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Cambridge PET Test Taking Tips

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Tips for taking the Cambridge Pet Exam

Tips for taking the Cambridge Pet Exam


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  • 1. PET (Preliminary English Test) B1 Cambridge CEFRLReading and Listening TipsDO Listen and Read everything. Don’t worry about vocab you don’t know, but moreso understand the importance of the sentences to the questions being asked becauseeverything is relevant and included for a reason either to confirm or negate one of thechoices. Lookout for conjunctions such as both, since, after, while, because, but,although, however, even though, still, instead, also, neither, and, or, nor,therefore, despite, etc. These indicate transitions and whether something agrees ordisagrees with the first idea: She eats sweets, but she really likes apples andoranges. It is raining, therefore we aren’t going to the concert.DO pay attention to phrases like You like sweets, no? Or Your favorite food issweets, isn’t it? It is very common in UK English to add the extra question at theend. (In American English you will most commonly hear right? at the end) It’s theequivalent of saying vero? or giusto? at the end in Italian.DO know all the instructions beforehand so that while they are being explained you canuse the time to read the questions (but do not ignore the instructions). For the listeningtry answering all the questions the first time, and use the second reading to decidebetween the ones you are doubtful about. Remember that everything is sequential sothe questions are ordered in the same respect that the information is presented to you.However each question may refer to any of the information already givenThey are not ordered according to difficulty.DO trust your first instinctDO pay close attention that you are marking your sheet in the correct orderDO be extra careful with numbers and quantitiesDO write only one or two words for Listening Part 1DO remember that you are told which speaker is which for Listening Part 4DO recognize that the exact phrasing of the questions will not be foundor heard in the information given. You may hearShe eats sweets, but she really likes apples and oranges, thequestion being What is her favorite food? Reading the questionsbefore the information is given to you and being alert to the aboveconjunctions will help. If anything seems a little too easy, as if you justneeded to match the same words, it’s probably a trick and you shouldreconsider it.DO take notes (I imagine you will be provided paper)DO remember a lot of prefixes are similar to Italian.(Famine/fame for example) If you’ve never seen a word before, tryguessing based on it’s prefix.DON’T leave anything blankDON’T make early assumptions without first considering all theinformation given.DON’T rushDON’T pause at vocab you don’t know at allDON’T spend too much time on a question you are unsure about. Firstanswer all the ones you know, and go back to the difficult ones after.
  • 2. PET (Preliminary English Test) B1 Cambridge CEFRLWriting TipsDO focus on answering the question and including all the information requested. Thisis more important overall than your grammar and spelling. Grammar and spelling makethe difference between a Band 3 and Band 4 grading.DO read the details of the question very carefully. If you are asked to suggest anactivity, you have to suggest something specific, not just say we will do somethingtomorrow. If it says to change the time; change only the time, not the day or subject.Again, give a specific time rather than just saying earlier or later. If it is a reminder,nothing should be changed, but you will just restate the details of the appointment. Bemindful of needing to ask for information versus having to provide or give information.DO follow a chronological order. First sentence/2 sentences are to be an introduction,next sentences addressing each task, and last sentences make up a conclusion.DO match tenses. If you use present in the beginning of the sentence, the rest of thesentence must be in the present. Same for past and future.DO write directly on the answer sheet. If your answer is not there, you will notget any points.DO proofread and use appropriate articles and pronouns (mainlythe which is very common for foreign speakers of English to exclude)DO use the bulk of the time to write the longer essay of Part 3DO answer only one of the 2 options given in Part 3.DO attempt to use a variety of vocabulary regardless of not being100% sure of spelling. Even if a more difficult word is not spelledright it is awarded more points.DON’T write more than 3 words in the blanks for Writing Part 1DON’T write in pen