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UE Section E Practical Skills For Work & Study. The Syllabus Examining Time for Section E : 1 Hour 45 Minutes ; Weighting : 28%. Content. Syllabus Test materials Test items Skills Examination skills Study & reasoning skills Reading skills Writing skills Task control Situation

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UE Section EPractical Skills For Work & Study

The Syllabus

Examining Time for Section E :

1 Hour 45 Minutes ; Weighting : 28%

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  • Syllabus

    • Test materials

    • Test items

  • Skills

    • Examination skills

    • Study & reasoning skills

    • Reading skills

    • Writing skills

  • Taskcontrol

    • Situation

    • Mark Vs Time Allocation

    • Task instruction

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Section EPractical Skills for Work and Study

In general terms, the set tasks involve:

  • Locatingand processing information

  • Identifying and solving communication problems

  • Carrying out communication tasks

    TestMaterials - in the form of a booklet includes

  • Transcription of a dialogue

  • Leaflet

  • Letter

  • Memo

  • Notices etc…

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Section EPractical Skills for work and Study

Information may also be presented graphically


  • In tables

  • Histograms

  • Flow charts

  • Graphs

  • Pictures etc…


  • Todetermine the ability of candidates to process information

  • To compare and contrast information from a variety of sources

  • To integrate and categorize information

  • To use this information in dealing with a variety of communication tasks and problems

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SkillsExamination Skills

  • Task Control

    • The requirements of the tasks must be assessed accurately.

    • Students must read instructions, questions and examples very carefully and make sure they are doing what they are asked to do.

  • Steps& Strategies

    • Students should have adequate practice in analyzing the tasks and determining what steps are necessary in order to carry the tasks out as required.

  • Speed &Timing

    • The importance of time management must be stressed.

    • Candidates should organize their time so that each task is attempted.

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SkillsStudy &Reasoning Skills

  • To exercise judgment

  • To demonstrate the ability to organize information

  • To determine what is important or relevant.

    The candidate may be required to :

  • Differentiate between fact and opinion,

  • Provide evidence for a particular conclusion,

  • Draw conclusions from given evidence,

  • Categorize and classify information,

  • Determine cause or effect,

  • Define terms,

  • Formulate hypotheses for investigation, and

  • Determine the nature of communication problems to be solved.

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SkillsReading Skills

  • To match the reading technique to the task.

    Itemsmay require :

    • Rapidscanning to locate information

    • Skimming so that the gist of a passage is understood

    • Reading for detailed information.

  • The information sought will relate not only facts presented and their implications

    Butmay include identifying:

    • The purposes, feelings and attitudes of the writer,

    • The assumptions made by the writer, and

    • Inferences or predictions which might be made be made on the basis of what is written.

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SkillsReading Skills-basic control

Basic Control

  • Beforereading, you should look at the title of the text, and ask yourself:

    • What am I going to read about?

    • What do I expect to find out from it?

  • As well as thinking ahead to what you are going to read, you should try to get clues about the content of the text by looking quickly at:

    • Any sub-titles

    • Any illustrations or diagrams

    • The first line of each paragraph

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SkillsReading Skills-Skimming

Basic Skills

Skimming involves running your eyes over a text to see

  • What it covers

  • How it is planned (how the information is arranged)

  • If it contains information that interests you or that you are looking for.

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SkillsReading Skills-Scanning

Basic Skills

  • Scanning involves going through a text for ‘KEY WORDS’ connected with the information you are trying to obtain.

    Vertical Reading + Word shape Recognition

  • Scanningmay lead you to

    • The LOCATION of an Answer.

    • WHERE ‘Selecting Relevant Information’ should begin.


    • Go through All the Questions Once

    • Check Titles // Sub-titles

    • Circle the Key Word(s)

    • Apply Full Sentence Checking

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SkillsWriting skills

  • All the information needed for completing the task will be provided and the communicative purpose will be stated.

    Types of writing will include:

    • Reports,

    • Minutes of meetings,

    • Memoranda, and

    • Formal letters on a variety of topics.

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Role ( who am I ?)



Relationship with all other components.

Task Instruction


Give suggestion

Give evidence


Senior > junior

Junior > senior

Same level

Presented Format





MarkVS Time Allocation


54marks for 50 - 55 mins

33 marks for 30 - 34 mins

15 marks for 10 - 15 mins

Task Control

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Procedure Manual

  • 1. Understand the task – Question, Instruction, situation

  • 2. Look at the content page of Data file to find out relevant materials

  • – F & O

  • -function of the articles

  • 3. Locate the right material and extract the right information:

  • Drop notes – skimming and scanning – content + language

  • (taking notes) - discourse markers

  • – conclusion, inference

  • 4. use the notes: categorizing, summarizing, paraphrasing – text, change order,

  • interpretation of non-linear text: find out basic components, what’s common, what’s different, highest and lowest information

  • 5. put them in proper format and write the whole task: different format of writing text, find out the right language to address the function of the task.

  • Reason: …because

  • - Effects:…will

  • - Argument: It is without doubt…CA: Someone may say…

  • Refutation: But…