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FCE PAPER 1 READING

by Bob Wilson at autoenglish.org

 INFORMATION, TECHNIQUE & EXERCISES

 

 

 

 

 

FCE PAPER 1 READING lasts exactly 1 Hour
It consists of 3 parts
Part 1 Multiple choice
INFORMATION
The text length is around 650 words
There are 8 questions in chronological order
The questions are often about extracting main ideas & understanding feelings & opinions
BOB WILSON'S TECHNIQUE
Don't read the questions first (to avoid overloading your working memory)
Read the first paragraph and then,
go  to the first question.
Read the second paragraph and then,
Go to the second question and so on
ONLINE EXERCISES
Exercise One
Exercise Two
Part 2 Gapped Text
INFORMATION
The text length is around 550 words
There are 7 gaps in the text
There are 8 sentences, 7 of which must be placed into the right gaps
The questions are often about being able to follow a long text.
BOB WILSON'S TECHNIQUE
Don't read the 8 sentences first or you will overload your working memory
Read the text to the first gap and one sentence beyond
Read the 8 sentences and remember they are often very very similar
Write the question number next to possible sentences for the first gap
Read to just beyond the second gap and write the next gap number by the possible sentences
Carry on doing this and decide your final answers by elimination
ONLINE EXERCISES
Exercise One
Exercise Two
Part 3 Multiple Matching
INFORMATION
Sometimes there is one long text or several short texts with about 700 words in total. Typically it involves 5 or 6 people talking about a common theme.
There are 15 questions
The questions are often about opinions and detailed information
BOB WILSON'S TECHNIQUE
Read the instructions very carefully. Sometimes they are a bit strange.
Don't read the 15 sentences first or you will overload your working memory
Read text A first. Use a highlighter pen or underline important points and phrasal verbs. Why phrasal verbs? Because the correct answer often depends on understanding the meaning of a phrasal verb.
Now read through the 15 questions and write the letter A next to possible correct questions.
Now read text B and reread the questions, writing a B next to possible correct questions.
Repeat this process until you have finished the text.
Where you only have one letter next to a question, accept the letter as the correct answer.
Where you have 2 letters next to a question, AND ONLY ONE ANSWER IS POSSIBLE, reread the two texts and decide on the most probable answer.
ONLINE EXERCISES
Exercise
 
 

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