General Information on the EXAVER 1 test

EXAVER 1 is a proficiency examination in English for General Beginners, which is not intentionally related to any particular course syllabus. It follows the general principles and standards of The Council of Europe’s Waystage 1990 document. These standards coincide with ALTE Level 1, and are similar to those required by UCLES at Key English Test (KET) level. The general performance expectations of a candidate for the EXAVER 1 exam include the ability:

“to ask questions and to provide information, to elicit opinions, views, preferences, and to express them, to refer to past, present and future events, to express reasons why and conditions under which something may happen and to understand others doing so, etc.”

(Waystage 1990, p.6, J.A.van Ek and J.L.M. Trim, Council of Europe1991, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.)

Specific Transactions Social Relationships
Making plans related to travel, hotel reservations, appointments, free time pursuits Meeting people and getting to know them
Buying things, e.g. clothes, electrical appliances, stationery, etc. Inviting, accepting and politely refusing invitations
Ordering food and drink in a restaurant Making suggestions
Personal details, such as name, address, age, date of birth, place of origin, etc.Exchanging information on sentiments, opinions, hopes, matters of general interest, e.g. to do with friends, families, home, social context, professional activities, free time activities, etc.
Factual information such as finding out how to get to a place, time of day, opening hours, concerning times, places, the kinds of services offered, kinds of food and drink available, etc.
Personal information/ relationshipsPets and other animals
House, home, home town / Own and other countriesGeneral and personal health
Places of interestFood and Drink
Daily activities, including work and study/ Leisure activitiesClothing/Shopping
Travel and holidaysWeather
Family relationsServices, for example, post office, bank, lost property, tourist information
Verb ‘to be’ / ImperativeMay / Must
Simple presentPassive voice: be + past participle
Present continuousPersonal pronouns, object pronouns, possessive adjectives
Simple pastDemonstratives / Determiners / There is / there are / some / any / many / much
Present perfectConjunctions: and/ but/ because/ when /if
Past continuousPrepositions of time, place
Simple future / idiomatic futureRegular and irregular adverbs of time, place, direction, degree, quality, manner
 Let’s + vb, for suggestionsConjunction, effect
Can /Could

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