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The ESL exam Cambridge
First Certificate English or FCE, has 5 papers or
parts. Paper three, "Use of English", has
five parts in it. You have 1 hour 15 minutes to complete
this part of the FCE test. There are 65 questions in
total and you are required to also read 4 short texts.
This part of the FCE exam tests your knowledge of word
forms, vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. You
have to complete a multiple choice cloze, complete an
open cloze, rewrite sentences so the meaning is the
same, do sentence transformations, identify errors in
sentences and also choose the correct part of speech
for given words in a text - word formation.
All parts, except Part 3, are based on a short text
and you should read through each text two or three times
to familiarise yourself with it before answering individual
questions. Questions 1-30 and 41-65 (in parts 1, 2,
4 and 5) carry one mark, and questions 31-40 (in part
3) carry two marks each.
for FCE part 1 - Multiple-choice cloze
This section is based on a short text. Read the text
through first to get a good idea of what it is about
and then read it two or three times more before answering
individual questions. You need to complete 15 gaps in
a cloze and can choose from 4 options for each gap in
Think about the meaning of each missing word. Think
about the grammar and collocation of each word.
Read the whole text through after you have written your
answers to make sure the text makes sense.
for FCE part 2 - Open cloze
Look at the title carefully and read the text through
to get a good idea of what it is about.
Focus on what part of speech (verb, preposition, conjunction,
article etc.) each missing word might be.
Choose the one that best fits in the context of the
sentence and the text as a whole.
Make sure you read the text through to make sure everything
makes sense before moving on to the next exercise.
for FCE part 3- 'Key' word - sentence transformations
First read the sentence and try to think of different
ways to express the same idea.
Next look at the key word. Because you must use his
word, you will be making more than one change to the
original sentence. Your answer will have at least two
but not more than five words.
Think about what grammar or vocabulary points are being
tested; e.g. change an active form to a passive form,
or a noun to an adjective..
for FCE part 4 - Error correction
Read the whole text through first. Some lines will
be correct and some will not be.
Read each sentence carefully assuming all the lines
contain mistakes. Some things may look grammatically
correct, but they may not be correct in the context.
for FCE part 5 - Word formation
Read through the whole text first and then decide what
part of speech is needed in the gap BEFORE trying to
change the word you are given.
When you have decided what word form you need, e.g.
noun or verb, decide whether you have to add a grammatical
ending, e.g. make it plural or add -ing or add a prefix
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