What is the format of the Cambridge FCE and CAE reading and Use of English test?


Hi there and welcome to this week’s blog on the Cambridge FCE & CAE reading and Use of English test. My name is Hayden Meads and I am the Director of Studies at Langports, Gold Coast. Today, I would like to take the opportunity to explain to you the format of the Cambridge FCE and CAE Reading & Use of English test and the skills you will need to succeed in such an examination.


Demonstrate your knowledge of collocations, fixed expressions, grammatical forms and complex vocabulary

The Cambridge FCE & CAE Reading and Use of English test is exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes long and requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of complex grammar and vocabulary as well as academic reading skills and techniques. The test is broken down into seven sections, with the first four sections focusing on complex grammar, collocation and fixed expressions. In order to successfully navigate your way through these four sections, you will need to study a wide range of collocations, fixed expressions, grammatical forms and complex vocabulary. By completing the Cambridge FCE & CAE closed courses at Langports, your professional and experienced teacher will provide you with all of the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your academic goals.


Academic reading skills

Sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Reading and Use of English test are formatted to test each student’s academic reading skills. There are a total of 22 reading question spread over three sections with each section assessing different reading techniques. Section five of the test is multiple choice style questions where students are required to scan a test for specific information. These reading skills will be taught throughout the duration of our closed course. Section 6 and 7 are designed to test each student’s ability to read for specific information and apply learnt reading techniques that you will receive in our closed Cambridge classes.

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As always, if you are reading this and have any questions about the Cambridge FCE or CAE Reading and Use of English test, do not hesitate to speak to our academic managers, as we are always willing to provide any necessary support and/or advice about which course is best suited to you and your study plan.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog and I look forward to hearing about more Langports success stories of amazing students like yourselves having achieved your academic goals in courses such as Cambridge.

Thank you!

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