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Selectividad 2011-2012 English Exam- Answers (Andalucia)

20 Jun

Word Formation and Grammar Review- Selectividad

10 Jun

Forming Nouns:

Selectividad Practice Exams

1 Jun

Hi, here are some practice exams from the past years in Andalucia,  You can download them!

Andalucia PAU- Year 2010-2011

2010-2011 Option A:  “Children’s popularity directly linked to their size, study finds”
Option B:  “New York”

2010-2011 Children’s Popularity…New York

2010-2011 Option A ¨Asking for help helps meeting people¨
                        Option B ¨Emerging Market Giants¨

2010-2011 Selectividad- asking for help, emerging giants

2010-2011 Option A ¨An original way of meeting people¨
Option B ¨Eating less meat could save lives¨

2010-2011 Original Way of Meeting people-Eating less meat…

2010-2011 Option A ¨The Internet and Safety¨
Option B ¨Zara, a Spanish Success Story¨

2010-2011 Internet safety…Zara, a Spanish Success Story

2010-2011 Option A ¨German Schools to Teach Online Privacy¨
Option B ¨Newly-released UFO files¨

2010-2011 German schools online privacy….Newly-released UFO files

More exams:

2010-2011 Education helps brain against dementia changes
2010-2011 ‘Too posh to push myth’ exposed, say researchers

Andalucia PAU- Year 2009-2010

2009-2010  Option A ¨Green energy industry asks for government help to meet targets¨
Option B ¨Social care for graduates: compassionate embrace¨

2009-2010 “Green energy industry…-Social care for graduates”

2009-2010 Option A “Can Africa be saved?”
Option B “A doctor’s vision of the future of medicine.”

2009-2010 “Can Africa be saved…A doctor’s vision…”

 2009-2010  Option A: “Can humans control the weather?”
Option B:  “Indian woman gives birth at age 70.”

2009-2010 “Can humans control the weather…Indian woman…”

2009-2010 Option A “Affordable, accessible coverage options for all”
                         Option B “Bullying at school”

2009-2010 Affordable coverage…bullying at school

2009-2010 Option A “An atlas of the humand mind”
Option B ” Micro-credits for the poor”

2009-2010 An atlas of the human mind…Micro-credits for the poor

Andalucia PAU- Year 2008-2009

2008-2009 Spain: a migration country

2008-2009 Virtual or Plastic

2008-2009 The high price of low-cost airlines

2008-2009 Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packets

2008-2009 Global Warming

2008- 2009 Ultra-thin barbie: girls potentially in danger

2008-2009 In Britain, some teachers would support the return of the cane

2008-2009 Natural Disasters

2008-2009 A “zero” waste community

2008-2009 Video Game Addiction

2008-2009 First languages fear second place

Exams from 2006-2007

2007 “The Big Bottle”

2007 “Child Exploitation”

2007 “A New Tax on Rubbish”

2007 “Plastic Surgery Beauty or Beast”



Exams 2005-2006

2005-2006 SMOKING IN PUBS?






Exams 2004-2005

2004-2005 “Home Alone”

2004-2005 “Spyphones”

2004-2005 “Yellow Journalism”

2004-2005 “The Global Village”

2004-2005 “Married or Single”

2004-2005 “Climate Change”

Verbs, Adjectives and Nouns

25 May

Here are some woordles with different vocabulary that’s maybe useful for selectividad.  You can study one and try to think of the equivalent words from the other categories.  For example if I see the word “help” on the verb sheet, I must think of how is the noun form “helpfulness” and as an adjective, “helpful.”

Wordle: verbs


Wordle: Nouns

Wordle: Adjectives

Use of English Selectivity (selectividad) Practice

14 May

Here are some of the exercises from the “Use of English” part of selectivity exams.  The examples are taken directly from past exams in Andalusia.  Hope it’s helpful.  

For a quick download: use of english selectividad 2

Phrasal Verbs

29 Apr

Here´s a list of phrasal verbs with the Spanish definition.  A good way to study is to write sentences in each box and make sure you understand the meaning.

For example:

Catch on: tener éxito–> The smart phone is catching on fast, almost all of my friends have one.

Check out the BBC’s website to play a phrasal verb game: has a bunch of activities, you can check out the “top” phrasal verbs with interactive activities or also review the explanations of others.

Learn with cartoons!


Memory Game:

Fill in the blank with missing preposition

Vocabulary Selectividad

26 Apr

How can you understand the text with difficult vocabulary?
Check out BBC’s tips and difficult vocabulary activity:

Study this vocabulary list to make sure you are prepared.  It’s organized by topic and you can see if the words are nouns, verbs or adjectives.

I’ve taken it from recent selectividad exams in the past.  Hope it’s helpful to you!!

Here are vocabulary activities you can do to test your vocabulary. This list from the “junta de andalucia” includes all vocabulary you should learn in eso-bachillerato.

Reading and Exam Practice- Selectividad!

21 Apr

Hi, you can download these two files from Burlington books to practice for the exams.

Exam Practice taken from Bachillerato Books

Readings Bachillerato books

Burlington Books Selectividad Practice exams and texts:

Steve Prefonteine: One of the Greatest Long-Distance Runners Ever

The Magic Touch

Hotels off the Beaten Track

The Chess Champion is a Woman

“The Grass is Greener on the Other Side”

Hi-Tech Fashion: The Trend of the Future?

The Great Houdini




20 Apr

Good practice for Selectivdad!

Nouns and their endings!

19 Apr

Take this quiz on the BBC page to practice the noun endings.;quiz=1411_abstract

**This is good for the “root” exercise in USE OF ENGLISH (Selectividad)

Nouns in English: classification, rules, forms and exceptions. Their morphology, affixation and special usage.

Let’s figure out what is a noun and what role it plays in the English language. First of all, noun is a part of speech which defines an object. This should not necessarily be an inanimate object (table, house), but could also be a living creature (girl, man). Not to mention that nouns could be not only material, but also abstract.

Love, kindness, knowledge – these are the abstract nouns, those that cannot be touched or put into your pocket.

So we could say that a noun is an object with a variety of its characteristics.

The classification of English nouns.

By meaning the English nouns are divided into Proper Nouns and Common Nouns.

Let’s consider Proper Nouns in detail.

These include:

1. Personal names (Carl Bormann, Michael Standy)
2. Geographical names (Atlantic Ocean, Moscow)
3. Names of the months and days of the week (August, Wednesday)
4. Names of the ships, hotels, clubs (Mayflower, Tropicana, House of Blues)

Notably, many personal nouns became common nouns in the process of word formation (Take a bottle of champagne with you).

Common Nouns

1. A group of people or objects which is regarded as a single unit (family, peasantry).
2. Different materials (steel, iron ore, wood).
3. Abstract notions (kindness, responsibility).

By formation the English nouns are divided into:

1. Simple – nouns without suffixes / prefixes, words are presented only in the base form (mouse, chain, table).
2. Derivatives – nouns formed by adding a suffix / prefix. In turn, there could be productive and unproductive suffixes. Productive suffixes are called this way because they are involved in the word formation in the modern language. Unproductive suffixes are not involved.

Let’s present a small table:

Unproductive suffixes Productive suffixes
er – driver, collector-ist – journalist, accompanist

-ess – mistress, actress

-ness – madness, redness

-ism – socialism, anarchism

-hood – neighborhood, childhood-dom – freedom, boredom

-ship – friendship, ownership

-ment – judgment, development

-ance – importance, appearance

-ence – dependence, difference

-ly – slowly, lively

-ity – curiosity, clarity

3. Compound nouns are made up of two or more simple words.

Ways of forming compound nouns:

• Noun base + noun base (snowball, skyscraper)
• Adjective base + noun base (blackmail, gentleman)
• Verb base + noun base (ringtone, pickpocket)

Countable and uncountable nouns

Also, English nouns are divided into countable and uncountable nouns.

Countable nouns are nouns that we can count

I have two toys. How many toys do you have? – I have five toys (toy – toys)

My friends always help me with my homework. ( friend – friends)

Uncountable nouns are little bit complicated. These may include several categories of words, such as:

• Liquids (water, beer, wine)
• Materials (plastic, glass)
• Sciences (mathematics, history)
• Languages (Japanese, German)
• Illnesses (flu, mumps)

And many other categories.

As usual, uncountable nouns in English could be both in the singular and plural forms.

This news is very depressing. (News – always in the singular)

The police did all they could to arrest the criminal.

I want to buy a new pair of jeans, the old ones are torn. (Police, jeans – always in the plural)

Some words in the context could be both countable and uncountable.

This toy is made of paper. (Uncountable, material)

I want all you papers on my table by lunch time. (Countable, papers here meaning documents)