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31004: Read and understand a text for a practical purpose (EL)

Updated December 2019. This is a new document to address issues that have arisen from moderation.

Dictionary use (Guidance Information 8)

Learners may use a bilingual and/or a monolingual English dictionary, but not electronic devices, to help them read and understand the written texts. Monolingual dictionaries should be those designed for English language learners at level 3.

Vocabulary Levels (Guidance Information 11 (vii))

Guidance Information 11 (vii) indicates that the vocabulary of the text must be guided by the first 2000 words of the New General Service List  (NGSL). This means that most of the words will be within the first 2000 high frequency words. It is expected, however, that texts will also include topic-specific vocabulary relevant to the practical purpose.

Assessors may find the NGSL Vocabulary Profiler or English Profile Text Inspectortools useful for analysing the vocabulary level of texts to confirm suitability.

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