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FCE practice tests with key

FCE practice tests with key

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Guidance
The Reading paper lasts for one hour. It contains three parts and has a total of thirty questions. The texts are of varying lengths, with a range of text types and styles of writing, for example extracts from newspapers, magazines, websites and novels.
 
Part 1
 
In Part 1, there is one long text to read. You have to answer eight four-option, multiple-choice questions, which follow the order of the text.
 
Part 2
 
In Part 2, there is one long text from which seven sentences have
been removed. These are placed in jumbled order after the text along with an extra sentence that does not fit into any of the gaps. You have to use your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, referencing and text structure to reconstruct the text.
 
Part 3
 
In Part 3, there is either one long text that has been divided into sections, or a series of short texts on the same topic. There are also fifteen prompts which report information and ideas from the text(s). You have to match each prompt to the correct text or section of text.
Part 1
 
Read the text quickly to get a general understanding of what it's about and how it's organised.
 
Read through the questions or question stems without looking at the options (A-D) and underline key words in the question stem.
 
The questions follow the order of the text. Find the piece of text where a question is answered and read it carefully, underlining key words and phrases.
 
Some questions which test vocabulary or reference skills will tell you on which line the targeted word or phrase can be found. Read the sentences before and after the one including this word or phrase to find the answer.
 
Try to answer the question. Then read the four options (A-D) and choose the one that is closest to your own answer. Look for the same meaning expressed in different ways.
 
Check that the other options are all clearly wrong. If you are still unsure, read the text again very carefully and look for reasons why some of the options may be wrong.
 
Part 2
 
Read the base text first, ignoring the gaps, to get a general understanding of what it's about and how it's organised.
 
Next, carefully read the text around each gap and think about what type of information might be missing,
Read sentences A-H. Check for topic and language links with the base text. Highlight reference words and words that relate to people, places, events and any time references. This will help you follow the development of the argument or narrative,
 
Choose the best option to fit each gap. Make sure that all the pronouns and vocabulary references are clear,
 
Once you've finished, re-read the completed text to be sure that it makes sense with the answers in the gaps.
 
Part 3
 
In Part 3, you don't need to read the whole text or texts first. The text contains information that you don't need to answer the questions.
 
Read the prompts (16-30) first, underlining key words and ideas.
 
Read through the text(s) quickly and find information or ideas that relate to each question.
 
For each question, when you find the relevant piece of text, read it very carefully to make sure it completely matches the meaning of the prompt.
 
The ideas in each prompt are likely to occur in more than one section of the text, but only one text exactly matches the idea. You need to read all these sections carefully.

You are going to read an article about a woman’s career. For questions 1-8, choose the answer (А, В, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.

In the exam, mark your answers on the separate answer sheet.
A varied career

Chloe Kelling, a successful model and singer-songwriter, now has a new venture

I arrive for my interview with Chioe Kelling and I’m asked to wait in the garden, I hardly have time to start looking round at the carefully tended flowerbeds when Chloe appears. Every bit as tall and striking as Id expected, Chloe emerges from the house wearing an oversized man’s jacket, a delicately patterned top and jeans. Chloe is known for her slightly quirky sense of fashion and, of course, she looks great as she makes her way towards me through the flowerbeds.

‘Let’s talk in my office,’ she says, leading the way not back to the house, but instead to an ancient caravan parked up next to it. As we climb inside the compact little van, the smell of fresh baking greets us. A tiny table is piled high with cupcakes, each iced in a different colour. Chloe’s been busy, and there’s a real sense of playing tea parties in a secret den! But what else should I have expected from a woman with such a varied and interesting career?

Chloe originally trained as a make-up artist, having left her home in the country at nineteen to try and make her name as a model in London, and soon got work in adverts and the fashion business. ‘I went to Japan to work for a short period, but felt very homesick at first,’ she recalls, ‘It was very demanding work and, though I met loads of nice people, it was too much to take in at nineteen. If I’d stayed longer, I might have settled in better.’

Alongside the modelling, Chloe was also beginning to make contacts in the music business. ‘I’d been the typical kid, singing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror, dreaming of being a star one day,’ she laughs. She joined a girl band which ‘broke up before we got anywhere’, before becoming the lead singer with the band Whoosh, which features on a best-selling dubbing album. Unusually though, Chloe also sings with two other bands, one based in Sweden and another in London, and each of these has a distinct style.

It was her work with Whoosh that originally led to Chloe’s link with Sweden. She was offered a song-writing job there with a team that was responsible for songs for some major stars, but gradually became more involved in writing music for her own band.

Although she now divides her time between London and Sweden, her first stay there turned out to be much longer than she’d bargained for. The rooms are very tall over there and so people have these rather high beds that you climb up to,’ she explains. ‘I fell as I climbed up the ladder and cracked three ribs. Although the people at the hospital were very kind, 1 was stuck there for a while, which was very frustrating. Sneezing and laughing were so painful at first, let alone singing!’ It was while recovering from her injuries that Chloe hit upon the idea of staging what she calls vintage fairs.

‘It was snowing in Sweden and I wanted something nice to look forward to.’ Chloe had always loved vintage clothes, particularly from the 1950s, and decided to stage an event for others who line 36 shared her passion for these. Finally back in England, she began aiming her plans into reality.

The first fair was held in her home village and featured stalls selling all sorts of clothes and crafts dating back to the 1950s. It was a huge hit, with 300 people turning up. ‘When I had the idea of the first fair, it wars only meant to be a one-off, but we had so many compliments, I decided to go ahead with more,’ says Chloe. ‘There’s something for all ages and people find old things have more character than stuff you buy in modem shops. It also fits perfectly with the idea of recycling.’ Looking round Chloe’s caravan, 1 can see what she means.
TEST 1, PAPER 1 : READI

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