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Part Questions or length % Scale
Reading
and
Use of English


(1h 15')

tot. 52 questions     (in 7 parts)
tot. 2200-2500 words
to read from
newspaper and magazine articles, reports, fiction, advertisements, letters, messages, informational material (e.g. brochures, guides, manuals, etc.).

You have to read and understand a range of texts and do grammar and vocabulary tasks I 8 40% 0-8 MULTIPLE CHOICE CLOZE
A text in which there are some missing words or phrases (gaps). After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and students have to choose the correct answer (A, B or C). (about 11 minutes)
VOCABULARY: idioms, collocations, fixed phrases, complementation, phrasal verbs, semantic precision.
II 8 0-8 OPEN CLOZE
There are some missing words (gaps). Students have to write the correct word in each gap. (11' ca.)
GRAMMAR awareness and control, with some focus on vocabulary.
III 8 0-8 WORD FORMATION
A text containing eight gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. At the end of the line there is a ‘prompt’ word which the student has to change in some way to make the correct missing word and complete the sentence correctly. (11' ca.)
VOCABULARY: the use of affixation, internal changes and compounding in word formation.
IV 6 0-12 KEY WORD TRANSFORMATIONS
A sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. Students have to use the key word to complete the second sentence (using 2-5 words) so that it is similar in meaning to the first sentence. (about 10 minutes)
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY and COLLOCATION
You have to read a series of texts and answer questions that test reading ability and show that you can deal with a variety of different types of texts. V 6 0-12 MULTIPLE CHOICE
A text followed by six multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D), and students have to decide which is the correct answer. (11' ca.)
READING SKILLS: Detail, opinion, attitude, tone, purpose, main idea, gist, meaning from context, implication, text organisation fetures (exemplification, reference).
VI 6 0-12 GAPPED TEXT
A text with six empty spaces (gaps). After the text there are six sentences taken from the text and an additional sentence; the sentences are given in jumbled order. Students have to choose the correct sentence for each gap. (11' ca.)
READING SKILLS: Cohesion, coherence, text structure.
VII 10 0-10 MULTIPLE MATCHING
A series of questions and a long text or several short texts to read. For each question, students have to decide which text or part of the text mentions this. (10' ca.)
READING SKILLS: Detail, opinion, specific information, implication.
 Writing

(1 hour 20 minutes)

You have to produce two different pieces of writing: a compulsory task and one from a choice of three. 
I 140-190 words 20% 0-20 ESSAY
An opening rubric and a question with two given prompts, plus a prompt requiring candidates to write about their own additional idea.
Agreeing or disagreeing, giving information, opinion or reasons, comparing and contrasting, drawing a conclusion.
II 140-190 words 0-20 ARTICLE, LETTER, EMAIL, REPORT or REVIEW
A task selected from a choice of three and based on a range of general topics, such as health and fitness, sport, music, etc.
Putting together and developing personal ideas on a topic, with a purpose for writing and a target reader in mind. 
Listening
(40 minutes)
You have to understand a range of spoken materials, including lectures, radio broadcasts, speeches and talks.
I 8 20% 0-30 MULTIPLE CHOICE
(answer A, B or C).
Short unrelated extracts from monologues or exchanges between interacting speakers.
Genre, feeling, attitude, topic, opinion, purpose, agreement, gist and detail.
II 10 SENTENCE COMPLETION
A 3-4 minutes monologue
Detail, specific information and stated opinion.
III 5 MULTIPLE MATCHING
Five short related monologues and five questions with eight options each.
General gist, detail, attitude, opinion, etc.
IV 7 MULTIPLE CHOICE
A 3-4 minute interview or exchange between two speakers and seven questions with three options each.
Opinion, attitude, detail, gist, main idea and specific information.
Speaking
(14 minutes
per pair of candidates)

You take part in conversations by asking and answering questions and talking, with the examiner, with the other candidate and by yourself. Your Speaking test will be conducted face to face with one or two other candidates and two examiners.
I  2 minutes 20% 0-25 INTERVIEW
The examiner asks you information about yourself (past, present, future).
General interactional and social language
II 4 minutes LONG TURN DISCOURSE
The examiner gives each candidate a photograph to talk about; each candidate has a 1-minute individual long turn to talk about the situation given and answer the question with reference to both potographs; then the other candidate has to give a 30-second personal response.
Organising a larger unit of discourse; comparing, describng and expressing opinions. 
III 4 minutes COLLABORATIVE TASK
Candidates are given spoken instructions and written stimuli to discuss about (2 minutes) in order to make a decision (1 minute).
Sustaining an interaction, exchanging ideas, expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, reaching a decision through negotiation, etc.
IV 4 minutes DISCUSSION
The two candidates discuss the topic related to the collaborative task.
 Expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing, speculating.

 

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CEFR Level Examination Test Score C.E. Scale Results
C1 CAE 90 to 100 180 - 190 Pass with Distinction
(Grade A)
B2 FCE 85 to 89 173 - 179 Pass with Merit
(Grade B)
70 to 84 160 - 172 Pass
(Grade C)
B1 PET 45 to 69 140 - 159 Level B1
A2 KET 0 to 44 120 - 139 Fail

 

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