Paper 1 Reading and WritingTime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Part 1 (Questions 1–5)
In the first part of the Reading paper you have to read and understand different kinds ofshort texts. These may be notices and signs, packaging information (for exampleinstructions on a food package or a label on a medicine bottle) and communicativemessages (notes, e-mails, cards and postcards).
In the example below you can see two typical examples of the type of question you willfind in Part 1. Read the text and decide which is the best answer (A, B or C). In the examthere are three more questions like the ones below.
Part 1 (Questions 1–5)
There are five questions to answer in Part 1 of the Writing paper. For each question, youhave one sentence which is complete and a second sentence which has a missing wordor words.You have to complete the second sentence with between one and three wordsso that it means the same as the first sentence. All five sentences share a commontheme or topic.
In the example below, there are some sentences about playing tennis (1–3). For eachquestion, read the first sentence and then try to find the missing words to complete thesecond sentence. Remember that the second sentence must have the same meaning asthe first one. In the exam there are two more questions like the ones below.
Paper 2 ListeningTime: approx. 35 minutes including 6 minutes transfer time
Part 1 (Questions 1–7)
In this part of the test, there are seven short listening texts taken from daily life. Thesemay be conversations at home or between friends, radio announcements, parts of talks,exchanges in shops, etc. For each text there is a question and three pictures.You have tolisten to the recording and choose the picture which best answers the question.
Below we give you two examples of typical questions. Read each question and look atthe pictures to get an idea of the kind of conversations which are on the recording andthe information you will need to listen for.You have to choose the right answer(A, B or C). In the exam, there are five more questions like the ones below.
Paper 3 SpeakingTime: 10–12 minutes per pair of candidates
In the Speaking test, there are two oral examiners and you take the test in a pair withanother candidate. At centres with an uneven number of candidates, the last pair will beexamined in a group of three. The Speaking test is worth 25% of the total marks.
The first part of the test is a general conversation. One of the examiners will talk to eachof you in turn and will ask you for personal details, about your daily routines, likes anddislikes, etc. The examiner will ask you at some point to spell all or part of your name.
In Part 2 you have to take part in a simulated situation with the other candidate. Forexample, you may have to make and respond to suggestions, discuss alternatives, makerecommendations and negotiate agreement with your partner.
To help you with this part of the test, the examiner will give you a prompt sheet like theone below and give you some instructions. In this case, the examiner will tell you that afriend of yours is planning to spend six months in England to improve her English.You have to talk together about the things she will need in England and discuss which arethe most important things she should bring with her.