that you are familiar with.
  • ・When answering, keep the following points in mind so that the evaluation will be scored appropriately.
    • ① Logic: Consider the logical structure of your answer. (e.g.: main point --> supporting facts --> examples)
    • ② Vocabulary and Grammar: Be sure to use a wide range of words and the correct sentence structure.
    • ③ Pronunciation and Intonation: Try to speak clearly without unnatural pauses.
  • ・ The test is delivered in an automated audio format, but you should speak naturally as if you were actually speaking to a person.
  • ・ Use the environmental check test before taking the test to check the recorded volume and clarity of your voice.

Test structure (5 parts in total)

Sample question explanation and answer video

We recommend that you watch this video before you take the PROGOS test.

Check the contents of each part: number of questions, preparation time, response time, assessment points, and tips for each part.

Part 1 Interview

Contents of Questions
One (1) answer per question. You have 20 seconds to answer each question in English.
Number of questions, preparation time and response time
Number of questions: Ten (10) questions
Preparation time: None
Response time: 20 seconds each
Assessment points
To evaluate the overall appropriateness and quality of the responses.
Answer Tips
In Part 1, there is no written information (visually), so you have to immediately answer the questions one after another. Listen carefully to the audio, and even if you don't understand exactly what is being asked, try to give a response based on parts of the question that you do understand.
Part 1 Interview SamplePart 1 Interview Sample

Step 1

You will hear an audio explanation of the entire Part 1 question.※The text of the audio will also be displayed.

Listen to the audio guide

Part 1 Interview SamplePart 1 Interview Sample

Step 2

When you hear a beep (sound), answer the question within 20 seconds.
This will be repeated for all 10 questions.※The questions are audio only, so the questions are not displayed.

Listen to a sample question

Part 2 Reading Aloud

Contents of Questions
Read aloud the displayed sentence.
The sentence is displayed→ read aloud. This process is repeated eight (8) times.
Number of questions, preparation time and response time
Number of sentences: Eight (8) sentences
Preparation time: None
Response time: 10 seconds each
Assessment points
To evaluate whether you are able to pronounce the words in a way that the listener can clearly understand.
Answer Tips
In Part 2, you will be asked to read sentences that are displayed visually. Read each sentence aloud and clearly, while paying attention to your intonation and stress.
Part 2 Reading Aloud SamplePart 2 Reading Aloud Sample

Step 1

You will hear an audio explanation of the question in English.※The text of the audio will also be displayed.

Listen to the audio guide

Part 2 Reading Aloud SamplePart 2 Reading Aloud Sample

Step 2

An English sentence will appear on the screen. After the beep (sound) read the sentence out loud within 10 seconds.
Repeat this process for all eight (8) sentences.※There is no audio as the sentences are displayed.

Part 3 Presentation

Contents of Questions
Talk about the given topic. You will need to meet the requirements as specified.
Number of questions, preparation time and response time
Number of questions: One (1) question
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds
Assessment points
To evaluate how you present an extended explanation.
Answer Tips
In Part 3, you will be asked to think about several points in relation to the given topic and answer them in your own way and in details. Use the audio and written information to provide answers that cover the given topic and the additional criteria. The question measures your ability to use a variety of language to perform the tasks, so try to imagine and answer the questions, even if you have no prior experience.
Part 3 Presentation SamplePart 3 Presentation Sample

Step 1

You will hear an audio explanation of the question in English.※The text of the audio will also be displayed.

Listen to the audio guide

Part 3 Presentation SamplePart 3 Presentation Sample

Step 2

The question will be presented in text and audio.
You have 40 seconds after the first beep (sound) to prepare and 60 seconds after the second beep (sound) to answer.

Listen to a sample question

Part 4 Graphic Presentation

Contents of Questions
Explain what is presented in the graphic.
Number of questions, preparation time and response time
Number of questions: One (1) question
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Response time: 60 seconds
Assessment points
To evaluate the accurate and factual presentation of the graphic in detail.
Answer Tips
Part 4 is a verbal explanation of information shown in the graphic. Describe accurately what the graphic shows and what information you can read or infer from it.
Part 4 Presentation with Graphic SamplePart 4 Presentation with Graphic Sample

Step 1

You will hear an audio explanation of the question in English.※The text of the audio will also be displayed.

Listen to the audio guide

Part 4 Presentation with Graphic SamplePart 4 Presentation with Graphic Sample

Step 2

The question will be presented in text and audio.
You have 40 seconds after the first beep (sound) to prepare and 60 seconds after the second beep (sound) to answer.

Listen to a sample question

Part 5 Communication Activity

Contents of Questions
You will engage in several conversational exchanges (prompts) related to the given topic.
Number of questions, preparation time and response time
Number of questions: One (1) question (including topic related points to consider)
Preparation time: 40 seconds
Response time: 30 seconds per answer
Assessment points
To evaluate speech in situations where interaction occurs, rather than one-way speech.
Answer Tips
Part 5 is a series of simulated conversations about a topic. The first step is to read the text and listen to the main points to consider during the the conversation, then prepare your answer. After each prompt is played, answer it immediately after the beep (sound). As with Part 3, this also measures your ability to use language to perform tasks, so try to imagine and answer the questions, even if you have no prior experience of the situation. If a single question contains multiple parts, make sure to answer as many parts as possible.
Part 5 Communication Activity SamplePart 5 Communication Activity Sample

Step 1

You will hear an audio explanation of the question in English.※The text of the audio will also be displayed.

Listen to the audio guide

Part 5 Communication Activity SamplePart 5 Communication Activity Sample

Step 2

The text and audio will set you up for the question and key points in the simulated conversation.
You have 40 seconds after the beep (sound) to prepare.

Listen to a sample question

Step 3

An audio question/prompt will be played.
You have 30 seconds to answer the question/prompt when you hear the beep (sound) .
This is repeated four (4) times.

Listen to a sample question

Before the actual test, check each task/part, number of questions, response time, and evaluation points of each part with the sample questions above, listen to the audio, and practice how you would answer the questions.
Try to speak clearly. Keep the above question structure in mind and take the test in a relaxed manner.