(Print-friendly)CAE Reading and Use of English 2015 Practice Test 7

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CAE Reading and Use of English Part 1

For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (А, В, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Example:
A
nicest    В biggest     C best     richest

To Sell or not to Sell?

You may think selling your house is easy but everyone wants to get the 0 best deal. Unfortunately, the housing market is _______ to highs and lows, which could prevent your _______  the price you want. However, displaying your house at its best could persuade _______  buyers it’s worth paying more for than a similar one nearby. Here are some simple steps you can take that might _______  a sale.

De-clutter and throw away or store superfluous stuff. It may have sentimental value for you but to a buyer it’s junk. Tidy shelves and work surfaces. _______  most buyers will renovate a house as soon as they move in, it is worth _______  up the place by painting, replacing worn carpets and so on. The look you want is neat but lived in — comfortable and cosy but suggesting that there is still _______  for a purchaser to put their own _______  on the house. It’s your home and you love it but the trick is to make others love it, too!

1A liableB subjectC acceptableD part
2A succeedingB winningC achievingD managing
3A developingВ unrealisedC potentialD capable
4A clinchВ fixC verifyD stick
5A ButВ DespiteC HoweverD Although
6A doingВ gettingC makingD working
7A spaceВ roomC placeD capacity
8A ideaB brandC characterD stamp

CAE Reading and Use of English Part 2

For questions 9-16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet

Example: (0) OF

The unhappiness of phones

Some people claim we would all feel much happier if, instead 0 of constantly checking for emails and texts, we turned off our smartphones completely and concentrated 9 _____ those people physically present. Such messages are a big distraction and 10 _____ people may be unaware of it, they can cause stress and unhappiness. Thinking about 11 _____ instead of concentrating makes us less productive at work and can also lead to our having unsatisfying and incomplete personal relationships. If we are 12 _____  careful, we will lose the knack of enjoying the warmth of human company, preferring to 13 _____ our attention taken by messages from those far away. Some people say the art of forming real relationships and keeping them going seems to be 14 _____ threat from the march of technology. The good news, however, is that 15 _____  small changes to the way in which we use our phones can be very effective and that it is not 16 _____  late to recognise the danger and do something about it. After all, we all want to be happy!

CAE Reading and Use of English Part 3

For questions 17-24, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet.

Example: (0) APPEALING

My favourite place

This may be a surprising choice as it’s not comfortable or obviously 0 appealing I’m sure many people gravitate towards the 17 _______ of Venice or the beauty of Sydney but the place that does it for me is a remote valley in Iceland. Far from anything man-made, it was created by a violent natural catastrophe. It would have been a challenging place to live under any circumstances but thousands of years ago a volcanic 18 _______  under a glacier caused a flood that carved out a huge canyon. 19 _______  walls of rock on either side protect the valley from the 20 _______ of the ferocious Arctic winds. Here a forest has grown up in a 21 _______ area of calm. I find it has its own 22 _______ identity, which some may find 23 _______ or even threatening. However, it draws me back time after time. I stay in the campsite and it gives me a new perspective on my everyday life. It makes me appreciate the formidable power and 24 _______ force of nature!0 APPEAL
17 GRAND
18 ERUPT
19 TOWER
20 STRONG
21 SHELTER
22 ATMOSPHERE
23 PLEASE
24 ESCAPE
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