Your ability to understand written English is tested in Paper 1. The paper
contains four parts. There is a total of 35 questions.
Each of the four parts has a different reading task:
PART 2: Answer seven or
questions on a text. PART 3: Fill six or seven gaps in a text with either
individual sentences or whole paragraphs which
have been removed.
(You will study Parts 1 and 4 in Unit 11, Lesson 4).
There may be some unfamiliar words in the texts. The
questions, however, will require a knowledge only of the vocabulary which a
typical First Certificate candidate should know; so you should be able to answer
them even if you don't understand every word.
Let's see an example and do a very short practice Part 2 now. Follow the advice given in Steps 1-to-3 to
help you do your best:
READING - PART 2
You are going to read a newspaper article about a house with ghosts. For
questions 1-to-2, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best
according to the text.
Read through the text carefully to understand as much as you can. If you don't
know certain words or phrases, don't worry. You may understand them better later
on, or they may not be important for answering the questions.
London is famous for its ghosts, with thousands of reported sightings over the centuries. The paranormal is not choosy where it shows itself
– theatres, pubs,
buildings, council houses, even Vine Street Police Station, public toilets and
Says Tom Perrott, chairman of the members-only Ghost Club and a member of The
Society for Psychical
Research (SPR): "It's generally thought these things only happen in romantic moonlit ruins or ancient halls hung with rows of antlers, but
experiences in modern buildings are equally frequent."
Marcel Seymour is an investigator with The Association for the Scientific
Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). He says: "People claiming to have paranormal experiences are far more numerous than anyone
would think. Most of them are level-headed, reasonable types."
STEP 2 Look at the multiple-choice questions, which could be in the form of either a
question or an incomplete sentence. Don't look at the four possible answers
Decide where in the text the answer is. If the question is about a detail, this
will be easier; if the question is more general – about a whole paragraph or
even the whole text – then you will have to think about the overall content.
Read again carefully the part of the text where you think the answer is. Then
answer the question or finish the incomplete sentence in your mind.
Now, let's read the two questions:
Where, according to the article, do paranormal
experiences take place?
A. in places connected with death B. in historical places C. in lonely places D. in all sorts of places
Marcel Seymour thinks that the majority of people
who have paranormal experiences are ...
A. imaginative. B. sensible. C. mentally disturbed. D. religious.
Now look at the four possible answers (A-D) in both questions. Which is closest to your own
answer? To help you make the right choice, cross out the answers that you know
are not right.
Now, let's see the correct answers:
The CORRECT ANSWER for the first question
D. in all sorts of places
because the article states: "... It's generally thought these things
only happen in romantic moonlit ruins..., but
experiences in modern buildings are equally frequent".
The CORRECT ANSWER for the second question
because the article states: "... Most of them are
level-headed, reasonable types".
Also the adjective level-headed means sensible ("sensato"
READING - PART 3
On the next page, you will be able to do a real
activity for Part 3. You are going to read a newspaper article in
which five paragraphs have been removed.
But, before going on to the next page, read
carefully and follow the advice given in Steps 1-to-3 below to help
you do your best.
Read through STEP 1 above again. Also, notice the gaps where the five paragraphs have been removed.
STEP 2 Remember:
1) each paragraph should have one main topic.
2) the topic of one paragraph should lead to the topic of
Read each paragraph again and decide what its topic is. Try to guess from the
sentences that come before and after the gap what the missing
paragraph is about. Now look for
a paragraph with a suitable topic. There may be more than one
which seems to fit, but only one really belongs.
Use these clues to help you:
c) text construction, including pronouns, articles, and linking words.
Work through the text. But don't get stuck on a paragraph that you find
difficult: you can come back to it later.
STEP 3 Read over the completed text to see that it makes sense. Pay attention to the
topic of each paragraph and the connection from one paragraph to the next.
Sinceramente: ¡¡ Me encanta cómo explica Mr. Grammar
!! Y ahora -tratando de poner en práctica estos
últimos tres pasos- intenta completar en el EXAM SIMULATOR el
artículo que ha mencionado ...