FCE Speaking Paper: The Key to Success (Step 8)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Speaking ExamWe are going to continue to look at the fourth and final part of the FCE Speaking paper. In this part, the examiner will be asking you questions based on the topic discussed in Part 3.

If you found that the discussion in Part 3 didn’t go very well, this is the time to make up for it. Make sure that you have a number of good opinion phrases ready:

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FCE Vocabulary: Vocabulary Building (12)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE ExamIn this week’s vocabulary building for the FCE exam we will have a look at countable and uncountable nouns. Many students confuse the use of the two, so we will start with the definitions:

  • countable nouns: specific things that can be counted – they have both singular and plural forms
  • uncountable nouns: stuff or material or the idea of a thing in general – they have no plural form and are not used with a/an

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FCE English in Use: Collocations (6)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Use of English ExamThis week’s collocations for the FCE exam  will to continue looking at make and do as many students still have problems with these verbs and confuse the use of them. When doing the exercise, you should keep in mind that:

  • make = produce something
  • do = performing an action

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FCE English in Use: Collocations (5)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Use of English ExamIn this week’s collocations for the FCE exam we are going to look at make and do. Many students still have problems with these verbs and confuse the use of them. When doing the exercise, you should keep in mind that:

  • make = produce something
  • do = performing an action

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FCE Reading: Tackling Part 3

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Reading ExamThe last one of the FCE Reading papers! One of the most important things to remember when doing this multiple matching part is that the  questions and the text are not necessarily in the same order. You should also be aware that important information may come in different parts of the same sentence.

Following this simple 6-step plan should give you a good starting strategy for tackling
Part 3:

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FCE English in Use: Collocations (4)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Use of English ExamThis week’s collocations for the FCE exam are the last in the series on intensifying adverbs. Far too many students use very and very much all the time while speaking or writing, so next time you want to use very in any form, try using some of these collocations instead.

Using more advanced collocation is a great way to improve your written style for the FCE exam. Advanced collocations can also be used to great effect on the Speaking paper. Another place you will come across collocations a lot is on the Use of English paper.

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FCE English in Use: Collocations (3)

Tips and advice for FCE students on how to pass the FCE Use of English ExamIn this week’s collocations for the FCE exam, we will continue with intensifying adverbs. Remember, far too many students use very and very much all the time while speaking or writing. Next time you want to use very in any form, try using some of these collocations instead.

Using more advanced collocation is a great way to improve your written style for the FCE exam. Advanced collocations can also be used to great effect on the Speaking paper. Another place you will come across collocations a lot is on the Use of English paper.

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