Oral English Screening Test for SISU MBA
The Oral English Screening Test for SISU MBA is to find out whether candidates have enough oral communication ability in English to successfully participate in their future learning with the program. To be specific, the test tries to assess candidates in terms of effectively reading academic materials in English, and voicing their opinion in group discussion.
There are mainly two components in the talking part. First, candidates are expected to read a short quotation from a business-related article, and talk about their understanding and opinion about it. They are also expected to make a simple discussion by relating it with their company, themselves, or business in general.
The test is given in the form of group discussion of 25 minutes. About five candidates will take the test together, and complete the task by staging a discussion together.
Scores will be given on the basis of candidates’ ideas (comprehension and discussion), language quality (English vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation) as well as appropriate performance during the discussion (contribution, time control, and turn-taking, etc.).
1. Read the following material, and answer questions about it.
Guardian Insurance Co. from the U.S. has three central values: We do the right thing. People count. And we hold ourselves to very high standards. Its CEO Deanna Mulligan said that it was by focusing on these three values that she managed to lead the company through the serious challenges brought by Hurricane Sandy 2012.
What do you think of the values of the Guardian Insurance Co.? Does your company have a system of central values to ensure its development? Or do you know a Chinese company that has a central value system and benefits from it?
2. Look at the cartoon below, and answer the questions.
CFO: What if we invest in our people and they leave?
CEO: … What if we don’t and they stay?
What do you think this cartoon talks about? Do you think that it correctly describes the situation between the CFO and the CEO? What is your opinion on “investing in people”?
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