SPEAKING: Part 2 - compare photographs

Practise for the speaking test by recording yourself describing / comparing photographs.


Set Texts for 2008 - 2009

Set texts

Paper 2: Writing (1 hour and 20 minutes)

One or both of the following texts may be read as preparation for the two optional set text tasks:

Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (Black Cat or any edition)

Michael Crichton: Jurassic Park (Macmillan or any edition)

The texts are Graded Readers which have been adapted to the level and are suitable for FCE candidates. Other editions of these books may be available. However, teachers and candidates should be aware that the language level in other editions may be less accessible.

Mock tests at Cultura

It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you do various mock tests before sitting the real test. They will give you a real sense of what the test is like.

Come to Cultura Inglesa (downtown, Copacabana, Santa Maria) every Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Listening tests must be scheduled beforehand as they are usually done in groups. If you can`t come on Friday, don`t worry - ask if there is any other available day you can come. If there isn`t, don`t panic yet - do the online tests which you can find on this website further down. Also remember that your Exam Booster has a mock test on pages 134 - 155.

You can learn from these tests. Write down interesting vocabulary or expressions that you come across and if you have any doubts - ask your teacher.

You don`t have to pay a penny to do them so what are you waiting for?!

LISTENING: 1 minute a day

Improve your listening by devoting only 1 minute a day. Is it possible? Of course it is.
  • Just go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/
  • Click on the WATCH one-minute World News button
  • Choose the kind of player you want (Windows media player or real player)
  • Then hear the news broadcast. Try to identify how many pieces of news are being reported, then as a second listening try to understand the facts.

Structure and vocabulary


Today´s phrasal verb
Today´s collocation
Today´s word formation

Theory of structure
Order of adjectives

Excercises of structure
Can, could, be able to Ex 1
Order of adjectives: Ex 1
Gerunds and infinitives: Ex 1 Ex 2 Ex 3
Prefixes and suffixes: Ex 1 Ex 2 Ex 3 Ex 4 Ex 5
If - zero conditional Ex 1
If - first conditional Ex 1
If - second conditional Ex 1
If - the third conditional Ex 1
I wish and if only Ex 1
Used to or would Ex 1