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  • Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET) – Exam 1 – Reading

    Part 3 – Questions 11 to 15

    Read the text and for each question, choose the correct option.

    My first trip to Greece, by Steve Diamond

    Many years ago, I went to Greece on a short work experience program with my friend Jamie. We had both just finished university and we didn’t really know what to do with our lives. So, we jumped on a plane to the island of Crete, Greece’s largest island which rests in the Aegean Sea.

    When we arrived in Heraklion, the capital of Crete, we were welcomed by Irena and Jacob Lambraiki, the owners of the school where we had been hired to teach English classes to Greek children. They showed us to our flat and then, they brought us to a good Greek restaurant. I ate ‘spanakopita’ which is a spinach and cheese pie, and we also had a Greek salad. Most of the dishes were made with natural ingredients and they were very tasty.

    The next day, we started teaching our first classes to Greek students. My students were between 11 and 15 years of age. I was surprised by how funny and smart the kids were. During the course, I tried to teach them English while they taught me all about Greek culture. I learned about Greek food, music, landscape and I even learned some Greek words. At the weekends, we visited ancient sights and swam in the perfect blue sea. I was amazed by the clean, white houses and lovely beaches. By the end of the work experience, I had fallen in love with Crete but to my disappointment, I had to return home for another job. Greece will always be very special in my memory.

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    11 What is the writer trying to do in this text?


  • Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET) – Reading

    There are 6 parts and 32 questions in the reading section of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam. You will have 45 minutes to tackle this section. Here is a description of each reading part:

    Part 1: Read five real-world texts and choose the main message.
    These are short texts, like messages or notices. Each text has a question with three options. This part can get you up to 5 marks.

    Part 2: Match descriptions to short texts.
    There are descriptions of five people and eight short texts on a topic. Your job is to match each description to the right text. This part has a maximum of 5 marks.

    Part 3: Read a longer text and answer questions.
    This part requires you to understand the main idea, details, and the writer’s opinions from the text. There are five multiple-choice questions, each with four options. This part can earn you 5 marks.

    Part 4: Complete a text with missing sentences.
    You will read a text where five sentences have been taken out. You need to choose the right five sentences from a list of eight to fill the gaps. This part has a total of 5 marks available.

    Part 5: Choose words to fill gaps in a text.
    This is a shorter text with some words missing. You have to choose the right word from four options for each gap. This segment assesses your reading comprehension and vocabulary. Completing this part correctly can get you 6 marks.

    Part 6: Fill gaps with a word you choose.
    Here, you’ll see a short text with six gaps. It’s your job to think of the right word to fill each gap. This part has a maximum of 6 marks.


    General tips for the Reading part of the B1 Preliminary

    Understand the format of the exam

    Familiarize yourself with the types of questions, number of questions and time limit for each section of the test. Practise using exam samples like the ones provided on our website or other published materials.

    Get regular reading practice

    Practice reading a variety of materials, such as online articles, fiction and non-fiction books to enhance your comprehension and speed. It’s important that you find materials that are appropriate for your level. You should be able to understand most of the words in the texts you read.

    Work on your vocabulary

    Learn new words and expressions regularly, and practice using them in context.

    Use past papers

    Use previous years’ papers to practise and get a feel for the types of questions you can expect in the exam.

    Underline and analyse the keywords

    The first thing you need to do when reading a text is to read the questions and underline the most important words. Then, analyse those words and decide which are the correct answer.


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