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FCE Use of English Part 2, Pet shelter

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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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: BY

Pet shelter

Like any other large city, ours has a serious problem of pets getting abandoned 0 _____ their owners. My friend Francis and I decided to take the matter in our own 9 and open a pet shelter. What we do 10 we give these pets a place to stay, food, medical care such as vaccines, and ultimately, try to help them find a new home. The latter is what we strive for, and it usually takes about a month for a pet to 11 adopted.

We largely rely 12 generousity of others in the form of various donations, as 13 as any kind of help. Our entire staff is made up of volunteers who dedicate their free time to help keep the place going. Thankfully, there is never any shortage 14 people willing to help us out. Their duties 15 feeding the animals, cleaning their cages and trays, and even letting them stay at their own places.

The entire project wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for a thing of chance. Our mutual friend was looking to rent out her rather large basement on the outskirts of the city. She was really struggling to find somebody who would want it, as it would need renovating to turn it into a commercial property. She was about to 16 up when we offered to use it for a good cause. Thankfully, she was more than happy to agree.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Sleep Inertia

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 9 - Sleep Inertia. Answer keys with useful explanations

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: FIND

Sleep Inertia

If you 0 _____ it difficult to wake up in the morning, then you are not alone. This state, called ‘sleep intertia’, is what you experience when you don’t feel 9 getting out of bed right after awakening. There are a number of possible reasons 10 this condition. One common situation is when you go to bed at a different time every day. Inconsistent sleep schedule prevents your mind and body 11 getting enough rest. Another possible problem is skipping breakfast. As it is the most important meal 12 the day, not having it seriously affects your mood and energy levels. You know this subconsciously, and that is why you do not feel like getting up.

There is also a group of people who are more comfortable staying up longer at night. Normally referred 13 as night owls, they might feel especially reluctant to wake up in the morning hours. For these people, it is often advised to plan their lives 14 their unusual sleeping habits in mind. This makes 15 falling asleep and waking up more effortless. It goes without saying that not everybody can 16 to sleep when they please, but for some, it is the only option to get enough shut-eye to feel prepared for the day ahead.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Festival of Speed

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 8 - Goodwood Festival of Speed

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: TO

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Every year, car enthusiast come 0 ______ West Sussex for what is acknowledged 9 one of the greatest events car culture has to offer: Goodwood Festival of Speed. As the name of this gathering suggests, participants compete 10 showing the best time on a short race track. Race and road cars, both old and new, try to set the best time within their class. Because of the breakneck speeds, occasional crashes are 11 unheard of. There is also an exhibition of iconic vehicles if racing is not 12 thing.

You can see everything the event has for a reasonable admission fee 13 50 pounds. This, 14 , does not include a parking fee, unless you happen to drive some exotic vehicle. In this case, you will 15 given exclusive access to a premium parking lot next to the paddock. Visitors are also encouraged to pitch a tent at the camping site, as the festival is usually four days long. If you are seeking a more comfortable experience, hotel reservations are available with a selection of rooms to suit even the 16 demanding customers.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Bats

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 7 - Bats.

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: WITH

Bats

We usually associate bats 0 ______ blood-sucking monsters that terrorize people at night, portrayed 9 evil, vampire-like creatures. Nothing could be further from the truth! To 10 with, there are more than a thousand different bat species. They greatly differ 11 size, habitat, and diet. The tiniest ones are 12 small they can fit in a child’s palm. Only a small fraction of bat species are carnivorous, meaning that they only eat meat. The majority of bats prefer to feed 13 fruit or insects.

Bats have an enormous positive impact on the ecosystem. They help get rid 14 pest insects – these are insects that pose threat to crops or humans in general. They also take part in pollination and dispersal of plant seeds, ensuring sustained plant growth.

A notable thing about bats is the way they navigate in the dark is quite impressive, to 15 the least. They emit high-frequency sound waves that bounce off the surroundings and give bats a clear picture of how close objects around them are. That is how bats are able to fly in pitch-black caves 16 bumping into walls all the time.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Purring Cats

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 6 - Purring Cats

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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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: OF

Purring Cats

People usually have many misconceptions about the real purpose 0 _____ purring. Contrary to popular belief, it is not limited 9 just showing comfort or satisfaction. It can also be used to ask for something, like food or attention. It even acts 10 a painkiller when the cat is giving birth, signalling its brain to release a hormone that lessens pain.

To understand why a cat purrs, it has to be observed together 11 its body language. Good indicators of ‘happy’ purring are half-closed eyes and a tail that does not move erratically. Many people wonder 12 cats show their love by purring. There is no definite answer to that, however, when your cat rubs its whiskers against you, it usually points 13 their affection.

To be fair, cats are not alone in their ability to purr. Animals 14 as rabbits, badgers or guinea pigs can do that as well. It is worth noting that lions are the 15 members of the feline family that do not purr. Like most species, cats vary greatly in their behaviour, so some are more eager to purr than 16 . Moreover, because of slight anatomic differences, some cats can be more vocal.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Morning Commute

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 5 - Morning Commute.

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: UP

Morning Commute

Richard has never been a morning person. The prospect of getting 0 _____ at 6 AM sounded as bad to him as going to art classes – something he has always despised.

However, nowadays mornings are something he almost looks 9 to. The thing is, he has recently moved 10 Germany, which brought much-needed variety into his life, like the sight of people standing in line at the bus stop. He is now used to seeing the same people there every morning though, and now he even knows some of them 11 name. It did not take bus 12 to arrive. Like most things in this country, they seem to value punctuality above all else.

13 the rush hour, there were plenty of empty seats 14 the bus. Sitting in the window seat was usually the place 15 Richard felt most comfortable. This way, he could spend the journey looking out of the window 16 getting disturbed by people who had to get off. As the bus rolled down the narrow street, Richard breathed in the refreshing morning air through the open window.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Old Faithful

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 4 - Old Faithful.

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: LOCATED

Old Faithful

A geological wonder of the world, Old Faithful is a geyser that is 0 ______ in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, US. What it does is erupt steam and boiling-hot water 9 uneven intervals of 40 to 110 minutes. One eruption can be as 10 as five minutes.

The practice 11 recording eruption intervals has been around for decades. One curious thing this record-keeping has helped to establish is that there is a direct connection 12 intervals and the duration of eruptions. Basically, the bigger the interval, the longer these eruptions 13 . This can be explained by the fact that more water and pressure can build up over longer intervals.

The geyser is extremely popular with people, and not just from the USA, but from all around the 14 . During peak season it can get extremely crowded – so if you planned on 15 it, consider doing so in the off season. The observation area in the park ensures that the visitors get the best view of the geyser 16 also keeping them far enough away not to get scalded by its hot water.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Audiobooks

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 3 - Audiobooks. Answer keys and useful explanations to help you get better score!

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: BACK

Audiobooks

A quite common thing, audiobooks actually started in the early seventies. 0 _____ then, they would be recorded on cassette tapes, also 9 audio tapes. Initially, libraries were the only place to have them, primarily for the needs of disabled people. As technology progressed, audiobooks have been getting increasingly popular 10 with the wider adoption of the Internet.

One thing that made audiobooks popular is that they allowed you to do something else 11 listening to the narrator. It is also favoured by people with long commutes. When you are listening to something interesting, time passes 12 than when you are doing something boring, like sitting in a traffic 13 .

Another obvious benefit is that audiobooks are more accessible. Blind people, as well as 14 with poor sight, could finally get access to masterpieces of the literary world. This is also true 15 those who have not developed any reading skills, either due to lack of formal education or any other reason.

Finally, the audiobook format has the advantage of sped-up playback. What this means 16 that you can listen to it at an increased speed, which is very difficult or even impossible when reading.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Sloths

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 2 - Sloths. Practice test with explanations

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: IF

Sloths

Sloths are fascinating animals. The name comes from how slow and seemingly lazy slots are. Interestingly, 0 _____ translated to other languages, the name of the animal usually means ‘tree lazy’ or ‘a lazy person’.The species is divided into two big groups: two- and three-toed sloths, named so after the 9 of toes and, respectively, claws they have.

Probably one of the slowest animal of its size, sloths actually benefit 10 their hasteless lifestyle. Conservation of energy is one of the main reasons sloths live the 11 they do. Combined with their thick, camouflage-like fur, they become more difficult to get 12 by predators, blending with the environment they live in.

Sloth’s habitat is mostly limited 13 South and Central America as well as the neighbouring islands. This is largely 14 to unique climatic conditions which combine warm, humid weather all year around and abundant vegetation of the rainforests. Interestingly, sloths are distant relatives of armadillo and anteaters.

Another peculiar feature is the expression on their faces. It can be easily 15 for smiling, even though we know all too well that animals do not possess distinct facial expressions, at least 16 that a human eye could pick up.

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FCE Use of English Part 2, Christmas Flight

FCE Use of English Part 2, Test 1 - Christmas Flight. This test is complete with answer keys and explanations

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 the separate answer sheet.

Example: GET

Christmas Flight

In our family, we have a tradition to 0 _____ together for a Christmas dinner. This often means flying 9 the other end of the world for some of the family members. This year was my 10 to have a longer journey, as I had to fly across the Atlantic from San Francisco all the way to London.

Because of the holiday season, the airport was 11 of people. What made things 12 was that, because of the traffic, I arrived at the airport too late and missed the plane. The next direct flight wasn’t arriving until tomorrow. My 13 option was to take a connecting flight through Brighton, as I was running late, and I definitely could not afford to 14 our family celebration.

Luckily, I managed to go through check-in without much trouble. I was just 15 time for boarding – they closed the gate right after I stepped into the aircraft cabin. I squeezed into the window seat, put the earphones in, and for the first time today, I was enjoying a moment of peace. I had a long flight 16 of me.

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