(Print-friendly)CAE Reading and Use of English 2015 Practice Test 9

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 2015
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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).

A success story — or is it?

Success, like beauty, lies in the 0 eye of the beholder. How one person chooses to define it can be very different from how others perceive it. For some people, it’s earning a fortune, 1_______ for others it’s working in a voluntary position helping those less fortunate. It’s also relative rather than 2_______  because the person who 3_______ a new skill has achieved success in their terms just as much as the self-made millionaire.

Ironically, there may also be an underlying contradiction in the term. 4_______, an actress who has a glamorous life and seems to have everything she wants may actually be troubled by the loss of her 5_______  life as paparazzi invade her personal 6_______.

It also has something to do with the length of time success 7_______. Many young people are happy with short-term fame but 8_______ it’s true that reaching that one goal might be comparatively straightforward, maintaining that success is often much harder. And surely, it’s long-term success that is ultimately the most satisfying and also the most enviable? 

0A eyeB lookC sightD view
1A asB whileC soD since
2A totalB wholeC completeD absolute
3A winsВ earnsC getsD masters
4A After allВ At firstC At onceD Apart from
5A secretВ privateC individualD separate
6A zoneВ areaC spaceD place
7A goesВ holdsC keepsD lasts
8A despiteB evenC althoughD however

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.


Searching for a King

You wouldn’t expect to find a dead king under a city car park, yet, 0 astonishingly, this was where archaeologists found Richard III, an English king who died in 1485. Always a 17_______ figure, Richard was 18_______ as a villain and murderer by Shakespeare. The accuracy of this portrayal is 19_______, but the fact that Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field is 20_______. The exact whereabouts of his body after the battle was a mystery but with the discovery of a skeleton in Leicester, people speculated about whether these were the 21_______  of the king. The skeleton exhibited similar injuries to those recorded after the battle and scientists carried out carbon dating, which placed the skeleton in the fifteenth century. 22_______ of DNA from living descendants of the king put 23_______  of the skeleton beyond doubt – the evidence was 24_______.The last missing king of England had been found.0 ASTONISH
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