FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 6 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 majorВ frequent C similar D various

The Eighth Wonder of the World

The Thames Barrier is a 0 _____ part of the flood defence scheme for protecting London 1 _____ rising water levels. The defenses 2 _____ include raised river embankments and additional flood gates at strategic points, including the Barking Barrier. The unique structure that is the Barrier spans the 520-metre wide Woolwich reach and 3 _____ of 10 separate movable gates, each pivoting and supported between concrete structures which house the operating machinery.

When raised, the four main gates 4 _____ stand as high as a five storey building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge. Each 5 _____ 3700 tonnes. During the first twelve years of 6 _____, the Barrier has been closed twenty nine times to protect London.

7 _____ the Barrier from the comfortable cafeteria. Picnic on the riverside embankment. Enjoy beautiful views from the riverside walk. Visit the shop which stocks a large selection of souvenirs, books and Barrier information.

There is a children’s play area suitable for 4- to 12-year olds, located adjacent to the riverside walk. A visit to the spectacular Thames Barrier is a 8 _____ experience.

1againstB forC betweenD with
2A andB alsoC stillD too
3A consistsB includesC involvesD contains
4A whichB everyC eachD none
5A measuresB costsC calculatesD weighs
6A operationB surgeryC vacationD profession
7A SightB ViewC HearD Explore
8A forgettableB memorableC forgetfulD memorised

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: IN


Datamac was the greatest machine 0 _____ the world. Its business 9 _____ facts: it accepted 10 _____, stored them, tested them and delivered them.

It was located in Tokyo, where it received messages and questions from all 11 _____ the world. It sent answers to every town and city in every 12 _____. An army of workers fed it with facts all the time. Other workers moved about inside Datamac and 13 _____ after it.

Datamac had a very special duty. It was in 14 _____ of all the facts about every person in the world. Each day it brought these four million facts together, and answered the question: “15 _____ will happen tomorrow?” Every city in the world received report for its own part of the country. And the complete World Report 16 _____ to the Chief of the Correction Force in Tokyo. John Williams had been Chief for only three weeks. By now he was not afraid of the World Report every morning. It was just a pile of papers, fifteen centimetres thick.

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.


Being a DIY 0 _____ I was happy to take on the challenge of 17 _____ an old but 18 _____ cottage.

I had been given the 19 _____ by a man who used to be an 20 _____ of mine before he stopped working for me.

The cottage needed to be changed 21 _____, and my friend had to remove all his 22 _____ before I could starts.

The requirements for such a task are many and before any 23 _____ could be made some organisation was needed. The final 24 _____ was worth the effort though.

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