Preparing for BEC Higher Reading

Candidates should

the rubrics for each part carefully. This may save time as you can give information about the overall context for the text.

through the whole of the texts for Parts 1-3 before attempting the questions. If you start answering questions too hastily by selecting the first options that look possible superficially, you may later discover that you were wrong and waste time doing the questions all over again.

sure that the answers for Part 1 are justified in terms of genuine paraphrases in the texts or extracts, equivalent to the statements, and are not based on a purely superficial resemblance, such as simple ‘word-spotting’.

sure in Part 2 that each sentence chosen to fit into each gap fits both grammatically and in terms of the meaning of the text both before and after the gap.

the whole of each sentence in Part 6 before deciding whether a line is correct or identifying an error in it; this is likely to involve reading the next line or previous lines.