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What does Pre-Intermediate test?

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

  • Increased vocabulary
  • The passive
  • The second conditional
  • The present perfect continuous
  • The gerund and non-finite verbs
  • More adverbs
  • Expressing agreement with positive or negative statements
  • More phrasal verbs

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

  • a short composition
  • a short informal message
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Matching
  • Gap fill
  • Sentence transformation
  • Rearrange word order
  • True/false statements

The student 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? Some examples
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
If worked harder, I would get higher marks.
If 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 verbs   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 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 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...
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.
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 this level:

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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