CAE Reading and Use of English 2015 Practice Test 10

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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Example:
A fulfil    В accomplish    C manage     perform

Book Review
Galapagos: The islands that changed the world

I was lucky enough to 0 fulfil an ambition and visit the Galapagos Islands two
years ago. _______ no substitute for a visit, this superbly attractive book provides a fascinating commentary and scientific background to the Galapagos experience. BBC books have _______ their usual high-quality job in producing the volume that will accompany their TV series of the same name.

Nothing can compare to exploring the strange landscapes, _______up close and
personal with the unique wildlife and witnessing the rich biological and environmental history that is so very apparent on the islands. However, this book does _______ close. The superb descriptive prose of award-winning cameraman Paul Stewart is another plus _______ as is the fact that this is punctuated by his iconic photography. This book _______ in celebrating the weird and wonderful sights but don’t _______ read this book as an alternative to actually going, use it as the _______of inspiration for your own trip, a useful guide once you’re there and a stunning reminder on your return.

1

A Despite

B However

C Whilst

D Whereas

2

A set

B done

C made

D given

3

A getting

В reaching

C arriving

D gaining

4

A run

В come

C go

D pass

5

A spot

В point

C mark

D tip

6

A attains

В succeeds

C achieves

D obtains

7

A barely

В hardly

C merely

D scarcely

8

A base

B cause

C origin

D source

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) AS

A history of table tennis

Like many other sports, table tennis started out 0 as a mild social diversion. It
was popular in England in the second half of the nineteenth century under its present
name and various trade names like Whiff-Whaff and Ping-Pong, _______ sought to
imitate the sound 10 _______ by the ball striking the table. The game soon 11 _______
something of a craze and there are many contemporary references to it and illustrations of it 12 _______ played, usually in domestic surroundings.

13 _______ the early twentieth century, the sport had already acquired some of its
present-day complexities, 14 _______ it was still seen by many as an after-dinner
amusement 15 _______ than a sport. An account published in 1903 found it necessary
to warn players 16 _______ the wearing of evening dress, but went on to give detailed
technical advice about the pen-holder grip and tactics.

Over the next 60 years, table tennis developed into a worldwide sport, played by up to 30 million competitive players.

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) HISTORIANS

Dancing is good for you

Since the dawn of civilisation, dance has been an important part
of life, and dance 0 historians struggle to identify the first evidence of dance as it has always been an intrinsic part of human 17 _______ . The earliest recorded dances, discovered in the 9,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock paintings in India, were used to tell stories and celebrate 18 _______ events, whilst also serving as a way of passing on information to future generations.

But why has dance, something which can make someone look utterly 19 _______ if done wrong, always seemed to be natural to our DNA? Experts argue that its psychological and physiological benefits are the cause. 20 _______ studies have discovered that dancing is not only an 21 _______ form of non-verbal communication, but is also a mood-boosting cure that can alleviate 22 _______improve interpersonal 23 _______ and cure illnesses. Physically, dancing makes us happy because, as with any repetitive exercise, it releases endorphins. Also it’s a socialising event, 24 _______us to be physically close to people and more emotionally connected
to them.

0 HISTORY
17 BEHAVE
18 SIGNIFY
19 RIDICULE
20 NUMBER
21 EFFECT
22 DEPRESS
23 RELATION
24 ABLE

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 9


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

A success story — or is it?

Success, like beauty, lies in the 0 eye of the beholder. How one person chooses to define it can be very different from how others perceive it. For some people, it’s earning a fortune, 1 for others it’s working in a voluntary position helping those less fortunate. It’s also relative rather than 2 because the person who 3 a new skill has achieved success in their terms just as much as the self-made millionaire.

Ironically, there may also be an underlying contradiction in the term. 4 , an actress who has a glamorous life and seems to have everything she wants may actually be troubled by the loss of her 5 life as paparazzi invade her personal 6 .

It also has something to do with the length of time success 7 . Many young people are happy with short-term fame but 8 it’s true that reaching that one goal might be comparatively straightforward, maintaining that success is often much harder. And surely, it’s long-term success that is ultimately the most satisfying and also the most enviable?

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 8


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

I wish I’d known that before

I’ve always tried to be a supportive friend, 0 keeping my own counsel on my true opinions. I’ve lied to 1 a friend’s face and gone to parties with people I couldn’t stand 2 upset them. But now I’m older I have realised that being permanently sympathetic is not the way to hold on to your integrity and well-being. Armed with this understanding, I planned to 3 on a policy of being totally honest at all times. I came across research that 4 me up, claiming that often people don’t actually want the truth and that being honest reduces the stress that inevitably accompanies 5 so-called white lies. So I decided to 6 , I was aware of the damage bluntness can do but I’ve learned that true friendship survives on sincerity and a few 7 for a purchaser to put their own 8 truths won’t ruin it. I wish I’d known that before!

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 7


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

To Sell or not to Sell?

You may think selling your house is easy but everyone wants to get the 0 BEST deal. Unfortunately, the housing market is 1 to highs and lows, which could prevent your 2 the price you want. However, displaying your house at its best could persuade 3 buyers it’s worth paying more for than a similar one nearby. Here are some simple steps you can take that might 4 a sale.

De-clutter and throw away or store superfluous stuff. It may have sentimental value for you but to a buyer it’s junk. Tidy shelves and work surfaces. 5 most buyers will renovate a house as soon as they move in, it is worth 6 up the place by painting, replacing worn carpets and so on. The look you want is neat but lived in — comfortable and cosy but suggesting that there is still 7 for a purchaser to put their own 8 on the house. It’s your home and you love it but the trick is to make others love it, too!

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 6


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

So Who Needs People?

People have always seen themselves as social animals, with living together as the norm, but increasing numbers are 0 SETTLINGdown as singles. Why is this happening?

It’s often presented as indicating the undesirable 1 of society but, actually, the reality is more interesting and less worrying. One reason more people 2 for the single life is they can 3 it but since we are able to do many things that we decide not to do, this financial answer is just one part of the explanation. Another is the communications and technological revolution, which allows people to 4 social events when they’re living alone. But a key 5 seems to be that today, young people define living alone in a positive way, as a 6 of success. They see it as a way to 7 time in developing themselves personally and professionally. This means that the whole social framework is being transformed, changing not only how we understand ourselves and our relationships but also the way we build places to live and 8 economic growth.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 5


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Exceptionally talented or just over-confident?

According to a study on what lies at the heart of success, it seems that the key is not what might be expected,0 IN OTHER WORDS talent, hard work or a good education, but instead it’s total, unadulterated confidence. Confident people tend not to be 1 by their own shortcomings and often have 2 than life personalities. This means they make themselves more visible in the workplace, pushing themselves forward at every opportunity and so 3 promotion over those who may well be more competent but appear on the 4 to be less talented.Confident people are often admired and their opinions valued; 5 , they are able to influence decisions made within a group. This could have implications for the recruitment procedures of many companies, as a typical job interview often involves a group task which unfairly 6 the over-confident. Such a display of confidence may carry too much 7 with interviewers,and better, quieter candidates may be 8 down, leading to a less efficient workforce.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 4


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

High notes of the singing Neanderthals

Neanderthals have been misunderstood. The early humanoids traditionally 0 CHARACTERIZED as ape-like brutes were deeply emotional beings with high-pitched voices. They may 1 have sung to each other. This new image has 2 from two studies of the vocal apparatus and anatomy of the creatures that 3 Europe between 200,000 and 35,000 years ago.

The research shows that Neanderthal voices might well have produced loud, womanly and highly melodic sounds – not the roars and grunts previously 4 by most researchers. Stephen Mithen, Professor of Archaeology and author of one of the studies, said: ‘What is emerging is a picture of an intelligent and emotionally complex creature whose most likely 5 of communication would have been part language and part song.’

Mithen’s work 6 with the first detailed study of a reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton. Anthropologists brought together bones and casts from several sites to re-create the creature. The creature that emerges would have 7 markedly from humans, Neanderthals seem to have had an extremely powerful 8 and no waist.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 3


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook could be 0 SAID to have invented the global tourist industry. He was born in England in 1808 and became a cabinetmaker. Then he 1 on the idea of using the newly-invented railways for pleasure trips and by the summer of 1845, he was organising commercial trips. The first was to Liverpool and featured a 60-page handbook for the journey, the 2 of the modern holiday brochure.

The Paris Exhibition of 1855 3 him to create his first great tour, taking in France, Belgium and Germany. This also included a remarkable 4 — Cook’s first cruise, an extraordinary journey along the Rhine. The expertise he had gained from this 5 him in good stead when it came to organising a fantastic journey along the Nile in 1869. Few civilians had so much as set foot in Egypt, let 6 travelled along this waterway through history and the remains of a vanished civilisation 7 back thousands of years. Then, in 1872, Cook organised the first conducted world tour and the 8 of travel has not been the same since.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 2


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Female pilot Mary Heath was the 0original Queen of the Skies, one of the best-known women in the world during the 1 age of aviation. She was the first woman in Britain to gain a commercial pilot’s licence, the first to 2 a parachute jump and the first British women’s javelin champion. She scandalised 1920s’ British society by marrying three times (at the 3 of her fame she wed politician Sir James Heath – her second husband, 45 years her senior).

In 1928, aged 31, she became the first pilot to fly an open-cockpit plane, solo, from South Africa to Egypt, 4 9,000 miles in three months. It was a triumph. Lady Heath was 5 as the nation’s sweetheart and called ‘Lady Icarus’ by the press. However, her life was 6 tragically short. Only a year later, she 7 a horrific accident at the National Air Show in Ohio in the USA, when her plane crashed through the roof of a building. Her health was never the 8 again, and she died in May 1939.

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CAE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 1


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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 each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Our obsession with recording every detail of our happiest moments could be 0 damaging our ability to remember them, according to new research.

Dr Linda Henkel, from Fairfield University, Connecticut, described this as the ‘photo-taking impairment effect’. She said, ‘People often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to 1 a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening 2 in front of them. When people rely on technology to remember for them — 3 on the camera to record the event and thus not needing to 4 to it fully themselves — it can have a negative 5 on how well they remember their experiences.

In Dr Henkel’s experiment, a group of university students were 6 on a tour of a museum and asked to either photograph or try to remember objects on display. The next day each student’s memory was tested. The results showed that people were less 7 in recognising the objects they had photographed 8 with those they had only looked at.

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