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Use of English Section

The Use of English section is the second section of the exam. It takes 50 minutes and consists of 4 parts testing grammar and vocabulary for both General and Academic English.

Part Marks Advised time limit Part description Purpose and Focus
Part 1: Task1

5 Multiple-choice sentences, each with three options

(General Vocabulary)

10  5  minutes

 

You have to decide which is the correct multiple choice answer (A, B, or C ) to complete each gap in 5 sentences altogether.

2 marks for each correct answer.

Task 1 tests your General English Vocabulary for B2 (Upper Intermediate) level on CEFR- idioms, collocations, shades of meaning, phrasal verbs, fixed phrases etc.
Part 1: Task 2

10 Multiple-choice sentences, each with three options (Academic Vocabulary)

20

 

10 minutes For each question (1-5) you need to choose the correct letter (A, B, or C ) of the word that best fits each gap.

For each question (6-10) you have to choose the correct letter (A, B, or C ) of the sentence or phrase that best matches each graph.

2 marks for each correct answer.

Task 2 tests applicant’s fundamental knowledge in English for General Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes focused on engineering.
Part 2: 5 Multiple-choice sentences, each with three options (grammar) 10 10 minutes You are given 5 gapped sentences and have to decide which is the correct multiple choice answer (A, B, or C ) to complete each gap..

2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 2 tests your Grammar for B2 (Upper Intermediate) level on CEFR
Part 3 Word formation (general and academic vocabulary) 10 15 minutes A short passage or separate sentences containing ten gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way (e.g. through the use of prefixes and suffixes) to fit into the gap correctly.

1 mark for each correct answer.

Part 3 focuses on the most common types of word formation: affixation (prefixes and suffixes) and compounding (combining two, or sometimes three or more, existing words).
Part 4: Sentence transformation  – 5 sentences 10 10 minutes Part 4 consists of 5 sentences followed by a ‘key’ word and a second gapped sentence. You have to use this key word and a different structural pattern to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence.

2 marks for each correct answer.

Part 4 tests your grammar and vocabulary for B 2 level on CEFR. The focus is primarily on:

§  Active to Passive Transformation

§  Conditional sentences

§  Clauses of Concession

§  Clauses of Purpose

§  Impersonal constructions

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