CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Tests

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Below you will find 15 CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Tests. Each test is complete with answer keys, explanations and a short vocabulary. Take the test online to see your CAE Grade score. You can also print them or save in PDF for later use. These tests are perfect for self-preparation!

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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 1

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 1

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 2

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 2

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 3

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 3

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 4

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 4

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 5

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 5

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 6

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 6

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 7

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 7

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 8

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 8

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reafing and Use of English Test 9

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 9

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 10

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 12

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 12

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 13

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 13

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 15

CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 15

The old, print-friendly test 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 ...
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34 thoughts on “CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Tests”

  1. Very very greatful for these exercises, they are a big help, I did not know the READING AND USE OF ENGLISH part of the test was divided into 8 different parts. THANKS.

  2. You guys this tests are a big help, thank you very much…There are some software errors though, for example in some Part 7 of READING AND USE OF ENGLISH you dont have all the options (A-G), sometimes option E is missing. And in the last 3 tests there are some repeated texts or with the wrong promts…other than that this is all very helpful, thanks again 🙂

  3. I think you should be more lenient towards multiple choices/options when it comes to open close and rephrase exercises. Sometimes more options are valid, but it looks like it has to be set in stone.

  4. Hello Alex!
    I appreciate your feedback. Could you point out the cases where you feel more options should be allowed? I’d be glad to implement those if you believe they fit.

  5. Sure.
    Here’s one.
    Test 11, Use of English part 4, exercise 28. Indicated answer “somewhere else to”. Why isn’t “some place else to” acceptable?

    Why am I asking this? Because I understand that some prepositions or phrases are set in stone, such as “to be in the mood TO go / FOR going”, which is perfectly alright (it’s another rephrase exercise in the same test), but those who can be rephrased differently and still be grammatically correct and make sense should be accepted as well. Now I’m not sure how they asses you on a real CAE exam, but if they simply cut with a red pen through your rephrase without even checking the answer’s potential suitability then.. it’s quite a shame.

  6. First of all I apologise for my late reply.
    You are correct. Someplace else to fits semantically and grammatically – so there is no reason to mark it as incorrect. Personally I didn’t know of such adverb, probably because it is only used in American English [1, 2]. This of course doesn’t mean we can’t use it there.
    At the real exam you have more freedom of phrasing as your answers are human-checked, not simply matched with a (rather limited) list of ‘correct’ answers as is the case with the mock tests. The tests presented here use javascript code to compare user input against pre-written answers in its memory. Naturally, if it doesn’t match the three or four programmed variants it marks it as incorrect.
    I have added this answer to the list. Once again, thanks for your input!

  7. Hello!
    Don’t worry for the late reply! We’re all busy. I didn’t know they use java in such tests; an interesting thing to find out, indeed. Also, good to know that in the real test they are more accepting than I thought.
    Thank you for adding the answer! xD

  8. Unfortunately, I have to report another issue.
    Test 13, Use of English part 1, exercises 2 and 3. The letter of the answer marked as correct does not coincide with the actual answer options in the grid. For example, both are marked as B being the correct answer, but option B doesn’t actually have the right word.

  9. Thanks for your vigilance! I believe it’s high time I went over all these tests again 🙂

  10. You’re welcome!
    You should also take a look at test 14, Use of English Part 4, exercises 25 and 30. For 25, even if “taking/having” are in brackets, which would mean they are optional (and they are, honestly), the answer is still marked wrong if you don’t use one of them. In case of 30, the right answer is marked wrong for no apparent reason.
    I know I’m annoying XD, but I’ll go through the rest of the tests and post the mistakes/improvements so that people can learn something useful from online tests too. Otherwise, the level of difficulty of these tests is challenging, which is great!

  11. You have no idea how grateful I’d be. I’ll correct the things you have mentioned. Please do say if there’s more!

  12. Last test, 15: Use of English Part 2, exercise 14: the right answer, which is “on” is not accepted.
    Same test, exercise 28, rephrase exercise: “now matter how hard” is indicated as the right answer, but it lacks an “I”, as the sentence finishes in “try”, and so the subject is dismissed in the answer key, which is by all means grammatically unacceptable.
    That’s it for now :D.

  13. Hello Mikaela!
    Hopefully I will have new practice tests posted by October. Thanks for your interest in my website 🙂

  14. Thank you so much for all these tests! You have spent a huge amount of your time just to help us /teachers and students/ for free and it really makes a difference.
    Great job!

  15. I’m really glad that you found the materials helpful, Diana! I have some improvements planned that will hopefully make engexam even better.

  16. Hi!
    Just wanted to drop by and thank you for all these amazing materials!
    I discovered this site by chance this summer when out of the blue I had decided to *finally* take the CAE ; my main weaknesses have always been Reading and Use Of English; I religiously did some exercises every day and I could definitely tell the improvement just after a couple weeks.
    A user-friendly interface, loads of different tests, simulation of your grade and the keys with explanations, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.
    I’ve gotten my exam results pretty recently and seeing that I ACED what I first considered to be the most “to-be-feared” parts brought me so much relief and happiness.
    I’m gonna sound like a broken record but- thanks again, a lot.

  17. Sara, thanks for your heart-warming words! I’m really happy that the tests proved to be of so much help 🙂

  18. Hello!
    You are doing a great job!! It is fantastic! I only learn this beautiful language. Could you please, check one more time test 12, task 5 – reading, namely questions?

  19. Hello from Spain. Just writing to say thank you. I have recently passed my CAE test and your exams have been crucial in my self-training. Taking your tests helps us to manage time and, therefore, to feel more relaxed in the D-day. It is a fact that, on average, students have a 10% worse performance in official exam compared with home tests. In my case I improved it, and I think the reason is all the training made on sites like yours.
    Thank you for your job and goodbye

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