Cambridge PET Writing Exam Guide

Summer exam dates are coming up and students should be getting prepared for whatever might be thrown at them. Following on from my recent post on how to prepare for the reading exam (see below for link). I have also put together this guide for the writing exam! Cambridge PET Reading Exam Guide The writing examContinue reading “Cambridge PET Writing Exam Guide”

Cambridge PET Writing Part 1 Practice

Below is a list of examples of the Writing part 1 task separated according to category of grammar, followed by the solutions. Comparatives Rosie plays the guitar better than the rest of her class. Nobody else in her class plays the guitar as ________ as Rosie does. The chocolate cake is more delicious than the strawberryContinue reading “Cambridge PET Writing Part 1 Practice”

Cambridge PET Reading Exam Guide

With the summer exam season coming up, your students need to be working hard to achieve what they have been studying all year for. This is a guide to the PET (B1 level) reading exam and some ideas you can use to get the most marks from each exercise. The reading is taken at theContinue reading “Cambridge PET Reading Exam Guide”

Essay Writing For The Cambridge CAE

In my opinion, the writing test (in whichever level it happens to be) is on of the sections that should help boost others in which the students don’t do so well. Given that Use of English and Listening can be a little more unpredictable, the writing offers a chance to gain back some ground where pointsContinue reading “Essay Writing For The Cambridge CAE”

CAE Example Essay With Examiner Comments

Below is the same essay question I used in my guide to the CAE essay, here is an example answer and some of the comments that should be expected from examiners. You have read a newspaper article which suggests that shopping online is more convenient than going to a shopping centre. Write an essay consideringContinue reading “CAE Example Essay With Examiner Comments”

A Teacher’s Guide To The Cambridge PET Reading And Writing Exam

A few times in my teaching career so far, I have seen teachers who think that Preliminary (PET) and the B1 level is easy to teach. No planned lessons, no care when it came to continuity, and no real understanding of the requirements, nor the skills that the students need. In reality, teaching PET willContinue reading “A Teacher’s Guide To The Cambridge PET Reading And Writing Exam”

Essay Writing For The Cambridge FCE

For my students, essay writing is really tough. Having never had to write anything similar in their time at school or university, they find it difficult to adapt to the way that Cambridge wants an essay written. Given that there is a set structure they have to use, the essay should be one of the easiest partsContinue reading “Essay Writing For The Cambridge FCE”

The Ins and Outs of The FCE Reading and Use of English

The Basics FCE is equivalent to the B2 CEFR level. It’s also what many people consider to be the first level of fluency in a language. Achieving this level means that your students have the following skills; Good knowledge of most English grammar topics. These are fine tuned in the higher levels but from FCEContinue reading “The Ins and Outs of The FCE Reading and Use of English”