FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 5 Printable

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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 intendedВ wondered C decided D failed

New Cycling Schemes

The County Council has 0 _____ to give a higher 1 _____ to cycling and agreed a new strategy to guide the way ahead in East Sussex.

Cycling is a 2 _____, healthy and environmentally-friendly form of transport. It is intended to make it safer, more convenient and attractive, and to increase the 3 _____ of journeys made by bicycle.

Cycling is being encouraged both for utility purposes (such as journeys to work, school and the shops) and for 4 _____ trips for exercise and enjoyment, including longer trips by tourists.

Recent cycle schemes carried out in conjunction with District Councils and other bodies include the Brighton and Hove seafront route and the Cross Levels Way cycle route, in Eastbourne.

5 _____ people will be consulted as the strategy is implemented. The County Council will work with local cycling and other groups, and a countywide Cycling Forum will be formed to 6 _____ that all bodies concerned with cycling are in regular 7 _____.

The objectives of the Cycling Strategy are given in a leaflet, and a 8 _____ of the full strategy document can be seen in County Council Public Libraries.

1advantageB incomeC benefitD priority
2A shortcutB high-speedC dangerousD low-cost
3A sizeB proportionC provisionD proposal
4A recreationalB uselessC sufficientD promotional
5A AbnormalB ProperC CountryD Local
6A improveB ensureC assertD maintain
7A contactB basisC touchD account
8A copyB bookC letterD network

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). In the exam, write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on tho separate answer sheet.

Example: USED

Holidays with friends

I always 0 _____ to go to Porchester 9 _____ my summer holidays. It is a quiet little town, full of old and interesting buildings. Very 10 _____visitors ever go there, so there are no crowds. I enjoyed its sleepy atmosphere. I work in a big city, so a holiday in Porchester was a complete change 11 _____ my usual life. Besides, I found out about the history of the place. I wanted to learn how life used to be in Porchester – the stories of 12 _____ people and buildings.

I made notes on all these things 13 _____ my holidays and I soon knew more about the history of Porchester than most of the people 14 _____ lived there.

I am not a rich man and I cannot afford to stay in hotels. When Jack Thompson heard that I wanted to spend my holidays in Porchester again all these years later, he invited me to stay with 15 _____. Jack and I were in the Army 16 _____ during the war and we were good friends.

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).
In the exam, write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS on the separate answer sheet.


Mr Greaves had always been an 0 _____ man who should never have had a 17 _____ position.

His bad temper was only just 18 _____ and there was often a 19 _____ to tell him to sit down and relax. His office was chaotic with papers everywhere and had 20 _____ no order to it.

Once he went to a 21 _____ in Paris and on his 22 _____ at the hotel he completely forgot who he worked for when the 23 _____ asked him.

When he tried to help he was a hindrance although his 24 _____ were always good.

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