(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) ANY


Put simply, an allergy is a disorder in which the body over-reacts to harmless substances which in normal circumstances should not produce any reaction at all. An allergy can occur in almost 0 any part of your body, and can 9 ______ caused by just about anything. But mainly, allergies become evident on parts of the body directly exposed 10 _____ the outside world. Certain allergies occur only at certain times of the year, while 11 _____ are there all the time. Those 12 _____ occur all the year round and are probably caused by something you come into contact 13 _____ every day of your life, some seemingly harmless object such as your deodorant or the pillow you lie on each night. Allergies can occur at any time during your life, 14 ____ usually do so before your fortieth birthday. Sometimes the symptoms are 15 ______ slight you do not even know you have an allergy, and it may take years for an allergy to become noticeable. Sometimes it comes and 16 _____ for no apparent reason and with no regularity.

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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