From Paper 1 (Reading) of the CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) of the University of Cambridge , Part 1. In this part candidates are asked to read three extracts and to answer a total of 18 questions, six per extract.

Here are some directions and suggestions given in the CPE handbook for this task:

Students should be aware of the different aspects of vocabulary tested in this part of the paper. They should read through each text carefully, not forgetting the title, to get a general idea of the text type and meaning before looking at the options. They could also be encouraged to think about the possible forms and meanings of the gapped words at this stage. They should be aware that the missing word(s) may form part of an idiom, fixed phrase or collocation, so they should always check the words around the gap carefully. The missing word(s) must also fit the whole context of the passage so they should also check that the completed sentence makes sense in the passage as a whole. This is particularly important in the case of linkers.
Are you ready to read the extract and decide which answer best fits each gap?


Keas - not just pretty parrots

Few birds are as curious as keas. New research shows how these New Zealand parrots channel that curiosity for maximum benefit: they up tips by watching each other. Keas are notorious for investigating and, in the , often destroying everything from rubbish bins to windscreen wipers. Ludwig Huber and colleagues from the University of Vienna have found that in keas, which live in family flocks, social learning affects patterns of curiosity. In their experiments, the keas' tasks was to open a steel box with a complete locking mechanism. Two birds were gradually trained as 'models' and then they the task again under the watchful gaze of keas who were new to the job. enough, birds who had watched a demonstration had a much higher success than keas who had never watched one.
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4 out of 6.

This is the first part of the Reading? Looks more like English in Use. Well, I still have a long way to go so I don't need to know what CPE looks like Emotion: stick out tongue
4/6 is good! Well done! [Y]
PuccaThis is the first part of the Reading? Looks more like English in Use
Yep, it's the reading paper. There aren't any selective cloze exercises in the EinU (paper 3).
EinU at the CPE level consists of: 1) Open cloze; 2) Word tranformation; 3) Gapped word (= one word which fits into three sentences); 4) Sentence transformation; 5) reading two extracts and writing 4 brief answers to four questions + a 50-word summary on a given topic based on the two extracts.

EDIT: I forgot to add that the new format exercise is not suitable for any of these, because in the EinU/CPE you always have to write your own answers, and not to make choices. Emotion: sad
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Sentence transformation? I used to love it in FCE, too bad there aren't any in CAE! Emotion: sad

By the way, I'm adding all your tests to my favourites in case I want to try them out in a future. They are great!
PuccaSentence transformation? I used to love it in FCE, too bad there aren't any in CAE!
Emotion: surprise Pucca, you need to read something about the new CAE! They are going to introduce that exercise starting from December 2008!

From the CAE handbook (page 48):

Paper 3: Use of English
In this part, there is an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary
Each answer in Part 5 receives 0, 1 or 2 marks.
Part 5 consists of eight questions (plus an example). Each question contains three parts: a lead-in sentence, a key word, and a second sentence of which only the beginning and end are given. Candidates have to fill the gap in the second sentence so that the completed sentence is similar in meaning to the lead-in sentence. The gap must be filled with between three and six words, one of which must be the key word. The key word must not be changed in any way.
In this part of the paper the focus is both lexical and grammatical and a range of structures is tested. The ability to express a message in different ways shows flexibility and resource in the use of language. The mark scheme splits the answer into two parts and candidates gain one mark for each part which is correct.
Don't tell me THAT! Ah! They've put something GREAT in it! And knowing the topics will also be more "normal", it makes me feel a little bit more confident about it. Emotion: smile
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As soon as I saw the choices, I thought... I have no freakin idea! This is too difficult! Then I realized I could try to do it without even reading it, but... I had trouble with one... and it turned out it was the one I got wrong. 5 out of 6
KooyeenAs soon as I saw the choices, I thought... I have no freakin idea! This is too difficult!
Maybe you simply underestimate yourself ... Emotion: wink
TanitMaybe you simply underestimate yourself ...
Nope! Just because I guess most of the terms, doesn't mean I can use them, understand them, etc. If I were able to write an essay using those words correctly, and with that style, I could say I know English at "that" level. In other words, those exercises make me look better than I actually am, LOL. Emotion: stick out tongue
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