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.
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:
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: https://studentlanguages.com/english-word-families-and-sentence-structures/
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.
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."