This self-study guidebook, now packaged with an audio CD, is designed to help students anticipate the types of tasks they will face in the actual MELAB testing situation. Since the MELAB measures proficiency in the four basic language skill areas—writing, listening, reading, and speaking—A Student's Guide to the MELAB, 2nd Edition, offers practice tests in each of these areas to help students become familiar with test formats, timing, and directions. The practice tests, scoring keys, scripts, commentary, and score interpretation information provide a valuable opportunity for self-assessment and will successfully prepare students.
Since the first edition of this book was first published in 1992, several changes have taken place in both the content of the MELAB and in its administration, including notable changes to the listening section. The second edition of this book includes general test updates plus information about the optional fourth part of the MELAB, the oral interview (speaking) with the local examiner. In addition to being required for some professional certification programs, the speaking test is strongly recommended for applicants to graduate-level programs at U.S. universities who wish to be considered for graduate student teaching assistantships and for candidates for fellowships, grants, or job-training programs.