CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 15 Printable

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 15
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CAE Reading and Use of English Part 1

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

Changing Typefaces

In what can only be described as an impressive (0)_____ of research, a schoolboy in the USA has calculated that the state and federal governments could save getting on for $400m a year by changing the typeface they use for printed documents.

Shocked by the number of printed handouts he was receiving from his teachers, the 14-year old boy decided to investigate the cost. He established that ink (1)_____ up to 60% of the cost of a printed page and is, gram for gram, twice as expensive as some famous perfumes. He then started looking at the different typefaces and discovered that, by (2)_____ to one called Garamond with its thin, elegant strokes, his school district could reduce its ink (3)_____ by 24% annually. Working on that (4)_____ , the federal savings would be enormous.

(5)_____ , earlier studies of the (6)_____ of font choice have shown that it can affect more than just cost. The typeface that a document uses also (7)_____ how much of the information is (8)_____ and whether it is worth taking seriously.


0A itemB articleC piece

D unit

1A representsB measuresC equalsD indicates
2A varyingB modifyingC adaptingD switching
3A applicationB intakeC capacityD consumption
4A beliefB basisC impressionD thought
5A FundamentallyB SeeminglyC InterestinglyD Unusually
6A issueB concernC aspectD discussion
7A guidesB rulesC dominatesD influences
8A preservedB retainedC accumulatedD gathered

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) UNDER

My First Paddle-Boarding Lesson

Here I am in a cold, windy city, (0)_____ a very grey sky. I ask myself (9)_____ I’m standing on an oversized surfboard in the middle of a river with nothing to help me (10)_____ a paddle. I’m about to have my first lesson in paddle-boarding, which is a bit (11)_____ canoeing but with only one paddle and, being upright, you can enjoy the views on offer. The teacher reassures me it’s easy, which (12)_____ nothing to reduce the pressure. I desperately try to keep (13)_____ balance and concentrate on not falling in. I wonder if I’ve left it too late to back out and head for solid ground, but before I can change my mind I’m (14)_____ the move, but not going where I want to. I hear my teacher shouting ‘Paddle paddle’; I try but, (15)_____ my best efforts, I don’t make much progress. ‘You need to paddle on both sides,’ he says, ‘because (16)_____ you’ll go around in circles. Copy me.’ And finally I’m moving in the same direction as everyone else and it feels amazing.

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) DEALINGS

The Joy of Mathematics

Are you good at maths? Many people would say ‘no’. They have no confidence in their (0)_____ with numbers. Maths lessons at school are remembered as hours of (17)_____ rather than enjoyment, and this memory is (18)_____ what colours their attitude to maths in adulthood.

But in some ways, society is (19)_____ of this attitude. We accept without question the need to be literate, so why isn’t numeracy valued in the same way? For those who loathe maths, there seem to be (20)_____ psychological barriers preventing them from appreciating the (21)_____ of maths to our everyday lives.

But all is not lost. A professor of maths in the USA has set up a blog that aims to make maths (22)_____ to those who missed out at school and to remove the many (23)_____ that some people have about the subject. He wants to share some of his enthusiasm for maths, and by introducing people to the beauty of maths, (24)_____
make it a more joyful experience.

20. MASS
21. USE
24. HOPE
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