FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 8 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 keep out ofВ put up with C miss out on D stand up for

Planes can make it rain

Living next to an airport has always meant having to 0 _____ the noise of planes landing and taking off. Now it seems that 1 _____ residents also have bad weather, according to a 2 _____ published study.

The scientists looked at satellite 3 _____ of clouds above airports, and also studied computer models of the way clouds behave. What they found was that as a plane flies through a very cold cloud, the air behind it expands and then cools 4 _____ rapidly. This sudden drop in temperature, 5 _____ with the hole formed in the cloud where the plane has passed through, can increase the 6 _____ of rain or snow on the ground.

In the case of major airports, with hundreds of flights every day, this can have a significant 7 _____ on weather patterns up to 100 kilometres away. The researchers point out, however, that aircraft passing through clouds are 8 _____ to affect the global climate.

1neighbouringB closeC localD surrounded
2A latelyB recentlyC lastlyfreshly
3imagesB figuresC aspectsD portraits
4A totallyB extremelyC entirelyD perfectly
5A joinedB attachedC composedD combined
6A forecastsB certaintiesC chancesD opportunities
7A resultB influenceC consequenceD impression
8A doubtfulB unsureC unlikelyD improbable

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: OF

Cycling makes financial sense

These days, most people are aware 0 _____ the environmental impact of motor vehicles, and they realise that cars are responsible 9 _____ many of the problems facing their cities. Not 10 _____ people, however, ever stop 11 _____ think about how much money they would save by switching from driving to cycling.

Cars cost a lot to buy, and 12 _____ other major investments such as houses, they quickly lose their value. On 13 _____ of that, there are running costs such as repair bills, tax and insurance, all of 14 _____ seem to go up every year.

Bicycles, by contrast, are far 15 _____ expensive to purchase and maintain, do not require petrol and are easy to park. And if a lot more people took up cycling, the government could spend less of the nation’s resources on roads, which at present their taxes help pay for 16 _____ they drive on them or not.

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.


Too many emails

Some years ago, there were 0 _____ that email would soon be replaced as the most common means of online communication by social 17 _____ sites. Since then, however, the number of emails sent has increased 18 _____, to the point that the volume received on a daily basis has become 19 _____ for many people.

For some users, the situation has become so 20 _____ that they regularly delete all the emails they receive without even bothering to read them, which is rather 21 _____, to say the least. A less extreme measure is to install software that sorts incoming mail into different categories. By doing this, promotions from 22 _____ organisations, for instance, go into a separate folder from messages arriving from friends or employers, 23 _____ us to see which emails are more important than others. Not all of us, though, may be so keen to let software make such 24 _____ for us.

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