You can find detailed information about the requirements and procedures of Online TRACE in the Online TRACE Guidelines document. Please make sure that you read the guidelines carefully and make the necessary preparations before the exam. You can access the guidelines here.
Online TRACE Mock Exam
An Online TRACE mock exam will be available on the website to help students get familiar with the format and procedures of the Online TRACE exam.
There will be an IT support opportunity available when you take the mock exam and you will see an “IT support” expression on the exam page. If you face any technical problems when you take the mock exam, click on the “IT support” and write the problem in detail. Relevant support people will reply you to help you solve the problem (The time to respond to your problem may vary depending on the time of the day and the number of the students who need support).
For any technical support, you can always contact solution center.
Online TRACE - Content
Online TRACE consists of four parts.
Part 1 - Introduction The aim of this part of the exam is to expose students to the topic and to give them the opportunity to reflect on it. Students will be presented some prompts such as pictures, charts, tables, etc., which will encourage them to think about the topic and prepare for the exam. This part is NOT graded and takes about 5 minutes.
Part 2 - Reading There are 3 reading texts in the Online TRACE. Reading 1 is a short text (about 250 words) and has 5 questions. Reading 2 is a medium length text (about 500 words) and has 9 questions. Reading 3 is a longer text (about 1000 words) and has 15 questions. The final question in the Reading part is a cross-textual analysis question and requires test takers to compare and contrast all of the readings. The reading part takes 60 minutes, consists of 30 questions, and corresponds to 30% of the total grade.
Part 3 - Listening There are 2 listening sections in the Online TRACE. The first one consists of one conversation. The students will first have time to read 10 questions about the conversation and then they will start to listen and answer the questions as they listen. They will not need to take notes in the first part. The second listening section consists of one lecture of approximately 8-10 minutes. Students need to take notes on a piece of blank paper as they listen. After they finish listening, they will answer 10 questions about the lecture using their notes. The listening part takes around 35 minutes, consists of 20 questions, and corresponds to 30% of the total grade.
Part 4 – Writing
The final part of the Online TRACE is writing an academic text answering a question related to the topic of the exam. Students will write an extended paragraph* of about 250 words to directly answer the question. Students will be shown the prompts (pictures, charts, tables, etc.) they were presented in the introduction part again before they start to write their paragraphs. The writing part takes 60 minutes and corresponds to 40% of the total grade.
* An extended paragraph is a paragraph with a topic sentence, several supporting and expanding details, and a concluding sentence.