This post will give students who are about to sit the CAE exam a rough guide of what to study and links to helpful online tools.
Vocabulary sets for CIC 607 CAE students:
Here you have a link to sets of flashcards I have made on the website quizlet.com. There are 39 different sets focusing on various different parts of the use of English section:
Here are individual links to different quizlet sets that will help you prepare for the use of English paper, use the flashcards to study then try clicking on “learn” or “test” at the top, you can also play the games “scatter” and “gravity”:
https://quizlet.com/144514233/verbs-with-preps-short-flash-cards/?new – verbs with prepositions.
https://quizlet.com/84053293/cae-letter-of-complaint-flash-cards/ – Letter of complaint
https://quizlet.com/32210011/cae-gerundinfinitivebare-infinitive-flash-cards/ – Gerund or infinitive
https://quizlet.com/96177238/flashcards – 82 different key word transformations
https://quizlet.com/29838781/cae-use-of-english-part-4-flash-cards/ – more key word transformations
https://quizlet.com/16987300/flashcards – even more key word transformations
https://quizlet.com/56139712/flashcards – use of English revision
https://quizlet.com/60219071/flashcards – word formation
https://quizlet.com/128430288/flashcards – reporting verb patterns
https://quizlet.com/5740189/flashcards – phrasal verbs
https://quizlet.com/123807629/flashcards – more phrasal verbs
https://quizlet.com/8192472/flashcards – word formation
Other useful websites include:
You can also download the CAE handbook here, it contains 2 test papers with the answers.
Where there are online tests and loads of other useful features.
Use of English
There are Use of English papers you can use to practice here:
There are 3 different papers, do 1 a day, make notes on your mistakes and redo the same paper, it helps to make the information stick.
Part 1: Multiple choice cloze
Study Quizlet sets on Collocations, verbs / adjectives with prepositions etc. Then try a practice paper from flo-joe.
Part 2: Open Cloze
Past papers on flo-joe or go back over your notes. Quizlet sets on verbs / adjectives with prepositions and collocations also help.
Part 3: Word formation
There are lots of sets on quizlet for word formation. Also you can download a word formation list here:
Then do past papers on flo-joe.
Part 4: Key word transformations
There are lots of key word transformation sets and phrasal verb sets on quizlet and past papers on flo-joe.
Also check flo-joe’s daily word bank for new vocabulary:
Here is a link to quizlet set of 82 Key Word Transformations:
Or lexical phrase list from here:
Exam practice collocations:
Here is an exhaustive collection of useful phrases for writing tasks:
Download the examples of each different writing task and check out the page on the my wiki called CAE writing text types explained.
Examples of each task type:
Explanation of task types:
Remember part 1 is compulsory and it will be a formal essay. In part 2 you can choose from 3 different options. The possible options are: a letter (formal or informal), a report, a proposal and a review.
Also check out flo-joe’s writing class:
There are lots of activities for linking words and expressions, formal / informal language etc.
There’s only 1 Reading paper on flo-joe but it’s better than nothing.
If you want to practice listening you can use this website:
There are a lot of different listening exercises with comprehension questions and vocabulary questions. Try some.