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Fce trainer tests

  1. 1. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 3Test 3, Writing Part 1 (page 114), Model answer Content1 You must describe the game and give your opinion of it. You could give a general idea of what kind of game it is – an adventure gameThis model has been prepared as an example of a very good or a sports game, for example, and could say what is special aboutanswer. However, please note that this is just one example out of it. You should also explain why you would or would not recommendseveral possible approaches. the game to other people. You must make sure that readers have a clear idea about whether they would enjoy the game or not. Hi Kay Organisation I’ve bought lots of things over the Internet and I definitely think it’s a good idea. I know some people have had Give the name of the game at the beginning of your review – problems sometimes but I’ve only had positive experiences. perhaps in a sub-heading. I agree with Mark that books and CDs – DVDs too – are Write in clearly defined paragraphs – the first one might describe some of the best things to buy online. It’s much quicker the game, the second might say what you like about it, the third and easier than going into town and trying to find what might point out a weak aspect of the game and the final paragraph you want in a shop there. might explain why you would or would not recommend it to other players. It would be very risky to send cash through the post. It could easily get lost. Websites all accept payment by credit 4 card and it’s safest to pay that way. Style I think if you don’t like what you’re sent or if it gets Neutral or formal. damaged in the post, then you probably have the right to Do not use contractions like I’m or I’ve instead of I am or I have. return it and get your money back. There’ll be information on the website of the company you’re using so read that Content before ordering anything. You may agree, disagree or even partly agree with the statement but Good luck. you must make your opinion clear. You should give some examples of climate change and suggest why it is occurring. You must give Kumiko reasons as to why it is difficult to prevent climate change. You should also suggest some things people can do to prevent climate change.Test 3, Writing Part 2 (page 115), Answer Organisationguidelines Write in clearly defined paragraphs.2 Include an introduction and make sure you come to a clearStyle conclusion.Neutral or semi-formal. 5Use a range of structures, sentence lengths and vocabulary to make Although Test 3, Question 5 in First Certificate Trainer does notthe story more interesting for the reader. Don’t repeat the same refer to a specific author or book title, you need to select a titlewords all the time – you could, for example, use thrilling as well as from the current or past ESOL set text list. Make sure you haveexciting or an idiom such as my heart was in my mouth. read the book thoroughly or have seen the film before answeringContent the question.Make it clear who the narrator is, e.g. how old the person is and 5awhat kind of lifestyle they have. You can give some background Styleto the most exciting day and give reasons why it was so exciting.Make sure, though, that the reader can follow the story easily. Neutral or semi-formal.Organisation Use a range of structures, sentence lengths and vocabulary to make the article interesting.Begin with the sentence provided. ContentPerhaps include a title. You should describe one event from the story which features3 someone in danger. Give a little background to the event andStyle explain how the person deals with the dangerous event. You shouldNeutral or semi-formal. give your opinion on how the situation is dealt with, explaining whether you feel the character handled the situation in anUse language for describing, giving opinions and recommending – appropriate way.some interesting adjectives may help with this. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  2. 2. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 3OrganisationWrite in clearly defined paragraphs.Perhaps include a title.5bStyleNeutral or semi-formal.Use language that makes your points in a way that the reader willeasily understand.ContentYou should clearly give the names of two actors, matching them tocharacters in the text. You must explain why you feel these actors aresuited to the roles – perhaps because of their appearance or becausethey have been good in similar roles. When you are writing you needto be aware of your target reader – a person with a general interestbut who may not know much about the characters in the text or theactors, and so will need the key points to be clearly explained.OrganisationWrite in clearly defined paragraphs.Perhaps include a title and sub-headings. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  3. 3. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 4Test 4, Writing Part 1 (page 133), Model answer 31 StyleThis model has been prepared as an example of a very good Neutral or semi-formal.answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of Try to start your article in an interesting way so that you attract theseveral possible approaches. reader’s interest from the beginning. Use a range of vocabulary and structures to make your article more Dear Ronnie, lively for the reader. For example, although most of your story will Thank you very much for your invitation. It sounds fantastic be in the simple past, you might be able to use the past continuous and I’d love to spend a week or two with you this summer. to describe what was happening when the incident happened or the July would suit me better than August because I’ve already past perfect to explain what had happened previously. agreed to help in my uncle’s shop in August. My cousin Content usually helps him but he’s going to be away on a school You must describe something amusing that you saw, saying what trip then. happened, where it happened, when it happened and why you found I think I’d prefer to stay in your apartment. It’d be nicer it funny. It doesn’t matter if what you describe isn’t literally the to be there with you and your parents rather than sleep funniest thing you’ve ever seen. You should just choose one funny somewhere else on my own. situation and describe it in an entertaining way. The beach is good but I’d definitely prefer to do other Organisation things too. I love sightseeing in new places and I know Write in clearly defined paragraphs. there are some very interesting old castles not far from your place. How about visiting one or two of those? Perhaps include a title. Looking forward to it so much, 4 Nico Style Informal.Test 4, Writing Part 2 (page 134), Answer You should use contractions like I’m rather than I am in a letter ofguidelines this kind.2 ContentStyle Your letter should open with some sort of friendly reference to your friend’s letter. You should then suggest some places your English-Neutral or formal. speaking friend could go to in your country, explaining what heDo not, for example, use contractions like I’m or I’ve instead of I or she could do there. You should also suggest where and whenam or I have. you and your friend could meet while he or she is in your country.Content It’s good to also close with some general sentence such as I look forward to hearing what you think of my ideas.You need to discuss the statement given. Make sure you do notwrite about something that is not directly related to the topic – for Organisationexample, don’t describe in detail one particular computer game. It The letter should be in clearly defined paragraphs. It does not needdoesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with the statement – to include postal addresses but it should begin Dear Alex, and itor even partly agree and partly disagree – but you must make your should end with an informal closing expression such as Best wishes,own opinion clear. or Love from, followed by your own first name on the line below.Organisation 5Write in clearly defined paragraphs – the first one might introduce Although Test 4, Question 5 in First Certificate Trainer does notthe topic, explaining what the statement means, the second might refer to a specific author or book title, you need to select a titleexplain some people consider them a waste of time, the third might from the current or past ESOL set text list. Make sure you haveexplain why other people think they are not a waste of time and the read the book thoroughly or have seen the film before answeringfinal one might give your own opinion on the statement. the question. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  4. 4. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 45aStyleNeutral or semi-formal.Try to use some interesting adjectives and expressions forconveying your opinion – don’t just use ordinary words like goodor great or nice.ContentYour review should outline the story, then say what you liked and/or disliked about it. It should also explain whether you wouldrecommend it to other people of your age. The most important partof this review is your opinion about the story and the reasons whyyou would or would not recommend it, so don’t give too muchspace to your outline of the story.OrganisationWrite in clearly defined paragraphs.Perhaps include a title.5bStyleInformal.You should use contractions like it’s rather than it is in a letter ofthis kind.ContentYour letter should open with some brief friendly reference to yourfriend’s letter. It should discuss whether you find the set text anexciting story (the kind of book that you want to keep reading allday). It does not matter whether you say the book is exciting or notbut you must give clear reasons for your opinion. Your final sentenceshould refer back to your friend in some way – Let me know whatyou think of the book if you decide to read it, for example.OrganisationThe letter should be in clearly defined paragraphs. It does not needto include postal addresses but it should begin Dear Megan, and itshould end with an informal closing expression such as Best wishes,or Love from, followed by your own first name on the line below. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  5. 5. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 5Test 5, Writing Part 1 (page 152), Model answer 31 StyleThis model has been prepared as an example of a very good Neutral or semi-formal.answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of Use a range of structures, sentence lengths and vocabulary to makeseveral possible approaches. the story more interesting for the reader. Content Hi Chris Make it clear who Zoe is. You could describe how she felt when It’s no problem if you come the second week in August she missed the bus and how her feelings changed as the story instead of the first. In fact, it really suits us better because continues. You may want to explain briefly why she missed the my brother will be away on a tennis course then so you can bus but you should not focus on that too much. The most important use his room. thing is what happened as she walked home. Make sure that the I’m sure you’ll love Egypt. It’s a very beautiful country reader can follow the story easily. with lots of interesting places to visit. I think you’ll Organisation particularly enjoy snorkelling in the Red Sea. Some people say that our underwater wildlife is the best in the world. Begin with the sentence provided. Try to make the ending interesting. It’s much hotter here in August than it is in Scotland. So Perhaps include a title. bring light summer clothes. Make sure you don’t forget 4 your swimming costume! Style When you arrive at the airport, just take a shuttle bus to Neutral or formal. the city centre. They go every fifteen minutes. Text me to say you’re on your way. Then get off at the stop by the Do not use contractions like he’s rather than he is in a letter of this Metropole Hotel and I’ll meet you there. kind. Best wishes Content Alim Your letter of application should open with a clear statement of why you are writing – I am writing to apply for the job you have advertised in your clothes shop, for example. It should explain whyTest 5, Writing Part 2 (page 153), Answer you think you are suitable for a job which requires good spokenguidelines English, an interest in clothes, including modern fashions, and the ability to work long hours including weekends.2Style OrganisationNeutral or formal. The letter should be in clearly defined paragraphs.Do not use contractions like they’re instead of they are. The letter does not need to include postal addresses but it should begin Dear Mr Williamson, and it should end with the formalContent closing expression Yours sincerely, followed by your own full nameYour essay may agree or disagree with the statement but it must on the line below.make your opinion clear. Issues that you could refer to include:supermarkets offer cheaper food, making it easier for families to 5feed themselves; they import food from all over the world, allowing Although Test 5, Question 5 in First Certificate Trainer does notfor much more variety than ever before; they tend to emphasise refer to a specific author or book title, you need to select a titleconvenience over health, selling lots of ready meals; they over- from the current or past ESOL set text list. Make sure you havepackage food which is bad for the environment. However, there are read the book thoroughly or have seen the film before answeringplenty of other aspects of the topic that you could discuss. the question.Organisation 5aWrite in clearly defined paragraphs. Your first paragraph might Styleexplain what the statement means. Your second might discuss ways Neutral or informal.in which supermarket food could be said to be good for us. Thethird might discuss ways in which supermarket food is not good for You should use contractions like it’s rather than it is, as the writer ofus. The final paragraph should offer a clear summary of your own the letter in the question does.opinion. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  6. 6. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 5ContentYour letter must give your opinion on the point Jack makes aboutthe story suggesting people’s lives were much harder then than theyare now. You may agree or disagree with the statement but you mustmake your opinion clear. As the focus of this task is on the set text,your letter should not spend too much time describing people’slives today but should focus more on the text itself. You should notwaste words on things that do not relate to the set text even thoughthey might be appropriate for a letter to a friend – don’t talk aboutother aspects of your or his life, for example.OrganisationThe letter must be written in clearly defined paragraphs. It does notneed to include any addresses but it should open Dear Jack, andshould end in an informal way, e.g. Best wishes, followed by yourfirst name on the following line.5bStyleNeutral or formal.Do not use contractions like it’s rather than it is.ContentThe essay must discuss how the relationship between twocharacters in the book changes during the story. You should beginby stating clearly which two characters you are going to focus on.It should compare what the relationship was like at the beginningof the book with how it is at the end, discussing how and why itchanges during the course of the story.OrganisationThe essay should be written in clearly defined paragraphs. The firstmight introduce the characters explaining briefly why you selectedthem. The second might consider their relationship at the beginning.The third might focus on discussing changes occurring during thestory and the final paragraph might conclude by contrasting theirrelationship at the end with that at the beginning of the story. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  7. 7. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 6Test 6, Writing Part 1 (page 171), Model answer Content1 The report must describe the public transport services available in your town. It should discuss whether these services meet theThis model has been prepared as an example of a very good needs of everyone in the town and it must also suggest how theanswer. However, please note that this is just one example out of system could be improved. It is probable that your first paragraphseveral possible approaches. will outline the nature of your town, the second will describe the public transport available, the third will consider how far it Dear Mr Wilson, meets the needs of the townspeople and the fourth will make Thank you for your letter. I am afraid I would not want to recommendations for improvements. do just evening work as I am anxious to find a full-time Organisation position. Use clearly defined paragraphs. At the beginning (perhaps in a title) I would, however, be very interested in your alternative you should state the name of the town whose public transport you suggestion for work at the summer camp in the mountains. are discussing. When are you likely to know whether there will be a vacancy there or not? 4 I am available for work from 4 July to 31 August and th st Style would be happy to work for you for all of that period. Neutral or semi-formal. However, if you would only want to offer me work for one Use a range of structures, sentence lengths and vocabulary to make month, then my preference would be for August. the story more interesting for the reader. My spoken English is good as I spend a lot of time with Content English-speaking people. I am a sociable person and I definitely get on well with people of all ages. Make it clear who the characters in the story are. You can make the story more interesting by explaining how the characters felt – cold Yours sincerely, and afraid, perhaps. Possibly also write about what they could hear Bruno Schneider as well as what they could see. Make sure that the reader can follow the story easily.Test 6, Writing Part 2 (page 172), Answer Organisationguidelines Begin with the sentence provided. Bring the story to an effective conclusion.2Style Perhaps include a title.Neutral or semi-formal. 5Content Although Test 6, Question 5 in First Certificate Trainer does notThe article must choose two of the five sports listed (football, refer to a specific author or book title, you need to select a titlebasketball, tennis, swimming or cycling) and should explain why from the current or past ESOL set text list. Make sure you haveyou would like to do the two sports you have chosen. It must also read the book thoroughly or have seen the film before answeringname one other sport and should give reasons why this sport would the question.also be appropriate for the summer school to include. Make sure 5ayour opinions and the reasons for them are absolutely clear. StyleOrganisation Neutral or semi-formal.Use clearly defined paragraphs. Do not use contractions. Write it is rather than it’s, for example.Perhaps include a title. Content3 Your essay should describe the ending of the story and discussStyle whether you think it is a good ending or not. You may say that youNeutral or semi-formal. find the ending effective or that you do not like it but you must make your own opinion clear, giving reasons for what you say.Do not use contractions. Write there is rather than there’s, forexample. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers
  8. 8. First Certificate Trainer Writing answer guidelines for Test 6OrganisationWrite in clearly defined paragraphs. Your first paragraph mightoutline the ending of the story. The second might give your opinionas to whether it is a good ending or not. The third might consideranother possible ending and say whether you think that would havebeen an improvement or not and the final paragraph could brieflysummarise your point of view. However, there are other good waysof organising an answer to this question.5bStyleNeutral or formal.Do not use contractions. Write she is rather than she’s, for example.ContentYour report should describe the main events of the book for thebenefit of someone considering making a film of the book, and itshould explain whether you think the story would or would notbe successful as a film. Make sure that the report is well-balancedand does not spend too much space on outlining the main events;the focus on whether it would make a good film or not is equallyimportant. It does not matter whether you feel the book wouldmake a good film or not, as long as you make the reasons for youropinion clear.OrganisationWrite in clearly defined paragraphs. At the beginning the reportshould clearly give the name of the book (perhaps in a title).Perhaps include a title and sub-headings too. Photocopiable © Cambridge University Press 2011 First Certificate Trainer with answers

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