lunes, 3 de febrero de 2014

Why is Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) fit for purpose


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Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Structure

Paper Time Content Task Focus Marks
Reading 1h 15m Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Three texts on the same theme from a range of sources. Each text is followed by two multiple-choice questions. You have to choose the correct answer from four options (A, B, C or D).
Part 2 (Gapped text)
A single page of text with some numbered gaps which represent missing paragraphs. After the text there are some paragraphs which are not in the right order. You have to read the text and the paragraphs and decide which paragraph best fits each gap.
Part 3 (Multiple choice)
A text with some multiple-choice questions. For each question, there are four options and you have to choose A, B, C or D.
Part 4 (Multiple matching)
A series of statements followed by a text divided into sections or several short texts. You have to match each statement to the section or text in which you can find the information.
Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. 20%
Writing 1h 30m Part 1 (Compulsory question)
Some material to read (up to 150 words) which may include material taken from advertisements, extracts from letters, emails, postcards, diaries, short articles, etc. Using this information, you may have to write an article, a report, a proposal or a letter.
Part 2 (Situationally based writing task)
A choice of four questions (2–5). You have to read some input material of no more than 80 words which describes a situation, and write one of the following: an article, a competition entry, a contribution to a longer piece, an essay, an information sheet, a letter, a proposal, a report or a review.
You create two different pieces of writing, such as articles, essays, letters, proposals, reports and reviews. 20%
Use of English 1h Part 1 (Multiple-choice cloze)
A text in which there are some numbered gaps, each of which represents a word or phrase. After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D).
Part 2 (Open cloze)
A text in which there are some gaps, each of which represents one missing word. You have to find the correct word for each gap.
Part 3 (Word formation)
A text containing 10 gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to complete the sentence correctly.
Part 4 (Gapped sentences)
Each question contains three sentences, each of which has a gap which represents a missing word. For all three sentences, the missing word is the same and it must be the same part of speech.
Part 5 (Key word transformations)
Each question consists of a sentence followed by a ‘key’ word and a second sentence with a gap in the middle. You have to use this key word to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence.
Tests your use of English with different types of exercise that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary. 20%
Listening 40m Part 1 (Multiple choice)
Three short extracts from conversations between interacting speakers. There are two multiple-choice questions for each extract and you have to choose A, B or C.
Part 2 (Sentence completion)
A monologue (which may be introduced by a presenter) lasting approximately 3 minutes. You have to complete the sentences on the question paper with the missing information which you hear on the recording.
Part 3 (Multiple choice)
A conversation between two or more speakers of approximately 4 minutes. You have to answer some multiple-choice questions by choosing the correct answer from four options (A, B C or D).
Part 4 (Multiple matching)
A series of five themed monologues of approximately 30 seconds each. On the question paper, there are two tasks and for each task you have to match each of the five speakers to one of eight possible answers.
Tests your ability to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as interviews, radio broadcasts, presentations, talks and everyday conversations. 20%
Speaking 15m Part 1 (Interview)
Conversation between the candidates and the interlocutor. The examiner asks questions and you may have to give information about your interests, studies, careers, etc.
Part 2 (Long turn)
The interlocutor gives you between two and five photographs and asks you to talk about them. You have to speak for 1 minute without interruption and the interlocutor then asks the other candidate to comment on what you have said for about 30 seconds. The other candidate receives a different set of photographs and you have to listen and comment when they have finished speaking. The questions you have to answer about your photographs are written at the top of the page to remind you what you should talk about.
Part 3 (Collaborative task)
Conversation with the other candidate. The examiner gives you some pictures and a task to do. You have to talk with the other candidate and make a decision. The questions you have to address about your pictures are written at the top of the page to remind you what you have to do.
Part 4 (Discussion)
Further discussion with the other candidate based on the topics or issues raised in the task in Part 3. The interlocutor asks each of you some questions and you discuss them with the other candidate.
Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with another candidate. 20%

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English tests are worldwide recognised as an effective instrument to proof English language skills, either for educational or immigration purposes. A test evaluates the candidate's abilities to listen, read, write and speak in English in two formats: Academic, tests a person's ability to study in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level; General Training, used for immigration purposes.

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