General Information on the EXAVER 3 test

EXAVER 3 The performance expectations of a candidate for the EXAVER 3 correspond to ALTE 3 which, in turn, derives from the Council of Europe’s Vantage Level as expressed in its document Vantage 2001. At this level, learners are able to cope with transactional situations in everyday life, and are able to deal with these when they are problematic or take an unexpected direction. They are thus able to ask for repetition, clarification and explanation in these unpredictable transactions. They can also analyze people’s opinions and argue for or against them, summarize discussion, express conclusions and explain reasons for maintaining or altering their own arguments, on the basis of reading or discussion.

Contacts with officialsVisiting public places
Arrangements for acommodation / mealsUsing public services
Shopping: buying consumer goodsEducational services
Using public/private transportFinding the way
Using information servicesCommunicating at work
Private hospitality
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).Complaining/Describing/Evaluating
Giving opinionsExpressing obligation
Giving and getting factual informationExpressing necessity
Making deductionsSuggesting
Personal informationHealth / Education
House and homeFood and Drink
Ecology and environmentClothing / Shopping
Daily activities, including work and studyGiving directions to places
Leisure activitiesLanguage
Cinema and theatrePublic and private services
Travel and holidaysWeather
Family and relations / Friends and other relationships
Verb forms (include affirmative, negative and interrogative forms unless otherwise stated)
Lexical Verbs
– Present
Simple: for states and habits
Continuous: for present actions and future plans
Word order – adverbs and adjectives
– Simple Past
Past events
Adjectives/nouns/verbs/followed by prepositions
– Simple future: offers, promises, predictions Prepositions preceding nouns and adjectives
– Going to: idiomatic future: future plans / intentions Linkers
Future perfect and Future continuous Phrasal Verbs
– Present perfect: recent past, general experience, unfinished past. In simple and continuous forms – Pronouns:
Subject pronouns, object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, possessive pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns
Impersonal pronouns: there is / there are
– Past perfect: narrative, reported speech. In simple and continuous forms Determiners:
a, the
Modals Prepositions
time, place
Auxiliary Verbs
Non-modal (BE, DO, HAVE): all forms (includes “tenses”) BE (7.1.2.1, P.150)
HAVE (7.1.2.2, p.150)
DO (7.1.2.3)
Modal Verbs
Adjectives
Colour, size, shape, quality, nationality
Cardinal and ordinal numbers
Possessive adjectives
Quantitative some / any / many / much/ a few / a lot of / all
Comparative forms of adjectives
Superlative forms of adjectives
Passive voice structures: all tenses Adverbs
Reported statements and questions using a full range of reporting verbs Manner
Conditional structures Frequency
Gerunds and infinitives Time
Wish / it’s time / I’d rather / as if / though Degree
Causative have Direction
Comparative and superlative forms Sequence

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