Nadia Stevenson

Descrizione della prova

Computer-based test + *oral test upon successful completion of computer test.

The computer test is written and divided into two parts:

PART 1: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

The reading passage is on a general topic (i.e. it does not require specialized knowledge). It is followed by multiple-choice and/or ‘matching’ questions which test comprehension skills and key vocabulary.

PART 2: Grammar

The Grammar part of the test consists of multiple-choice, gap-fill and/or ‘matching’ exercises relating to various aspects of B2-level grammar. Candidates are evaluated on a pass/fail basis ("idoneità"). The list below indicates some of the most common grammar points that may be included in the exam:

  • The present simple (e.g. I do) - with various uses (including 'timetable future'; relating to the future with 'when', 'as soon as', etc.);
  • The present continuous (e.g. I am doing) - with various uses;
  • The past simple of regular and irregular verbs (e.g. I went. Did you go..?) - with various uses;
  • The past continuous (e.g. I was watching TV...) - with various uses;
  • The past perfect (e.g. The match had finished...) - with various uses;
  • The future forms: going to for intentions and predictions (e.g. We are going to buy a new car/It is going to rain); the present continuous for future arrangements (e.g. I am flying to Paris tomorrow); will/won't for predictions, promises, offers, decisions, etc. (e.g. You'll love New York/I'll pay you back tomorrow/I'llmake you a coffee/I'll have the onion soup, please.);
  • The present perfect simple - various uses, e.g. with ever, never, already, yet, just (e.g. James has never been to Portugal);
  • The present perfect continuous with for and since (e.g. I've been waiting for half an hour);
  • Conditionals: First type (e.g.If it rains tomorrow, we'll stay at home);
  • Conditionals: Second type (e.g. If I had time, I would study German);
  • Conditionals: Third type (e.g. We would have had a longer holiday if we had had more money);
  • Reported speech (e.g. "It's a good pub"/David said [that] it was a good pub);
  • The passive form (all tenses);
  • Question tags: e.g. "You're Alex, aren't you?", "He didn't go to work, did he?");
  • Modals: can, could, be able to (for ability and possibility); must/have to/had to (for obligation); may, might (for possibility - e.g. John may be at home); should/shouldn't/ought to (for advice - e.g."You should have a rest"); must, may, might, might not, can't (for deduction - e.g. She can't be forty; she must be younger than that.); must have done, may have done, can't have gone, etc. (in reference to past); may be working, can't be working, etc. (in reference to present moment);
  • Relative clauses: (defining and non-defining): who, which, that, whose, where, etc.;
  • Comparatives and Superlatives of adjectives and adverbs;
  • Various uses of gerunds and infinitives with verbs, adjectives and other expressions (e.g. "He's coming to tell you some news", "Doing a sport is important", "I stopped smoking", "What do they hope to do?");
  • Use of articles: a, an, the or no article (e.g. Sport is an important part of the curriculum);
  • Various prepositions, e.g. prepositions of time and place (at, in, on etc.); prepositions of movement (towards, under, across, through etc.); prepositions with nouns, adjectives and verbs (e.g. "the reason for", "to know about", "good at");
  • Phrasal verbs (common ones): (e.g. The plane took off from Fiumicino/You should put on a pullover);
  • Quantifiers (some, any, much, many, a few, a little, a lot of, etc.) and countable/uncountable nouns;
  • Conjunctions and prepositions (e.g. although, despite, in spite of, in case, unless, provided, by the time, until);

You will find all these grammar points in a good reference book of an appropriate level, such as: “Oxford Grammar 360°” (published by Oxford University Press, 2019); or "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy (published by Cambridge)