Guided learning hours: 80-100 approx.
Pass marks: Refer:<50%; Pass: 50-64%; Merit: 65-79%; Distinction: 80%+
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What does Preliminary test?
Preliminary is the first of the levels to divide the language tested into separate skills: reading (including use of English), writing, listening, and speaking. The speaking is optional. The new things tested at this level are:
What does the Preliminary STEP test?
- About 400 more words (800 altogether, counting the 400 from previous levels)
- Understanding and use of the past simple, regular and irregular verbs
- Instructions and commands
- Adjectives and modifiers, for descriptive and comparative purposes
- Possession – expressions of ownership
- Countable and uncountable things, quantifiers both positive and negative
What does the student have to do in their Preliminary exam?
- Multiple choice questions
- Fill in gaps
- Answer questions
- Write questions
- Write sentences
- Answer true/false questions
Student performance indicators
- Has a basic active vocabulary of about 400 words
- Can communicate present and past events, recently completed actions and life experiences
- Can communicate where things are and when things happen
- Can express opposites, comparisons and ownership
- Can ask questions, answer questions, and write full sentences
Grammar and structures list
Grammar and Structure
What are they used for?
|Past Simple including common irregular past forms as well as regular forms, interrogative and negative||Talking about past events||We watched a football match on TV last night.
I drove to the hotel.
Did John drink all the orange juice?
|Present Perfect Simple
interrogative and negative
|Talking about actions only recently completed
Talking about experiences
|The man has just eaten the sandwich
Have you ever been to London?
I have never seen a dolphin.
|Can + bare infinitive||Talking about skills.||
I can play the guitar.
|Imperative||Following single-step instructions in a familiar context||Take a piece of paper.
Stand near the door.
|Basic adjectives||For descriptive purposes, including expressing opposites||
My father bought a new car yesterday.
|Comparatives and superlatives||Talking about comparisons between people and things||John isn't as tall as Jane.
Sue is the tallest / the most beautiful girl in our class.
My rabbit is older than /more beautiful than my friend's rabbit.
|The possessive form||Expressing ownership||
The sandwich is Jane's
|Mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs||Talking about ownership,
possessions, who things belong to
|My bicycle is newer than yours.
That book is mine.
|much, many, a lot, a lot of||Talking about amounts of things which can and cannot be counted||How much money have you got? I've got a lot of it!
It rains a lot in England
How many brothers has she got?
Talking about things which can and cannot be counted, in the positive and negative
|There is some bread.
There isn't any butter.
|by, with, next to||Talking about where things are||
The children are standing next to the clock.
|ever, never, ago, yet, just||Talking about when things happen||
I went to Paris six years ago.