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CAE常见问题
发布时间: 2011-12-01   来源:
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  Reading

  Writing

  WritingEnglish in Use

  Listening

  Speaking

 

 

Reading

How is the time allocation decided upon?

 

During the development of CAE, the pepers were all trialled on CAE level candidates to establish the timing. In addition, all of the exam material is pretested on students at CAE level to check that the timing and the level of difficulty are appropriate. In compiling the actual tests, timing is taken into account. Appropriate reading strategies, e. g. skimming and scanning in Parts 1 and 4, need to be adopted for candidates to do the paper in the time available.

 

 

Can computers spot when a candidate has made a mistake transferring the answers?

 

If more than one lozenge has been completed for one question, the computer rejects the answer sheet, which is then dealt with on an individual basis. Checks are in place to identify incomplete answer sheets, which are also then checked.

 

Cases where all the answers have been entered incorrectly, e.g. by putting answer 1 to question 2, answer 2 to question 3 etc. cannot be identified.

 

Candidates should be careful when filling in their answer sheets.

 

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Writing 

Are candidates penalised for writing over-long or over-short answers?

 

Candidates are not penalised simply for writing more or fewer than the stipulated number of words. An exception to this is made where answers have fewer than 60 words — these are awarded a score of Band 0.

 

However, as length of answer is a factor of task achievement, candidates would be penalised for over-long answers where the extra material is considered to be irrelevant and has a negative effect on the target reader. Similarly, a candidate who produces considerably fewer than the stipulated number of words is unlikely to have included all the features of content necessary to achieve the task.

 

All CAE Writing tasks are extensively trialled before they appear on a live paper, and care is taken to ensure that tasks do not expect answers that are significantly longer or shorter than the required number of words.

 

Are addresses to be omitted ONLY when stated in the task?

 

As a matter of policy, where the genre is given as a letter, the instruction 'You do not need to include postal addresses' is added to the rubric. Where other genres are given in the rubric (e.g. report, article), candidates sometimes choose to use a letter format to answer the question if appropriate to the task. In no case will the address, if included by the candidate, be subject to assessment, either negative or positive.

 

How important is the actual layout of letters, reports etc. in the exam?

 

Following the conventions of the various task types (writing letters, reports, instructions etc.) is part of task achievement. Any acceptable modern layout for a formal letter may be used. Paragraphs should be clearly laid out, either by indenting or by leaving a space between each paragraph.

 

What is required in the writing of a proposal?

 

A proposal is similar in format, organisation and register to a report. It is likely to have a formal register and to be clearly organised into paragraphs, preferably with each section under an appropriate heading.

 

While a report would usually invite candidates to give the target reader feedback on an event or situation that has already happened, a proposal is forward-looking. Candidates are given a situation or problem and are invited to propose a course of action. There is, therefore, often an element of persuasion involved.

 

Do candidates have to study both the set texts?

 

The set text questions are optional. If candidates decide to answer on a set text, it is only necessary to study one of the texts as there is always a question on each of them.

 

Information on which set texts have been selected for a particular year can be found in Exam Details and Timetables.

 

Will any edition of the set texts do?

 

Any full-length edition will do. CAE candidates should not be reading simplified editions, which are acceptable at FCE level.

 

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English in Use

Is singular/plural important in word formation?

 

A singular response in an item where a plural is required is marked as incorrect. Candidates are expected to look at indicators in the text to decide whether a singular or plural form is appropriate.

 

What happens if candidates miss a negative in the transformations, thereby giving the opposite meaning to the original?

 

The instructions to the candidate state that the second sentence must have a similar meaning to the first. However, in the mark scheme the answer is divided into two parts (see below). The two parts of the sentence (either side of the dividing line) are always treated separately, so a candidate will receive one mark for correctly completing one part of the sentence even if a negative has been omitted from the other part.

 

e.g. Tom is so tall he can only just get through that door without stooping.

 

 

  ANY 

If Tom was ............. be able to get through that door without stooping.

 

any taller ][ he would not / wouldn't

 

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Listening

What is the range of accents in the Listening paper?

 

In General English examinations, there is a range of accents. These correspond to standard variants of English native speaker accents, and to English non-native speaker accents that approximate to the norms of native speaker accents, as this is what people have to listen to in real life.

 

Is wrong spelling penalised in the Listening paper?

 

For the CAE Listening paper, the spelling of answers generally has to be correct. When a variation is allowed, it is specified on the mark scheme. This is, however, in only a few cases where native speakers would have difficulty in spelling the word. An example of such a word is 'accommodation'. All the tasks for the Cambridge ESOL papers are pretested before being put on to live papers. If it is found at pretesting that a key is problematic from a spelling point of view, the question is changed.

 

Are candidates supposed to write the words they hear on the recording in answers to Part 2, or do they get more marks if they use their own words?

 

Candidates should try to use the actual words they hear on the CD. They do not get more marks for using their own words.

 

In the Listening paper, can candidates fill in the answer sheet directly?

 

There is nothing to prevent candidates from doing this. However, it is recommended that candidates put their answers on the question paper while listening to the recording and then transfer these answers to the answer sheet when the recording has finished.

 

Can candidates wear headphones in the Listening paper?

 

There is no regulation against candidates using headphones. This depends on how the centre administers the exam.

 

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Speaking

What should candidates do if they don't understand the instructions?

 

Candidates should ask the examiner to repeat the instructions. They will not be penalised for this. However, for reasons of standardisation, no variation on the instructions can be given.

 

What is done when there's only one candidate left at the end of a Speaking test session?

 

In all General English examinations, candidates are examined in pairs with two examiners. At centres with an uneven number of candidates, the last single candidate will be examined with the last pair to form a group of three.

 

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