IGCSE ESL Question 2: BMX

In this type of reading exercise, you read a text and answer a series of questions testing more detailed comprehension. For this exercise you will read parts of an article about BMX.

To be successful in this task, you will be need to:

  • identify and retrieve facts and details
  • understand and select relevant information

Categories: English B2 IGCSE_ESL

PET Part 4 (Procedure)

Format of this Part of the PET Test

Part 4 presents you with a text which goes beyond the provision of factual information, and expresses an opinion or attitude. There are five multiple-choice questions with fouroptions, A, B, C and D. In answering these questions, candidates will demonstrate whether they have understood the writer’s purpose, the writer’s attitude or opinion, or anopinion quoted by the writer, and both the detailed and global meaning of the text.

This part requires you to read the text very carefully. After a first fairly quick reading, to find out the topic and general meaning of the text, you should think about the writer’s purpose and the meaning of the text as a whole. Having established this, you should read the text once again, this time much more carefully. After this second reading of the text, you should deal with the questions one by one, checking their choice of answer each time with the text. It may be more practical for you to consider the first and last questions together, in that the first focuses on writer purpose and the last on global meaning. The other three questions follow the order of information given in the text and one of the three will focus on attitude or opinion.

Here is a quiz to test your understanding about the procedures for this part of the exam.

FCE: Use of English Part 2 (Set 3)

Format

In this part of the FCE paper, there is an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.

It consists of a text in which there are 8 gaps (plus one gap as an example). You are required to draw on their knowledge of the structure of the language and understanding of the text in order to fill the gaps. In this part, as there are no sets of words from which to choose the answers; candidates have to think of a word which will fill the gap correctly.

The focus of the gapped words is either grammatical, such as articles, auxiliaries, prepositions, pronouns, verb tenses and forms, or lexico-grammatical, such as phrasal verbs, linkers and words within fixed phrases. The answer will always be a single word. In some cases, there may be more than one possible answer and this is allowed for in the mark scheme.

The absence or misuse of punctuation is ignored, although spelling, as in all parts of the Use of English paper, must be correct.

Here is a quiz for your to practice this part of the test.

FCE: Use of English Part 1 (Set 1)

Use of English Part 1

Format

In this part of the FCE paper, there is an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar.

It consists of a text in which there are 8 gaps (plus one gap as an example). Each gap represents a missing word or phrase. The text is followed by 8 sets of four words or phrases, each set corresponding to a gap. You have to choose which one of the four words or phrases in the set fills the gap correctly.

You are required to draw on their lexical knowledge and understanding of the text in order to fill the gaps. Some questions test at a phrasal level, such as collocations and set phrases. Other questions test meaning at sentence level or beyond, with more processing of the text required. A lexico-grammatical element may be involved, such as when you have to choose the option which fits correctly with a following preposition or verb form.

Here is a quiz for you to practice. Please note that the whole text is divided into sentences to allow you to focus on each question.

FCE: Use of English Part 1 (Set 2)

Use of English Part 1

Format

In this part of the FCE paper, there is an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar.

It consists of a text in which there are 8 gaps (plus one gap as an example). Each gap represents a missing word or phrase. The text is followed by 8 sets of four words or phrases, each set corresponding to a gap. You have to choose which one of the four words or phrases in the set fills the gap correctly.

You are required to draw on their lexical knowledge and understanding of the text in order to fill the gaps. Some questions test at a phrasal level, such as collocations and set phrases. Other questions test meaning at sentence level or beyond, with more processing of the text required. A lexico-grammatical element may be involved, such as when you have to choose the option which fits correctly with a following preposition or verb form.

Here is a quiz for you to practice. Please note that the whole text is divided into sentences to allow you to focus on each question.

FCE: Use of English Part 2 (Procedure)

FCE Part 2

This part of the FCE paper, you will read a short text which has 8 gaps. For each gap you have to add the missing word. It tests your knowledge of grammar.

However, it is important to be aware of how best to approach this part of the paper as this will help you to complete the task correctly. Here is a quiz on the procedures for Use of English Part 2. Pay special attention to the feedback given after some the questions.

FCE: Use of English Part 4 (Set 1)

Use of English P4

Format

In this part of the FCE paper, there is an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.

Part 4 consists of eight questions (plus an example). Each question contains three parts: a lead-in sentence, a key word, and a second sentence of which only the beginning and end are given. You have to fill the gap in the second sentence so that the completed sentence is similar in meaning to the lead-in sentence. The gap must be filled with between two and five words, one of which must be the key word. The key word must not be changed in any way.

In this part of the paper the focus is both lexical and grammatical and a range of structures is tested. The ability to express a message in different ways shows flexibility and resource in the use of language.

Below is a quiz for you to practice this part of the test. Please note there are only five questions in this quiz.

FCE: Use of English Part 2 (Set 2)

Format

In this part of the FCE paper, there is an emphasis on grammar and vocabulary.

It consists of a text in which there are 8 gaps (plus one gap as an example). You are required to draw on their knowledge of the structure of the language and understanding of the text in order to fill the gaps. In this part, as there are no sets of words from which to choose the answers; candidates have to think of a word which will fill the gap correctly.

The focus of the gapped words is either grammatical, such as articles, auxiliaries, prepositions, pronouns, verb tenses and forms, or lexico-grammatical, such as phrasal verbs, linkers and words within fixed phrases. The answer will always be a single word. In some cases, there may be more than one possible answer and this is allowed for in the mark scheme.

The absence or misuse of punctuation is ignored, although spelling, as in all parts of the Use of English paper, must be correct.