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What does Advanced test?

Advanced is B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference and an AIM Level 1 qualification on the UK National Qualification Framework. Over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional), new elements that this level tests are:

  • Increased vocabulary
  • Inversion
  • Verbs followed by the past tense
  • Hypothesis and deduction with modals
  • Various uses of the infinitive
  • More phrasal verbs
  • Collocation and idiom

What does the candidate have to do in their Advanced test?

  • a composition
  • two messages, formal and informal
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Matching
  • Gap fill
  • Sentence transformation
  • Word transformation
  • Note-taking
  • True/false/doesn’t say statements

The student has a good active vocabulary and structural understanding, and can

  • write clear connected text on descriptive, narrative, imaginary or discursive topics
  • write letters, both formal and informal
  • understand and respond to the main points of a text on any topic, concrete or abstract
  • use language to perform any function likely to arise in a normal social or learning context
  • manipulate structures to create emphasis, and vary style and idiom
  • listen and respond to passages and questions in a variety of forms, delivered at a measured speaking pace

Grammar and Structures List

Grammar and Structures What are they used for? Some examples
The inversion of subject and verb after certain negative adverbial introductions, e.g. never, rarely, hardly ever, not only, little, seldom Creating emphasis, varying style and idiom Never have I seen such a terrible film.
Little did he know he would one day be Prime Minister.
Not only was it raining, it was also cold.
I wish, it's about time, it's high time Expressing hypothesis, regret, decision making and the need for decision making wish had £1million.
It's high time we did some work.
It's about time he bought a new car.
Using modal verbs followed by the non-finite and perfect non-finite verb using will Expressing hypotheses and deductions in varying degrees of certainty Jane will be in bed at this time of night.
They should have heard the telephone. They must have gone out.
He can't have finished his homework. If he had, he would have put it on my desk by now.
John might be sitting in the theatre already.
After certain verbs
After certain adjectives
After question words
The perfect infinitive
  hope to hear from you shortly. We can't afford to give you a pay rise. I want you to do something for me. It’s very difficult to explain. Tell me where to go/ how to get there/ what to say. I'd love to have met him. He doesn't seem to have done it.

A good example of an essay at this level:

Watching television is a waste of time. Discuss.

I believe that watching television is a waste of time, because nowadays there is nothing good on television anymore. There are too many commercial channels that have one goal: to make as much money as they possibly can.
These channels try to manipulate people by making their programmes 'spectacular' but the truth is that a lot of these programmes are plain disgusting. Especially their documentaries are like this, they are not humane anymore.
Of course, the public channels cannot stay behind so they will try to bring some excitement into their programmes as well. Their power is decreasing but what can we do about it? People want spectacle, they want fireworks!
The worst thing about these commercial channels is the fact that they pretend to be sophisticated while they are really not. They say that the goal of their documentaries is to 'give an objective insight in the society we live in' but what they are really doing is making fun of people, and they know that this will appeal to the audience. All of this just to make more money.
If this trend continues, I do not want to turn my t.v. anymore. Watching television has become a complete waste of time and people should realize that there are much better things to do in this world than watching other people's misery. For instance: go read a book!

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