LANGUAGECERT IESOL EXAM EXAM HELP BOOKLET READING

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This booklet is to be used exclusively for LanguageCert exam preparation in Hungary. How to use this booklet, This booklet has been created to help you prepare for the reading tasks that you will need to do in the. reading section of the LanguageCert IESOL exam The booklet will focus on three exam levels B1 B2 and. The booklet has 5 sections with each section having been designed to guide you through the process. Table of Contents, 1 The structure of the Reading section of LanguageCert IESOL exam. 2 The assessment of the Reading section of LanguageCert IESOL exam. 3 Tips per reading parts how to solve the tasks B1 B2 and C1. 4 Dictionary use,5 Reading outside the classroom, 1 The Structure of the Reading section of LanguageCert IESOL exams. When you are preparing for a language exam it is important to familiarise yourself with the structure of the. exam so let s have a look at some of the things you can expect when taking a B1 B2 or C1 IESOL exam You. will have 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete BOTH the reading and writing sections at B1 and B2 level and. 2 hours and 40 minutes at C1 level so you ll need to plan your time wisely This section of the booklet will. explain the types of reading you need to perform and the criteria you will be measured against. Marks and features of each reading task for each level. Part 1 5 short texts each with part of 1 long text followed by 6 Learners read text and 5. the text removed Item multiple choice items to test statements and writes T for. selected from multiple choice understanding True or F for False in the. box next to each statement, Part 2 A text with sentences A text with sentences A text with sentences. removed Learners select the removed Learners select the removed Learners select. correct sentences to complete correct sentences to complete the correct sentences to. the text the text complete the text, Part 3 4 short texts Learners use 4 short texts Learners use 4 short texts Learners use.
texts to find the correct texts to find the correct texts to find the correct. answers to questions answers to questions answers to questions. Part 4 Learners read text and answer Learners read text and answer Learners read text and. open questions to show open questions to show answer open questions to. understanding understanding show understanding,B1 Focus Type Language area tested and other. Part 1 understanding of the 5 short texts each with Conventions of layout. organisational lexical part of the text removed,5 marks Linking devices logical and connecting. and grammatical Learners read and select, features of a text correct item for gap from Grammatical devices pronominal. multiple choice answers reference clauses etc,Lexical devices synonyms words with. related meaning etc, Part 2 understanding of how A text with sentences Types of sentences that may be removed.
meaning is built up in removed Learner selects,6 marks Topic sentence. discourse the correct sentences to,complete the text Exemplifying sentence. Sentence containing anaphoric or,cataphoric reference. Sentence which develops an idea,Sentence which emphasises a point eg in. Summarising sentence,Final sentence of a paragraph.
Sentence expressing opinion,Sentence expressing contrast eg On the. other hand,Sentence expressing sequence eg, Part 3 awareness of the 4 short texts Learners The texts are linked by a common topic. purpose of different use texts to find the, 7 marks Items require learners to read in detail as. texts and the ability to correct answers to,well as skim and scan. locate specific questions, information 2 questions test awareness of purpose of.
texts or intended audience,5 questions require the learner to read in. detail in order to find information, Part 4 Locating and obtaining Learners read text and The questions require learners to scan for. specific information answer questions to show the location of the answer in the text. understanding,The questions follow the order of the text. The correct answer may not be obvious,by merely spotting similar words from the. text in the question,A maximum of 3 words is allowed but.
most answers are answerable in 1 word,Focus Type Language area tested and other. Part 1 Detailed 1 long text followed by 6 The item focus may be on opinion fact. understanding of multiple choice items to gist attitude stance etc. information ideas and test understanding,The questions follow the order of the text. The correct answer may not be obvious,by merely spotting similar words from the. text in the question, Part 2 Understanding of how A text with sentences Types of sentences that may be removed. meaning is built up in removed Learners select,6 marks Topic sentence.
discourse the correct sentences to,complete the text Exemplifying sentence. Sentence containing anaphoric or,cataphoric reference. Sentence which develops an idea,Sentence which emphasises a point eg in. Summarising sentence,Final sentence of a paragraph linking to. the next to show transition to another,Sentence expressing opinion.
Sentence expressing contrast eg On the,other hand,Sentence expressing cause and effect. eg Consequently,Sentence expressing sequence eg, Part 3 Awareness of the 4 short texts Learners The texts are linked by a common topic. purposes of different use texts to find the, 7 marks Items require learners to read in detail as. texts and the author s correct answers to,well as skim and scan. stance and attitudes questions, and the ability to locate 3 questions test awareness of purpose of.
specific information texts or intended audience,4 questions require the learner to read in. detail in order to find information, Part 4 Locating and obtaining Learners read text and The questions require learners to scan for. specific information answer questions to show the location of the answer in the text. understanding,The questions follow the order of the text. The correct answer may not be obvious,by merely spotting similar words from the. text in the question,A maximum of 5 is words allowed but.
most answers are answerable in 3 words,Focus Type Language area tested. Part 1 Understanding of use Learner reads text and 5 The text will contain idiomatic language. of language in articles statements and writes T narrative or academic ideas arguments. and texts dense with for True or F for False in and opinions. complex structures the box next to each,statement The statements paraphrase ideas and. Part 2 Understanding of how A text with sentences Types of sentences that may be removed. meaning is built up in removed Learner selects,6 marks Topic sentence. discourse the correct sentences to,complete the text Exemplifying sentence. Sentence containing anaphoric or,cataphoric reference.
Sentence which develops an idea,Sentence which emphasises a point eg in. Summarising sentence,Final sentence of a paragraph. Sentence expressing opinion,Sentence expressing contrast eg On the. other hand,Sentence expressing cause and effect eg. Consequently,Sentence expressing sequence eg, Part 3 Awareness of the 4 short texts Learners The texts are linked by a common topic.
purpose of different use texts to find the, 7 marks Items require learners to read in detail as. texts and the ability to correct answers to,well as skim and scan. locate specific questions, information 3 questions test awareness of purpose of. texts or intended audience,4 questions require the learner to read in. detail in order to find information, Part 4 Locating and obtaining Learners read text and The questions require learners to scan for.
specific information answer open questions to the location of the answer in the text. show understanding,The questions follow the order of the text. The correct answer may not be obvious,by merely spotting similar words from the. text in the question,A maximum of 5 is words allowed but. most answers are answerable in 3 words, 2 The Assessment of the Reading section of LanguageCert IESOL exams. The reading tasks are evaluated with the help of paper specific mark schemes Each exam paper version has. a paper specific mark scheme with solutions to the multiple choice questions as well as answers to the open. question tasks The total marks awarded for the tasks are the sum of the marks awarded for each item In. order to pass a candidate needs to achieve 50 of the total score. Level and Marks B1 B2 C1,Part 1 5 6 5,Part 2 6 6 6.
Part 3 7 7 7,Part 4 8 7 8,Total 26 26 26,Pass 13 13 13. Tips on marks and timing, It s up to you which task you start with However it is a good idea to bear in mind the scores awarded for each. task when deciding how much time to spend completing it At all the levels above the highest scores are. awarded to Part 3 and Part 4 Remember that spending too much time on Part 2 might not be a good strategy. as it is only worth 6 marks and at the same time is relatively difficult. You will have to manage the time available to achieve a good balance between time dedicated to reading and. writing tasks You will have 2 hours and 10 minutes for BOTH the reading and writing sections at B1 and B2. level and 2 hours and 40 minutes at C1 level Consider spending approximately 60 minutes on the reading. tasks at B1 and B2 level and 80 minutes at C1,Further notes on marking. The main focus of the reading section of the exam is to determine whether your reading skills meet the. requirements of the level you are attempting and therefore your use of the other skills listening writing and. speaking will be very limited so that your reading skills can be tested accurately The only time when you have. to write is in Part 4 when you need to answer open questions Since we are not testing your grammar spelling. or your writing skills we will accept misspelt words and American spelling as long as the word is clearly. recognisable as the correct answer However answers exceeding the maximum word limit stated in the rubric. will not be accepted and neither will two answers even if one of them is the correct one. The best way to avoid losing marks by making one of the above mistakes is to copy your answer directly from. the text Remember that you do not have to use synonyms you can use the words from the text. Remember that the language exams have been aligned to the CEFR so that can provide you with valuable. information about the exam you are planning to take Before anything else happens test yourself with the help. of the can do statements Can you perform the reading activities below successfully For instance if you. require a B2 exam can you read articles on the Internet or enjoy reading an unabridged book If not then this. level may be too hard for you,Level Can do statement. A1 I can understand familiar names words and very simple sentences for example on. notices and posters or in catalogues, A2 I can read very short simple texts I can find specific predictable information in.
simple everyday material such as advertisements prospectuses menus and. timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters. B1 I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency every day or job. related language I can understand the description of events feelings and wishes. in personal letters, B2 I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the. writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints I can understand contemporary. literary prose, C1 I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts appreciating. distinctions of style I can understand specialised articles and longer technical. instructions even when they do not relate to my field. C2 I can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language including abstract. structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals specialised articles and. literary works, 3 Tips for the reading parts how to solve the tasks. In this section we will give you some ideas and guidance on how you can score the highest marks for each. of the four tasks we mentioned in the previous chapter. 1 Gapped text, Quickly read through the text to get the gist if it then read the sentences and underline the clue words that. can help you identify the correct place of the given sentence Remember that there is only one correct place. for each sentence therefore there must be some clue as to where the sentence belongs Let s have a look at. some examples, Before reading the text itself the learner here has highlighted the clue words to help decide where the.
sentences belong What are these clue words,Clue word Refers to. A Here a place already mentioned,C It singular noun a building already mentioned. D This a singular noun or a description already mentioned. E After them a plural noun already mentioned, F Nevertheless a previous sentence with contrasting ideas to this. G This a previous description of the countryside, After highlighting and identifying pronominal and other references the learner can now read the text carefully. and locate the information to which the highlighted words refer. This task requires relatively conscious understanding of grammar so make sure you know how pronominal. references pronouns work Essentially pronouns are words that do not make sense on their own but instead. This section of the booklet will explain the types of reading you need to perform and the criteria you will be measured against Marks and features of each reading task for each level B1 B2 C1 Part 1 5 short texts each with part of the text removed Item selected from multiple choice 1 long text followed by 6 multiple choice items to test

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