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

    Part 4 – Questions 16 to 20

    Five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question, choose the correct answer. There are three extra sentences which you do not need to use.

    Jane had always lived in the city, amidst the hustle and bustle of tall skyscrapers and busy streets. Growing up in such a fast-paced environment had its benefits. 16 _. However, she was increasingly tired of everything around her: the noise, the traffic, the stress.

    Everything changed when she visited her grandparents in the countryside one summer. Walking through the vast green fields, listening to the gentle chirping of the birds, and feeling the cool breeze on her face was a refreshing experience. 17 _.

    By the end of her stay, Jane found herself contemplating a life outside the city. She felt an unusual connection to nature and started exploring the idea of permanently moving to a rural area. Six months later, Jane made up her mind and decided to leave her city apartment. 18 _. Her friends thought she was making a hasty decision, but she felt it was the right choice for her.

    Now, living in the countryside, she has her own garden and even a few farm animals. 19 _. There’s a sense of community she had never experienced before. While she occasionally misses the convenience of city life, the natural beauty and calmness of her new surroundings more than make up for it. 20 _. She often jokes that the only traffic she encounters now are the sheep crossing the road.

    Answer the questions here:

    16 Gap 16


  • 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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