In the Cambridge First Exam both the Reading and Use of English are part of the same exam. The total time for the exam is 1 hour 15 minutes. However, there are separate scores for each and the answer lists the questions from 1 to 7.

Reading & Use of English Design

In the Use of English there are four exercises listed from 1-4.  The Reading exercises are listed as questions 5-7.

Number of Questions

The complete Reading & Use of English exam has a total of 52 questions.

Use Of English Part 1 Multiple Cloze
There are 8 questions in this part and each correct answer is one mark.

Use Of English Part 2 Modified Cloze Gap-Fill
There are 8 questions in this part and each correct answer is one mark.

Use Of English Part 3 Word Building
There are also 8 questions in this part and each correct answer is one mark.

Use Of English Part 4 Word Transformation
There are 6 questions in this part and each completely correct answer is two marks.

Reading Part 5 Multiple Choice
There are now 6 questions in this part and each correct answer is two marks.

Reading Part 6 Paragraph Matching
There are 6 questions in this part and each correct answer is two marks.

Reading Part 7 Multiple Matching
There are 10 questions in this part and each correct answer is one mark.

Some Exam Tips

Be careful with your time
You should spend 30-35 minutes on the Use of English and 40-45 minutes on the reading.

Order of exercises
It is generally a good idea to do the Use of English exercises first as you can finish them more quickly. With the reading exercises do them according to how difficult you find them, with the most difficult exercise last.

One thing will never change is that your answer sheet is king. With computer correction now used for much of the exam nobody can guess what those empty spaces on the answer sheet might have been.

Remember too that the 10 minute reminder at the end of the exam may be too late to start copying your answers. The 5 minute reminder certainly is and you will not get any extra time to finish copying all of your answers.

Download a sample exam from the Cambridge website. (Zip file)