DELTA Teacher About the Test
The DELTA Tests
The DELTA consists of four components of English: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammatical usage and vocabulary usage. Test takers must complete the listening test first before completing the other three tests. A total of 70 minutes is allowed for completing the four tests. Brief descriptions of each test are given below.

Listening

The Test of Listening contains four parts. Each part requires the test taker to listen to a recording (between 3 and 10 minutes) while answering a set of multiple-choice questions about the recording. The four parts are of different and increasing difficulty level, such that the first part is the easiest and the last the most difficult. The recordings are of different types (e.g., dialogues, discussions, announcements, lectures, etc) and different topics.
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Reading

The Test of Reading contains three parts. Each part requires the test taker to read a text (of between 400 and 800 words) and answer a set of multiple-choice questions about the text. The three parts are of different and increasing difficulty level, such that the first part is the easiest and the last the most difficult. The texts are of different types (e.g., news or magazine articles, extracts from academic papers, essays, etc) and different topics.
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Grammar

The Test of Grammar contains two parts. Each part requires the test taker to read a text written by a student and answer a set of multiple-choice questions about the use of grammar in the text.
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Vocabulary

The Test of Vocabulary contains one part of up to 30 questions. Each question requires the test taker to read a sentence and then complete the sentence with the most appropriate word from the choices given. All words are taken from the Academic Word List.
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