Universidad Veracruzana


31 enero, 2013 Autor:jocharan

General Information on the level of EXAVER 1

EXAVER Level 1 is a proficiency examination in English for General Beginners, which is not intentionally related to any particular course syllabus. It follows the general principles and standards of The Council of Europe’s Waystage 1990 document. These standards coincide with ALTE Level 1, and are similar to those required by UCLES at Key English Test Level. The general performance expectations of a candidate for the EXAVER Level 1 exam include the ability:

“to ask questions and to provide information, to elicit opinions, views, preferences, and to express them, to refer to past, present and future events, to express reasons why and conditions under which something may happen and to understand others doing so, etc.”

(Waystage 1990, p.6, J.A.van Ek and J.L.M. Trim, Council of Europe1991, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.)

Language Purposes
Specific Transactions Social relationships
Making plans related to travel, hotel reservations, appointments, free time pursuits Meeting people and getting to know them
Buying things, e.g. clothes, electrical appliances, stationery, etc Inviting, accepting and politely refusing invitations
Ordering food and drink in a restaurant Making suggestions
Giving and obtaining information
Personal details, such as name, address, age, date of birth, place of origin, etc. Exchanging information on sentiments, opinions, hopes, matters of general interest, e.g. to do with friends, families, home, social context, professional activities, free time activities, etc.
Factual, such as finding out how to get to a place, time of day, opening hours, concerning times, places, the kinds of services offered, kinds of food and drink available, etc.


Personal information/ relationships Pets and other animals
House, home, home town / Own and other countries General and personal health
Places of interest Food and Drink
Daily activities, including work and study/ Leisure activities Clothing/Shopping
Travel and holidays Weather
Family relations Services, for example, post office, bank, lost property, tourist information


Verb ‘to be’ / Imperative – May: affirmative, interrogative and negative / Must: affirmative, interrogative and negative
– Simple present: affirmative, negative, interrogative Like + -ing ( I like swimming) /
Like + to + vb (I like to swim)
– Present continuous: affirmative, negative, interrogative – Passive voice: be + past participle
– Simple past: affirmative, negative, interrogative Personal pronouns, object pronouns, possessive adjectives
– Present perfect: affirmative, negative, interrogative Demonstratives / Determiners / There is / there are / some / any / many / much
– Past continuous: affirmative, negative, interrogative Conjunctions: and/ but/ because/ when /if
Simple future / Going to – idiomatic future Prepositions of time, place
Let’s + vb, for suggetsions Regular and irregular adverbs of time, place, direction, degree, quality, manner
– Can: affirmative, interrogative and negative / Could: affirmative, interrogative and negative Conjunction, effect