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The exam is written and divided into two parts: Reading Comprehension (Part I) and Grammar (Part II-A and Part II-B).
Part I consists of a scientific article followed by multiple choice/matching questions testing general comprehension skills,
key vocabulary and referents.
Part II-A consists of multiple choice questions on the following topics: transition signals
(linkers), problem structures/verb patterns, nominal groups, verb/preposition and noun/preposition combinations,
modal verbs of deduction, and countable/uncountable nouns.
Part II B consists of completion/transformation exercises
testing various B2-level grammar points (see a complete list of the these points below).
The following grammar topics may be included in Part II-B:
The present simple;
The present continuous (including action and non-action verbs);
The past simple: regular and irregular verbs;
The past continuous;
The past perfect;
The future forms: going to for intentions and predictions; the present continuous for future arrangements; will/won’t for predictions; promises, offers, and decisions;
he present perfect simple;
The present perfect continuous;
Conditionals (1st, 2nd and 3rd);
The passive form (all tenses);
Modals: can, could, be able to (ability and possibility); must, have to (obligation); may, might (possibility); should, shouldn’t (advice); must, may, might, might not, can’t (deduction);
Relative clauses (defining and non-defining): who, whose, which, where, that;
The comparative and superlative;
Gerunds and infinitives;
Articles (use of definite, zero and indefinite articles);
Prepositions of time and place (at, in, on);
Common verb/preposition and noun/preposition combinations;
Problem structures: suggest, recommend, allow, advise, enable, make possible, likely, unlikely, appear, seem;
the infinitive of purpose;
uncountable and countable nouns;
transition signals (linkers);
You will find the grammar points listed above in a good grammar reference book, such as “Oxford Grammar 360°” (Oxford University Press);
or "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy (Cambridge University Press)
N.B.: Students will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis ('idoneo'/'non idoneo') and need an overall score equivalent to at least 18/30,
or 60%, to pass. Students will have approximately one hour to complete the test.