ou are re-taking the First Certificate exam as unfortunately you were not successful in your first attempt.
You may be having to re-take the exam because you were not sufficiently familiar with the exam requirements. You will not need to follow a coursebook, but you will use the exam maximiser to develop your exam techniques and build up your confidence.
^^YbiTare preparing for the exam on your own.
Maybe you are not attending a First Certificate class, but wish to take the exam and prepare for it independently. You will get the practice and preparation by using the exam maximiser by itself. You can give yourself additional practice by using the First Certificate Practice Tests Plus New Edition (2008) just before taking the exam.
What is in each unit?
Each unit in the exam maximiser contains Vocabulary sections. These practise the words and expressions which you studied in the FCE Gold Plus coursebook and introduce you to some new words and expressions as well. There are plenty of exercises to do, including exam-style tasks from Paper 3 (Use of English) and crosswords and wordsearch grids for a bit of fun.
You will find several Grammar sections in each unit.
By doing the exercises in these sections, you can practise and revise the grammar points you have studied in the FCE Gold Plus coursebook. Once again, there are always exam-style tasks from Paper 3 (Use of English) as well as opportunities to practise the grammar points through Paper 5 (Speaking) tasks, in these tasks, you write your answers in the exam maximiser and then check them by listening to the
recordings of good First Certificate candidates performing the speaking tasks.
Every unit has a Listening section. These sections help you train for each of the four parts in Paper 4 (Listening). First, you read some information about the exam and then you are given some advice on the strategy you should use in that particular part. You do an exercise to help you practise the strategy and then an exam-style listening task. The tasks get more difficult as you move through the units in the exam maximiser, so that by the end of the book they are at the same level as the exam.
There is also a Reading section in each unit. Like the Listening sections, these provide you with information about the exam and strategies to use in each of the four parts of Paper 1 (Reading). You do some exercises to help you with the strategy and then you do an exam-style task. There is a vocabulary activity at the end of most reading sections as well, so that you can practise dealing with unfamiliar words and phrases. Like the listening sections, the reading sections are easier at the beginning of the book but at the level of the exam at the end.
At the end of each unit you will find a Writing section. Once again, you are given information about the exam and the kinds of writing tasks you have to do in Parts 1 and 2 of Paper 2 (Writing). You are also given a strategy to follow and then have an opportunity to put it into practice by doing some exercises, often using sample answers. You write your answers to these exercises in the exam maximiser. Finally, you look at an exam task and write your own answer to this task.
Once you have worked through all the units, you will be ready to try the Practice exam at the back of the book.
Then you'll be really well prepared for the First Certificate Exam.