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Simon is the Director of Studies at the Central School of English in Dublin. You'll see him around the school most days. He doesn't bite.

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Central School of English Dublin Au Pairs jump at Glendalough

The Au Pair Club returns, virtually

That’s right! We’re delighted to announce the return of the Au Pair ClubAu Pair Club from tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Well, in an online, socially-distanced kind of way at least.

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In the park with students from the Central School of English

Early Summer Offer – Up To 15 per cent Off All Courses

Get up to 15% off!

Our EARLY SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER lasts for four weeks only

Applies to all courses booked and paid for by the 15th of May.

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CAE Exam Class – Reading and Use of English: Part 3

This page offers a guide to the third part of the Reading and Use of English Paper in the Cambridge Advanced (C1) Exam, what it tests, how to approach it and how to revise for it.

The third test in the Reading and Use of English Paper of the CAE Exam looks something like this:

Cambridge CAE Use of English Part 3 Sample

(The actual test paper is longer with 8 gaps for you to fill.)


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Answers to FCE Part 2 Exam Class Test

The homing instinct

  • 9. AFTER
  • 10. THOUGH
  • 11. WHERE
  • 12. CARRY/KEEP
  • 13. DO
  • 14. SINCE
  • 15. WHO
  • 16. ORDER

Motorbike stunt rider

  • 9. WHERE
  • 10. SO
  • 11. MYSELF
  • 12. IN
  • 13. WHICH/THAT
  • 14. OUT/ON/AT
  • 15. FROM
  • 16. ANY

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FCE Exam

  • Reading and Use of English: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

  • Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

  • Listening: 40 minutes

    Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

  • Speaking: 14 minutes

    Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.