Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Writing Part 3
Characteristics of a good story:
- It has a good title
- There is a beginning, middle and end
- It must be interesting
- You need to use narrative verb tenses (past simple, past continuous and (if appropriate) past perfect) and linking expressions.
- You need to plan the content of each paragraph
- Use a variety of language – especially adjectives and adverbs to make it interesting:
1. Here is a model question and answer:
- Your teacher has asked you to write a story.
- Your story must begin with this sentence.
I was standing beside someone famous
- Write your story in about 100 words.
A famous meeting
I was standing beside someone famous! I was so excited that for a few seconds I couldn’t do anything. I was standing and looking at him. He was taller and more beautiful than he seemed on TV.
Suddenly, he turned his head and stared at me. I was petrified! He smiled and said hello. I opened my mouth but I couldn’t say anything. He asked me how I found the show. Finally, I answered him. I managed to whisper that I loved his music – especially his last album. I asked him to sign me an autograph. Then he shook my hand and walked away.
2. Did you enjoy the story? Why or why not?3. Read the story again and notice examples of:
- past continuous
- past simple
- interesting adjectives
- interesting adverbs
4. When is the past continuous used? Why?
5. Is the story easy to read?
1. The story begins using the past continuous. This sets the scene and helps the reader feel more involved in the story. The past simple is used to describe the main events of the story.
- Verbs – stare, whisper, turn, manage to
- Adjectives - petrified,
- Adverb – suddenly, finally
3. The story is easy to read. There is a beginning, middle and end
Friday, 25 October 2013
Writing Part 1
Key Word Transformations
In Part 1 of the Writing test of the exam, you will be given five sentences relating to the same topic. For each question, you are given a complete sentence, with a ‘gapped’ sentence below it. You need to transform the gapped sentence so that it means the same as the complete sentence by using a different grammar or vocabulary structure.
Example: Jack joined a football team 5 years ago
Jack has been in a football team for 3 years.
In this example, a past simple sentence has been transformed into a present perfect simple sentence. You need to complete the sentence with the correct preposition.
- This part of the exam tests your grammar and vocabulary precision.
- There are five sentences.
- Use between one and three words to complete each gap. Contractions count as TWO words.
- Each sentence is worth 2 marks.
- Spelling is important.
- The questions can test any area of grammar or vocabulary.
- Read the first sentence and identify the grammar and vocabulary.
- Read the second sentence. Decide if you need to change the grammar, or look for a synonym.
- Underline the words you think you will have to change in the first sentence.
- Complete the gapped sentence with between one and three words. (Contractions count as two words).
- Practice as many as Key Word Transformations as you can.
- It’s a good idea to repeat exercises you have done in the past to help you recognise and remember the grammar and vocabulary structures.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Reading Part 2
In this part of the exam you will read five descriptions of people and eight short texts on a variety of subjects. You need to match each person to one of the eight texts.
The focus of this exam is reading for detail.
- Read and underline the key facts about each person before you read the eight short texts.
- Read the short texts as quickly as possible to get a general idea of what it is about (scan).
- Read again more carefully (scan) to look for specific information
- You may need to paraphrase (read and understand the same thing written in a different way), using different words and phrases. This is where your knowledge of vocabulary is important.
- Do not leave any questions unanswered. If you are not sure of the answer, make a guess.
- Eliminate the paragraphs you have already used, or are certain are not the answer. Then concentrate on the paragraphs that remain.
Friday, 18 October 2013
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Do you know how to invite someone to an event? How to give advice? How to give a recommendation? Here is a quiz with lots of useful expressions to help you memorise some useful expressions for PET Writing Part 2 - have fun!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Monday, 30 September 2013
Monday, 23 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Monday, 29 July 2013
Reading Part 4
In this part of the exam you will read a text that includes opinions and feelings. You need to choose the correct answer from five multiple choice questions.
The focus of this exam is your knowledge of opinions and feelings vocabulary.
1. Read the questions to get a general idea of what the text is about.
2. Read the text.
3. You will find all the answers in the text (do not invent answers based on your personal experience).
4. If you are not certain of the answer, make a guess.
A5 EOC Exam Practice
Reading Part 3
In this part of the exam you will read a text based on fact. You need to decide if the statements are correct or incorrect.
The focus of this exam is reading for meaning.
You will use your grammar knowledge to do this task.
1. Read the questions and underline the important information.
2. Read the text and note the sentences you think correspond with the question.
3. Mark the sentences correct or incorrect.
4. Do not leave any blank answers. If you are not certain of the answer, make a guess.
Listening Part 3
- In this part of the EOC exam you will hear one person talking about a topic.
- You need to complete the text with words or short phrases while you listen.
- Before you start the listening, read the instructions. What is the topic? Think about the type of vocabulary you might hear.
- Read the text. Try to predict what type of word is missing:
- name of something
- time, etc.
You will hear different numbers or times that might fit the space, but only one of them will be correct.
You will hear the exact word or words you need to write.
During and after the second listening CHECK YOUR SPELLING. It is important that you do not make spelling mistake
Relax. You will hear each text twice so if you’re not sure after the first listening, check your answer during the second listening.
Do not leave a gap. If you’re still not sure, make a guess.
- In this part of the EOC exam you will hear one or two speakers talking about a topic. You need to choose the correct answer from six multiple choice questions.
- The questions come in the order of the listening. Read each question carefully as you listen so that you don’t lose your place while the listening.
- If you are not sure of the answer, eliminate the options you know are incorrect.
- The options may not repeat the exact words in the text. Read each option carefully.
- You may hear some words from all three options in a question. Only one is correct. Here are some ideas to help you choose the correct option:
- listen to the tense
- past tenses
- present tenses
- future tenses
- perfect tenses
- listen for time words and expressions, e.g.:
- it wasn’t until
- as soon as, etc.
- You may also hear the speaker giving reasons for doing things:
- in order to
- unless, etc.
- Before you start the listening, read the instructions. What is the text about? What do you need to do?
- Do not try to listen to every word. You will lose your place in the listening text.
- Relax. You will hear each text twice so if you’re not sure after the first listening, check your answer after the second listening.
- Do not leave a blank answer. If you are not sure of the answer, make a guess!