CAE Use of English Part 1

Part 1: 12 questions

15 min. for the whole part

IELTS business


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has issued a strong warning against (1) .................... to candidates after a student from China revealed to SBS Mandarin News Australia how he was paid to (2) .................... the English language immigration test for others.

The TV station found (3) .................... of an emerging black market service that falsifies everything international students (4) .................... to get permanent residency in Australia: from organising (5) .................... passports to finding a substitute to sit their English exam for them. Those offering the service allegedly contact the 'substitute' students (6) .................... using a popular Chinese instant messaging program. SBS Mandarin found the IELTS substitution was almost an (7) .................... secret.

In related news, Curtin University has told a West Australia anti-corruption (8) .................... that it is considering closing its IELTS business following an incident in which a Curtin staff member, Keith Low, used IELTS software to fix results for students in (9) .................... for cash. Curtin representatives told the hearing that IELTS software often (10) .................... causing log-in problems that in turn led their staff to share passwords, leading to security lapses.

Professor Hackett of Curtin criticized the former monopoly that required those (11) .................... to study in Australia have an IELTS score: "If there had been more competition . . . it may have been necessary for [IELTS owner] Cambridge to progress faster in their software (12) .................... ."