CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 12

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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).

Solar Power for Indian Villages

Gulab Devi looks like a (0)_____ rural woman from Rajasthan in north-west India. She can neither read nor write, but is (1)_____ a successful pioneer in the Barefoot Solar Engineering Project, a scheme (2)_____ to bring solar power to hundreds of villages across India. The availability of solar power (3)_____ women from the arduous task of searching for wood for fuel and also reduces their (4)_____ to unhealthy wood smoke.

Gulab is her family’s sole breadwinner. Her job as a solar engineer (5)_____ making electronic circuits and chargers for solar lighting panels, and she and her family are able to live comfortably on her salary.

Most of the engineers in the scheme are women, and are trained at the Barefoot College (6)_____ by social worker Bunker Roy. His (7)_____ is to address problems by building on skills that people already have, and then place the solutions to their problems in their own hands. Early (8)_____ are that the project is having a powerful impact on the lives of women like Gulab.


0A typicalB usualC classicD standard
1A furthermoreВ besidesC neverthelessD alternatively
2A decidedВ inspiredC proposedD designed
3A easesВ freesC lightensD lifts
4A appearanceВ liabilityC exposureD situation
5A demandsВ impliesC concernsD involves
6A set downВ set inC set upD set aside
7A pursuitВ aimC determinationD tendency
8A signalsВ hintsC suggestionsD indications

CAE Reading and Use of English Part 2

For questions 9-16, read the text below and think o f 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) HAVING

Are You Happy Where You Work?

Finding a job you love is the first step to being happy at work, but (0)_____ the right workplace environment is equally important. Creativity, hard work and bright ideas come (9)_____ positive, happy working environments in (10)_____ people are allowed the freedom to think, develop and express themselves. It’s important for everyone to have (11)_____ own clearly-defined work space, even if the workplace adopts an ‘open plan’ style, as so many offices now (12)_____ . Relaxation areas where people meet to chat and discuss ideas during office hours are regarded (13)_____ particularly beneficial.

Adding plants to the working environment can also (14)_____ offices to life, since they increase oxygen levels, purify the air and can create a calming and more productive environment. Finally, the lighting (15)_____ be right, because it can have a huge effect on people’s moods. If offices are too harshly lit, (16)_____ can result in anger and headaches and lead to a lack of concentration.

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) ABILITY

Camels in the Arctic?

Camels are well-known for their (0)_____ to survive the heat of the desert; however, scientists have unearthed the fossilised remains of a giant camel that (17)_____ the forests of the High Arctic more than three million years ago. The ancient beast was almost three metres in (18)_____ , about a third bigger than its modern (19)_____ , the Arabian camel. Remains of the animal were found on Ellesmere Island, the most northerly and (20)_____ island of the Canadian Arctic archipelago.

(21)_____ from previous expeditions have shown that the camel’s ancestors (22)_____ in North America 45 million years ago, but this is the first evidence of camels so far north. According to Mike Buckley, a researcher who studied the latest remains, this ancestor of modern camels may already have developed some of the (23)_____ that helped it survive in harsh climates – the hump for fat (24)_____ for instance, the large flat feet ideal for either snow or sand, and the big eyes that perhaps helped when long, dark winters made visibility poor.

18. HIGH
21. FIND