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For the FCE - (Cambridge
first certificate English) listening test there are
four parts and 30 questions. Part 1 has 8 questions,
Part 2 has 10, Part 3 has 5 questions and Part 4 has
7. The listening section is 40 minutes long and FCE
exam candidates can hear the listening texts twice.
The listening section is worth 40 marks; 20% of the
total FCE exam.
The types of listening
skills you need to learn for ESL tests include:
listening to identify
the gist of a conversation or monologue extracting
specific factual information
listening to identify speaker roles
listening to identify relationships between ideas
or pieces of information, such as: - cause and
effect - order of events - comparison
following directions and instructions
listening for numbers, dates, time, etc.
listening for main points, detail, function, location,
roles and relationships, mood, attitude, intention,
feeling or opinion
When doing multiple choice exercises, you should concentrate
only on the information you need, do not try to understand
everything as it only makes things more complicated.
In FCE you can listen to the texts twice. However, it
is still very important you try to answer all questions
during the 1st listening, so you can check your answers
during the 2nd listening.
When answering multiple choice questions, only read
the questions and try not to focus on the options (A,
B, C or D). Only one answer is correct and the other
possible answers are designed to confuse you. Words
from the the incorrect answers are in the text so reading
the distracters could make you choose the wrong option.
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FCE speaking test
Most importantly you must answer the actual question
that is asked! If you don't understand, say so and ask
for clarification. You will not be penalised for doing
You must also listen to your partner(s). You can show
you are doing so by reacting to or commenting on what
they say. Body language is an important part of communication.
Keep eye contact and feel free to use your hands. Grammatical
accuracy is only one small part of your mark - fluency
is just as important. Unless you think that you haven't
been understood, don't focus too much on correcting
On the days before the exam, you should speak and listen
to as much English as possible. When focusing on vocabulary,
cover the topics that often come up in this part of
the exam: i.e.. TV, Interests, Nature, Fast food, Future,
Health, Holidays, Cars, Cinema, Clothes and fashion,
Exercise and fitness, Marriage, Education, Newspapers,
Language learning, Music, Hobbies, Jobs, Crime, Weather,
Sports, The Environment.
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