Clone of Dictionary use

Candidates sitting for the written part of Euroexam are allowed to use dictionaries during the test. In addition, they are also allowed to use a dictionary in the preparation phase of the spoken exam.

Benefits of dictionary use

  • The use of a dictionary is an important skill in successfully day-to-day communication
  • Dictionaries have been proven to enhance students confidence in an examination environment
  • Dictionaries help students perform to the best of their abilities

So how can I benefit from this?

  • You can use the dictionary to supplement your knowledge, e.g. to find words you want to use in your presentation
  • You can check words in the instructions to make sure you fully understand what you have to do
  • You can check the correct use of linking words in the writing section (e.g. 'although' is used in complex sentences)
  • You can proofread your own piece of writing to eliminate some errors (e.g. checking prepositions, irregular past tenses, infinitive or gerund etc.)
  • You can check the most vital words in a reading task (make sure you only use the dictionary on target sentences, i.e. the ones where the answer to the question is)
  • You can use it during the preparation time before the spoken exam to find more descriptive words to express yourself with
  • You can use it in the listening test to check some wording in the printed comprehension questions (you can only use the dictionary after the audio stopped playing) 

What kind of dictionary can I use?

  • monolingual (English-English)
  • bilingual (e.g. English-Russian, Russian-English)
  • printed (no electronic or online dictionaries can be used)
  • without any handwritten notes

The good news is you can bring any of the above types of dictionaries. You can even bring more than one if you’d like!

Tips on dictionary use in the exam

Reading

You may use a dictionary throughout this test.
Suggestion: Use your dictionary to look up unknown words in the questions and instructions. In the reading texts, only look up words which you think are important for doing the task.
Don’t try to look up all the unknown words in the reading texts.

Writing

You may use a dictionary throughout this test.
Suggestion: Use the dictionary if the task itself is not sufficiently clear to you. (The situation, information about the theme, points to include in your letter, etc). Then only use the dictionary when you have finished writing in order to check the expressions and verb forms about which you feel uncertain.

Listening

You may use a dictionary in the last 5 minutes, when you are transferring your answers to the Answer Sheet. During the recording, you must not use the dictionary in any way.
Suggestion: Use the dictionary to look up unknown words in the questions to see if you have understood the question correctly.
Don’t try to write down unfamiliar words from the listening texts, and then try in the last 5 minutes to find these in the dictionary.

Speaking

You can use the dictionary during the ten-minute preparation time you have for Task Two, Picture Story.
Suggestion: Think through the story and note down key words (especially the nouns and verbs) you will need to tell the story. Make sure you know how to put them into sentences.
Don’t look up new and difficult words and expressions when you already know simpler ones