FCE Use of English Paper: The Key to Success (3)

Part 3: The Creative One! On the third part of the FCE Use of English paper you have use your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to create new words.

Here are some tips on how you could approach this type of exercise:

  1. Skim quickly through the text to get the gist of it.
  2. Read the text again but stop after the first gap.
  3. Analyse the sentence and decide what kind of word is required:
    a)  Is the missing word a noun?
    b)  Is the missing word a verb?
    c)  Is the missing word an adjective?
    d)  Is the missing word an adverb?
  4. Check for clues both before and after the gap.
  5. Make sure you read the whole sentence!
  6. Remember, you may need to:
    a)  use a negative form
    b)  use a plural
    c)  use a prefix
    d)  use a suffix
    e)  make changes in the middle of the word
    f)  make more than one change to a word
  7. Continue like this until you have completed all the questions.
  8. Read through the text and make sure that the word you write makes sense in the sentence.
  9. Make sure that you double-check your spelling!
  10. You should always try to answer and not leave any gaps empty.

Here are some more Top Tips:

Read the Instructions
Make sure you know what to do – always start by reading the instructions first!

Don’t Get Bogged Down
If you are struggling to find an answer, move on to the next question and go back to the question later.

Keep an Eye on the Clock
Don’t run out of time! If you have developed your final FCE exam strategy, you will know how much time you have allocated to this part of the test. Stick to your timetable. Remember, each part of the FCE Use of English Paper carry approximately the same amount of marks.

If you do one of the other three parts quicker, you can always go back and finish this part – it is all about maximising your chances to pass your FCE exam!

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