Part 1 tests your understanding of various kinds of short texts: authentic notices and signs, packaging information (for example, instructions on a food package), and communicative messages (notes, emails, cards and postcards). Accompanying the text is one multiple-choice question with three options.

When you attempt a question in this part:

  • you should first read the text carefully and think about the situation in which it would appear. A text is often accompanied by visual information as to its context, for example showing its location, and this may also help you to guess the purpose of the text.
  • After thinking about the general meaning in this way, you should read all three options and compare each one with the text before choosing their answer.
  • As a final check, you should reread both the text and their choice of answer, to decide whether the chosen option is really ‘what the text says’.
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