The experts of Edunews have studied the question paper of C1 Advanced, keeping in view the pattern, questions, parts and content; and offered comments which can be regarded as tips to the test takers.
Reading and Use of English paper: In part 1, questions have been asked on a given passage with 8 fill in the blanks and candidates are required to fill such blanks using A, B, C or D. In part 2, questions have also been raised on a text with 8 fill in the blanks at appropriate places. The candidates have to use their own word and fill it in the blanks given. In part 3, a text is given with fill in the blanks which candidates need to be fill up with the hint given in capital letters. In part 4, candidates can find 6 statements so as to enable them to fill in the blank given under each statement. In this case, candidates have to fill the blank in three-six words without changing the word given. In part 5, candidates can observe the introduction of a book to the history of colors followed by multiple answers under each poser (6 posers). Candidates have to be very diligent in selecting the appropriate answer for which they are advised to read the story carefully and bring out the right answer to each poser. In part 6, candidates can find 4 reviews of a book with description of emotions of architecture. Here, candidates have to choose from reviews A-D very carefully, no matter whether it is repeated or not. Candidates need to be very diligent, for that purpose they are required to read the reviews carefully and fill the blank as per the instructions. In part 7, candidates can observe an extract from the magazine article which excludes six paragraphs. At the end, the examiner has made an attempt to come out with seven alternatives relating to the article, out of which candidates have to identify any 6 tactfully and fit it into the appropriate blanks so that the gaps can be filled. In part 8, candidates come across a magazine article in which 5 career consultants offer their advices about the career. The examiner has attempted to make 10 statements based on the advice of the consultants. The candidates have to tactfully identify the appropriate advice of the consultant and fit into the blanks given under each statement, as per the instructions. The level of questions is moderate.
Writing: In this paper, as already stated in the pattern, candidates find two parts – part 1 is to be mandatorily attempted by the candidates while in part 2, one can attended out of 3 questions. In part 1, three different topics have been identified in one question and the candidates have to develop an essay emphasizing on two of the topics in their own words. Further they have to justify clearly about the significance of the chosen topic so that it can convince local authorities to sanction funds for the development of the facility. In part 2, candidates have to answer any one of 3 given in the question paper. They can focus either on report, review or letter which can give proper justification to the person or authority who contributes their mite. The level of questions is moderate.
Listening: Candidates have to hear different recordings based on which they have to answer the questions. As already stated in the pattern, listening has 4 parts by which the examiner testifies the candidates. Examinee hears each piece of voice twice and answers the questions accordingly. In part 1, there are 3 extracts having 2 questions each. Candidates have to hear each extract carefully and answer the questions appropriately by using A, B or C. In part 2, candidates have to hear what the other person has been doing. They have to fill in the blanks to complete the sentence for which they can use a word or a short phrase. In part 3, candidates listen to a conversation of 2 persons about their profession. Under this part, examinee can find 6 questions with multiple choices and have to select the best which can fit into each question. In part 4, candidates listen to a group of people discussing about the changing of their jobs. Further they can find two tasks. In both the tasks, five questions have been raised and candidates have to give proper reason why the people in the group want to change their job. The level of questions is moderate.
Speaking: There are 4 parts under which the examiners testify the speaking ability of examinees. In part 1, it is in the form of a conversation. In part 2, candidates have to focus on pictures and speak about it, besides making comment on the speeches of the other candidate/s. In part 3, examinee have to discuss amongst one or two other examinees and at the end, they have to arrive at a decision. In part 4, examinees have to discuss the topics relating to part 3 on various dimensions with proper justification wherever required. The level of questions is difficult.
The experts therefore opine that the question paper of C1 Advanced looks to be the blending of moderate and difficult for the examinees who are supposed to attempt the questions strictly as per the instructions.