CAE Use of English Test

CAE Use of English Test Introduction

Welcome to my CAE Use of English Test Introduction page. If you've reached this page you probably want to learn the best tips and techniques from my CAE course.

Well, that's a very good decision and I hope you enjoy my course!

Some highlights of the course include:

-Techniques to follow in every part of the CAE Use of English test.

-Practice exercises.

-Homework exercises.

-Extra useful CAE tips and resources.

Remember to write a comment at the bottom of the page if you have any questions. I love hearing from my students!

Also, don't skip content.

I have specifically created all the content on the following pages in a specific order and in a specific style. If you follow the content properly, reading all the information, watching all the videos and completing all the exercises, you will receive extra benefits that you probably won't be aware of.

Watch the video below to make the most of this course. You should write down the dictation exercise in the video and compare it to the passage below:

Dictation Passage

"General Format

The Use of English paper has now combined with the Reading paper. However, Use of English and Reading are still given separate grades...I know, it’s confusing. By the time you read this, they might have updated the format below...

Length: 90 minutes

How many parts: 8

The Reading and Use of English paper consists of 8 parts and this paper lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Parts 2, 3 and 4 form the Use of English section and parts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 form the ‘Reading’ section. 

Parts 2-4 are Use of English

Part 2 there are 8 questions and you are awarded 8 marks

Part 3 there are 8 questions and you are awarded 8 marks

Part 4 – 6 questions - 12 marks

This part focuses on grammar and vocabulary, including your understanding of varying word types, sentence structures and collocations.

Parts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are Reading

In Part 1 there are 8 questions and you are awarded 8 marks

Part 5 – 6 questions - 12 marks

Part 6 – 4 questions - 8 marks

Part 7 – 6 questions - 12 marks

Part 8 – 10 questions - 10 marks

Part 1 tests your knowledge of word families and sentence structures. If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a page on my website about this: 

Parts 5-8 test your overall comprehension and awareness of how sentences and paragraphs fit within different written texts. They also test your ability to find and understand small differences in meaning between similar looking sentences.


Question: Email

You have been told that Cambridge English are thinking of removing the Reading and Use of English exam paper. You met up with some work colleagues and discussed the matter. The following points were made:

Grammar skills are important for writing.

Reading skills are important for work.

Action: Write an email to Cambridge English on behalf of you and your colleagues explaining your views and requesting that they change their mind.

Write 220-260 words."


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