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Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): Reading Part 1

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): Reading Part 1

Reading Part 1 In this article I’m going to show you all the best tips and tricks for Reading Part 1 of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam. If you want to know more about PET in general, I recommend starting with my other post about everything you need to know about the PET exam.…
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PET Reading

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): Reading

Introduction I often see my students with sad faces when I want to practise some of the reading tasks of the PET exam with them. They think that reading is boring or that it is very difficult so they lose motivation very quickly. With the big update to the B1 Preliminary test in 2020 this…
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Cambridge vs. IELTS vs. TOEFL vs. PTE

So many options! Over the last few years new English language tests have established themselves and older ones have been updated or changed in order to deal with this new competition, and even though there are a lot of similarities between the different exams like Cambridge B2 First or C1 Advanced, IELTS, TOEFL or PTE,…
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PET Story Writing

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): How to write a story in 2020

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: around 100 words Main characteristics: interesting/engaging language, clear structure, specific language Structure: beginning, main part, ending Language: interesting adjectives & adverbs, past verb forms, direct speech, time expressions Example As the plane flew lower, Lou saw the golden beaches of the island below. The sun was shining brightly and…
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Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET) - How to Write an Article

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): How to write an article in 2020

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: around 100 words Main characteristics: title, interesting/engaging language Structure: introduction, main paragraphs, ending Language: interesting adjectives & adverbs, questions Example Home or cinema – How do you watch your favourite films? I know many people who love animated or romantic films, but for me, there is nothing better than…
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PET - How to Write an Email

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): How to write an email in 2020

Summary Mandatory task: yes Word count: around 100 words Main characteristics: Typical layout, functional language (agreeing/disagreeing, giving your opinion, offering to do something, explaining something) Structure: opening formula & paragraph, topic paragraphs, closing paragraph & formula Language: specific phrases to start/end an email, agreeing/disagreeing, giving your opinion, offering to do something, explaining something Example Dear…
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PET - How To Calculate Your Score

Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): How to calculate your score

Calculating your score in the PET exam can be a little bit confusing and a lot of students ask me how to do it. My short answer is always this: There are two different ‘scores’ in the PET exam. The first one shows you the marks you get for each correct answer and the second…
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Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): Everything You Need To Know in 2020

Cambridge B1 Preliminary, or PET, is a popular exam to check your English level. Cambridge English is the organisation which designs it and people in many different countries in the world take the test every year. It is a great option to start your journey of learning English and in this article I’m going to…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Listening Distractors

In the FCE Listening paper candidates have to listen to four different parts and they have to do something different in every task. However, there is one thing that often creates a lot of problems – distractors. Here’s what they are: A distractor is a piece of information put in a recording in the FCE…
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How to Write Emails & Letters - Image of a laptop and someone handwriting a letter

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Email/Letter

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: 140-190 Main characteristics: typical layout, appropriate register, you need to adapt to the specific task Register: formal or informal depending on the task Structure: Opening formula & paragraph, 2-3 topic paragraphs, closing paragraph & formula Language: typical phrases for opening and closing formula depending on the register of the…
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