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Progressive Level (Pre-Intermediate) A2Pre-intermediate Step to Book

What does Pre-Intermediate test?

The Anglia Pre-Intermediate exam is A2+ level on the Common European Framework of Reference. Over the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking (optional), the new items that this level tests are:

  • an increased vocabulary
  • the passive voice
  • the second conditional
  • the present perfect continuous
  • gerund and non-finite verbs
  • more adverbs
  • expressing agreement with positive or negative statements
  • expressing preference, advice, permission and persuasion
  • more phrasal verbs

What does the candidate have to do in their Pre-Intermediate test?

  • write a short composition
  • write a short informal message
  • read texts of different types
  • multiple choice questions
  • match answers
  • gap fill
  • sentence transformation
  • rearrange word order
  • true/false statements

The candidate has sufficient active vocabulary and structural understanding to:

  • write a short connected text on descriptive, narrative or imaginary topics
  • read and understand a text from a familiar range of topics
  • distinguish between and use a variety of tenses: past, present and future
  • ask and answer questions about past or present or future events
  • express basic intention, purpose, obligation, preference, advice, agreement and disagreement, hypothesis and process.

Grammar and Structures List

Grammar and Structures What are they used for? Examples
VERBS
The passive voice

Talking about a process,
Omitting the active subject

The best computer games are made in Japan.
The new church was built last year.

The second conditional -
if / past tense + would / non finite verb

Talking about hypothetical situations
musing

If I worked harder, I would get higher marks.
If I won some money, I would buy a new car.

Present perfect continuous Expressing unfinished or recently completed actions How long have you been living in London?
The gerund after certain verbss  

I enjoy learning English.
I hate eating spaghetti.

Non finite verbs in particular phrases: e.g. make someone do something, let someone do something  Expressing persuasion and permission Mary's parents let her drive their car.
My father made me do my homework.
I would/I'd rather + non finite verb
I had better + non finite verb
(Both of these in contracted forms too: I'd better, he'd better, we'd rather etc.).
Expressing preference and advice I would rather eat fish than meat.
You had better take an umbrella or you'll get wet.
I'd rather eat...
You'd better take...
ADVERBS
For and since More adverbs of frequency, manner, time or degree Expressing time periods from a point in the past, relating them to the present
Describing how often, when, how, and how much people do something
I have lived in this house for five years.
I haven't swum in the sea since last summer.
I'm still here.
He's already finished. That bird rarely visits Britain.
We hardly knew him.
CONCURRENCE
Neither do I/so do I

Expressing concurrence with a positive or a negative statement Expressing concurrence within a positive or negative statement

I don't like playing computer games.
Neither do I.
I like eating chocolate.
So do I.
Jane loves chocolate and so do her friends.
I don't like cabbage and neither does my sister.

 

A good example of an essay at Anglia Intertmediate Level B1:

N.B. This is an example of a genuine candidate's essay at this level. Therefore, the language may contain grammatical, lexical or stylistic errors, originally made by the candidate him/herself.

The Worst Week of My Life

The worst week of my life was when my dog died.

It was such an beautiful and sweet animal. My parents bought him for me when I was five years old. His name was Bobby. He died two years ago. He was sick and the only thing that he did was sleeping. And when he died I couldn't sleep for a week. I missed him.

I couldn't eat that whole week. I've still got his pictures. That same week I went to the shopping centre with my friends and I was still a bit tired. We went together to an animal shop and my friends bought a new dog for me. We called him Tommy. He looked the same as Bobby, but Tommy was younger. I often think about Bobby, but I'm getting over it.

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Pre-Intermediate Level Exam Past Papers (for students)

Link to Pre-Intermediate exam papers (Exam Template, audio file and marking keys)
Link to Pre-Intermediate level Speaking test

Pre-Intermediate Level Exam Past Papers (for teachers)

Link to past papers for teachers in our Resources Section

Link to answers and Teaching guide