Eye on the CAE: Reading and Use of English Part 2

The Cambridge Advanced Exam is one of the most popular C1 exams out there. It’s a great choice to certify your advanced English level because it’s a very practical exam, which means you continue learning and improving your English while you prepare for the exam.

The Reading and Use of English portion of this exam tests your grammar skills as well as your reading comprehension level. This series of blogs will look at each section and clarify any doubts you may have as well as help you prepare yourself for the exam.

Reading and Use of English Part 2

Parts 1-4 of the Reading and Use of English section of the Cambridge Advanced Exam focus primarily on your grammar skills.

In part 1 you had a cloze (fill in the gap) text with four multiple choice options but in part 2 you have a very similar looking text now with no options. this may sound more difficult but in reality it’s often easier. They will be looking for usage words, meaning usually prepositions or auxiliary verbs and things like that.

Your technique for this section should:

  • Start with a quick read of the text to figure out the topic. Once you know what you are reading about it will go a long way to getting you ready to answer.
  • Now that you know the topic and can see if it is a generally positive or negative text I would recommend you try and think of what type of word might go in the blank. Is it a verb, noun, adjective or adverb? To do this you will have to identify words that are related o the blank. Marking them can help you focus on what might go there. Remember: if it seems like the sentence isn’t missing anything then consider a negative word like “not.”
  • Last but most certainly not least, please remember to check your work. Not so as to second guess yourself but so that you can catch any silly mistakes you might have made.

The whole process should take 5 to 8 minutes max.

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