There are 4 parts to the Use of English Exam
Part 1: Multiple choice cloze – gapped text with 4 options for each gap.
Part 2: Open choice cloze – gapped text with no options.
Part 3: Word formation – gapped text with a given word that you have to change to fit the sentence.
Part 4: Key word transformation – complete a gapped sentence so it means the same as the first sentence including a ‘key word’ that they give you.
You have 4 words and you have to choose the best word. Read the sentence with each word in the gap. Eliminate the ones that definitely don’t fit. The more you read the easier it will be.
The word is usually a preposition, linking word, auxiliary verb, article.
Also be careful with opposites. Prefixes and suffixes often make meanings the opposite.
Make sure you conjugate the verb, does the noun need to be plural? Be careful with spellings e.g. careful, carefully.
Even if you don’t know, try. You might get a point.
Each question is testing your knowledge of two things (phrasal verbs, active to passive, direct to indirect speech, etc). Look at the ‘key word’ as it often gives you a clue. Practice this a lot.
Part 5 – Multiple choice
Part 6 – Gapped text
Part 7 – Multiple matching – You have four similar texts and you have to match sentences to the texts
Don’t try to understand every word or every sentence. If there’s something that you really don’t know, simply move on to the next question. If you really don’t know – put any answer. You don’t lose points for a wrong answer. You don’t have to do the pasts in order: Save the difficult tasks for lasts. Practice taking the exam in exam conditions.
Obviously the meaning of the sentence is what you’re looking for but to check the sentence is in the correct place pay close attention to pronouns, linking words, articles (this, these, they, he, she, it, however, although) and make sure they match. These are the clues that some people ignore.
There are 10 questions worth a total of 5 points.
This will help you find the answers faster.
The examiners will tell you when you have 10 and 5 minutes left. Use this time to transfer your answers. The question sheet is destroyed after the exam so they only look at the answers on your answer sheet.
The Norwegian town of Rjuken lies along the floor of a narrow valley …………… by sheer mountains.
closed contained surrounded shut
Because of its location the town, with its 3,400 ………., has in the past lived in shadow for half the year.
totals populations numbers inhabitants
The homing instinct is what makes certain animals, birds and fish return …………… the place they consider home.
Cats often have this instinct. It was particularly strong in an American cat called ninja which disappeared shortly……….. its owners had taken it to it’s new home.
It was warm, round, had a ………. view of a lake and appears to have been occupied for several hundred years.
Welcome to the oldest house in the UK, which was found with other fascinating relics ……….. at a site in Yorkshire.
A very friendly taxi driver drove us into town
We ………………… a very friendly taxi driver.
I haven’t decided what sort of job I’d like to do when I leave college.
I haven’t made …………………. the sort of job I’d like to do when I leave college.