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Set Texts for Cambridge English Exams 2013

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The set text questions are optional and can be found in the Writing papers for FCE, FCE for Schools, CAE and CPE. If you decide to answer on a set text, it is only necessary to study one of the texts as there is always a question on each of them. Information on what the set texts are for next year can be found below.

Set texts for Cambridge English: First until December 2013:

  • William Thackeray: Vanity Fair (Black Cat or any edition)
  • Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic (OUP)

The texts are Graded Readers which have been adapted to the level and are suitable for FCE candidates. Other editions of these books may be available. However, teachers and candidates should be aware that the language level in other editions may be less accessible.

Set texts for Cambridge English: First for Schools until December 2013:

  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein The ELT Graphic Novel (HEINLE Cengage)
  • Anthony Bourke & John Rendall: A lion called Christian (Scholastic)

The texts are Graded Readers which have been adapted to the level and are suitable for FCE for Schools candidates. Other editions of these books may be available. However, teachers and candidates should be aware that the language level and treatment of the topic in other editions may be less accessible.

Set texts for Cambridge English: Advanced until December 2013:

  • William Golding: Lord of the Flies
    (Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying a film version as well as, or instead of, the novel.)
  • P D James: The Lighthouse
    (There is currently no film version of this book.)

Set texts for Cambridge English: Proficiency until December 2013:

  • Sue Monk Kidd: The Secret Life of Bees (2002); film directed by Gina Prince-Byrewood (2008)
    Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the film as well as, or instead of, the novel.
  • Harold Pinter: The Birthday Party (1958)

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  1. What will be the set texts for 2014? It’s very useful to know well in advance.

    Hilary Freijser

    December 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • We will publish the set texts for 2014 as soon as this information becomes available.

      cambridgeesolde

      December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  2. The need to advise of these set books is very important. I have students for this exam in 2014 and we cannot make a start on the books. It´s disgraceful that no one has decided. Someone needs to get their act together.

    john gardner

    December 26, 2012 at 7:13 am

    • The Set texts for Cambridge English: Proficiency 2014-15 are listed below:

      1. E. M. Forster: Howards End (1910)and film directed by James Ivory (1992) Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the film as well as, or instead of, the novel.

      2. Nick Hornby: An Education (screenplay and film directed by Lone Scherfig 2009).

      The set texts for FCE for 2014 are:
      The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
      The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

      This information should appear on the public website shortly. The set texts for CAE and FCE for Schools are the same as 2013.

      cambridgeesolde

      January 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

  3. What do I gain answering this set text question? (I still don’t know if it’s just a multiple choice question or I need to write something).

    Silverio

    July 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    • You have a wider choice of tasks then. However, it is not multipe choice question but you need to write something (e.g. a review or a letter). We recommend only to attempt the optional set text question if you have the necessary understanding of the text. Here is an example taken from Cambridge English: First:

      Round the world in 80 days by Jule Verne
      Phileas Fogg and Passepartout are very different characters. Which one do you think enjoys the journey most? Write an essay saying who you think enjoys the jorney most and why.

      cambridgeenglishde

      July 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

  4. What is the suggested reader for PET exam? Thanks

    Maria Cecilia Cortes

    February 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm


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