– Skim the text to get a general idea of what it is about.
– Read both the text and the questions carefully and intensively, making sure you understand as much as possible.
– Do not expect to understand every single word. Concentrate on what you do understand.
– Isolate the parts of the text that each of the questions belongs to.
– In multiple-choice questions, some of the differences between the choices can be very small. Some alternatives may be correct but they are not stated in the text. Answers that appear obvious may be wrong.
– In gap-filling activities, always read the text on either side of the gap very carefully and make sure that it fits logically.
– Read the introduction and the questions before listening to the test. Find as many clues as possible about what you are going to be listening to.
– As with reading, do not expect to understand every single word. Concentrate on what you do understand.
– Prepare for a writing task by reading carefully what you have to do.
– Plan your composition for at least five minutes.
– Leave the last five minutes at the end of the composition to check for mistakes. Remember to look out for your ‘favourite mistakes’!
– The University Entrance Exam is not a test of your ideas, but your language level. Do not try to express ideas that are too complicated for your level of English.
Good luck to all your students in the exam!
Montse Irún is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She teaches at IES Joan Oró, Lleida.
1University Entrance Exam Generator (Macmillan, 2012).