D – Short story retelling

D – Short story retelling


Listen to the short story, then retell it the best you can with your own words, in English. Taking notes is allowed in this exercise. The examiners will ask you to speak during 45 seconds about the story you have just heard. If necessary, you may ask for a second listening before you start the exercise. 

As an example, listen to the short story below and check your understanding with the full text:

Full text

Flying over water in a single-engined aeroplane

When they talk about flying over water in a single-engine aeroplane, a lot of pilots say “the engine doesn’t know it’s over water”. While this may be true, the pilot definitely does know!

Before flying over water with only one engine, pilots generally calculate the glide ratio of their aircraft, i.e how quickly their aircraft will lose height as it glides.

Most small single-engined aircraft have a glide ratio of about 10, which means they can glide ten times their height. For example, if an engine failure occurs at a height of 1,000 meters, the aircraft can theoretically glide for 10 km before it reaches the ground (or the water).

For most flights over water, there will be a point where the aircraft cannot glide back to land. If this is the case, it is recommended to wear a lifejacket. Lifejackets are compulsory if your flight takes you more than 50 nautical miles from dry land. If you fly more than 100 nautical miles from land, you must also carry a liferaft.

Ferry pilots, who are paid to transport small aircraft over very long distances, also wear protective dry suits when making the long North Atlantic crossing.