General Information on the EXAVER 2 test

EXAVER 2 is a proficiency examination in General English, which is not intentionally related to any particular course syllabus. It follows the general principles and standards of The Council of Europe’s Threshold 1990 document. These standards coincide with ALTE Level 2, and are similar to those required by UCLES at Preliminary English Test (PET) Level. The general performance expectations of a candidate for the EXAVER Level 2 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. Also, they will have to be familiar with certain social conventions and common assumptions inherent in manners of expression in the English Language, and they will need to be aware of how cultural differences may be reflected in communicative behavior.”

(Waystage 1990, p,5. J.A.van Ek and J.L.M. Trim, Council of Europe1991, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.)

Transactions
Asking for repetition, clarification and explanation in written or spoken mode, out, e.g.:
With immigration/security officers, police, officialsUsing private transportation / Using public services
While making arrangements for accommodation, mealsSeeking/using educational services
During situations arising while shopping/buying consumer goodsFinding the way
During situations arising related to the use of public transportationCommunicating at work
Using information services / Visiting public placesOffering and accepting private hospitality
Giving and getting factual information.Socializing (greeting, addressing people, introducing, taking leave).
Expressing and finding out attitudes (agreeing, disagreeing, probability, certainty, preference, intention, regret, sympathy, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, fear, surprise, disappointment, approval, gratitude.Structuring and repairing communication (asking for clarification, introducing a topic, correcting oneself, summarizing, exemplifying, asking for help, paraphrasing, asking for spelling, closing a conversation).
Getting things done (suggesting, advising, warning, instructing, asking for help, inviting, accepting and declining invitations).
General conversation/social interaction involving exchanging information, expressing and understanding opinions, attitudes, feelings, hopes, wishes on a range of topics:
Personal life, home, familyHouse and home
Community and social relationsDaily activities, including work and study
Current eventsTravel and holidays
WeatherFamily relations
Work and/or studiesHealth/Education
Leisure activities and interestsFood and Drink
Travel, places of interest, different countriesClothing /Shopping
ShoppingGiving directions to places
Eating outLanguage/Services
Personal information
Verb ‘to be’ / Imperative Conjunctions
– Simple present: affirmative, negative interrogative: for states and habits Transitive and intransitive forms – Prepositions: Time, position, distance, (at, in, on) direction, origin, duration, anteriority, posteriority, frequency, manner, agency, instrumentality, benefaction, possession, inclusion, exclusion, similarity See: Threshold 1990, p.132/133 for complete list
– Present continuous: affirmative, negative, interrogative: for present actions and future plans Verbs used as subjects
– Simple past: affirmative, negative, interrogative: past events – Adverbs: Manner / Frequency / Time Degree / Direction / Sequence Comparative and superlative forms
– Present perfect: affirmative, negative, interrogative Imperatives
– Past continuous: affirmative, negative, interrogative: interrupted actions, parallel past actions – Passive voice structures: present, past simple, + infinitive ( I prefer my fish to be fried), with ‘should’ (I think we should be told!)
– Simple future: offers, promises, predictions – Adjectives: Attributive / Predicative /Participial Colour, size, shape, quality, nationality, Cardinal and ordinal numbers
– Going to – idiomatic future: future plans / intentions. Verb phrases, such as: I want to dance / I enjoy swimming
– Present perfect: recent past, general experience, unfinished past – Possessive adjectives: Physical attributes / Characteristics Physical qualities of objects / Moral qualities of animates Emotional states / Probability Quantitative / some / any / many / much/ a few / a lot of / all / a little / lots of / Regular and irregular comparative forms of adjectives / Regular and irregular superlative forms of adjectives.
– Past perfect: narrative, reported speech – Conditional structures: type 0, type 1, type 2
– Modals: can, could, would, will, shall, should, may, might, have (got) to, ought to, must, mustn’t, need, needn’t, used to + infinitive – Determiners: Indefinite article ‘a’, for unspecified persons/things (There is a man at the door), to specify frequency (twice a day), to designate amount (15 pence a kilo). Definite article ‘the’, Pre- and postdeterminers
Reported statements and questions using ‘say’, ‘ask’, ‘tell’ Gerund as present participle
– Pronouns: Subject pronouns, object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, idientifying. Impersonal pronouns: there is / there are / Genitive (and apostrophe)

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