CET study secrets

1. Do not study old CET tests. They are old. Every year new CET tests are made. The questions on the old test will not be on the new test so don’t waste your time studying the old questions and old answers.

2. Do not study old CET tests. They are boring. If you study something boring it is very difficult to learn it. If you study something interesting it is very easy to learn it. We do not have to learn CET words from boring stories. We can learn the very same CET words from interesting stories. Let’s learn in an interesting way.

3. Study interesting English that has CET words. It is easier, faster and more fun to learn this way.

4. When you first meet a word it is only like an introduction. When you are introduced to a word, you will not know it completely. The more you meet the word the better you will know the word. You cannot really know a word with one meeting. For speaking you need to know words very well. For reading you don’t need to know words as well. Don’t worry if you cannot remember these words 100%.

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Five Reasons Kobe Bryant Will Play in Italy

This story contains 6 CET words: fluent, immerse, opportunities, short-term, substantial, oversees.

1. Italy: A Second Home

Kobe Bryant lived in Italy from ages 6-13, he speaks fluent Italian and would easily be able to immerse himself in the culture.

2. Marketing

Winning new fans in Italy and Europe will increase his popularity outside of the U.S. and give him far more opportunities to do business.

3. The Lockout

The NBA lockout continues, and it has no end in sight and players need to set up their short-term basketball futures.

4. Money

It is always about the money. Any Italian team that wants Kobe Bryant understands the need to give a substantial amount to get him. The salary Kobe will make overseas (up to $5 million for a season) is worth his time to play in Italy.

5. Freedom

If and when Kobe plays in Italy, he will have the freedom to play, or not play, at his own choice.

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Transformers – 5-minute CET lesson

This story contains 14 CET words: vehicles, weapons, electronic devices, vastly, capabilities, task, related, generate, solar cells, store, drill, developing, task, modules, consist.

The coolest thing about Transformers, of course, is that they can take two completely different shapes. Most can be walking human-like robots or working vehicles. Some can instead transform into weapons or electronic devices. A Transformer’s two forms have vastly different strengths and capabilities.

This is completely different from most real robots, which are usually only good at doing one task or a few related tasks. The Mars Exploration Rovers, for example, can do the following:

Generate power with solar cells and store it in batteries
Drive across the land
Take pictures
Drill into rocks
Use machines to record temperatures
Send the recorded data back to Earth using radio

Engineers are developing robots like Transformers. These robots can change their shape to fit the task at hand. But instead of changing from one shape to one other shape, like a walking human-like robot to a vehicle, these robots can take many shapes. They’re much smaller than real Transformers would be; some robot modules are small enough to fit in a person’s hand.

A module is a small, simple robot or piece of a robot. Modular robots are made of lots of these small modules. A modular robot can consist of a few modules or many, depending on the robot’s design and the task it needs to perform. Lots of little robots can join together to create one big one.

From “How Stuff Works” Transformers

Did you see the Transformers movies? Did you like them? Why? Click on “comments” below and write what you think about Transformers and about robots!

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Words in the News

A lot of the CET test comes from news stories. So it is good for you to study news stories and learn the words they use in those stories.

The BBC has a great website for teaching words from the news. These are the kinds of words on the CET test so find an interesting story and learn learn learn!

Go to the website here: Words in the News


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The Spy Next Door


This video contains 15 CET words: located, dictators, terrorists, baby sitting, option,
foster care, juvenile home, deep six, undercover, awesome, expert, spying, bacon, sabotage, unleash.

Watch the video. Then read the words and watch it again.

Beginning search.
Agent located (found).
This is Bob Ho.
Secret Agent Bob Ho has taken down dictators (a leader who makes everyone obey him only), terrorists (fighters who try to scare people) and evil empires.
But he is about to face his toughest assignment yet. Baby sitting (caring for children for a short time).
From Lion’s Gate…
Do me a favor and watch my kids.
Isn’t there any other option (choice).
Foster care (care of children by someone like a parent but not a parent)? Juvenile home (special home for bad children)?
They’ll be perfectly safe with me.
It’s not them I’m worried about.
…and Relativity Media.
We’ve gotta deep six (get rid of) Bob.
He’s deep undercover (hidden, secret).
He’s rare, he’s awesome (great), he’s bold.
Using his expert (excellent skills, very good) training…
What do you need all of this for.
To get the kids ready for school.
Spying (job of finding secrets) is easy. Baby sitting is hard.
…and advanced skills.
Bring it on!
Night, night!
Breakfast is served.
Don’t feed the pig bacon (a type of meat from pigs).
Okay, that’s just wrong.
But things are about to get complicated.
Can you imagine? Sabotage (to ruin something, to make it not work right) the world’s oil reserves.
Bob, we need your help.
Bob, what’s going on?
I am an international spy on loan to the CIA.
This January the enemy is in for a surprise…
I need your help.
…because Bob has a few tricks…
…and he’s about to unleash (release, let loose)
I don’t want you playing with fire.
Okay, maybe just this once.
…his secret weapon.
Mommy, that man can fly!
Jackie Chan, Amber Violetta, with Billy Ray Cyrus and George Lopaz.
The Spy Next Door.
Only Mommy can dress me!
Can your mommy do that?

Do you think you would like to see this movie? Why? Or did you see this movie? Did you like it? Click on “comments” below and write what you think about this!

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Why doesn’t Superman want to be American?

This story contains 44 CET words: act of war, aka, alter-ego, American Way, amid, apple pie, baseball, behalf, brunt, citizenship, comic, comments, committed, conclusion, construed, criticizing, demonstrators, drawn, embodies, embraced, emigrated, famed, focus globally, forums, gasoline bombs, global, harsh, hero, huge, identity, image, incident, issue, planet, policy, policy, policy, protest, publisher, released, renounce, repercussions, rogue, roses, security, taunts, warnings.

In new issue of ‘Action Comics,’ Superman says he’ll renounce US citizenship, focus globally

(DC Comics / Associated Press) – In this comic book image released by DC Comics, Superman is shown in the latest of issue of Action Comics No. 900, where he renounces his U.S. citizenship because of his concerns that his actions are seen as instruments of U.S. foreign policy. DC Comics says the story reflects the global nature of the famous Kryptonian and that he remains committed to his adopted home and roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.

PHILADELPHIA — Truth, justice and the … global way?

Superman has started a stir with a declaration in the new issue of “Action Comics” that he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship because he’s tired of his actions being construed as instruments of U.S. policy.

The Man of Steel, who emigrated to earth as a child from Krypton and was adopted by the Kents in Smallville, Kan., comes to the conclusion that he’s better off serving the world at large after he’s accused of causing an international incident by flying to Tehran amid a large protest.

Noting the huge police presence and warnings from the army there about harsh repercussions, he wanted the demonstrators to know “that they weren’t alone.”

The nine-page story was written by David S. Goyer and was drawn by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman for 24 hours stands silently, bearing the brunt of gasoline bombs, taunts and threats but also receiving cheers and roses from supporters, as the more than 1 million-strong crowd protests but isn’t fired on before the demonstration ends peacefully.

“I stayed in Azadi Square for 24 hours. I didn’t move. I didn’t speak. I just stayed there,” Superman tells the U.S. national security adviser, who has feared the all-powerful hero has gone rogue.

But Iran’s government refers to it as an act of war and accuses him of acting on behalf of the U.S. president.

And that, Superman explains, is why he is going to give up his citizenship.

“’Truth, justice and the American way’ — it’s not enough anymore,” he says. “The world’s too small, too connected.”

It’s not the first time a comic character has been fed up with being seen as part of U.S. policy.

In the 1970s, Marvel Comics’ Captain America — aka Steve Rogers — gave up his famed suit and shield and adopted the identity Nomad around the time the Watergate scandal began heating up.

News of the Superman decision has drawn critical comments in blogs and online forums, but DC Comics says it not about criticizing the U.S. In fact, the publisher says, the Man of Steel remains as American as apple pie, baseball and small-town life.

“Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values,” DC’s co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said Thursday in a statement. “As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way.”

And, they added, Superman, like his U.S. citizen alter-ego, Clark Kent, remains, “as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.”

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Listen/Read: How To Escape a Kidnapper

Do you know what to do if someone tries to kidnap (steal) you? Find out how to protect yourself!

This story contains 59 CET words: abductions, abductor, acquaintance, area, attacker, bathroom, brandishing, captor, claw, claw, clues, clump, contact, cops, dial, dialed, distinctive, distraction, distress, DNA, evidence, ex, flip, fuss, gauge, gear, grab, grip, ignition, ingenuity, initial, jam, jam, jewelry, kidnapper, latch, location, majority, odds, overflowing toilet, partner, pinpoint, punch, release, research, restart, routes, routine, surroundings, taillights, thwart, toilet, trace, vehicle, weaponless attacker, windmill, yank, yanking, yelling.

1. Play the video below by clicking on the picture and listen.

2. After listening, read the text of the interview and see how much you understood.

Read the text: How To Escape a Kidnapper

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Listen/Read: Kobe Interview with Stephen A Smith

This interview has no special CET words. It is to practice basic listening and reading.

1. Play the video below by clicking on the picture and listen.

2. After listening, read the text of the interview and see how much you understood.

Read the text: Kobe Interview with Stephen A Smith

Click on “comments” below and write what you think about this!

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