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									                                   Exam Preparation Guide
        This guide provides suggestions for what and how to study for your Level 6 exam, which covers
                                Units 7-12 in World Pass, Upper-Intermediate.
We have studied a lot of vocabulary this term, and the words and expressions we studied will likely
appear in all sections of the exam.

To get an overview of what this includes, you can look at the following:
    Vocabulary List Handouts, one for each chapter (links to these can be found under ‘homework’ on
       the online course calendar: http://www.unejn.org/L6.htm )
    Language Summaries for Units 7-12 on pp157-159
    Expansion Pages at the end of each chapter, for which the answers are on page168.
           o Unit 7 – pp88-89
           o Unit 8 – pp100-101
           o Unit 9 – pp112-113
           o Unit 10 – pp126-127
           o Unit 11 – pp128-139
           o Unit 12 – pp150-151

Here are some suggestions on how to study vocabulary:

Create a vocabulary notebook
In Vocabulary Myths, a book written for language teachers and students, the authors suggest using a
vocabulary notebook to learn new vocabulary. However, they caution that such a notebook is only useful
if it’s well-organized and usable. For each ‘vocabulary notebook’ entry, the authors suggest including:
                     the target word or phrase;
                     a translation;                                                       Online Resources
                     a synonym/antonym and/or key connecting word;                        www.google.com
                     a brief example (not a full sentence; just a good collocation).
Here is suggested way for organizing your entries:
    Come up with                            Resultar en, dar un resultado

    Produce or make (an answer)             _____________ a great solution

Retake the online quizzes for each chapter. Go to www.unejn.org → Level 6 →Links →World Pass
Upper-Intermediate Student Website→Select a Unit (7-12; in box) →Click on Quiz (on left). The first
part of each of these quizzes tests vocabulary.

Review the workbook exercises for each unit – especially the first (vocabulary) exercise.
Do, or redo, the crossword puzzles for Units 7-9 and for Units 10-12 (you can ask your instructor for
extra copies of these, if you like); and pp 114 and 152 reviews in your textbook.
         Other ideas?
Below is a list of grammar topics we have studied, textbook references, and suggested handouts and
websites for further practice. Our textbook’s online quizzes for each chapter are also very useful.
Grammar Topic                 Textbook Ref.      Suggested Handouts & Websites

Unit 7       Past Perfect     pp. 80-81          -Unit 7 workbook exercises - Grammar section
                              p. 163             -Unit 19: Past Perfect - handout
                                                 -Practice with forms: common irregular verbs – handout
                                                 -English Page Verb Tense Tutorial – click on
                                                  ‘Past Perfect’ for a lesson, and try quizzes 11-15
                                                 -Using English Quiz: Past or Past Perfect?
Unit 8        Gerunds &       pp. 92-93          -Unit 8 workbook exercises - Grammar section
              Infinitives     p. 163             -Gerunds & Infinitives chart - handout
                                                 -Test/Review of Gerunds &Infinitives - handout
                                                 -Gerunds & Infinitives classroom exercise
                                                 -EFLnet quiz on Gerunds & Infinitives
                                                 -Internet Language Center quiz on Gerunds & Infinitives
Unit 9     Relative Clauses   pp. 104-105        -Unit 9 workbook exercises - Grammar section
                              p. 164             -Unit 24: Adjective Clauses and Participles as Adjectives
                                                 -Relative Clauses classroom exercise
                                                 -Perdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) lesson
Unit 10        Embedded        pp. 118-119       -Unit 10 workbook exercises - Grammar section
          (Indirect) Questions p. 164            -English Zone lesson and quiz
                                                 -English Zone online lesson and quiz
                                                 -Grammar Lessons on the Web lesson and three quizzes
                                                 -Links to more online lessons and quizzes
Unit 11      Hypothetical     pp. 130-131        -Unit 11 workbook exercises - Grammar section
             Conditionals     p. 165             - Lesson 10: Grammar (conditionals) - handout
                                                 -Guide to Grammar and Writing online lesson and quiz
                                                 -English Page Conditional Tutorial – Study lessons on
                                                 ‘Present Unreal’ and ‘Past Unreal’ and try quizzes 4-6
Unit 12    Reported Speech    pp. 142-143        -Unit 12 workbook exercises - Grammar section
                              p. 165             - Dr. Benjamin Stock (reported speech) handout
                                                 - My English Teacher.net lesson and quiz
                                                 -The Internet TESOL Journal, quiz 1 and quiz 2
                                                 - English Learner quiz on reported speech
For the Level 6 exam only, there is a special reading section. It tests your overall reading proficiency in
English. Thus, this part of the exam will perfectly match what we have done in class, and the only way to
‘study’ for it is to read as much as possible.

For this part of the exam, you will read a series of short paragraphs. Each paragraph will be followed by
two or three yes/no questions. You will simply circle ‘YES’ or ‘No’.

The best advice I can give you for this part of the exam is to relax. You’ll do much better if you don’t get
too stressed out about it. Also, be sure to answer all the questions. Even if you don’t know the answer,
you have a 50% chance of getting it right if you try.

There are several things you can do to practice listening.
          Listen to the book’s audio recordings (again). In each chapter, we listened to one long audio
           recording and you were given a copy of the transcript. To listen again, you can go to our
           textbook’s student website, click on MP3 audio (on left), click to download a recording, and click
           on open (just to listen) or save (to save and listen later). NB: You‟ll need to use a „zip‟ program.
          Visit other websites that allow you to listen to recordings on similar topics (see list below).

Listening Topic          Textbook                   Suggested Websites

Unit       Crime         p.79                       Listen to related news stories & do exercises:
7                        The story of DB Cooper
                         The story about a                 http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/crime.html
                         famous thief
                                                           http://www.cdlponline.org/
                                                            (Click on ‘Law & Government’)

Unit       Money         p.91                       Listen to related news stories & do exercises:
8                        We need a plan
                         A meeting with a                  http://www.cdlponline.org/
                         financial advisor                  (Click on ‘Money’)
                                                    Listen to advice about personal finances
                                                           http://www.handsonbanking.org/

Unit       Family        p.103                      Listen to related news stories & do exercises:
9          Matters
                         Georgio‟s Ad                      http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Family’)
                         A news story about an
                         elderly man who posted            http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/adopt/storyweek.html
                         an ad to be ‘adopted’ by
                         a family                          http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/oradopt/storyweek.html
Unit   Travel          p.117                    Listen to related news stories & do exercises:
10                     There and back again
                       An interview with a             http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Going Places’)
                       man who traveled         Listen to interviews and answer questions:
                       around the world for a
                       year                            http://www.elllo.org/months/levels.htm
                                                        (Click on ‘High Intermediate’ or ‘Advanced’ and listen to
                                                        stories related to countries and travel)
                                                Watch short videos about neighborhoods in major cities:
                                                       http://www.turnhere.com/

Unit   Relationships   p. 129                   Practice everyday English in conversation
11                     Don‟t talk about that!
                       A recording of a blind          http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html

Unit   Emergencies     p. 141                   Listen to related news stories & do exercises:
12                     It‟s an emergency
                       The job of a 911                http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/disasters.html
                                                       http://www.cdlponline.org/
                                                        (Click on ‘Health & Safety’)
                                                Listen to interviews and answer questions:
                                                       http://www.elllo.org/months/levels.htm
                                                        (Click on ‘High Intermediate’ or ‘Advanced’ and listen to
                                                        stories related to emergencies)

In each chapter, we focused on a kind of writing. In the workbook exercises for each chapter, there is an
opportunity to practice. You can practice and give your writing to your instructor for feedback.

                           Writing Topic                     Textbook References

                           Unit 7    Narrative               p. 86

                           Unit 8    Argumentative           p. 98

                           Unit 9    Conclusion              p. 110

                           Unit 10   Complaint Letters       p. 124

                           Unit 11   Email – both formal p. 136
                                     and informal

                           Unit 12   Short magazine          p. 148
In each chapter, we have focused on one speaking situation. Below is a chart showing these.

In only 5 minutes, the examiner will not be able to cover all of these situations. In fact, he/she will likely
ask you only a few ‘warm up’ questions (e.g. How are you? Where are you from? Where do you work?)
and 1-2 questions like those suggested below. By doing so, he/she is checking if you can comfortably
talk about the kind of topics we’ve discussed in class. Although it is not necessary for you to use certain
vocabulary, using expressions found on the pages listed may make you sound more ‘natural’ and fluent.

  Unit                   Topic                                     Possible exam question

 Unit 7            Suggesting a course       The examiner will ask you to imagine a situation in which there
                    of action                 is no one ‘right’ answer and will ask you what you might do.
                                              For example:
p.82 and           Expressing a point of
  p.87              view gently               “Imagine you and I and shopping together. We see an elderly
                                              woman put some over-the-counter medicine into her shopping
                   Considering               bag. In such a situation, what do you think we should do?”
                                              “Imagine you are walking down the street when a frightened
                                              young woman carrying a small bag runs past you and hides in a
                                              doorway. Moments later, two men who say that they are
                                              undercover police approach you and ask if you‟ve seen the
                                              woman. Would you tell them where she went?”

 Unit 8            Making suggestions        The examiner will ask you for advice on what to do. For
  p. 94                                       My 60-year-old aunt, who has never visited New York before, is
                                              coming to visit me next week. Where do you think I should take
                                              Can you suggest a place in New York where I can get a nice
                                              [your nationality] meal?

 Unit 9            Stating your case         The examiner will ask for your opinion on a controversial topic.
                    (opinion)                 For example:
  p. 120           Responding to             Do you think marrying someone from another culture brings
and p.125           someone who has a         more problems or benefits?
                    different opinion         OR
                                              If you inherited a large sum of money, what is the first thing
                                              you‟d spend it on? Why?
                                              After your opinion, the examiner will likely disagree with you in
                                              order to encourage you to further defend your case.
 Unit 10       Explaining a plan        The examiner will ask you to describe a plan (or very tentative
                                         plan) that you have. For example:
               Taking things into
                consideration            What are you planning to do for your next vacation? (Why?)
                                         What do you think you might do after you retire?

 Unit 11       Responding to            The examiner may ask you ONE of two things:
p.132 and      Talking about a                  To respond to an invitation. For example:
  p. 137        hypothetical situation            I have two tickets to _____________ for tonight. Would
                                                  you like to go with me?

                                                 To respond to a hypothetical situation. For example: If
                                                  you could have dinner will any man or woman, past or
                                                  present, who would you choose and why?

 Unit 12       Reassuring someone       The examiner will ask you to imagine a situation. For example:
               Figuring out the
                situation                Imagine that I am at home watching TV when I hear the sound of
                                         running water. When I look up, I see a crack in the ceiling and
               Giving a solution        water coming down. Who should I call?[Your answer]
               Checking the solution
                                         OK, Imagine you are [Your answer], and I call you. Let‟s role
                                         play the phone call.

                                         Ring. Ring. [You answer the phone]

                                         Hi, ____________, this is _______ in Apartment 202. We have
                                         a BIG problem.

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