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Basic Final Examination – Level - B2 - English Language

Basic final examination verifies candidate’s language skills and his knowledge of the basic life phenomena of the language area. The content of the language examination is intended on everyday life situations and basic knowledge of political, economic and cultural issues of the language area compared with Slovakia.

The candidate should present his ability to understand spoken and written language and express his ideas to the determined topics independently, either in written or oral form, in the extent of language means determined by the difficulty level of basic final examination.

As for the level of diffculty, the basic final examination is from intermediate to upper intermediate level and it is comparable to an excellent result of final secondary school examination.

The Basic final examination consists of two parts – written and oral.
The candidate who does not succeed in the written part is not allowed to take the oral part.

The examination consists of 2 parts:

Written - consists of 4 subparts:
Dictation: (size of 100 words) read by the examiner 3 times - first slower, then the speed the candidate is able to write in his mother tongue, at the end the examiner reads the text once again in a usual speed. In this part candidates cannot use dictionaries.
Reading Comprehension: – candidates read the obtained text and elaborate the attached exercises. In this part the candidates cannot use dictionaries.
Translation, from candidates’ mother tongue into English - size 100 words. The candidate is expected to be able to translate into a foreign language on a particular level. Candidates are allowed to use dictionaries in this part.
Essay chosen by the candidates from three alternatives is elaborated in a size of the shortest 1 and a half A4 sheet form pages for the basic exam / 2 pages for the comprehensive exam. In this part the use of dictionaries is available.

Good quality dictionaries are recommended to be brought.

Oral - consists of 4 subparts:
Cutting: - a cut out part of an article from a newspaper or a magazine. Recent world news /politics, science, technology, health care…/ reading, analyses, discussion of the topic from the article is examined. No use of dictionaries is allowed in this part.
Conversation: – see the conversation topics attached
English Speaking Countries - see the topics attached
Literature: - the candidate introduces on his application form /basic exam 3; comprehensive exam 5/ British or American writers and their works which are supposed to be read in original. Candidates have to show the target language literature knowledge and analyze the work.

To prepare precisely for the basic final examination it is recommended:
Written part: to train writing (dictations) and reading comprehension regularly. As for the translation it is recommended to emphasize on correct translation, respecting the spirit of the language, different structures, phraseology, preposition constructions and idioms.
Oral part: the candidate can acquire knowledge about the geographical, economic, cultural and political issues, required in terms of syllabus, from publications issued here or abroad.

There is no compulsory literature to study, we can only recommend some authors and their works:
Peter Bromhead: Life in Modern Britain, Life in Modern America
John Oakland: A Dictionary of British Institutions, British Civilization
Eliška Morkesová: British and American History
Eliška Morkesová: British and American Life and Institutions
Eliška Morkesová: British and American Literature
Ondryášová,Holá: English and American Literature
Karel Veselý: The English Speaking Countries

The candidate should be also well informed about contemporary world affairs. It is recommended to follow daily press, magazines and news (TV or radio) in the target language.

System of Assessment:
a) small mistake: 1 bad point
b) big mistake: 4 bad points

big mistake:
-in grammar – a lack of knowledge of grammar rules
-in lexicology – changes or shades the meaning of the word
-in phraseology and stylistics interferes with the written expression
-basic spelling mistake

small mistake:
- the cases not named above

Grading:
4 grade classification: Excellent, Very good, Good and Unsatisfactory

a) Dictation:
Excellent: 1-4 bad points
Very good: 5-10 bad points
Good: 11-15 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 15 bad points

b) Translation and Essay:
Excellent: 1-7 bad points
Very good: 8-16 bad points
Good: 17-25 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 25 bad points

c) Reading Comprehension:
Excellent: up to 90%
Very good: up to 80%
Good: up to 70%
Unsatisfactory: less than 70%

Topics: English Speaking Countries

1. GB - A Short Survey (Geography, Industries, Agriculture)
2. USA - A Short Survey (Geography, Industries, Agriculture)
3. The Important Periods in the History of GB
4. The Important Periods in the History of the USA
5. Capital of GB
6. Capital of the USA (or New York)
7. System of Government in GB
8. System of Government in the USA
9. Education System in GB
10. Education System in the USA
11. Life in GB (Customs, Traditions, Holidays)
12. Life in the USA (Customs, Traditions, Holidays)
13. My Favourite British Writer (the work you have read)
14. My Favourite American Writer (the work you have read)

Topics: Conversation

1. My Daily Programme
2. Hobbies
3. Sports (winter and summer), differences between sports and games, the Olympic Games
4. My Family (members of my family, sharing housework...)
5. My Plans for the Future
6. My Home Town
7. Travelling (in our country, abroad, ways of travelling...)
8. Holidays
9. At the Restaurant (Slovak cuisine, Menu for a festive dinner)
10. Important Cultural Events in Slovakia / Bratislava
11. Shopping
12. Take a Visitor for a Trip Round Our Country
13. Sightseeing in Bratislava
14. Why Do People Learn Foreign Languages? What About You?