Eye on the CAE: Reading and Use of English Part 4

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 4

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

In part four you will be working with a skill known as key word transformation or rephrasing. There are a million ways to express a single idea so here you will be rewording a sentence while maintaining its meaning.

This part is often quite difficult for candidates. You are given a sentence followed by a key word and then a sentence with a gap you must use 3-6 words including the key word to complete the new sentence with an identical meaning. In this section each gap is worth two points. This is because they are testing you on two different grammar principals in each question. Your goal should be to get at least one of these points.

Start by reading the first sentence paying particular attention to negative or positive meaning in case they flip it in the second sentence. Then look at the key word and try to identify what word(s) in the original sentence will be replaced by it and circle it. Then read the second sentence and cross anything out in the first sentence that is the same or means the same in the second. You only need to worry about is what is left. Try and separate the two ideas they are testing you on if possible and finally try and answer.

Last but most certainly not least, after you have finished all six questions 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. In this section it is very important to check three times. Once to count the number of words you have used and assuring it is between 3 and 6. Once to be sure you used the key word exactly as it was given, and once re-reading both sentences to be sure once more that they mean the same.

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