CAE PAPER 3 USE OF ENGLISHGENERAL DESCRIPTION
Paper format The paper contains five parts.
Timing 1 hour.
No. of parts 5.
No. of questions 50.
Task types Multiple-choice cloze, open cloze, word formation, key word transformations.
Answer format Candidates may write on the question paper, but must transfer their answers to the separate answer sheet within the time limit. Candidates indicate their answers by shading the correct lozenges or writing the required word or words in capital letters in a box on the separate answer sheet.
Marks Parts 1, 2, and 3: each correct answer receives 1 mark. Part 4: each correct answer receives 2 marks. Part 5: each answer receives up to 2 marks.
STRUCTURE AND TASKS
Task type and focus Multiple-choice cloze. Lexical/lexico-grammatical.
Format A modified cloze test containing 12 gaps and followed by 4-option multiple-choice items.
No. of questions 12.
Task type and focus Open cloze. Grammatical/lexico-grammatical.
Format A modified cloze test containing 15 gaps.
No. of questions 15.
Task type and focus Word formation. Lexical/lexico-grammatical.
Format A text containing 10 gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. The stems of the missing words are given beside the text and must be changed to form the missing word.
No. of questions 10.
Task type and focus Gapped sentences. Lexical.
Format Questions are made up of three discrete sentences. Each sentence contains one gap. The gapped word is common to the three sentences. Candidates must write one word which is appropriate in all three sentences.
No. of questions 5.
Task type and focus Key word transformations. Lexical and grammatical.
Format Eight separate items, each with a lead-in sentence and a gapped second sentence to be completed in three to six words, one of which is a given ‘key word’.
No. of questions 8.
Adapted from the 'CAE Handbook', which is available to order from Cambridge ESOL.
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