Learn more about Paper 3: USE OF ENGLISH

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This part of the First Certificate Exam tests you knowledge and command of English grammar and vocabulary.

It lasts 45 minutes and there are 42 questions divided into the following parts:

Multiple choice lexical cloze:  In this part you will find a text with 12 numbered gaps for which you will have to choose  which answer (A. B. C or D) best fits each gap.

For example,

Given the following possible answers:

A  settling down     B  getting up   C   taking over   D  holding back

And this text

“In common with many other British teenagers, he chose to take a year off before (1) …….. to study for his degree.”

The correct answer is letter A settling down

Open cloze: In this part you will also find a text with 12 numbered gaps. However in this case you have to write the word that best fits the gap instead of choosing form given answers.

For example,

Given the following text

“The lives of the people (13) …….. tools and pottery have (14) …….. found on its shores have long remained a mystery.”

You would have to write the words: (13) whose and (14) been

Word formation: Once again you will have to complete a text, but this time with the correct form a given word. There are 10 questions in this part.

For example,

Given the words: REGARD and FIT

And this is the part of the text to be completed with those words.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy on these holidays, (25)…………………. of age or level of (26) …………………… .”

The correct answers are:

(25) regardless
(26) fitness

Key word transformations: There are 8 questions to be completed in this part. In each one of them you are given a sentence followed by another one with gaps and a word. You will need to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning as the first sentence using the given word and between two to five words total. You must not change the given word.

For example,

First sentence: A very friendly taxi driver drove us into town.

Given word: DRIVEN

Second sentence: We …………………………………. a very friendly taxi driver.

The gap can be filled by the words ‘were driven into town by’.


We know it seems like there is a lot and difficult material, but it will not be so much if you prepare yourselves well!!!

Let us know if you have any questions…

Take care,

The NOW teachers


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