2 hours allowed in total
Section A: Tests Reading Skills
allow 40 minutes
Section B: Tests Writing Skills
allow 40 minutes for B1
allow 40 minutes for B2
Two extracts – Media & Non-Fiction
Standard comprehension questions
Looks at :
Purpose, Form, Audience
Layout and Language
Firstly - read the text really carefully
Secondly - read question to make sure you understand exactly what it's asking you
Thirdly - use skimming and scanning skills and annotate the text by underlining or highlighting
Evidence (a quotation) and
You need to decide:
What type of text is it? (text type)
Why was it written? (purpose)
Who was it written for? (target audience)
These affect the content and style of the text.
Supporting an idea:
However . therefore . because . but . and . furthermore also . in addition . then . as well as . next . whereas . in contrast . later . at first . similarly .
Explaining an idea:
This implies . this suggests . which gives the impression that . this shows . this clearly shows . possibly . perhaps . this indicates that . obviously . this conveys to the reader that .
Focus – Show that you understand specific terminology and the effect of layout e.g. headline, subheading, pictures etc…
Explain why the writer has chosen this layout
Eg: The author has used bullet points in this leaflet to make it more accessible to its target audience, children and teenagers.
Focus – show you understand how a writer uses language for effect
Explain and comment on words / sentences and why a writer has chosen them
E.g. ‘dangerous predators’ the polar bears are described in this way offering negative connotations in order to make tourists wary of their surroundings.