FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 10


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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).

Example:

A bandВ set C branchD series

What is genealogy

Genealogy is a 0 _____ of history. It concerns family history, 1 than the national or world history studied at school. It doesn’t merely involve drawing a family tree, however – tracing your family history can also 2 in learning about your roots and your identity. The internet enables millions of people worldwide to 3 information about their family history, without great 4 .

People who research their family history often 5 that it’s a fascinating hobby which 6 a lot about where they come from and whether they have famous ancestors. According to a survey involving 900 people who had researched their family history, the chances of discovering a celebrity in your past are one in ten. The survey also concluded that the 7 back you follow your family line, the more likely you are to find a relation who was much wealthier than you are. However, the vast majority of people who 8 in the survey discovered they were better off than their ancestors.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 9


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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).

Example:

A branchВ item C piece D part

Checking your mobile phone

How often do you check your phone? For many of us, our phone is an essential 0 _____of everyday life, but apparently we are spending an increasing amount of time checking it for information without being 1 of doing so.

Research in Helsinki shows that phone checking 2 lasts less than 30 seconds on each occasion, and usually 3 of opening a single application such as social media. The study also found many users check their mobiles throughout the 4 day, and that what they check is often 5 with particular contexts. For instance, when travelling to work or college, people tend to check their email; if they are bored, they get a quick 6 on the latest news.

Checking this frequently can easily become a habit, which some say can 7 us from more important things. Others, though, believe that being able to 8 so much new information so quickly makes life far more interesting.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 8


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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).

Example:

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.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 7


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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).

Example:

A wellВ much C lots D far

Space junk

The Space Age began 0 _____ over half a century ago, and ever since then the area just 1 the Earth’s atmosphere has been filling up with all kinds of man-made objects that have become 2 as ‘space junk’. The items up there 3 from old satellites and parts of rockets to hundreds of thousands of pieces smaller than one centimetre, all of them travelling at extremely 4 speed. Over the last five years, the number of such objects in space is 5 to have risen by 50 per cent, and this has 6 increased the risk of damage to working satellites or space vehicles with crews on board.

International agreement has therefore now been 7 on limiting the amount of new space junk. Scientists have also 8 some interesting suggestions for tidying up space. These include using laser beams, giant nets and even an enormous umbrella-like device to collect tiny bits of junk.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 6


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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).

Example:

A majorВ frequentC similarD 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.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 5


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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).

Example:

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.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 4


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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).

Example:

A or В and C in D nor

Royal Residences

Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle 0 _____ the Palace of Holyroodhouse are these 1 of the Sovereign and, as such, serve as both home and office for the Queen, whose personal flag flies 2 her Majesty is in residence.

These buildings are used extensively for State ceremonies and official entertaining and are opened to the 3 as much as these commitments allow. They are furnished with fine pictures and works of art from the Royal Collection, assembled over four centuries by successive sovereigns. Many of the State Apartments and rooms at the official residences have been in continuous use since their conception and many of the paintings are 4 in the rooms for which they were originally 5 .

The official residences are in regular use and the style and manner in which they are shown to visitors reflects their working status. Rooms are kept as close to their normal 6 as possible. Inevitably, opening times are subject to change at short notice depending on circumstances.

The Royal Collection, which is owned by the Queen as Sovereign in trust for her successors and the Nation, is administered by the Royal Collection Trust to which a proportion of the admission fee and other 7 from visitors is directed. The remainder of this money funds the majority of the cost of restoring Windsor Castle which was badly 8 by fire in November 1992.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 3


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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).

Example:

A moment В present C current D minute

The Gesture Interface

At the 0 _____ if we want mobile 1 to the Web, we have to travel around with things like tablets and smartphones in our bags or pockets. But the inventor of something called the Gesture Interface has 2 up with a way of doing this using only something we’ve 3 around with us for millions of years – our hands.

The idea is 4 on simple technology that is already in existence. 5 carrying around the usual hardware, you have a small wearable device on your hands. This contains a projector, a camera and wireless technology to 6 you to the Web. It also has sensors which read and interpret simple hand gestures. For example, when you want to 7 a photograph, simply make a frame around the image with your hand and click your fingers. The device 8 out what you want and operates the camera.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 2


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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).

Example:

A numberВ amountC quantityD drive

Where to go whale watching

When asked to list the things they would most like to experience in life, a surprising 0 _____ of people mention seeing whales in their natural habitat. It’s an ambition that can be 1 surprisingly easily. It is 2 that the seas around Iceland are home to over five thousand orca whales. But their behaviour, and therefore your chances of seeing them, varies 3 to the season.

In summer, the whales have a 4 to hang out near the coast and can be seen swimming up fjords and inlets. During the winter months, however, the animals are generally to be found 5 out at sea. 6 season you choose for your trip, whale-watching trips are very easy to organise, and there’s a chance you’ll get to see other whale species too.

Besides Iceland, another option is to 7 for northern Norway between October and January. Orcas arrive here at this time of year in 8 of large shoals of herring, which form an important part of their diet.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 1


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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).

Example:

A brightВ fairC keenD sharp

Messages from the Stone Age

The incredible pre-historic Chauvet cave art in France is painted in 0 _____ colours and dates back to a period around thirty thousand years ago when early humans first started to create rock art. Although various 1 of this art have been found in caves in Western Europe, very few people have seen the art at Chauvet because it is located 2 inside an inaccessible underground cave system. Those who have seen it say that it is very impressive, showing animals 3 horses, rhinos and cows, and that the artwork is good enough to 4 modern compositions.

The first scientists to 5 the Chauvet paintings missed some other important 6 however. The walls of the cave are also marked with a series of lines and symbols, that were initially 7 as insignificant. But recent research has suggested that these marks may represent humankind’s first steps towards the development of writing, which is 8 people to rethink their ideas about when written communication first started.

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