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FCE USE OF ENGLISH PREPARATION

PART ONE 

by Bob Wilson at autoenglish.org

 

 INFORMATION, TECHNIQUE, EXERCISES & VIDEO LESSONS

 

 

 

 

 
Introduction to FCE Paper 3 Part One
a 200 word article
12 gaps in the article
multi-choice answers A, B, C or D for each gap
10 minutes to do Part One
Typical Questions
5 collocations (e.g. a brief glimpse)
4 vocabulary questions, especially words with similar meaning but different uses (e.g. advantage, benefit, gain, profit)
1-2 phrasal verbs (e.g. bring about)
0-1 preposition combinations (e.g. keen on, interested in)
0-1 linking words (e.g. although, despite)
Training Exercises
COLLOCATIONS
What are collocations?
Collocations are words which typically go together. For example we typically "admire a painting" as opposed to "watch". Learning to recognise and adopt the use of collocations helps people learning English as a foreign language to make their written English easier to read.
How can we study collocations for the exam?
Remember that on average 5 out of the 12 gaps are collocations. I have prepared a list of typical collocations from Part One. Study the list and then do the online exercise. There is also an exercise about "do & make" collocations which are very common. Lastly, we have to remember that the texts are articles, very often with a travel or historical theme. In the exam, we have to recognise the collocations, not reproduce them - which is much easier of course. So, the best way to become familiar with collocations is to read articles. First Certificate uses British English so I have included three links where you can find articles in British English full of collocations. Only read articles that really interest you, otherwise you won't remember the collocations.
VOCABULARY
What kind of vocabulary questions?
These questions are about synonyms and words with a similar meaning but different use. And example would be "recognise, recommend, remember and remind". There are normally five questions like this.
How can we study these for the exam?
How can we prepare ourselves for these? I have made an exercise of typical questions below, plus two more exercises on specific words. Also, I have a web page of notes and exercises on more than forty sets of words with similar meaning. If you did three of these exercises a day, you would soon have an impressive knowledge about words with similar meanings.
PHRASAL VERBS
What are phrasal verbs?
Phrasal verbs are the combination of a verb with a preposition resulting in a big change in meaning e.g. "bring" means to take something with you whereas "bring about" means to make something happen.They are very difficult to remember because their meanings are not clear from the words.
What are phrasal verbs do I need to study?
Fortunately, phrasal verbs are most frequently used in speech and informal English. Only a limited number are used in articles. I have prepared below an exercise of typical Part One phrasal verbs. I have also provided a link to my phrasal verbs page where you can find notes, a list of common phrasal verbs and 18 exercises on different phrasal verbs.
PREPOSITION COMBINATIONS
You may or may not get a question on prepostion combinations in Paper 3 Part 1. Do the two exercises below and you should be okay.
LINKING WORDS
You may or may not get a question about linking words. Do the three exercises below and you should be okay.
Example question-timed!
PAPER 3 PART 1