PAPER 1 READING
General DescriptionPaper Format
The paper contains four parts.
Length of Texts
Approximately 3000 words in total, excluding items andrubrics.
Number of Questions
Lexical cloze, gapped text, multiple choice.
Books (fiction and non-fiction), non-specialist articles from journals, magazines and newspapers, promotional andinformational materials (e.g. advertisements, guide books,manuals).
Candidates indicate answers by shading lozenges on amachine markable answer sheet.
1 hour 30 minutes.
One mark is given for each correct answer in Part 1; twomarks are given for each correct answer in Parts 2–4.
PartTask Type and FocusNumber of Task Formatquestions1
Four-option multiple choice lexical cloze 18Three modified cloze texts (375–500words in total), from a range of sources.Idioms, collocations, fixed phrases, Each text contains six gaps and is followedcomplementation, phrasal verbs, semantic precisionby six four-option multiple choice questions.
Four-option multiple choice 8Four themed texts, (600–900 words in total),from a range of sources.Content/detail, opinion, attitude, tone, purpose, Two four-option multiple choice questionsmain idea, implication, text organisation features per text.(exemplification, comparison, reference)
Gapped text7One text (800–1100 words) from a range ofsources.Cohesion, coherence, text structure, global meaningAtext from which paragraphs have beenremoved and placed in jumbled order afterthe text.Candidates must decide from where in thetext the paragraphs have been removed.
Four-option multiple choice7One text (700–850 words) from a range ofsources.As Part 2Seven four-option multiple choice questions.