USE OF ENGLISH AND READING EXAM (1:30 MINUTES)
The use of English and reading part of the exam lasts for 90 minutes in total. You need to answer all of the parts of the text but you can do it in the order that you like (start with the parts you find easiest). For those of you who have done the FCE B2 exam, many of the parts will be familiar to you. You can look at suggested times for each part of the exam and the points they are worth in C1 exam help.
Part 1: Multiple choice
In this part of the exam there are 8 gaps in the text. You need to choose the best option of A-D. This is mainly a vocabulary based exercise; based on word patterns, phrasal verbs and fixed expressions. But there is an element of grammar with the use of relative pronouns, quantifiers and cohesive devices being important.
Part 2: Open cloze
In this part the candidate needs to fill in the 8 gaps in the text with one word (there may be more than one option). It is mostly a grammar based exercise, focussing on modal verbs, auxiliary verbs, pronouns, connectives, quantifiers, comparatives but there are also elements of vocabulary with phrasal verbs, fixed expressions, idioms and contextual vocabulary. Spelling, grammar and punctuation (capital letters) are important.
Part 3: Word formation
In this part of the exam the candidate is given the most basic form of a word. They need to change the prefix or suffix to make the word fit in the 8 gaps in the text. They need to focus on the word class (type), grammar (+/-) and spelling. The words must be spelled correctly and if a capital letter is needed, it must be used.
Part 4: Transformations (rephrasing)
In this part of the exam the candidate must read a sentence and then complete a second sentence with 3-6 words so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence. It is a text of grammar and vocabulary. Sometimes the sentence can be completed with only 2 words or more that 6 but these answers are not valid as the task stated 3-6 words.
Part 5: Reading comprehension
In this part of the exam the candidate needs to read the extract of a text (usually an article or a novel). They must answer 6 questions A-D. It is important to highlight the key part of the text and analyse the grammar and vocabulary to discard the incorrect answers.
In this part of the exam the candidate must read 4 short texts (usually reviews). They have 4 questions about the texts and they need to say which text each question refers to. Two of the questions are easier because they tell you where to look, do these two first. You can repeat options (A-D).
In this part of the exam there are 6 sentences missing from a text. The candidate has 7 options (A-G), what they have to do is fill in the gaps in the text. One of the options is not to be used and you cannot repeat. The candidate should focus on vocabulary and grammar around the text and especially sequencing words. To check answers the candidate should reread the text with the gaps filled.
In this part of the exam the candidate has 10 questions or statements and 4-5 texts to choose from. They need to scan read the text to say which text the questions refer to. Do not begin with the text, start with the questions and search for key information.
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