Official Top Tips for CAE

Official Top Tips for CAE is a valuable tool for preparing for the Certificate in Advanced English, which represents level C1 (based on the Common European Framework for Languages). Studying this book will help you learn best practices for taking the CAE to ensure you do well on the test. The book is divided into different sections:

A guide to the different types of problems you’ll find on the CAE:

– Multiple-choice questions

– Matching exercises where you fill in the blanks in a paragraph

– Matching one paragraph with another or paragraph, or possibly with an audio file

– Filling in the blanks of a text, either choosing from a list of options, or by writing in the correct answer – while putting the verb provided into the correct tense and form

– Based on a group of sentences in common, each with a blank space, you need to find one word that’s appropriate to fill in the blank for all three sentences

– Re-writing sentences so that they still have the same meaning as the original sentence

– Completing sentences based on what you hear in an audio file

– Talking for around a minute about at least two or three images you’re provided with

– Carrying a conversation with a partner about different images you’re given and “making a decision together” about a given prompt

Practical tips for how to review for the CAE:

– come up with a study plan
– consider what areas you need to focus on more
– determine what tools and books you need to to use to help you review/study
– think about the best time and place to study
– organise your time to maximise your studying
– have fun while you study
– you may also be surprised to know it could help to get enough sleep and exercise, as well as a balanced diet

Description of each part of the exam

The book will guide you step-by-step through the whole exam with different tips and information. Before exploring each section in detail, the book gives some general tips for practicing each one:

reading; you absolutely have to read a lot before you take the exam. But remember, it should be something you like, so don’t go and bury yourself in really complicated, difficult books. Reading is the best way to improve your vocabulary as well as your grammar.

writing; it’s important that you practice writing in English on a pretty regular basis. Try writing something about the books you’ve read. If possible, try to ask a teacher or a native speaker to correct what you’ve written. You could also ask them for advice on how to express what you want to say more naturally.

use of English; this is the section where practice can help you the most. You’ll need a solid command of grammar and vocabulary to do well. That’s why it’s best to practice writing or speaking about topics you find interesting; it’s the most effective way to improve.

listening; a good way to practice listening is to watch a film in English you’ve already seen in Italian, with or without subtitles. Additionally, you could watch short TV episodes on the internet or on Youtube, or even listen to music – just do a google search to find the music you like.

speaking; make an effort to practice speaking English as much as you can. Make plans with some friends to get together and speak only in English, or another option is do an online search to find an English conversation group, maybe on Facebook – there are plenty out there! That’s not all – you could also look for a native speaker in your neighbourhood and get in contact, maybe by offering to be a tour guide!

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