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Reading and Writing Foundation Skills

English Reading and Writing Foundation Skills

To obtain your desire score, you should align your Reading, Writing, Listing and Speaking foundation skills set with Common European Framework (CEF). Below this list, you will also find simple strategies on allignnig your core foundation skills with C2/C1 level.

CEFR Level

Listening/Speaking

Reading

Writing

Exams


C2
 
CAN advise on or talk about complex or sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions. CAN understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer points of complex texts. CAN write essays, letters on any subject and full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy.

University Level Advanced English

Cambridge's
CPE 49-59

IELTS 8.5-9.0

TOEFL (iBT)
120+

Michigan
ECPE

Pearson
G-Level 5
A-85+

BAULATS
90


C1

 

CAN contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions. CAN read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence. CAN prepare/draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate.

Grade 12 CCSS-12

Grade 11
CCSS-11

Cambridge's
CAE,
BEC Higher

BAULATS
75

IELTS 7.0-8.0

TOEFL (iBT)
110-120

TOEIC
880

Pearson
G-Level 4
A-76-84


B2
CAN follow or give a talk on a familiar topic or keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics. CAN scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice. CAN write essays, make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non-standard requests.

Grade 10

Cambridge's
GAE, BEC Vantage

BAULATS
60

IELTS 5.5-6.5

TOEFL (iBT)
87-109

TOEFL Junior
290-300

Michigan
ECCE

Pearson
G-Level 3
A-59-75


B1
CAN express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements. CAN understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area. CAN write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.

Grade 9

Cambridge's
FCE,
BEC Prelim

BAULATS
40

IELTS 4.0-5.0

TOEFL (iBT)
57-86

TOEIC
550

TOEFL Junior
250-285

Pearson
G-Level 2
A-43-58


A2
CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context. CAN understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products and signs and simple textbooks or reports on familiar matters. CAN complete forms and write short simple  letters or postcards related to personal information.

Grade 8

Cambridge's

PET

TOEFL Junior
225-245

Pearson
G-Level 1
A-30-42


A1
CAN understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic. CAN understand basic notices, instructions or information. CAN complete basic forms, and write notes including times, dates and places.

Cambridge's
KET

BAULATS
20

 

Most test prep companies don't offer foundation courses. But you must master it in order to master the test. Below are core skills set that will align your foundation skills with CEFR's C2/C1 level (two highest levels). Mastery of these core skills would take some time (about 60 to 90 hours), but at the end, these skills will help you to obtain the highest possible marks for your current and all other future tests.

  • Vocabulary — You must know all 1000 words in General Service List (GSL) and 1000 words in General Academic List (GAL). Taken together, the GSL and GAL provide coverage of around 85% of academic texts (Coxhead, 2000). If you have time, you can also learn 1000 words in General Test List (GTL). Taken together, GSL GAL + GTS lists provide coverage of around 95% of words that you may encounter on the test. Tip: Before start memorizing the list, you must listen it  twice by going through the audio or video.
     
  • Reading. Mastering reading takes time and most students don't have time to master this skill. The best way to master the skill is to acquire the prerequisite vocabulary of GSL and GAL and practice reading section from 5 official tests. Most students find reading one of the most difficult tasks to master because they don't bother to acquire the needed vocabulary and don't practice 5 official tests
     
  • Grammar: Without grammar, you can't master writing portion of the test. So take it seriously. Take sentence correction practice tests listed on this website. It will asses your current grammar skills set. To learn grammar for writing fast you can also enroll into "Master Reading and Writing in 90 Hours' course offered by Auxtar.com
     
  • Writing. You can learn top scoring essay writing strategy in about 30 minutes. But to write a top scoring essay under test condition, you first need to master vocabulary and grammar. The best way to master writing is to master grammar and while you are mastering it, also Read and then Rewrite/Summarize 60-120  model essays / articles before the test.

To master Grammar and Writing foundation skills, you can take Auxtar's 'Master Reading and Writing in 90 Hour' course for your test. After taking this course, you would able to write high scoring coherent, cohesive and grammatically correct essay on any topic.

To master Listening and Speaking foundation, you can take  Auxtar's 'Master Listening and Speaking Foundation in 90 Hour' course which also includes 4 speaking assessment sessions from official exams by a tutor via Skype.