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CAE Use of English Part 4

CAE Use of English Part 4

The C1 Advanced (CAE) Use of English part 4 is one part of the exam which students particularly struggle with.

Here are a few different techniques that you can try for part 4 of the Use of English paper. The third technique is what I think is the perfect method for tackling these tricky questions.

CAE Use of English Part 4 - The Perfect Technique

The video above showed you 3 different methods for passing part 4 of the Use of English paper. I will summarise the third technique for you now:

1. REVISE COLLOCATION, EXPRESSIONS AND PHRASAL VERBS BEFORE THE EXAM.
2. READ BOTH SENTENCES.
3. CROSS OUT DUPLICATE INFORMATION.
4. IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF WORD THEY GIVE YOU.
5. IS THIS WORD USED IN ANY COMMON COLLOCATIONS/EXPRESSIONS/PHRASAL VERBS?
6. CAN YOU USE THE REMAINING INFORMATION TO COMPLETE THE GAP?
7. IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING, ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION USING THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE.
8. CAN YOU CROSS OUT THE REMAINING INFORMATION?
9. IS THE OVERALL MEANING CORRECT?

CAE Use of English Part 4 Practice

Let's practise using the perfect method with some example questions...

HOMEWORK Answers:

1. The books did NOT COST AS MUCH AS I had expected.

2. My sister always DID HER HOMEWORK BEFORE WATCHING television.

3. We seem to HAVE RUN OUT OF bread.

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5 thoughts on “CAE Use of English Part 4

  1. Hi Rory, in the keyword transformation question 3, that you had revised on the video, could you transform the question like this:
    The train was so crowded that I have nowhere for me to sit?

    thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Rocio,
      Nice to hear from you!
      I think you would get 1 mark for using ‘crowded’ correctly. You could then say ‘that I had nowhere for me to sit’ but it doesn’t sound natural to me. We normally say ‘I have/had nowhere + infinitive (without repeating ‘for + object’). For example, ‘I have nowhere to go’. ‘The train was so crowded that there was nowhere to sit’ is the best answer.
      #cambridgerory

  2. Hi Rory, is it possible to have more examples of the sentences – CAE Use of English Part 4? I had really big problems with the sentences from Exam Essentials:
    Pop in for a chat whenever you are in town.
    Paula had just reached the gate when it began to rain.
    “Mark wrote that poem, not Ian,” said Helen.
    Even if it is expensive, they want to stay in the hotel by the beach.
    Unless you tell the truth, the school trip will be cancelled.
    Noriko has never been here before, so it is possible that she has got lost.
    I thought I´m quite good at it but these sentences were a total disaster for me….:-(
    Thank you for your explanation, how/why is the rephrasing like it is. I have the key but need the procedure.
    Thanks a lot, Lucy.

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