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Updated set texts for Cambridge English exams

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Some of our exams have optional set text questions as part of the Writing paper. From 2015 Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced are being updated and set texts will no longer be used for these exams. Set texts will remain for First for Schools and Proficiency:

First for Schools

Set text for January 2015 – December 2016: Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth (Oxford bookworms edition)

From 2015 onwards, the revised Cambridge English: First for Schools exam will have only one set text and one set text question on the paper, rather than the two texts and two questions that are in the current exam.

Students should not attempt the optional set text question in Part 2 unless they have the necessary understanding of the text to answer the task set. Teachers are best placed to judge if the set texts and/or film version may be appropriate and stimulating for a given teaching situation. The suggested edition is a graded reader which has been adapted to the level and is suitable for Cambridge English: First for Schools candidates. Other editions of this book may be available. Teachers and students should be aware that the language level in other editions may be less accessible

Proficiency

Set texts for Cambridge English: Proficiency January 2014 – December 2015:

  • M. Forster: Howards End(any edition)
    Teachers may choose to prepare candidates for questions on this set text by studying the film directed by James Ivory (1992) as well as, or instead of, the novel.
  • Nick Hornby: An Education(screenplay) and film directed by Lone Scherfig (2009)

Candidates should not attempt the optional set text question in Part 2 unless they have the necessary understanding of the text to answer the task set.

Teachers are best placed to judge which, if any, of the set texts and/or film versions may be appropriate and stimulating for a given teaching situation.

For further information please click here.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

February 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

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