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  • Cambridge A2 Key (KET) – Exam 1 – Reading and Writing

    Part 2 – Questions 7 to 13

    Read the text and for each question, choose the correct answer.

    New students at The National University


    I’m a new student in the business department. I have 15 classes every week, but I have lots of homework. I love the course! Mr. Morash is a great teacher and Dr. Denman is good too. In the evenings, I work at a bike shop, about 20 hours every week. In my free time, I like riding my bike, walking in the mountains and meeting friends.


    My name is Christy McHugh, and I’m a first-year student of science. I study biology and chemistry. I prefer biology and I want to be a doctor. I have many classes: 30 classes per week, and I also have a lot of work. It’s difficult sometimes. When I’m not in school, I like to be with my family. I still live in my parents’ house, and we have a dog called Snooky. I love cats, dogs and horses.


    Hi! I’m Dave and I’m a student of music. I started playing the piano at the age of six, and then, I learned the guitar and violin. My parents both play music. My dad plays the guitar and my mother is a singer. I love the music department here at The National University. I have 20 hours of classes. One of my teachers, Lyndsey Watkins, plays music on TV so it is great to learn from these teachers. I have no free time because I’m in a music group. I play concerts every week, but I like computers and making music online.

    7 Which student likes cycling?
    8 Which student has the most classes?
    9 Which student has a job?
    10 Which student plans to work in a hospital?
    11 Which student plays in a band?
    12 Which student loves animals?
    13 Which student has a famous teacher?


  • Cambridge A2 Key Reading and Writing

    There are seven parts in the reading and writing section of the Cambridge English A2 Key exam. You will have 60 minutes to complete this section. Parts 1 to 5 focus on your reading skills. You should complete this part of the exam in around 40 minutes. Parts 6 and 7 will assess your writing skills. Here is a description of each part:

    Reading Part 1: Read six short real-world texts with multiple-choice questions.
    There are six short texts like text messages, notices, signs, ads, etc. and one question with three choices for each text. This part has a maximum of 6 marks.

    Reading Part 2: Three short texts and seven matching questions.
    There are three short texts and seven questions. You must match each question to one of the texts. This part has a maximum of 7 marks.

    Reading Part 3: One long text with five multiple-choice questions.
    There are three choices for each question. This part has a maximum of 5 marks.

    Reading Part 4: One short text with six multiple-choice questions.
    There is a factual text and six vocabulary questions with three options each. You must choose the correct word for each gap.This part has a maximum of 6 marks.

    Reading Part 5: A short email (and sometimes the email reply too) with six gaps.
    You must fill in each gap with one word. This part tests vocabulary and grammar. The words you need to use for the gaps are vocabulary and grammar words. This part has a maximum of 6 marks.

    Writing Part 6: Write a short email or note of 25 words or more.
    You need to write an email using some information or ideas that you can see in the question instructions. This part has a maximum of 15 marks.

    Writing Part 7: Write a short story of 35 words or more based on three pictures.
    There are three pictures and you need to write a story using those pictures as inspiration. The story should be around 35 words. This part has a maximum of 15 marks.

    General Tips for the Reading part of the A2 Key

    Understand the format of the exam

    Familiarize yourself with the types of questions, number of questions and time limit for each section of the test. Practise using exam samples like the ones provided on our website or other published materials. 

    Get regular reading practice

    Practice reading a variety of materials, such as online articles, fiction and non-fiction books to enhance your comprehension and speed. It’s important that you find materials that are appropriate for your level. You should be able to understand most of the words in the texts you read.

    Work on your vocabulary

    Learn new words and expressions regularly, and practice using them in context.

    Use past papers

    Use previous years’ papers to practise and get a feel for the types of questions you can expect in the exam.

    Underline and analyse the keywords

    The first thing you need to do when reading a text is to read the questions and underline the most important words. Then, analyse those words and decide which are the correct answer.

    General Tips for the Writing part of the A2 Key

    Practice writing essays

    Familiarize yourself with the types of writing tasks required in the exam, such as an informal email or a story.

    Get feedback

    Ask someone to check your writing and give you constructive feedback, this can help you identify areas for improvement.

    Prepare a plan for the writing task

    Before writing your essay, you should consider the information you want to include and how to organise it. Think about the structure and content of your writing before you start, and make sure to stick to the word limit.

    Learn to manage your time

    Make sure you allocate enough time to read and understand the task and to plan and write your answer, leaving time to review and edit your work. Practise writing some compositions and time yourself to make sure you can finish the tasks within the time limits.  

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