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CAE HANDBOOK

CAE HANDBOOK

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CAMBRIDGE
EXAMINATIONS, CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS
English as aForeign Language
CAE
CERTIFICATEINADVANCEDENGLISH
 H A  N D O O K 
 
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PREFACE
This Handbook is intended principally for teachers andcourse designers who are, or intend to become, involved inpreparing candidates for the Certificate in Advanced English(CAE). There are separate Handbooks for other CambridgeEFLexaminations.The introductory part of the handbook provides a generalbackground to the Cambridge EFLexaminations and anoverview of the work of UCLES-EFL, including a descriptionof current procedures for test design, production andmarking.For further information on any of the Cambridge EFLexaminations, please contact:EFLInformationUniversity of Cambridge Local Examinations SyndicateSyndicate Buildings1 Hills RoadCambridgeCB1 2EUTel:+44 1223 553355Fax:+44 1223 460278email:efl@ucles.org.ukwww.cambridge-efl.org.uk
 
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CHANGES TO CAE
The following changes to CAE are being introduced from theDecember 1999/June 2000 examining sessions:
Paper 3
(see page 32)The following changes to CAE Paper 3 are being introducedfor the first time in the December 1999 examining session:Anew task appears on the paper. This is a word formationtask consisting of two short texts containing in total 15 gaps.Candidates are required to form a new word to complete thegap using a prompt word provided.The current Question 6 (expansion of notes into sentences)will no longer appear on the paper.Paper 3 thus consists of:Part 1(formerly Section A, question 1)Multiple choice clozePart 2 (formerly Section A, question 2) Open clozePart 3 (formerly Section B, question 3)Error correction textPart 4 Word formation (a new task)Part 5 (formerly Section B, question 4)Register change gap-fill taskPart 6 (formerly Section C, question 5)The time allowed for the paper (1 hour and 30 minutes)remains unchanged.
Paper 4
(see page 40)The following change to CAE Paper 4 is being introduced forthe first time in the June 2000 examining session:Part 4 (formerly Section D): the taped material remainsunchanged (i.e. five short listening texts with commontheme), but an
alternative task
will be introduced in someversions of the test consisting of ten 3-option multiplechoice questions, with two questions relating to each shorttext.
Paper 5
(see page 49)The following changes to CAE Paper 5 are being introducedfor the first time in the December 1999 examining session:In Part 2 ‘describe and draw’tasks no longer appear in thespecifications for the test.In Part 4 the Assessor no longer takes part in the discussion.

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