Posts Tagged ‘examinations’

Do not feed cheaters!

2 March 2019

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Tom Berenger as Jonathan Shale in “The Substitute“.

Dir. Robert Mandel. 1996]

In tests, controls and examinations teachers must avoid questions on BASICS which could be easily copied on a slip of paper. Do not feed cheaters!

In case a teacher would like to check the student´s learning of the days of the week, ordinal numbers from 1st to 12th, for example, he shouldn’t directly ask like this “write all days of the week in order” or “complete the numbers missing on the following list first, se……., th….., fourth ………..ninth …

Another way might be as follows:

a/Pass these messages into Spanish

She will meet her friend Joan next Thursday at 5.44


*Are you coming with us to the zoo tomorrow?

**You mean, tomorrow Tuesday?


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Reminder.-examinations, controls, tests

26 February 2018

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  1. Remember not to use pencil. Your writing might be accidentally erased
  2. Write your name, surname, class group and date on the top part of the paper
  3. Be clear when answering the exercises. Nice handwriting is always welcome
  4. Try to separate words
  5. Avoid spelling mistakes
  6. Ask for another sheet of paper in case you need it
  7. Do not talk during the examination time
  8. Do not copy the answers from the book, notebook, cheats or classmates
  9. If you have made a mistake in the exam paper, cross out the wrong part and show the right answer next to it
  10. Do not give more than one answer to one question. Write the answer only once


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Certain questions you can find in examinations of language

1 March 2017

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A pencil and a crossword puzzle.



Ask: pregunte

Answer: responda

Draw a house with four windows: dibuje una casa con cuatro ventanas

Make questions for these answers: haga preguntas para estas respuestas

Translate these sentences into Spanish: traduzca estas oraciones al castellano

Give the meaning of these expressions: dé el significado de estas expresiones


Choose the right option: elija la opción correcta

Circle: rodee con un círculo

Match letters with numbers: asocie letras y números

Write: escriba

Circle T for True: rodee con un círculo la T si elige verdadero

Translate into Spanish: traduzca al castellano

Pass into English: pase al inglés


Translation: traducción

Dictation: dictado

Listening: audio (ejercicio de escucha)

Reading comprehension: lectura comprensiva

Read the text: lea el texto

Answer the questions: conteste a las preguntas

Essay: redacción


Fill in the missing information: complete la información que falta

Basics: básicos (números, gramática, vocabulario)

Functional language: lenguaje funcional (lenguaje práctico)

Write cardinal numbers … in letters: escriba los números cardinales … en letra

Give your opinion about the following topic...: opine sobre el tema siguiente…


Conjugate the present perfect tense in the negative form of the verb TO KNOW: conjugue el pretérito perfecto compuesto en forma negativa del verbo TO KNOW

Make one sentence using ME: haga una oración utilizando ME

Underline the right option: subraye la opción correcta

What would you do if ..?: ¿qué haría usted si …?

Write all three forms of these verbs… : escriba las tres formas de estos verbos


[If you are reading this post and have some new types of questions asked in examinations of language, please share them. Your comments are welcome]


The After Exam Page (1.4) for Business English 1

16 December 2016

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Business English 1



  1. Revise the names of countries: Germany (Alemania), France (Francia), Poland (Polonia), Denmark (Dinamarca), Spain (España) . People who live in those countries are called like these: the Germans (alemanes / los alemanes), the French (franceses / los franceses), the Polish (polacos), the Danish (daneses), the Spanish (españoles)
  2. Do not forget October when you write the months of the year. Remember that there are twelve months. November is written exactly like that: November. Do not confuse foreign languages such as French and English. [foreign.extranjero]
  3. Cardinal numbers are one, two, three, four, … fifteen (fiveteen is not a number. It doesn´t exist) . Ordinal numbers are first, second, third, fourth, fifth
  4. Study, learn, memorize abbreviations from the handouts or packs of papers: (arroba) , on delivery (pago contra-reembolso), soon as possible (tan pronto como sea posible)
  5. Be ready to learn words, verbs and expressions from the PDF linked on @moodle (Aula Virtual)
  6. Basics is a kind of exercise you will have to do perfectly well. Read and reread all the basics: pronouns, vocabulary lists of words and verbs, how to tell the time, numbers, etcetera
  7. You should be able to conjugate verbs in the present tense and the past tense in Spanish and English. Practise conjugations in your notebook. [should.debería] [be able.ser capaz]
  8. Example of conjugation:

I do not understand / you do not understand / he does not understand / we do not            understand / you do not understand / they do not understand (ellas no entienden)

  1. Write clear. Make your letters, words and expressions easy to read.
  2. Do not use extremely small letters in a paper exam, please! **

Be good & good luck!



Classes are always first, examinations come afterwards

14 November 2015


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14 June 2014

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I am a teacher of English, aren´t I? Well, I do lots of things and one of them is preparing exams. One of the questions I usually ask is about personal opinion on current, controversial matters. On this occasion I ask : 

ESSAY: When you have an argument, do you forget about quickly or sulk? (write your opinion in about 20 words)

And I get this answer about life and love:




YOLO, You Only Live Once, you know. ;.) Cool, Olena!

Mistakes Michael Makes

17 December 2013

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Michael gets very nervous whenever he takes an exam. Michael does not read questions slowly or twice. Michael forgets to number every exercise. This guy leaves sentences unfinished. Michael´s handwriting is not clear or nice.

Yes, Michael never highlights the circumstance of an incomplete activity by writing ON THE OTHER SHEET or SEE NEXT PAGE, for example. This student seems to be a stranger in a foreign country

Michael, man, you do not normally listen to the teacher´s instructions. Remember you did not pay attention to his stories or advice. You are one of those tippex freak users in exam sheets. You never tried to participate, understand or study for hours.

Michael, do you feel a rare feeling towards teachers? You do not know how to write the seven days of the week. Despite that, you look happy when you write Thuesday* instead of Thursday. You ignore the difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers. Oh, kid, you are unable to say 12th in your own language.

You still haven´t entered moodle in spite of the fact that your teacher keeps saying fantastic things about it.

Michael, Michael you write Wensday*, you write fiveteen*. Michael you forget the subject in sentences. You do not learn vocabulary by heart, you do not practise English language. You look like a dictionary hater, you blame teachers for everything. You arrive late and do not do the homework.

 *[Thursday / Wednesday / fifteen]

Just joking, kids!

10 December 2013

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The other day I was a bit bored at home and decided to play a trick on my students.

I am such a moodle freak that I wrote an entry in there under the headline “answer keys to the first evaluation exam of English language”. Of course, I knew that most students would love to have the answers to the exam for free, that is, with no effort. And that was it! Some of my pupils clicked on the blue link to get this:


To make things worse, I put this message “what did you expect?” and this emoticon 😉

Translation exams & option B

17 November 2013

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(Mark Rothko)


Translation exam.- Those students who have brought their bilingual dictionary must translate the English text into Spanish language and look for the meaning of a small pack of Spanish words and idioms in order to jot down the English version onto the paper exam.

Option B.- Those students who have forgotten their dictionary might take an A4 paper with exercises on grammar, vocabulary, Basics or conjugation of verbs. For this option, marking should be inferior to translation exams.

(Sources for these tests: textbook, workbook, readers, press cuttings, the internet) 

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