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Abilities Tested in the New-added Summary Question of the TEM-4 Writing Part and Countermeasures

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DOI: 10.25236/ICRTPE.2019.133


Xia Wang

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Xia Wang


Test for English Majors-Band 4 (TEM-4) is one of the authoritative English proficiency tests for English majors of China. It is the wind vane of English majors’ education. Since 2016, TEM-4 has adopted new types of questions. In the writing section, the note-writing is cancelled; the proportion of composition is increased. Students are also required to summarize the given material. This paper analyzes the new-added summary question of TEM-4. This part mainly tests three abilities: reading comprehension ability, information extraction ability, summarizing ability and paraphrasing ability. The author also points out corresponding countermeasures, hoping to help English majors and teachers.


Summary; reading comprehension; information extraction; paraphrase; countermeasures