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BEC VANTAGE EXAM, READING

DESCRIPTION OF THE DIFFERENT PAPERS AND EXAM TIPS
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Transcript of BEC VANTAGE EXAM, READING

BEC VANTAGE EXAM,PAPER ONE:
READING
part 4:

tests your knowledge of : vocabulary, dependant prepositions, certain grammatical structures with particular words, collocations, linking words and phrasals.
one text and 15 multiple choice questions.
you get 15 marks.
tips:

skim the text to get an idea of the topic.
read the questions ( but not the options) and underline key words.
Use the info in the questions to find the part of the text they take you to.
Once you've found it, read the options A,B,C,D and choose the best one.
Underline your evidence, if you don't have one, the answer is probably wrong.
move on to the next question and work in the same way .
Remember the answers will come in order .
BEC VANTAGE 2013
tips:

1st, read the statements, underline key words in them.
then, read the 1st extract and identify the sentence related to it . be ready for synonims !
work through the list systematically.
don't forget the final check !!!
READING

5 parts
25 items
1 hour
25 %of total marks
part 3:
Tests you ability to read in detail and interpret :opinions, purpose, the main idea in a text or paragraph.
Consists of a longer text and six multiple choice questions with 4 possible answers to choose from .
6 marks, one for each correct answer.
PART 1 :tests your ability to read fast and scan for specific details.

7 statements, 4 short texts,
you must decide which statement refers to which text.

7 marks, one for each correct answer.
part 2:

tests you ability to understand the meaning and structure of a text, and to relate sentences to the "info" that comes before/after them.
5 marks, 1 mark/ 1 correct answer.
tips:
1st cross out the example
then read the text, focus on the words before and after the gaps, underline any word referring to sth missing in it.
Now read the list of sentences, focus on cohesive devices, connectors, determiners.
Choose the sentence which best fills each gap.
Finally, when you've finished, read the whole text again to see if it develops logically.
tips:
1st , skim the text to see what it is about.
when options have different meanings, choose the one that best fits .
If they have the same meaning, look for prepositions / grammar structures which work with only one of them.Also consider collocations and fixed expressions.
Remember the final reading of the whole text, check and change anything that doesn't sound natural to you.
part 5:
tests your ability to spot mistakes = your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, etc.
consists of a text, 12 lines, with an unnecessary word in most of them.
you get 12 marks.
Tips:
After skimming the text.
Then read the text, consider sentence by sentence, not just line by line.
there will not be more than one extra word per line.
Remember you're not looking for superfluos words, THE WORD should be grammatically incorrect.
ex: it wasn't
even
necessary to promote a product.
remember some lines are OK
Don't forget the final check !!!
Remember : parts 1,2,3 test mostly comprehension, parts 4 and 5 mostly grammar and lexis.
You don't need to start with part 1, consider the number of marks each part gives you and the time it demands , before deciding on the order.
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