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Preparation Tips for Cambridge English: Advanced Use of English

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Cambridge English Advanced

  • The texts in Parts 1, 2 and 3 all have titles. Encourage your students to pay attention to each title  as it will indicate the main theme of the text.
  • Encourage your students to read through each text (Parts 1, 2 and 3) carefully before beginning  to answer the questions so that they have a clear idea of what it is about.
  • In Parts 2 and 5, there may be more than one permissible answer for a question. However,  students should only give one answer for each question. If they give two answers, and one of them is incorrect, they will not be given a mark. If they want to change an answer, they should  rub it out.
  • All parts of the paper have detailed instructions and completed examples. These should be  studied carefully so that your students know what kind of answers they are expected to give and  how they should show them on the answer sheet.
  • Your students should be encouraged to read extensively so that they build up a wide vocabulary  and become familiar with the many uses of different structures. This should enable them to deal  with a range of lexical items and grammatical structures in a variety of text types.
  • When studying for the paper, it will be useful for your students to refer to dictionaries and  grammar books. However, they should also develop strategies for operating independently of  reference books (by, for example, guessing the meaning of unknown words from the context) as  they are not permitted to take dictionaries into the exam with them.
  • Students should develop an efficient personal system for recording the new vocabulary they  learn. They should record as much detail as possible, including information about complementation and collocations of the words learned.
  • Encourage your students to plan their time carefully and not to spend too long on any one part  of the test. They should try to make sure that they have a few minutes at the end of the test to check through their answers. They can do the various parts of the test in any order, but it may be  better to do them in the order of the question paper so as to avoid the possibility of putting answers in the wrong sections of the answer sheet.
  • Remind your students to check the spelling of their answers as incorrect spelling will lose them  marks.
  • Remind your students that handwriting should be clear so that it can be read easily by the markers.
  • Give your students practice in completing the answer sheet. When writing their answers on the answer sheet, they must be careful to make sure that they put the answer by the appropriate question number. This is especially important if they leave some questions unanswered. They must also be sure to write in capital letters in Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Written by cambridgeenglishde

April 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

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