Department of English Language Pedagogy
School of English and American Studies - Eφtvφs Lorαnd University
1088 Budapest, Rαkσczi ϊt 5. tel.: (36-1) 485 52 00 extension: 4407, email: email@example.com
[The information below refers to the exam in general. To find practical information concerning the dates of the upcoming exam, please go to Neptun.]
This exam is designed to test candidates΄ command of English at C1 level, as defined in the Council of Europe΄s "Common European Framework of Reference" (CEF) standards. The exam consists of two parts: a written Use of English paper, and an Oral part in which candidates are tested in groups of three. The Use of English paper focuses mainly on grammatical, lexical and discoursal accuracy, and contains 75 questions based on continuous texts (several questions in each text) or single sentences (one or two questions in each sentence). The oral test requires candidates to speak fluently and accurately, first on their own and then in conversation with other candidates
(see below for sample tasks).
In terms of the ELTE Hallgatσi Kφvetelmιnyrendszer, this exam is a "nyelvi alapvizsga", which means that the two parts are marked separately; in order to pass the whole exam, candidates need to reach the pass-mark in both parts, and a final grade is calculated for those who pass.
The pass-mark for the written part is 54, whereas for the oral it is 65. These are judgemental pass-marks, arrived at in an extensive judgement exercise and through measurement. Given the always present measurement error, candidates just below the pass-mark are given the benefit of doubt and the scores with which they are allowed to pass are 53 and 63, respectively. In the oral, due to the doubling of raw scores out of a maximum of 50 (by the two raters), 63 and 65 are theoretical and cannot occur, of course. Therefore, a score of 62 is still a fail, being lower than 63, but 64 is already a pass, since it is within the measurement error range. Likewise, there are no doubts about a score of 66.
It also means that the exam is only offered once in each exam period. At the moment passing the exam is an essential prerequisite for starting courses which belong to the second part of the MA programme. For further information about scoring, standards and standard setting contact Dαvid Gergely or refer to the Who to turn to" page.
The procedures (rules and regulations) for the exam are available here. (In Hungarian)
This test is designed to assess candidates' practical command of English lexical, syntactic and discoursal structures. While the main focus is on structural accuracy as such, many items involve a semantic dimension, in the sense that correct answers depend on context. Candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to recognise contextually accurate and appropriate language, to recognise and correct contextually inaccurate or inappropriate language, and to produce contextually accurate and appropriate language of their own. The test is targeted at a range of abilities typically at CEF C1 level. To prepare for this part of the exam, you can turn to any practice material which is roughly between Advanced and Proficiency level. (You will find a list of reference books at the bottom of this page.)
The maximum raw score is 100. This is higher than the number of items (75), since some constructed response items (task types 4 and 5, below) require the production of short chunks of language and carry a possible score of 2 each. The candidate's Use of English raw score is halved, to give it the same weighting as his or her score on the Oral component of the exam.
Each test includes 6 or 7 subtests and example items are provided at the beginning of each subtest.
Overall time for completing the Use of English test: 90 minutes
In each group of three expressions, there is one which does NOT fit the context. Mark the letter of this expression in the column on the right. Remember to mark the letter of the WRONG expression, as in the example (0).
Key: 1 A 2 B 3 C 4 C 5 C
In the following text, the underlined words are in the wrong form for their context. Decide what the right forms for the context are, and write them on the numbered lines on the right, as in the example (0).
Key: 1 stimulants 2 researcher 3 reactions 4 attendance 5 disbelief
Decide which parts in the list (A-G) fit into the numbered gaps (1-5) in the following text. Note that there is one more part than you need. There is an example (0) at the beginning.
It was always there in the rules. Formula Ones sporting regulations state: The driver must drive the car alone and unaided. One driver per car may be obvious enough. (0) _______________ Launch control to guarantee a quick start, fully automatic gearboxes, telemetry between cars and pit that allows the garage guys to spot and fix problems as they happen on track. (1) _______________ So heres a radical idea: how about making the drivers actually drive the cars? Thats what Max Mosley, president of the sports ruling body, the FIA, did when he imposed dramatic restrictions on driver aids. (2) _______________ While Formula One remains the third most-watched spectator sport in the world, audiences have been turning away in droves. Formula One knew it needed to do something fast.
The teams may resent the new restrictions, but they can hardly be surprised. (3) _______________ However, the proposals they came up with, such as cosmetic changes to bodywork to allow more advertising space, didnt commit them to any serious reductions in technology.
More than that, even though cost savings at least should have been attractive to all the teams, not all of them welcome the changes. (4) _______________ The bosses of two of the haves Frank Williams, head of the team that bears his name, and Ron Dennis, principal of McLaren have said that they will legally challenge the way the new rules are being imposed. Dennis accused Mosley of dumbing down the sport. (5) _______________ When the cars line up on the grid for the season opener in Melbourne this weekend theyll still look the same, but under the gleaming bodywork the technology is set to disappear.
A Dismissing the objections, Mosley said, If you think the public wants to see computer-controlled cars guided from the pits by anonymous engineers, please think again.
B The rivals, who find it hard to agree with each other about anything, got together in Paris to cobble together ideas to add spice to the racing.
C Efficient team strategies have been of crucial importance throughout the whole history of Formula One.
D They are so much part of Formula One cars that the term unaided sounds laughable; the sport has become as much a competition of technologies as of driving skill.
E The problem, according to the sports impressario, Bernie Ecclestone, is that like in life, you have the haves and have-nots. So the haves still want to keep eating caviar and the have-nots want caviar taken off the market.
F But what about all the devices invented to make the cars easier to drive?
G After all, something had to be done to get the sport out of the slow lane; the public grew bored as the best driver in the best car ticked off win after win with metronomic predictability.
NOTE: In Task 3 it may occur that the chunks to be put back into their appropriate contexts are shorter than the ones above, that is, they are not full sentences or short paragraphs but clauses and/or phrases only.
Each of the gaps in the following article can be filled with one word. Write the words in the numbered boxes on the right, as in the example (0). Use only ONE word in each box.
Key: 1 below/beneath 2. been 3. such 4. whom/which 5. so 6. unlike 7. order 8. What 9. fact 10. times 11. than
Rewrite the following sentences using the word in brackets, so that the new sentence means the same as the old one. Do not change the form of the given word. (2 points for each correct answer). There is an example (0) at the beginning.
0. I had to shout, otherwise people couldnt have understood me. (make)
I had to shout (in order/so as) to make myself understood.
1. If I were you, Id consult a doctor. (suggest)
2. She still doesnt like getting up early. (used)
3. Do you think he has already heard the news? (likely)
4. If you take that job, youll have to get up at six every morning. (mean)
5. Ann got one of the best jewellers in town to make her a wedding ring. (had)
1. I suggest that you (should) see the doctor.
2. She still isnt used to getting / She still hasnt got used to getting
3. Is she likely to have heard the news?
4. Taking that job means having to get up
5. Ann had her wedding ring made by
Ann had one of the best jewellers in town make her
Complete each unfinished sentence so that it means the same as the sentence before it. Include all the information from the original sentenc. (2 points for each correct answer). There is an example (0) at the beginning.
0. I have never seen such a completely useless invention.
Never have I seen such a completely useless invention.
1. I suggest that you take a seat; dont stand for the whole journey.
Wouldnt you prefer . . ?
2. They fear that many lives were lost in the ferry disaster last night.
Many lives .
3. Its always the same the moment I finish washing the car it begins to rain.
4. The police ordered that someone should tow the car away.
The police arranged .
5. I can smell something burning. Will you check what it is? Jill said to me at the party.
At the party Jill told
1. Wouldnt you prefer to take a seat rather than stand / instead of standing
2. Many lives are feared to have been lost
3. Scarcely do I finish washing when it begins
4. for the car to be towed away.
5. me (that) she could smell and asked (me) to check what it was.
Complete the following sentences with TWO words in each space. There is an example (0) at the beginning.
0. My sister prefers to cut her hair herself to having it cut at the hairdresser.
1. In 1990 I travelled to Greece; that was the first time I . abroad.
2. I was nervous about renting out my house but it turned . . be a good decision.
3. I cant stand that woman. She looks everyone who isnt rich.
4. The rescue party said there was slight chance of any survivors.
5. Jack likes his girlfriend dresses well.
Key: 1. had been/gone 2 out to 3 down (up)on 4 there being 5 it if
In each group of four expressions, there is only ONE that fits the context. Mark the letter of this expression, as in the example (0).
0. If you never save any money, you live from hand to .... .
mouth B/ purse C/ hunger D/ pocket
1. A car broken down in the middle of the road is ........ .
A/ a delay B/ a hindrance C/ an obstruction D/ an inhibition
2. This is by no ... the first time Ive had to warn him he really has no excuse!
A/ consideration B/ way C/ means D/ degree.
3. Jack: Ms Lee is always aware of whats happening in the office. Shes extremely competent, isnt she?
Jill: Yes, shes certainly on the .......... .
A/ ball B/ level C/ mark D/ line
4. I suggested in a hesitating way that what my friend was doing was wrong.
A/ scrupulously B/ tentatively C/leniently D/ apprehensively
5. Although he spoke slowly, I found it difficult at times to follow the of his argument.
A/ spool B/ track C/ thread D/ path
6. The professor noticed that the students essay . a strong resemblance to an article he had seen published in a journal.
A/ bore B/ held C/ carried D/contained
Key: 1C 2C 3 A 4 B 5 C 6 A
This is a group exam with three students and two assessors and will last approximately 25'. The exam comprises two main phases in which candidates will be prompted to relate personally relevant experiences to each other share and negotiate their opinions on a more complex or controversial issue. The actual tasks in these phases are meant to elicit experiences and issues of a broadly professional nature, i.e. those related to the concerns of English language teachers, learners and education in general:
All oral exam items will have been designed around a prototypical structure with different functions. The table below shows the content elements of the sample task with their corresponding function.
The oral exam is graded on the basis of carefully developed criteria. You can download the scales used for marking from here.
Among others the following books may help students prepare for the exam:
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 1-3 (Practice tests)(2009). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Practice tests) (2005). Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
Hewings, M. (2009). Cambridge Garammar for CAE and Proficiency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Side, R., and Wellman, G. (1999). Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency. Harlow: Longman.
Swan, M. and Walter, C. (2011). Oxford English Grammar Course - Advanced. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (not actually a course, but explanations+examples)
Vince, M. (2004, 2009).Advanced Language Practice. London: Macmillan.
Click the following links to find more practice material from:
Stanson, A. and Morris, S. (1994, 1999). CAE Practice Tests. Edinburgh Gate: Pearson Education Ltd. The key to the exercises can be found below the links.
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MULTIPLE CHOICE (History set in stone)
1.D, 2.B, 3.B, 4.D, 5.A, 6.A, 7.A, 8.C, 9.D, 10.D, 11.A, 12.A, 13.A, 14.B, 15.B
CLOZE (Across the gap)
16.from 17. such 18. deal 19. able 20. some / certain 21. but 22. can / will 23.when / if
24. without 25. which 26. like 27.to 28.another 29.because / as / since 30. for / at
WORD FORMATION (In case of fire, Subscribe now)
0. responsibility 47. loss, 48. security, 49. authorised, 50. warning, 51. electricity, 52. disabled, 53. belongings, 54. subscription, 55. payment, 56. administration, 57.reduction, 58. saving, 59. renewing, 60. automatically, 61. reminder
17.C, 18. F, 19. G, 20. A, 21 D, 22. B
Note: Instead of missing paragraphs you may have to find the missing sentences or phrases in the MA Use of English paper.
a. Please note that our language exams are only offered once in each exam period which might mean that if you fail, you may have to extend your studies and have to pay extra depending on your programme.
b. Students have an opportunity to inspect their papers during the period advertised by the department when they can compare their answers with the key.
c. Relatives/friends/outside experts are allowed to accompany students to the inspection, but they cannot be present when the direct communication between the student concerned and faculty staff takes place.
d. If the candidate does not agree with the key, the student may decide to write an appeal to the head of the department, in which s/he describes the contested items.
e. Within three working days the head of the department sets up a committee consisting of himself/herself, the head of the testing team and one native speaker. This committee either rejects or accepts the appeal with a simple majority vote. This decision is final as far as the department is concerned. (Of course, the student can always decide to appeal to the Faculty Studies Committee / Kari Tanulmαnyi Bizottsαg.)
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