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Cambridge English: Advanced corresponds to Level Four in the Cambridge ESOL five-level system. It also corresponds to the Association of Language Teachers in Europe (ALTE) Level Four (Competent User), and Council of Europe level Cl (Effective Proficiency).
There are fi.ve papers in the examination, each worth 20% of the total marks. To achieve a passing grade (A, B or C) candidates must gain approximately 60% of the total marks available, or above. Candidates’ grades are based on the total score from all five papers and there is no pass or fail grade for individual papers.
Paper 1 Reading (i hour is minutes)
This paper has four parts, with a range of text types and comprehension questions on each one. There are 34 questions in total.
The texts may consist of several short pieces, and the length of texts in each part is between 550-850 words.
The texts are taken from newspapers, magazines, journals, fiction and non-fiction books, leaflets, brochures, etc.
Part Task type Number of items What you do What it tests How to do it
1 Themed texts 6 Choose the best answer from four-option multiple-choice questions Understanding of a text and opinions or details expressed page 34
2 Gapped text 6 Decide where paragraphs belong in a text Understanding of text structure and development page 22
3 . Multiple choice n i ■ Choose the best answer from four-option multiple-choice questions Understanding of a text and opinions or details expressed page 10 —=~=
4- -, Multiple matching 15 Match prompts to sections in a text- Understanding specific information, opinion and attitude page 106
* Two marks for each, cor red: answer in Parts 1, 2 and 3.
• One mark for each correct answer in Part 4.
Paper 2 Writing (I hour 30 minutes)
This paper has two parts. The Part 1 question is compulsory and is based on input information. In Part 2, you choose one question from five.
Answers for Part 1 should be 180-220 words in length and answers for Part 2 should be 220-260 words in length.
The task types (or Parts 1 and 2 include the following; articles, contributions to leaflets and brochures, letters, reports, proposals, reviews, essays, competition entries, set texts, memos.
Examples of Paper 2 questions types can be found in. the Writing Guide on pages 155-165.
Par! Task type Number of items What you do What it tests How to do
1 Compulsory contextualised task based on one or more texts and/or visual prompts One compulsory task Read the input information and complete the task given. Ability to evaluate and select information, express opinions, hypothesise and persuade. page 43 page 150
2 Contextualised task One from a choice of four tasks Select one question from a choice of five and complete the task given. Ability to follow instructions and write in the correct style, layout and register in order to have a positive effect on the reader page 18. page-43 page 165
® Parts 1 and 2 have equal marks.
Paper 3 Use of English n hour)
This paper has five parts, and a total of 50 questions.
The testing, focus is.on understanding, and controlling elements of language, e.g. grammar, lexis, word formation, lexical and grammatical transformations, and spelling. . f
Part Task type' . 0. Number of items WHat you do . What it tests ... ... How to do
1 Multipie-choice doze ■ 12 Fill gaps in a text of about 200 words from multiple-choice options Phrases, collocations, idioms, phrasal verbs, linkers, used to complete a text with .the correct meaning and grammatical context page 40
2 Open cloze ■ 15. Fill gaps in a text of about 200 words with one word per gap - Awareness and control of grammatical and lexico-grammaticai items page 28
3 Word formation 10 Form appropriate words from the stems of words to fili gaps in a. text of about 130 words Ability to form parts of speech correctly page 16
4 Gapped sentences 5 ■ Complete gaps in a set of three sentences using the same word in each gap Awareness and breadth of lexical knowledge . ,. :T-"- page 17
5 ' Key word transformations 8 Transform information from one sentence to another using three to six words including the word given Awareness and control of grammatical structures and ■ , lexical items page 29
® One mark for each correct answer in Parts 1, 2 and 3. ® Two marks for each correct answer in Part 4.
^ Up to two marks for each correct answer in Part 5.
*■ All spellings must be correct.