Part 1 of the B2 Frist (FCE) Paper is called ‘Multiple Choice Cloze‘. You read a text with eight gaps and choose the best word from four options to fit each gap.
In this part of the test you have to read a passage which is followed by seven or eight questions. For each of the questions there are four suggested answers (A, B, C, D). Only one of these answers is correct; you must choose the answer which is correct and mark the appropriate letter on your answer sheet.
When solving this problem, it was necessary to start through the entire text to find out what it was about. It is always worth paying attention to what words are in front of and after each gap, as they can be part of collocation. Because Multiple-choice cloze mainly checks knowledge of the vocabulary: collocations, verbs phrases, the use of words in a specific context and entire grammatical structures can be expected hints in the form of a part of a phrase, adverb or preposition that accompanies the verb and thus determines the answer.
It should also remember to read all the possibilities of the answer.
B2 First (FCE) Multiple Choice Cloze: Tests
Read the text and choose the correct answer. Click on a gap and a choice of words will appear.
The study of families
Genealogy is a branch of history. It concerns family history, rather 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 result in learning about your roots and your identity. The internet enables millions of people worldwide to access information about their family history, without great expense.
People who research their family history often remark that it’s a fascinating hobby which reveals 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 further 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 participated in the survey discovered they were better off than their ancestors.
Is parrot really a pet?
All parrots have one thing in common. They are wild creatures. Unlike domesticated dogs and cats that have been bred in captivity for thousands of years, and are genetically programmed to accept us and to live with us on our terms, most parrots have been breeding readily in captivity for only the last 15 years. In all probability, the parents or grandparents of the hand-fed baby parrot that you purchase today from a breeder or pet-store were wild-caught, imported birds.
A baby parrot born in captivity may be tame, but it is still far better equipped psychically and emotionally to deal with life in the wild than with life as someone’s pet. A parrot may live 30 to 60 years or more, so it is a lifetime job teaching it to successfully and happily coexist with people. Someone unprepared for this kind of commitment would be better off with a more complaint companion animal.
The city of canals
Venice, the world’s only pedestrian city, is easily walkable, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands – the ‘main’ part of Venice – are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour, provided you don’t get lost (a common occurrence). If you want to get around a bit more quickly, there are numerous vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis. The vaporetti are generally the best way to get around, even if the service route map changes frequently.
If you are going to be in Venice for a few days visiting, it is a lot cheaper to use vaporetti than private water taxis. If you want to have a romantic ride along the canals, go for a gondola ride, although they tend to exist for more scenic purposes, rather than getting people from point A to point B.
B2 First (FCE) Multiple Choice Cloze: Tips & Strategy
- Read the title and the whole text quickly to understand its general meaning before you attempt the task.
- Check the words before and after the gap.
- Choose the best option.
- When you have finished, read the text again with the words inserted to check that it makes sense.
Nothing prepares you for this test better than reading. Read a lot. Candidates who often read in English (for work, for fun) find this part of the test manageable, while those who never read tend to find it very hard.
If you are 100% sure that two of the 4 choices are completely identical, then neither can be the answer. There is always only one word that fits grammatically and has the right meaning.