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2010 CET-4 article “Brief History of Black Boxes” taken from Time Magazine

Below is an analysis of an article from the 2010 CET-4 exam. The original of this article, dated July 2009, was taken from the American news magazine, Time. If CET test designers are using real news media articles for their … Continue reading

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Problems with the CET

Duqin Wang (Foreign Language School, Beijing Normal University, PhD candidate) Foreign Language Test Policy and Social Development Needs: “CET4/6, as a national examination to evaluate the attainment of the goals prescribed by College English Curriculum Requirements, belongs to the domain … Continue reading

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Analysis of the CET test – Reverse Engineering

I have been reverse engineering the CET test or tracing back from the correct answer to (1) determine exactly what English was necessary to answer that question correctly and (2) how did the student acquire that English to answer the … Continue reading

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CET preparation strategies – Push or Pull? The Yao Ming solution

Can studying about Yao Ming actually help our students learn and remember more useful words for the CET test than studying former tests? Must we use boring materials to teach our students with or can we use something interesting, even … Continue reading

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Where do CET articles come from and how are they changed?

Below is an analysis of an article from the 2010 CET-4 exam. The original of this article, dated November 2006, was taken from the American newspaper, Washington Post. The first important question that comes to mind from this is the … Continue reading

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