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Cambridge English: Key (KET) Reading & Writing

Cambridge English: Key Reading & Writing Description

Paper Element Description
Paper Format This paper contains nine parts.
Timing 1 hour 10 minutes
No of Questions 56
Task Types Matching, multiple choice, multiple-choice cloze, open cloze, word completion, information transfer and guided writing.
Answering Candidates indicate answers either by shading lozenges (Parts 1–5) or writing answers (Parts 6–9) on the answer sheet.
Marks Each item carries 1 mark, except for question 56 which is marked out of 5. This gives a total of 60 marks, which is weighted to a final mark out of 50, representing 50% of total marks for the whole examination.

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Cambridge English: Key Reading & Writing in Detail

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Part 1 - Matching
Task Type & Format Matching five prompt sentences to eight notices, plus one example.
Task Focus Gist understanding of real-world notices. Reading for main message.
Number of Questions 5
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Part 2 - Three-option multiple-choice sentences
Task Type & Format Six sentences (including one integrated example) with connecting link of topic or story line.
Task Focus Reading and identifying appropriate vocabulary.
Number of Questions 5
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Part 3 - Three-option multiple choice AND matching
Task Type & Format Five discrete 3-option multiple-choice items (plus an example) focusing on verbal exchange patterns.

AND

Five matching items (plus an integrated example) in a continuous dialogue, selecting from eight possible responses.
Task Focus Functional language. Reading and identifying appropriate response.
Number of Questions 10
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Part 4 - Right/Wrong/Doesn't say OR 3-option multiple choice
Task Type & Format One long text or three short texts adapted from authentic newspaper and magazine articles. Seven 3-option multiple-choice items or seven Right/Wrong/Doesn't say items, plus an integrated example.
Task Focus Reading for detailed understanding and main idea(s).
Number of Questions 7
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Part 5 - Multiple-choice cloze
Task Type & Format A text adapted from an original source, for example encyclopaedia entries, newspaper and magazine articles. Eight 3-option multiple-choice items, plus an integrated example.
Task Focus Reading and identifying appropriate structural word (auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions etc.).
Number of Questions 8
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Part 6 - Word completion
Task Type & Format Five dictionary definition type sentences (plus one integrated example). Five words to identify and spell.
Task Focus Reading and identifying appropriate lexical item, and spelling.
Number of Questions 5
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Part 7 - Open cloze
Task Type & Format Text of type candidates could be expected to write, for example a short letter or email. Ten spaces to fill with one word (plus an integrated example) which must be spelled correctly.
Task Focus Reading and identifying appropriate word with focus on structure and/or lexis.
Number of Questions 10
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Part 8 - Information transfer
Task Type & Format Two short input texts, authentic in nature (emails, adverts etc.) to prompt completion of an output text (form, note, etc.). Five spaces to fill on output text with one or more words or numbers (plus an integrated example).
Task Focus Reading and writing down appropriate words or numbers with focus on content and accuracy.
Number of Questions 5
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Part 9 - Guided writing
Task Type & Format Either a short input text or rubric to prompt a written response. Three messages to communicate.
Task Focus Writing a short email, note or postcard of 25-30 words.
Number of Questions 1
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