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Cambridge Exam 
Spring 2014
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The Common European Framework 
of Reference
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Exam overview 
 Reading & Use of English, 1 hour 30 minutes, 8 parts 
 Writing, 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 texts 220-260 words 
 Listening, 40 min, 4 parts 
 Speaking, 15 minutes, 4 parts 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdGudT4Wu0&list=PLHXxw_fD9hAeQs7D26CFYB1fPw6heRsky
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Your CAE result 
 Each of the listed components of the test counts for 25% of 
your total score. 
 To be awarded the Certificate in Advanced English you have to 
receive a pass grade (A, B or C). 
Passing grade 
Grade A: 80% or more 
Grade B: 75-79% 
Grade C: 60-74%
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Reading and Use of English 
 Part 1: Multiple choice cloze. Choose the correct word out of 
4 alternatives. Phrases, collocations, idioms, linkers etc. 
 Part 2: Open cloze. Fill gaps in a text of about. Mainly “form 
words” such as prepositions, linkers etc. Tests grammatical and 
lexio-grammatical knowledge 
 Part 3: Word formation. Form words from a stem. 
Grammatical and lexical knowledge. 
 Part 4: Key word transformation. Transform information from 
one sentence to another using a given word.
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Reading and Use of English 
 Part 5: Multiple choice. Understanding opinions and details. 
Longer text with 6 questions. 
 Part 6: Cross text multiple matching: Match 4 statements 
with 4 shorter texts. Test ability of understanding opinion and 
attitude (NEW) 
 Part 7: Gapped texts. Decide where paragraphs belong in a 
text. Difficult. Tests understanding of text structure. Look for 
linking words and nouns before and after the gaps. 
 Part 8: Multiple matching. Match prompts to sections in the 
text. Understanding specific information
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How to practice: Reading 
 Read extensively in your spare time; focus on non-fiction and 
articles. 
 Tips: Bookmark English newspapers and read at least one article a day 
(e.g. www.guardian.com, www.huffingtonpost.com etc) 
 Install Stumbleupon to find English texts and articles about topics that 
interest you 
 Get accustomed to how the different parts are structured and what 
it is they test. 
 Different ways of reading; Scanning for specific information, 
skimming a text to get the general meaning or detail reading to 
thoroughly understand a text. 
 Prediction-techniques; title, sub-title, key words give you ideas of 
what to expect from the text.
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How to practice: Use of English 
 Read, read, read and surround yourself with English to get 
more familiar with expressions and sayings. This will practice 
your natural sense of the language. 
 Widen your vocabulary. Play Selingua (PC) and freerice 
(www.freerice.com) 10 min/day . 
 Practice grammar, in the textbook and online (see list of useful 
links). I can also provide advanced working sheets. 
 Learn about prefixes, suffixes and word stems to easier predict 
what a word means.
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Writing (5 different texts) 
 Part 1: An Essay with a discursive focus 
Write an essay based on two points given in an 
input text. Explain which point is most important and 
give reasons for your opinions. 
220-260 words 
 Part 2: Letter/email, proposal, report or review. 
Choose one out of five tasks. Clear context, 
topic, purpose and audience is given. 
220-260 words
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How to practice: Writing 
 Write a diary in English to get used to being able to express 
yourself quickly in English. 
 Study the different text types (see compendium). Form, style, tone 
etc. 
 Use linking words! Memorize them and learn how to properly use 
them creating flow and coherence in your texts. 
 Practice using a more complex language. If you make mistakes 
you still get extra credits for trying. Vary your sentence structure! 
 Practice writing texts within the word limit since counting words in 
the examination wastes time.
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W – Who is the target reader 
R – Reason for writing 
I – Include what? 
T – Task type 
E – Edit (and check) your work
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Listening 
 Part 1: Short extracts. Multiple-choice questions. 
 Part 2: Sentence completion. Write a word or a short phrase 
heard in the monologue. Test ability to understand specific 
information. 
 Part 3: Multiple choice. Choose the best answer. Ability to 
understand opinions and attitude. 
 Part 4: Multiple matching. Select the correct answer form a list 
of eight options. Understand attitude, main points and context.
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How to practice: Listening 
 Get familiar with the different parts to know what to expect and 
listen for (specific information, opinion, attitude, primary 
meaning etc.) 
 Listen to English podcasts. Download them to your phone and 
listen on the way to school. Listen to an audiobook. 
 Always read the question carefully and try to predict what will 
come. 
 Don’t get stuck if you don’t understand everything straight 
away. You will hear it twice.
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Speaking 
 Part 1: Conversation between candidate and interlocutor about 
personal questions. 
 Part 2: Individual long turns and brief responses. Talk for about 
one minute on your own about a set of pictures. 
 Part 3: Two way interaction between candidates. Discuss a 
problem solving task. Tests ability to interact, exchange ideas, 
agree or disagree etc. 
 Part 4: Conversation between candidate and interlocutor about 
wider issues connected to topic in part 3.
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How to practice: Speaking 
 Learn how the test is constructed and what is demanded of you 
in the different parts. If it’s expressing opinions, give responses, 
interact etc. 
 Practice to express yourself freely in English. Have discussions 
with your friends in English from time to time discussing 
pictures and “staging” old speaking exams. 
 Try using more complex language. Write down phrases and 
synonyms that might be useful.
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Dos and DON’Ts: Reading 
 DO 
 Skim through the text for 
general understanding. 
 Read the instructions very 
carefully – they set the scene 
and give you initial orientation. 
 Highlight or underline 
important words in the 
questions. 
 Decide what type of question 
you are answering and then 
employ the correct reading skill, 
especially in the multiple-choice 
part. 
 Don’t 
 Don’t spend too much time 
on any one part of the paper. 
 Don’t forget to transfer all 
your answers to the answer 
sheet. 
 Don’t be put off by or get 
stuck on difficult 
vocabulary – it may become 
clear by reading on or by later 
rereading.
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Dos and DON’Ts: Use of English 
 DO 
 Check your spelling in all parts 
of the test. 
 Read the surrounding 
context before giving an answer. 
 Read the instructions, the 
information about the texts, the 
titles and the texts before starting 
to answer. 
 Read the texts again to check 
your answers make sense. 
 DON’T 
 Don’t leave any questions 
unanswered. 
 Don’t give alternative 
answers for any questions. 
 Don’t wait until the end to 
copy all your answers on to 
your answer sheet.
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Dos and DON’Ts: Writing 
 DO 
 Read the task carefully and 
plan an answer which addresses 
all the content points of the task. 
Try to develop each point fully 
 Demonstrate a good range of 
vocabulary and structures as 
well as writing accurately to get a 
good mark. 
 Consider who the ‘target 
reader’ is and the genre (e.g. 
newspaper article, formal letter) 
for each question and try to write 
in an appropriate style and tone. 
 DON’T 
 Don’t write answers that are 
much longer than the word 
limit as this means you may 
have included a lot of irrelevant 
material. Plan your answer 
carefully to avoid this. 
 Don’t spend to much time on 
the first question 
 Don’t use a pencil.
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Dos and DON’Ts: Listening 
 DO 
 Listen to and read the 
instructions to understand what you 
have to do. 
 Think about the topic, the 
speaker(s) and the context as you 
read the questions. 
 Use the pause to read the 
questions and try to predict the 
answers 
 Check that your answer is correctly 
spelled. (Part 2) 
 Copy only the missing words on to 
the answer sheet. (Part 2) 
 DON’T 
 Don’t worry if you miss a question. 
Continue with the next question then 
listen again for the missing 
information when you hear the 
recording for the second time. 
 Don’t leave a blank space on the 
answer sheet. If you are not sure, 
guess. 
 Don’t repeat information which is 
already in the sentences. (Part 2) 
 Don’t panic. There is plenty of time to 
write your answers as you listen. (Part 
2)
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Dos and DON’Ts: Speaking 
 DO 
 Show you can communicate 
effectively. 
 Give full and extended responses. 
 Raise the level of your language above 
the mundane. 
 Listen carefully to what the examiner 
has asked you to do. 
 Speculate on the content of the visual 
material, even if you are unsure about 
what they are illustrating. 
 Involve your partner in the 
conversation and create opportunities 
for them to speak. 
 DON’T 
 Don’t panic if you cannot 
remember, or do not know, a 
particular word. Just keep going 
and paraphrase instead. 
 Don’t merely describe the 
visuals. 
 Don’t let your partner always 
‘take the lead’. You also must 
initiate at times. 
 Don’t waste your 
opportunities to show the 
examiners what you can do
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More information 
 More Dos and DON’Ts, FAQ and general tips: 
http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/ 
advanced/how-to-prepare/ 
 My collection of links regarding CAE: 
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s112/sh/1a052d5c-ef6a-4a38- 
9266-e608c6e8bbb1/d318bebcd2e0d64091cb38cbeacb0dc6 
 Don’t underestimate GOOGLE to find useful grammar, spelling, 
listening pages/exercises. Have a look on YouTube. Use 
search terms such as ESL (English as a Second Language), 
Advanced, CAE.

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CAE Preparation Guide

  • 1. + Cambridge Exam Spring 2014
  • 2. + The Common European Framework of Reference
  • 3. + Exam overview  Reading & Use of English, 1 hour 30 minutes, 8 parts  Writing, 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 texts 220-260 words  Listening, 40 min, 4 parts  Speaking, 15 minutes, 4 parts  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdGudT4Wu0&list=PLHXxw_fD9hAeQs7D26CFYB1fPw6heRsky
  • 4. + Your CAE result  Each of the listed components of the test counts for 25% of your total score.  To be awarded the Certificate in Advanced English you have to receive a pass grade (A, B or C). Passing grade Grade A: 80% or more Grade B: 75-79% Grade C: 60-74%
  • 5. + Reading and Use of English  Part 1: Multiple choice cloze. Choose the correct word out of 4 alternatives. Phrases, collocations, idioms, linkers etc.  Part 2: Open cloze. Fill gaps in a text of about. Mainly “form words” such as prepositions, linkers etc. Tests grammatical and lexio-grammatical knowledge  Part 3: Word formation. Form words from a stem. Grammatical and lexical knowledge.  Part 4: Key word transformation. Transform information from one sentence to another using a given word.
  • 6. + Reading and Use of English  Part 5: Multiple choice. Understanding opinions and details. Longer text with 6 questions.  Part 6: Cross text multiple matching: Match 4 statements with 4 shorter texts. Test ability of understanding opinion and attitude (NEW)  Part 7: Gapped texts. Decide where paragraphs belong in a text. Difficult. Tests understanding of text structure. Look for linking words and nouns before and after the gaps.  Part 8: Multiple matching. Match prompts to sections in the text. Understanding specific information
  • 7. + How to practice: Reading  Read extensively in your spare time; focus on non-fiction and articles.  Tips: Bookmark English newspapers and read at least one article a day (e.g. www.guardian.com, www.huffingtonpost.com etc)  Install Stumbleupon to find English texts and articles about topics that interest you  Get accustomed to how the different parts are structured and what it is they test.  Different ways of reading; Scanning for specific information, skimming a text to get the general meaning or detail reading to thoroughly understand a text.  Prediction-techniques; title, sub-title, key words give you ideas of what to expect from the text.
  • 8. + How to practice: Use of English  Read, read, read and surround yourself with English to get more familiar with expressions and sayings. This will practice your natural sense of the language.  Widen your vocabulary. Play Selingua (PC) and freerice (www.freerice.com) 10 min/day .  Practice grammar, in the textbook and online (see list of useful links). I can also provide advanced working sheets.  Learn about prefixes, suffixes and word stems to easier predict what a word means.
  • 9. + Writing (5 different texts)  Part 1: An Essay with a discursive focus Write an essay based on two points given in an input text. Explain which point is most important and give reasons for your opinions. 220-260 words  Part 2: Letter/email, proposal, report or review. Choose one out of five tasks. Clear context, topic, purpose and audience is given. 220-260 words
  • 10. + How to practice: Writing  Write a diary in English to get used to being able to express yourself quickly in English.  Study the different text types (see compendium). Form, style, tone etc.  Use linking words! Memorize them and learn how to properly use them creating flow and coherence in your texts.  Practice using a more complex language. If you make mistakes you still get extra credits for trying. Vary your sentence structure!  Practice writing texts within the word limit since counting words in the examination wastes time.
  • 11. + W – Who is the target reader R – Reason for writing I – Include what? T – Task type E – Edit (and check) your work
  • 12. + Listening  Part 1: Short extracts. Multiple-choice questions.  Part 2: Sentence completion. Write a word or a short phrase heard in the monologue. Test ability to understand specific information.  Part 3: Multiple choice. Choose the best answer. Ability to understand opinions and attitude.  Part 4: Multiple matching. Select the correct answer form a list of eight options. Understand attitude, main points and context.
  • 13. + How to practice: Listening  Get familiar with the different parts to know what to expect and listen for (specific information, opinion, attitude, primary meaning etc.)  Listen to English podcasts. Download them to your phone and listen on the way to school. Listen to an audiobook.  Always read the question carefully and try to predict what will come.  Don’t get stuck if you don’t understand everything straight away. You will hear it twice.
  • 14. + Speaking  Part 1: Conversation between candidate and interlocutor about personal questions.  Part 2: Individual long turns and brief responses. Talk for about one minute on your own about a set of pictures.  Part 3: Two way interaction between candidates. Discuss a problem solving task. Tests ability to interact, exchange ideas, agree or disagree etc.  Part 4: Conversation between candidate and interlocutor about wider issues connected to topic in part 3.
  • 15. + How to practice: Speaking  Learn how the test is constructed and what is demanded of you in the different parts. If it’s expressing opinions, give responses, interact etc.  Practice to express yourself freely in English. Have discussions with your friends in English from time to time discussing pictures and “staging” old speaking exams.  Try using more complex language. Write down phrases and synonyms that might be useful.
  • 16. + Dos and DON’Ts: Reading  DO  Skim through the text for general understanding.  Read the instructions very carefully – they set the scene and give you initial orientation.  Highlight or underline important words in the questions.  Decide what type of question you are answering and then employ the correct reading skill, especially in the multiple-choice part.  Don’t  Don’t spend too much time on any one part of the paper.  Don’t forget to transfer all your answers to the answer sheet.  Don’t be put off by or get stuck on difficult vocabulary – it may become clear by reading on or by later rereading.
  • 17. + Dos and DON’Ts: Use of English  DO  Check your spelling in all parts of the test.  Read the surrounding context before giving an answer.  Read the instructions, the information about the texts, the titles and the texts before starting to answer.  Read the texts again to check your answers make sense.  DON’T  Don’t leave any questions unanswered.  Don’t give alternative answers for any questions.  Don’t wait until the end to copy all your answers on to your answer sheet.
  • 18. + Dos and DON’Ts: Writing  DO  Read the task carefully and plan an answer which addresses all the content points of the task. Try to develop each point fully  Demonstrate a good range of vocabulary and structures as well as writing accurately to get a good mark.  Consider who the ‘target reader’ is and the genre (e.g. newspaper article, formal letter) for each question and try to write in an appropriate style and tone.  DON’T  Don’t write answers that are much longer than the word limit as this means you may have included a lot of irrelevant material. Plan your answer carefully to avoid this.  Don’t spend to much time on the first question  Don’t use a pencil.
  • 19. + Dos and DON’Ts: Listening  DO  Listen to and read the instructions to understand what you have to do.  Think about the topic, the speaker(s) and the context as you read the questions.  Use the pause to read the questions and try to predict the answers  Check that your answer is correctly spelled. (Part 2)  Copy only the missing words on to the answer sheet. (Part 2)  DON’T  Don’t worry if you miss a question. Continue with the next question then listen again for the missing information when you hear the recording for the second time.  Don’t leave a blank space on the answer sheet. If you are not sure, guess.  Don’t repeat information which is already in the sentences. (Part 2)  Don’t panic. There is plenty of time to write your answers as you listen. (Part 2)
  • 20. + Dos and DON’Ts: Speaking  DO  Show you can communicate effectively.  Give full and extended responses.  Raise the level of your language above the mundane.  Listen carefully to what the examiner has asked you to do.  Speculate on the content of the visual material, even if you are unsure about what they are illustrating.  Involve your partner in the conversation and create opportunities for them to speak.  DON’T  Don’t panic if you cannot remember, or do not know, a particular word. Just keep going and paraphrase instead.  Don’t merely describe the visuals.  Don’t let your partner always ‘take the lead’. You also must initiate at times.  Don’t waste your opportunities to show the examiners what you can do
  • 21. + More information  More Dos and DON’Ts, FAQ and general tips: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/ advanced/how-to-prepare/  My collection of links regarding CAE: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s112/sh/1a052d5c-ef6a-4a38- 9266-e608c6e8bbb1/d318bebcd2e0d64091cb38cbeacb0dc6  Don’t underestimate GOOGLE to find useful grammar, spelling, listening pages/exercises. Have a look on YouTube. Use search terms such as ESL (English as a Second Language), Advanced, CAE.