FCE (First Certificate in English) Speaking- Common Mistakes


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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Published: 5th Jul 2011

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Use of English-style practice of typical mistakes in FCE Speaking 

Multiple choice
As in the FCE Use of English paper, only one of the four options below is correct each  
time. Check your answers with your teacher and then discuss why the other three options  
are wrong. 
When I was ________________, I went to Tunisia on a school trip.
a) in the second year of Junior High School
b) the second year of Junior High School
c) Junior High School student
d) a Junior High School

I _________________ English in primary school
a) learned
b) learnt
c) studyed
d) studied

I ______________ in Tokyo.
a) born
b) grew up
c) brought up
d) was raised

I live on the seventh floor of __________________.
a) a mansion
b) an apartment
c) a block of flats
d) a house

How often __________ to the cinema?
a) do you go
b) are you going
c) are you go
d) do you going

Do you enjoy ________ television?
a) watch
b) to watch
c) to watching
d) watching

What did you do_____________? 
a) at last weekend
b) last weekend
c) at weekend
d) at weekends

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

I am _____________ romantic novels 
a) interested
b) interested in
c) interesting
d) interesting in

My _____________ are Saturdays and Sundays
a) holidays
b) days off
c) off days
d) vacations

I ________________ judo
a) do
b) go
c) play
d) exercise

What _________________?
a) is your hobby
b) is your hobbies
c) are your hobby
d) are your hobbies

I have four _________________.
a) sibling
b) brothers and sisters
c) families
d) parents

Open cloze

Just as in the Use of English paper, add just one word to each gap below (contractions like  
“I’m” would count as two words so aren’t acceptable)

I almost ____________ go to the gym at the weekend.
Did you _________ on with your brothers and sisters when you were a child?
I ___________ brought up in Western Japan
I often ____________ jogging
I take _____________ my father more than my mother
I look ___________ my mother but our personalities are totally different
I didn't _____________ on with my younger sister when I was younger but now we are 
best friends

For extra practice, answer FCE Speaking Part One questions on the topics above (travel, 
language learning, hometown, accommodation, free time and family) and/ or do real FCE  
Use of English multiple choice and open cloze tasks. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2011

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