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Frequently Asked Questions on LPAT - English Language
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  1. Can we use a pencil to answer Papers 1-3?

    You may use either a pen or pencil when answering any of the written papers (1-3). Please bear in mind, though, that candidates’ scripts are scanned so that they can be marked onscreen, so hard pencils may not show up very well. You are therefore advised to use a softer pencil (e.g. HB) or a pen. You should cross out or rub out anything that you do not want to be marked.




  2. Is spelling important?

    The general rule is that we accept variant spellings as long as the spelling change does not result in a different word, i.e. one that is listed in the dictionary with a different meaning to the one intended. For example, ‘vocation’ could be spelled ‘vocotion’ and still be accepted as this seems to be a misspelling of the target word; if written as ‘vacation’, however, it would be marked wrong since this word has its own distinct, separate meaning (‘holiday’). There are no half marks in LPATE, and the answer is either correct or incorrect, so wrong spellings of this kind would result in a loss of marks in some items.

    Each paper is governed by different rules, as follows:
    In the Reading paper, the above rule applies. Note that correct grammar is required in this paper.
    In the Composition part of the Writing paper, spelling is one of the features assessed in the scale ‘Grammatical and lexical accuracy and range’.
    In the Error Explanation part of the Writing paper, spelling must be exact for grammatical terminology. In the Listening paper, the above general rule applies, except in items requiring one word answers or proper names (such as the names of people, job titles, company names) i.e. items which it would be particularly crucial to get right in real life.




  3. Is there any preference for British English or American English, especially in the speaking part?

    No, all varieties of English are acceptable. Markers and Oral Examiners come from many different places and are all aware of the types of variations (in pronunciation and vocabulary, for example) which can occur.