(You must remember that you have 1:30 minutes to do the reading and writing. Allow about 45 minutes for reading and 45 minutes for the writing part: See posts on how to write the perfect letter/story)


Almost all of the reading exercises are vocabulary based and for this reason during this course the exercises are based on relating words to synonyms, antonyms or similar expressions. The key to passing the exam is to improve your vocabulary and know how to recognise which of the key words are similar to those in the questions. This is essential for part one of the exam; you need to look at the vocabulary in the text and look for the similar words in the options, as well as the antonyms to be able to discard incorrect answers.


Reading skills: You need to read at home and practice, not just do exams. It is important to read things that you like and that you are interested in. This is the vocabulary that you will use with most frequency and it will also be easier to motivate yourself to read. A good idea is to change your computer and mobile into English. The more you read the better you will get.



Reading: (part 1)

In this part of the exam you need to read 5 short texts, they are normally messages, notes or short emails. You must understand the text and choose the best answer A, B, C for each of them. You need to look at the options and think, which of the options A-C has the same meaning as the text, discard the obviously incorrect answer and then evaluate the vocabulary to see which the best answer is.

Reading: (Part 2)

This is probably the most difficult part of the reading exam. My suggestion is to leave it until the end as it takes the most time. The key is to identify the 3-4 key words for each person that seems the most important. This will give you a base to look for information in the 8 texts (A-H). Search for option that completes ALL REQUIREMENTS. There are always 2 easier (or more obvious) answers, look for these first and then the others. Obviously, DON´T REPEAT AND OF THE OPTIONS (A-H). NEVER LEAVE ANY OF THE QUESTIONS IN BLANK, AT LEAST GUESS!

Reading: (part 3)

In reading part 3 you need to answer 10 statements A (True) or B (False). The sentences are in order so you can go through the text and underline in the text and answer the correct option A or B. Answers are usually based on synonyms or antonyms.

FREE READING TEXTS Reading exercises (adapted from Breaking News English)


Reading: (part 4)

It is important to understand that the questions are not in order. You need to answer them like this 22, 23, 24, 25, 21. The questions are about comprehension. The easiest way to do it is to find the part of the text that corresponds to the answer and the look at the vocabulary to say why the other answers are incorrect.

Reading: (Part 5)

This is a reading exercise but it is not about comprehension. It is a vocabulary and grammar test. You need to identify the type of word that is missing and choose the best option A-D.

Vocabulary – verb/noun/adjective + preposition, phrasal verbs, fixed expressions, context

Grammar – relative pronouns, comparatives, connectors, quantifiers

IMPROVE YOUR COLLOCATIONS Word patterns and collocations


Remember that you can do the reading in the order that you like. Start with the easiest part and end with what you find most difficult.