Cambridge First – Reading and Use of English. An introduction.
The Cambridge First exam is composed of four parts:
- Reading and Use of English (eight parts).
- Writing (220 – 260 words).
- Listening (around 40 minutes with 4 parts).
- Speaking (about 15 minutes in total with 4 parts).
To pass the Cambridge First Exam, you will need to get an overall average of 60 per cent. By far, the most difficult section of the exam for most people is the Reading and Use of English section. The first four parts of this section are:
Multiple choice cloze task
- A short text with a multiple-choice cloze task. This comes down to collocations and your ability to select the correct word that fits contextually within the sentence. Successful completion of this task, more often than not, does not involve grammar knowledge, rather, a general, comprehensive knowledge of English.
- You are given a short text, and with it, empty spaces with which you need to insert the correct word that goes in the space. The words that go in the spaces will not be hard-to-know-words, rather, you will need to analyse the text (both before and after the space), and do a grammatical analysis of the text in order to determine which word fits the gap.
- Another short text will be displayed, and words to the right of the page (aligned with the numbers) are also displayed. You need to analyse the text (both before and after the gap) to determine grammatically, how to change the word given in order for it to fit grammatically in the gap. Noun to adjective, adjective to adverb etc.
Key Word Transformation
- You will be given up to six pairs of sentences. Each sentence in the pair has the exact same meaning but is being expressed in a different manner. The first sentence in the pair is fully intact, but two to six words are removed from the second sentence, and you are given a word for each pair of sentences. You must not change the word given. You have to use between two and six words (including the word given) to make the second sentence synonymous (the same) with the first sentence.
About our course
- This course “Cambridge First – Reading and use of English 1 – 4” is specifically designed to help those of whom are studying to pass the Cambridge First exam. This course is only focused on parts 1 – 4 of part one (the first quarter of the exam). Those parts being: multiple-choice-cloze, open-cloze, word-formation and key-word-transformations. These four sections of the exam require basic grammatical knowledge from the student wishing to pass this exam. This course uses an inductive method to help the student not only ascertain the correct answers but also fully understand as to the why and how he/she ascertained the answer. By doing this comprehensive course you will fully understand the basic mechanics to the first four parts of the FCE. All the material in this course was created by English Reservoir and the content is completely original and is designed to mimic the actual contents of the FCE exam while also providing you with the necessary guidance to understanding the mechanics of its contents.
What does this course focus on?
- This course focuses on the first parts of the Cambridge first exam, that is, the first four sections: multiple-choice-cloze, open-cloze, word-formation and key-word-transformations.
Why does this course only focus on the first four parts of the exam (from Reading and use of English)?
- Because the other parts, listening, speaking, writing, and part two of Reading and use of English require the student to work on their own. These parts are largely autodidactic and come down to the student’s listening, writing, speaking and reading comprehension abilities. The first four sections of the first part of the exam (Reading and Use of English) on the other hand, require lots of grammatical analysis, and in turn, many hours of study.
Modal auxiliary verbs:
- Articles (an/an, the, zero article)
- Pronouns: subject, object and possessive
- Question tags
- English conditionals
- Interrogatives in English
- Phrasal verbs
- Prefixes and suffixes
- Reported and direct speech
- Punctuation: apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, commas, dashes, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, and quotation marks
- Numbers: cardinal, ordinal, and Roman numbers
- The verb: “get”
- ‘Get’ vs. ‘go’ and ‘got’ vs. ‘gotten’
- Copular verbs
- Cleft sentences
- Subjunctive in English
- Vulgar and taboo in English
- Split infinitive
- Emphasis with inversion
- Gerunds in English
- To + infinitive
- Bare infinitive
- British and American spelling