English Tests - CAE PAPER 1 READING

 

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CAE PAPER 1 READING

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Paper format The paper contains four parts, with a range of texts accompanying comprehension tasks. A text may consist of several short pieces.
Timing 1 hour 15 minutes.
No. of parts 4.
No. of questions 34.
Task types Multiple choice, gapped text, multiple matching.
Text types From the following: newspapers, magazines, journals, books (fiction and non-fiction), promotional and informational materials.
Length of texts Approximately 550–850 words per text. Approximately 3,000 words overall. N.B. The total number of words of the three short texts in Part 1 is within the range of 550–850 words.
Answer format For all parts of this paper, candidates indicate their answers by shading the correct lozenges on the separate answer sheet.
Marks Parts 1, 2 and 3: each correct answer receives 2 marks. Part 4: each correct answer receives 1 mark.

STRUCTURE AND TASKS

PART 1


Task type and focus Multiple choice. Detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude, text organisation features (exemplification, comparison, reference).
Format Three themed texts followed by two 4-option
multiple-choice questions on each text.
No. of Qs 8.

PART 2

Task type and focus
Gapped text. Text structure, cohesion and coherence.
Format A text from which paragraphs have been removed and placed in jumbled order after the text. Candidates must decide from where in the text the paragraphs have been  removed.
No. of Qs 6.

PART 3

Task type and focus Multiple choice. Detail, opinion, tone, purpose, main idea, implication, attitude, text organisation features (exemplification, comparison, reference).
Format A text followed by 4-option multiple-choice questions.
No. of Qs 7.

PART 4

Task type and focus Multiple matching. Specific information, detail, opinion and attitude.
Format A text or several short texts preceded by multiplematching questions. Candidates must match a prompt to elements in the text.
No. of Qs 15.






Adapted from the 'CAE Handbook', which is available to order from Cambridge ESOL.



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