English Language Examinations

Cambridge FCE Sample Paper

An FCE-style Use of English Sample Exam

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Use of English

Part One

Multiple-choice cloze

For questions 1-15, read the text and decide which answer A, B, C or D best fits each space. Example (0) C

TWINS

New Scientist magazine (0) ........C....... published a report by researchers at Sheffield University. The researchers studied identical twins who had been separated at (1) ................. and had been taken (2) ............ of by different families. The results showed that the twins were often very similar, not only in (3) ................. but also in intelligence and personality.

More (4) ...................... , however, were the other coincidences which were almost (5) ................ to explain. For example, one set of female twins met again for the first time when they were 39. They both (6) ................ the same dress, had seven rings on their fingers, and the same bracelets. There were also some male twins who (7) .................... part in the study. They too (8) ................ a great deal in common. Both of them worked in the police force, and (9) ..................... their holidays in Majorca. They drove the same kind of car and had a dog called Toy. (10) ...................... of them had married and divorced women called Linda, and their second wives were called Elizabeth.

The researchers intend to (11) ........ out more studies in the future. This is because these coincidences are so remarkable and have occurred so often with twins that they have almost (12) ............. count. The coincidences are so extraordinary that it is (13) ...................... to simply say that they happen because of (14) ...................  . It seems that there must be a more (15) .................... explanation, but so far nobody has found out what it is.

 

        0 A    newly                 B    lately                      C    recently             D    freshly

        1 A    first                    B    beginning                C    start                  D    birth

        2 A    care                   B    responsibility          C    concern             D    worry

        3 A    look                   B    sight                       C    appearance       D    form

        4 A    disgraceful          B     shocking               C    insulting             D    suprising

        5 A    impossible          B    incredible               C    unlikely             D    dissimilar

        6 A    carried                B    wore                     C    put                    D    dressed

        7 A    held                    B    came                     C    took                  D    played

        8 A    did                      B    were                     C    had                   D    made

        9 A    passed                B    spent                     C    stayed               D    went

      10 A    All                      B    Each                      C    Two                 D    Every

      11 A    bring                   B    follow                    C    do                    D    carry

      12 A    dropped              B    fallen                     C    missed              D    lost

      13 A    illiterate                B    illegal                    C    illegible             D    illogical

      14 A    opportunity          B    chance                 C    possibility          D    occasion

      15 A    correct                 B    logical                  C    intelligent          D    proper

 

Part Two

Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. Use only one word in each space.

EDINBURGH

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, (0) .....is..... regarded by many people (16) ................ the most beautiful city in Europe. Whether or (17) ............ that is true, no visitor can fail to (18) ................ impressed by its dramatic surroundings, its magnificent buildings, or its dark stone churches.

Edinburgh Castle dominates (19) .............. city centre. Built in the eleventh century, (20) .............. sits high on a rock. The old town developed from this point, stretching down the slope to form what is (21) ................ as the Royal Mile. This street remains (22) ................... of the city's main tourist attractions, with Holyroodhouse ( a royal palace) at the lower end, and the castle at the top.

The new town (23) ................. built in the eighteenth century in order to cope (24) ................. the increasing population of the city. It is located in the flat land to the north (25) ................ the castle. Before it was developed, (26) ................. competition was arranged for the best design. The Scottish architect, James Craig, won with a simple grid pattern of streets and squares.

But perhaps Edinburgh is most famous (27) ............... its annual International Festival of Music and Drama. This massive three-week event has been held every August (28) ................ 1947. It attracts thousands of theatre and music lovers, and hundreds of artists, from (29) .............. over the world. Not surprisingly, many Edinburgh locals take their holidays at this time - and go in (30) ............... of some peace and quiet!

 

Part Three

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence. Use the word in bold and other words. use between two and five words.

31    Smoking in the library is forbidden.

       allowed

        You ____________________________________________________ in the library.

32    It is much too cold to go to the lake today.

       warm

        It _________________________________ to go to the lake today.

33    Magda saw Ela as she was going to work.

        way

        Magda saw Ela ___________________________________  work.

34    I regret not taking your advice.

        followed

        If only ___________________________________ your advice.

35    You might get thirsty, so I put a flask of tea in your bag.

       case

        I put a flask of tea in your bag _________________________________ thirsty.

36    Joanna likes swimming more than jogging..

        prefers

        Joanna ___________________________________________ jog.

37    Her voice was so quiet that we could hardly hear her.

        such

        She __________________________ that we could hardly hear her.

38    Going to parties was not something I did very often.

        use

        I ____________________________________________ to parties very often.

39    "I'll start saving money every month, I promise," Hania said.

        putting

        Hania promised ______________________________ every month.

40    Nobody knows why Donata quit her job.

        made

        Nobody knows _________________________________________ her job.

 

Part Four

Read the text below and look carefully at each line. Some of the lines are correct, and some have a word which should not be there.

I LOVE LANGUAGES

0              My family and I moved to England from Poland last                 (correct)

00            month ago because of my mother's job. I want to go to            (ago)

41            university to study also languages but I know my English

42            is not good enough. I studied English at school in Gorzˇw

43            but the accents here in northern England make it to sound

44            completely different from what I have been learnt in the

45            classroom. I'm thinking of taking over a course in English first

46            and then going on to a degree course in Russian and Polish.

47            I believe I will pass my Polish course without no difficulty

48            as long as I improve my grammar. Studying Russian

49            will be challenging but I am luck because of I won't have

50            to spend too much time on Polish and will be able to

51            concentrate more on Russian. I did chose the Russian

52            language because it has always fascinated by me, and I

53            hope that after studying it for four years I will be able

54            to use it in a profession such as translating. I'm looking

55            very forward to visiting Moscow one day. I might even

                get the chance to teach Polish there.

 

Part Five

Use the word given in capitals at the end of each line to form a word that fits in the space in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0).

A VISIT TO A BOOKSHOP

On hearing that my favourite (0)      novelist        was going to visit                               NOVEL

a local bookshop, I made the (56) ________________ to go along and                     DECIDE

meet him in person. I have always had the greatest (57) ____________                      ADMIRE

for him. His novels, which are basically (58) _____________ have been                     HISTORY

of great (59) ______________ benefit to me throughout the years. Not                      EDUCATE

surprisingly, his work has received popular (60) ________________ .                        RECOGNISE

 

On arriving, I saw him with a (61) __________________ of his books in                       SELECT

front of him. (62) __________________ , he was alone. I approached him and             FORTUNATE

(63) ________________ asked him to autograph my book. His handwriting                  POLITE

was (64) __________________ and therefore I had trouble reading the                        LEGIBLE

dedication. Nevertheless, it was a (65) __________________ experience.                    MEMORY

 

ANSWER KEY

PART ONE

1 - D    2 - A    3 - C    4 - D    5 - A    6 - B    7 - C    8 - C    9 - B    10 -B    11 - D

12 - D    13 - D    14 - B        15 - B

PART TWO   

16 - as    17 - not        18 - be        19 - the        20 - it        21 - known    22 - one       23 - was

24 - with    25 - of        26 - a        27 - for    28 - since       29 - all    30 - search

PART THREE

31    are not allowed to smoke

32    isn't / is not warm enough

33    on her way to

34    I had followed

35     in case you get

36    prefers to swim rather than

37    had such a quiet voice

38    did not / didn't use to go

39       to start putting money aside / away

40    what made Donata quit

PART FOUR

41- also    42 - correct    43 - to    44 - been    45 - over    46 - correct     47 - no    48 - correct

49 - of        50 - correct    51 - did     52 - by    53 - correct    54 - correct    55 - very 

PART FIVE

56 - decision        57 - admiration        58 - historical        59 - educational        60 - recognition

61 - selection        62 - Fortunately        63 - politely        64 - illegible        65 - memorable

 

 

Last Updated 3.2.2001