In Listening, use the example
at the beginning of the first section to familiarize
yourself with the sound, the situation, and
Keep listening until the
recording stops, looking only at the questions
that relate to the part being played.
There are often pauses
in the recording between different sections.
Use these to prepare for the next set of questions.
Answer Listening questions
in the order they appear on the Question Paper.
Remember that they normally follow the order
of the information in the recording.
At the end of the recording
you have some time to transfer your answers
to the Answer Sheet. Check your grammar and
spelling as you do so.
In Academic Reading, begin by going quickly
through each passage to identify features
such as the topic, the style, the likely source,
the writers purpose and the intended reader.
As you read, don’t
try to understand the precise meaning of every
word or phrase. You don’t have time,
and those parts of the text might not be tested
Reading tasks sometimes
have an example answer. If this is the case,
study it and decide why it is correct.
Some tasks require you
to use words from the text in the answer;
in others you should use your own words. Check
the instructions carefully.
The instructions may also
include a word limit, e.g. Use no more than
three words. Keep to this by avoiding unnecessary
words in your answer.
In Academic Writing, you
must always keep to the topic set. Never try
to prepare sections of text before the exam.
Keep to the suggested timing:
there are more marks possible for Task 2 than
Organize and link your
ideas and sentences appropriately, using a
wide range of language and showing your ability
(in Task 2) to discuss ideas and express opinions.
If you write less than
150 words in Task 1 or less than 250 in Task
2 you will lose marks, but there is no maximum
number of words for either.
When you plan your essay,
allow plenty of time at the end to check your
In Speaking, don’t
try to give a prepared speech, or talk about
a different topic from the one you are asked
Always speak directly to
the Examiner, not to the recording equipment.
Whenever you reply ‘Yes’
or ‘No’ to the Examiner’s
questions, add more details to your answer.
In each case, aim to explain at least one
Remember that you are not
being tested on your general knowledge but
on your ability to communicate effectively.
Organize and link your
ideas and sentences appropriately, talking
clearly at normal speed and using a wide range
of structures and vocabulary.