The OPIC (Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer) test is a question - answer format test to reflect how well you can listen and speak. Before the start of the test, you go through some topics and check off boxes of things that interest you. These can range from activities like sports or cooking to general concepts like communication. This attempts to center the conversation around ideas that you can elaborate on with a wider variety of vocabulary and grammar in your responses.
Once the test starts, a recording of a woman speaking plays and you have the chance to replay the audio before answering. It’s often a multiple part question or open ended to help you have a wide range of things to say. Depending on the question, there are varying lengths of time for the answers - generally between :45 - 1:30.
I have a lot of trouble taking this format of test as listening is the hardest part of the Chinese language for me. I can’t understand any of the questions, so I try to listen for key words and answer in a way that goes around that question. For example if I can pick out the word “cook,” I’ll talk about making plans with friends to cook dinner together and name some foods along with their qualities such as being spicy or smelly.