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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 6

Reading and Use of English Part 6 Reading and Use of English might be the hardest paper in Cambridge C1 Advanced, formerly known as CAE, and many students struggle for different reasons, but one of the most important ones is that there are eight very different tasks, each of which with its unique design and…
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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 5

Reading and Use of English Part 5 Reading and Use of English is probably the most complex and varied part of C1 Advanced as it comes with eight completely different tasks so it is crucial to understand each single one of them and to know what exactly you have to do. In this article, we…
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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 4

Reading and Use of English Part 4 When it comes to C1 Advanced, there is no other part than Reading and Use of English that strikes my students with so much fear and agony. As soon as I mention its name, people roll their eyes or make an excuse to leave the room just so…
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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 3

Reading and Use of English Part 3 I always notice a big difference in my students’ reactions depending on which task of Reading and Use of English I want to practise with them. While, for example, the first two parts are universally hated, Part 3 receives quite a lot of love and students almost enjoy…
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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 2

Reading and Use of English Part 2 Reading and Use of English puts a lot of pressure on candidates in terms of the variety of tasks and the different language skills tested but also time as there are only 90 minutes to complete all eight tasks and transfer all the answers onto a separate answer…
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Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English Part 1

Reading and Use of English Part 1 Reading and Use of English might be the most difficult and most feared part of C1 Advanced as candidates fight not only with all the grammar, vocabulary and reading skills they have to practise beforehand but also with the immense time pressure of having just 90 minutes to…
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C1 Advanced - Reading and Use of English

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): Reading and Use of English

Reading and Use of English Where should I start? Should I tell you about the screams of protest, the tears and the agony I have to deal with when it is time to practise Reading and Use of English in my C1 Advanced preparation classes? Should I mention the cold sweat on my students’ foreheads…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Paper-based vs Computer-based

Paper-based or computer-based? Many people find out pretty late that there even is a computer-based version of B2 First and it is quite often already too late to make the switch by the time they discover this. I thought it would be a good idea to let my readers know what the similarities and differences…
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CambridgeB2 First - 10 Best Books

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): The 10 Best Books to Study for the Exam

My Top 10 books to prepare for B2 First Choosing the perfect book to prepare for Cambridge B2 First is very important, and while there are many different options to develop your language skills as well as exam strategies and techniques it depends on the individual. For me, these are the best options: Objective First…
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Cambridge B2 First - Speaking

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Speaking

Cambridge B2 First Speaking in a nutshell Speaking is one of the five exam papers in Cambridge B2 First, the others being Reading, Use of English, Listening and Writing. It usually takes around 14 minutes and you are tested together with another candidate. In the Speaking test, you need to demonstrate your ability to respond…
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