Sunday, September 22, 2013

SAT Exams - PAU Andalucia September 2013

Hi, Guys!,

Some students took the following PAU exams last week, and some of you asked me some questions about the text, lexicon, ... Well, here you are the exam papers and answers! Let's see now!!!


OPTION A: "HEARING DOGS"


Possible answers:
I* COMPREHENSION:
1.ll. 4-5
2. ll. 9-10
3. ll. 10-11

4. TRUE l. 3-4 "... trained dogs could improve children's behaviour and lead to better academic performance, ...".
5. TRUE ll.14 "All hearing dogs are retired at 11 years of age but families usually keep them".

II* USE OF ENGLSIH:
6. Strong (adj) - STRENGTH (n)
7. deaf vs. HEARING
8. link = CONNECTION
9. ANSWER
10. Relative:
a) Hearing dogs, which are trained to alert children, also help them to improve behaviour.
b) Hearing dogs are trained to alert children, who / whom they also help to improve behaviour.

11. They didn't pay the plumber when they he finished.
12. Speech therapies ... (improve) considerably since they were originally developed.
      a) have improved      b) have been improved
13. If all deaf children had trained dogs, they could have led a better life. (3rd conditional)


OPTION B: "ARE BUCKET LISTS A GOOD IDEA?"
Possible answers:
I* COMPREHENSION:
1. ll. 9 -10.
2. ll. 11 -13 (showy age).
3. ll. 14 -15
4. FALSE ll. 1 -2
5. FALSE ll. 7 -8.

 II* USE OF ENGLSIH:
6. specify (v) - SPECIFIC (adj)
7. aim = GOAL
8. WORTHWHILE (adj)
9. ASSUME
10. How long have you been waiting for?
11. apologise
12. His grandmother had her portrait painted in the country.
13. What did Mr Dean's secretary tell her?


At last, let me tell you something interesting about "KICK THE BUCKET"
As it was mentioned in the text, the expression "to kick the bucket" was associated to die in the vulgar tone. Since, in the 16th century, people used to hang themselves by standing on a bucket and with a rope around their neck, and then, the bucket was kicked away.   


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