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KET Reading & Writing Overview Teachers Notes

Description This activity helps students discover the format and content of the KET Reading & Writing paper by using a sample test and answering some True/False statements. Time required: Materials required: 25 minutes Students Worksheet Sample test (either KET Handbook pp.1419 or pp. 2227) Answer sheet (KET Handbook p.30) Aims: to familiarise teachers and students with the KET Reading & Writing paper

Procedure 1. Put students into pairs and give them a copy of one of the sample tests and the answer sheet from the KET handbook. 2. Give each pair a copy of the students worksheet and ask them to discuss which sentences are true and which are false. They should refer to the test if they are unsure. 3. Ask pairs to try and correct the sentences they think are false. 4. Ask students for their answers and discuss any differences. Refer to the key for additional information. Answer any questions students may have about the test. 5. Briefly discuss (in L1 if necessary) which part of the exam students like best and which they are most worried about, and why.

Additional information KET is at Level 2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. At this level a learner should be able to cope in a range of everyday situations that require a basic and largely predictable use of language. In the reading section candidates will need to understand a variety of short factual reading texts for example notices, personal correspondence and informative articles from magazines and newspapers. In the writing section candidates need to produce items of vocabulary from short definitions, select appropriate lexis to fill one-word gaps, transfer information from simple texts to a form or notes and complete a short writing task.

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KET Reading & Writing Overview Answer Key


Key to Students Worksheet 1. T. In Parts 15, the focus is more on reading, and in Parts 69 it is more on writing. Each answer is worth one mark for questions 155; question 56 is worth 5 marks (total 60 marks). This is then weighted to represent 50% of the total marks (Listening and Speaking papers = 25% each). 2. F. Candidates have one hour and ten minutes to finish the paper. Some parts will take candidates longer than others (for example Part 4 will take longer than Part 2) but it is advisable to spend no less than 5 minutes and no more than 12 minutes per part. 3. T. All answers must be marked or written on the answer sheet during the test. There is no extra time to transfer answers to the answer sheet: Candidates can complete the answer sheet as they complete each part, or at the end, but if they choose to do it at the end, they must make sure they allow enough time. Candidates can write their answers on the question paper first. Point out that: answers must be written in pencil for Parts 1 5, they fill in a lozenge for Parts 6 8, they write their answers next to the numbers for Part 9, they write their answer in the space provided the actual answer sheet covers two A4 sides. 4. F. There are 2 extra options in Part 1. 5. T. There are 5 gapped sentences in Part 2. For each sentence, there are three multiple choice answers for candidates to choose from. The sentences are linked by topic or storyline. 6. T. There are five matching options to complete in a continuous dialogue. The dialogue is usually between two friends. Occasionally it may be a semi-formal dialogue such as a conversation in a shop. If this is the case, the gapped part will be the role that the candidate is likely to take (i.e. the customer and not the shop assistant). 7. F. Part 4 is sometimes a 3-option multiple choice task. There are always 7 questions, but there may be one long text or three short texts. 8. F. Part 5 is a multiple choice cloze. The missing words are structural words such as determiners, prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, auxiliary verbs etc. 9. .T. Correct spelling is essential in Part 6, and also in Parts 7 and 8. In Part 9, correct spelling is not essential but contributes to the overall impression of accuracy. 10. T. If candidates write 2 words, they are not awarded the mark.

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11. F. Candidates complete a note, form, diary, etc and they do not need to write sentences. Information such as times, days of the week, prices, dates, etc. are tested. Most are one word answers. 12. F. Candidates should write between 25 and 35 words. If they write slightly under 25 or just over 35 words they are not penalised. However, they must ensure that they address all three points. 13. T. All the other tasks have examples. They provide support for candidates by reminding them of what they have to do in the task and indicating what kind of answer is required. Train students to always read the instructions and example carefully before they begin a task.

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KET Reading & Writing Overview Students Worksheet


Find out how much you know about KET Reading & Writing. Decide if these sentences are true or false. If theyre false, change them so they are true. 1 2 3 4 There are fifty-six questions in the KET Reading & Writing paper. You have one hour to finish the paper. You write your answers on an answer sheet. There is one extra option in Part 1. This extra option is not the answer to any of the questions. The sentences in Part 2 are about the same topic. The conversation in Part 3 is usually between two friends. In Part 4, candidates always have to decide if the sentences are right, wrong or if the text doesnt say. The words that are missing from the text in Part 5 are usually nouns and adjectives. Candidates have to spell their answers correctly in Part 6.

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10 Candidates should only write one word for each question in Part 7. 11 Candidates should write sentences for their answers to Part 8. 12 Candidates should write at least 35 words in Part 9. 13 Part 9 is the only task that does not have an example.

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