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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 20

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 20 - Monarch butterflies, ultramarathon, attitudes to summer. Answer keys, explanations and key vocabulary


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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 naturalВ nativeC wildD indigenous

The migration of the monarch butterflies

The migration of millions of North American monarch butterflies is one of the most stunning 0 _____ phenomena on Earth. In 1 to other members of the same species elsewhere, the North American species migrates far in winter, taking a journey that 2 of 3000 miles. They 3 off in Canada and the US, arrive in central Mexico in November, and return in March. The sight of them together in fir trees in Mexico is an incredible 4 to witness.

However, none of the butterflies actually make the entire round trip. The females lay eggs in Mexico and it’s the new generation that heads north. They travel to Texas where the process is repeated. The butterflies have a 5 to stop twice on their way back to Canada, meaning that it takes four generations to complete the trip.

Monarch butterflies are important because they pollinate plants. In 6 , they form a key part of the food chain. They also 7 danger from disease and a loss of habitat. However, at 8 their forest in Mexico is protected.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 19

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 19 with answer keys, explanations and vocabulary

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 purchaseВ achieveC investD earn

Tips for making your own short film

These days it’s easy to make a film. You don’t need to 0 _____ expensive equipment, you can simply use your mobile phone. Start by 1 up with a good idea. You can 2 out lists of ideas online to give you inspiration. A good script can make all the difference so before filming, your script should become the 3 of your time. Keep it simple and 4 on developing one character well in the short time you have.

Select appropriate venues for filming. Avoid places where you’ll be 5 by people who turn and stare at the camera.

Make sure there’s nothing unusual in the 6 to distract from what the main actor’s doing. And make sure the light is right. You want to give the 7 of depth, not have strange shadows covering the actor’s face. Finally, when you’ve finished filming and edited your work, show it to friends and get some feedback. No film-maker can 8 in the film industry without that.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 18

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 18

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 placeВ siteC venueD position

What our homes say about us

A home is more than a building. It’s a 0 _____ which both influences our identity and represents it. As children, our environment makes us who we are, or at 1 contributes to it. For example, if we grow up in a crowded home, the thought of moving to a quiet home alone might never 2 to us. Instead, we may prefer to live in a house full of people for the 3 of our lives.

As adults, every object that 4 to us tells a story about who we are and where we came from. In 5 , how we present those objects in our homes says something about how we want others to see us. If we identify ourselves with being creative, for example, we might put certain art work on 6 for others to see. Or, if we believe that it’s more important for a home to be relaxing than fashionable, our home might 7 of warm colours and comfortable furniture, in 8 to stylish, modern but perhaps more uncomfortable pieces.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 17

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 17. Answer keys, explanations and helpful vocabulary


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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 fulfilВ finishC completeD succeed

Coming second: pleasure or pain?

Every ambitious athlete hopes to 0 _____ their dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. However, not everyone can win, and often talented athletes must accept second place. A team of psychologists recently 1 some research on the emotional responses of those finishing second. For certain individuals, a silver medal may 2 their expectations and so naturally they will be delighted. They may also enjoy surprising experts and journalists who believed they had absolutely no 3 of achieving anything.

In 4 , the athlete who everyone assumed would win with ease, but then suffers a 5 defeat, may not celebrate their silver medal. This reaction differs sharply from the athlete who comes second but finished a long way behind the winner. There is a 6 in the research that shows such a person will feel significantly happier.

To a certain 7 , these findings are not surprising. Silver medallists who were close to victory will almost certainly 8 on what might have happened if they had trained harder, or done things differently.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 16

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 16 with answer keys, explanations and helpful vocabulary for each part.

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 referВ representC indicateD mention

Off the beaten track

The expression ‘getting off the beaten track’ is used to 0 _____ to the experience of avoiding famous tourist attractions and choosing instead to explore less well-known places when travelling. For many people the whole 1 of travel is to visit cities such as Paris or Venice that have a great 2 as places of beauty and historic importance. Furthermore, they are not particularly 3 by the crowds that are usually found in such locations. But for others who have more of a 4 of adventure, a good holiday must 5 unfamiliar experiences, even taking some risks.

Travelling off the beaten track may be done by some students who don’t 6 to a rigid plan, but make decisions about what to do depending on how they feel. Other travellers prefer to spend money on guided tours to unusual locations. Such tours are designed to 7 their particular needs, and all the arrangements are made for them. However people choose to get off the beaten track, the hope is always the same: to have a special, often unique 8 of a different culture.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 15

FCE Reading and Use of English Test 15 - Answer keys, explanations and useful vocabulary


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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 appealВ tasteC interestD attraction

The joy of photography

Photography is a hobby with wide 0 _____. And I don’t mean taking photos on your mobile phone, though it cannot be 1 that such pictures can be surprisingly good these days. Serious photography means taking the 2 to do some research, exploring the technical 3 of the subject and investing in what might be quite expensive equipment. So why take up photography? Firstly, it allows you to 4 special moments that you want to remember forever. In addition, it 5 your imagination because you are always in search of ideas for original and out of the ordinary photos.

However, a lot of practice is required before you 6 to take really good pictures on a regular basis. When you finally do it, it will be a 7 of great satisfaction for you. Photography can also transform the way you look at the world. You start to see details that in the past you used to miss 8 . All in all, it’s a highly absorbing hobby.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14

FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 14 - Vera Neumann, Tree Climbing, A Dying Language with answers keys, explanations and vocabulary

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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 foundВ arrivedC fetchedD reached

Vera Neumann: fabric designer

Vera Neumann was a designer and businesswoman whose products 0 _____ their way into the homes of people across the USA.

Vera was born in Connecticut in 1907 and showed artistic 1 from an early. After attending art college in New York, she got a job as a textile designer, but didn’t like being 2 what to do. Determined to develop her own styles, Vera started to produce tablecloths, each item printed by hand in her kitchen.

But it was her scarves that 3 Vera’s name. Good fabric was in short 4 during the Second World War, but Vera was lucky enough to 5 across some silk left over from the manufacture of parachutes. Vera used it to design scarves with floral, abstract and geometric designs. These were an 6 success when they appeared in department stores and during the 1950s they were the 7 of fashion, being worn by celebrities such as the film star Marilyn Monroe. By 1960, the company which Vera had 8 was employing 200 staff and producing 130 patterns per season.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 13

FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 13

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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 haveВ makeC getD put

Slacklining

Slacklining is an increasingly popular activity in London’s parks. All you need if you want to 0 _____ a go at slacklining is a two trees about fifteen metres apart, a five-centimetre-wide strap of around the same length and the equipment to 1 the strap to the trees.

The slackline is not a rope, but a flat piece of strong webbing material. The 2 is to try to walk along the line without 3 your balance. As the line is usually 4 about a metre or so above the ground, there is no 5 risk of injury if you don’t 6 to stay on the line. Other street sports, such as skateboarding and parkour are much more dangerous.

Basically, slacklining 7 quite a lot of practice, but it is something you can learn to do. At first, most people like to 8 on to a friend’s hand until get used to the feeling of the moving line under their feet.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 12

FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 12

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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 beneathВ lowerC minusD less

Mars on Earth

The centre of Antarctica, where winter temperatures frequently fall to 0 _____ 80 degrees centigrade and for four months each year there is 1 darkness 24 hours a day, is one of the most extreme environments on Earth. It is also by 2 the most similar place to the surface of Mars, which is why a 3  of thirteen scientists from the European Space Agency have spent nine months at a base there.

They have been studying the physical and psychological 4 on humans of living in extreme conditions, in order to obtain a better understanding of the difficulties humans will 5 during the long flight to Mars and their stay there. Of course, space is 6 Antarctica in that astronauts have to adapt to weightlessness, but the base is 3,200 metres above sea 7 making it difficult to breathe there – as it can be on space flights. They have also, like space travellers, experienced strong feelings of being 8 off from civilisation.

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FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11

FCE Reading and Use of English Practice Test 11


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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 causeВ bringC leadD make

Teenagers really do need more sleep

It has long been suspected that lack of sleep can actually 0 _____ to illness, particularly in young people. Research 1 students aged 14-19 over a three-week period now appears to 2 this.

The teenagers wore devices that recorded the movements they made, without being 3 of them, that indicated they were asleep. The results were then 4 to the number of illnesses that they had 5 from during the three weeks, in addition to the number of occasions on which they had been 6 from school.

What the study showed was that students who slept fewer than seven hours a night caught colds, flu and other relatively 7 illnesses more often. The problem is that as children enter their teens their natural sleeping patterns change, 8 in them going to sleep later and therefore wanting to wake up later – but they still have to get up in the morning to go to school.

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