READING 

READING PART 1

This section is all about understanding the main idea and details of five short texts, such as advertisements, emails, messages, notes, etc. For each text, there is one multiple-choice question with three or four options.

This is exactly like the reading part 1 of the A2 KEY exam except the vocabulary is of a higher level. but the strategies are used the same.


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Explanation:

Without knowing what the words: “ trends” and “exhilarating” means, we know that it's a sign about dance and exercise.

DON’T LET UNKNOWN WORDS DISTRACT YOU. If this is a practice, you can look up words later and add them to your personal notebook of new vocabulary to review. If this happens in the exam, look at words you know to find the answer. You may not need to know these words to get the correct answer. If you do need to know these words to make a decision, use hints in the text to guess what the words might mean.

Process of Elimination:


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READING PART 2

Here we have 5 strangers picked for you to choose the best options based on their wants and interests. Many find this tricky because Some options have one or two things that each person needs but only one option has all of the strangers' wants and interests.

How to get around the trick:


Practice:

1. Mark: Mark loves spending time outdoors and is looking for a furry friend to join him on adventures. He wants a playful and active dog that can keep up with his energy level.

 

2. Lisa: Lisa is a compassionate individual who is interested in adopting a rescue cat. She seeks a feline companion to provide love and comfort in her home.

 

3. Alex: Alex has a busy lifestyle and is seeking a pet that requires minimal care. He wants a small, low-maintenance pet that fits well into his daily routine.

 

4. Sarah: Sarah has always been fascinated by reptiles and wants to learn more about them. She is interested in getting a pet reptile and understanding their unique care needs.

 

5. Jake: Jake is going through a tough time and needs emotional support. He is looking for a pet that can offer comfort and companionship during this period.

 

**Options:**

A. EasyPets:

Discover low-maintenance pets that fit your busy lifestyle. Whether you're interested in small mammals like hamsters and guinea pigs or prefer low-maintenance reptiles like leopard geckos or corn snakes, we have a variety of small animals perfect for your needs. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you in choosing the ideal pet for your busy life.

 

B. Aquatic Paradise:

Dive into the world of aquariums and explore our vast selection of colorful fish and aquatic creatures. We offer tanks and equipment for all skill levels, whether you're a beginner or an experienced hobbyist. Join our Saturday fish-keeping workshops to learn about the art of maintaining thriving aquariums.


C. Reptile World:

Explore the fascinating world of reptiles with our educational workshops. Our workshops cover a wide range of topics, from understanding the basics of reptile care to providing the ideal habitat for different species. Join our next workshop on Sunday to learn about fascinating reptiles like bearded dragons, ball pythons, and red-eared sliders. 


D. Pet Haven:

Specializing in lively dog breeds suitable for outdoor enthusiasts. We have a wide range of breeds, from Border Collies for agility lovers to Labrador Retrievers for water sports enthusiasts. Find your perfect buddy for journeys here! Don't miss our weekend adoption events where you can meet and greet potential companions.


E. Comfort Companions:

Find a pet that can provide emotional support and companionship during challenging times. Our selection of therapy animals includes affectionate dogs, gentle cats, and small animals with calm temperaments. Our focus is on matching you with the right furry friend who can provide comfort and a listening ear during difficult moments.

 

F. Feline Friends Rescue:

Adopt a rescue cat and give them a forever home filled with love and care. Our rescue cats are looking for a second chance at happiness. Each cat's unique personality is matched with potential owners to ensure a perfect fit. Join our adoption drives on Saturdays, where you can meet adorable felines waiting for their loving families.


G. Exotic Aviaries:

Discover the wonders of exotic birds with our aviary tours. From macaws to cockatoos, our collection of vibrant birds will leave you mesmerized. Attend our Sunday bird shows to witness their intelligence and beauty up close.


 

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READING PART 3

This section is basic reading comprehension with multiple-choice questions. The good thing about this is that the questions are in the order of the text. So, answer number 2 will appear before the answer for number 3.

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An Aspiring Space Explorer

 

Ever since he was a young boy, Alex had been fascinated by the mysteries of the cosmos. His parents often found him gazing at the stars, reading books about space exploration, and watching documentaries about astronauts. His older sister, Emily, was an aspiring astrophysicist, which further fueled his curiosity. One day, with eyes sparkling with excitement, Alex announced to his family that he wanted to become an astronaut when he grew up. He dreamed of exploring distant planets, walking on the moon, and seeing Earth from space.

His parents were delighted to see Alex taking a keen interest in space exploration, but they wanted to understand the reasons behind his dream. So, they sat down with him and asked about his motivations. Alex explained that he felt a deep sense of wonder when he looked up at the night sky, and the idea of venturing beyond Earth's boundaries filled him with awe. He believed that being an astronaut would be an extraordinary way to contribute to humanity's understanding of the universe.

Although Alex's parents admired his determination, they also wanted to ensure that he was fully aware of the challenges that lay ahead on the path to becoming an astronaut. They discussed the importance of rigorous education, physical fitness, and mental resilience that astronauts must possess. Alex eagerly embraced their advice and started dedicating more time to his studies and participating in physical activities.

As Alex grew older, his passion for space exploration only intensified. He began participating in astronomy clubs, attending space-themed workshops, and even built his own telescope. His dedication caught the attention of his school, and they invited a real astronaut to give a talk to the students. Alex was over the moon with excitement and eagerly listened to every word the astronaut shared about life in space.

Over the years, Alex's dream of becoming an astronaut never wavered. His family continued to support his passion and provided him with every opportunity to nurture his love for space exploration. They knew that whatever path he chose in life, his fascination with the cosmos would shape him into a curious, determined, and open-minded individual, ready to reach for the stars and make his dreams come true.



1. Why did Harry say that he would be a tennis champion when he grew up?

A. To please his parents.

B. To get some attention.

C. To annoy his older brother.

D. To persuade people that he was serious 


2. How did Alex's parents react to his declaration?

A. They encouraged him to pursue his passion.

B. They laughed at his seemingly unrealistic dream.

C. They dismissed his aspirations as impractical.

D. They told him to focus on more achievable goals.


3. What did Alex's parents emphasize when discussing his dream?

A. The need for practical career choices.

B. The importance of exploring other fields.

C. The significance of strong educational foundations.

D. The importance of following his sister's example.


4. What did Alex do to further explore his interest in space?

A. He joined a soccer team to stay active.

B. He built a telescope to observe the stars.

C. He started taking music lessons.

D. He focused solely on his school studies.


5. How did Alex's family support his passion for space exploration?

A. They discouraged him from pursuing a career as an astronaut.

B. They bought him video games about space exploration.

C. They provided him with opportunities to explore his interests.

D. They asked him to stop daydreaming and focus on reality.


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READING PART 4

The gap text is generally a text with gaps or blanks in it. You have to choose from a list of sentences that fits the text correctly. There is always an extra sentence that you do not use.

 

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Swimming with Dolphins

 

Last summer, during my vacation in Hawaii, I had the incredible opportunity to go swimming with dolphins. It was an experience I will never forget. (1) _____ The tour guide instructed us to approach the dolphins slowly and avoid any sudden movements that might startle them.

 

(2) _____ The dolphins seemed so playful and curious, swimming around us and chirping happily. I couldn't believe how close they came to us without showing any signs of fear.

 

(3) _____ They communicated with one another through a series of clicks and whistles. It was fascinating to observe their social interactions and the way they took care of their young ones.

 

(4) _____ We could feel their smooth skin and hear them making sounds underwater. They even demonstrated some of their impressive acrobatic skills, leaping out of the water and doing flips.

 

(5) _____ It made me realize how crucial it is to protect these magnificent creatures and their natural habitat.

 

**Options:**

 

A) I learned that dolphins are incredibly intelligent and empathetic creatures.

 

B) We were all given snorkeling gear to get a closer view of the dolphins.

 

C) The water was pleasantly warm and crystal clear, allowing us to see the dolphins underwater.

 

D) It was important to follow the guidelines to ensure both our safety and the well-being of the dolphins.

 

E) Swimming with dolphins is a popular tourist activity in Hawaii.

 

Now, choose the most suitable sentence from the options (A, B, C, D, E) to fill in each gap in the text and create a coherent passage. Good luck!


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READING PART 5

This is another gap fill exercise but it is only one word you have to fill and they give you 4 options to choose from.

 

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Example:

Are you interested in starting a garden? Gardening can be a rewarding hobby that allows you to connect with nature and (1) ____________ your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Whether you have a large backyard or just a small balcony, you can create a beautiful garden space with a little effort and (2) ____________.

 

1. A) produce

B) harvest

C) make

D) sow

 

2. A) luck

B) money

C) seeds

D) time


Practice:


Read the following text and choose the correct word or phrase (A, B, C, or D) to fill in each gap.

 

Gardening Tips

 

Are you interested in starting a garden? Gardening can be a rewarding hobby that allows you to connect with nature and (1) ____________ your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Whether you have a large backyard or just a small balcony, you can create a beautiful garden space with a little effort and (2) ____________.

 

One of the first things to consider when starting a garden is the location. Choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day, as most plants (3) ____________ at least six hours of direct sunlight to thrive.

 

Next, decide what you want to (4) ____________ in your garden. Are you interested in growing your own fresh herbs? Do you dream of having a colorful flower garden? Or do you want to try growing your own tomatoes and peppers?

 

Once you have chosen your plants, make sure to (5) ____________ them regularly. Watering is essential for the health of your garden, especially during hot summer months. Additionally, remove any weeds that may (6) ____________ as they can compete with your plants for nutrients.


1. A) harvest

B) grow

C) produce

D) sow

 

2. A) dedication

B) money

C) luck

D) time


3. A) require

B) needs

C) want

D) ask


4. A) plant

B) cultivate

C) grow

D) raise

 

5. A) hydrate

B) irrigate

C) drink

D) water

 

6. A) show up

B) arise

C) appear

D) emerge


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READING PART 6

The "Open Cloze” is a task that assesses your ability to fill in the gaps in a text with the appropriate missing words. The challenge in this part is demonstrating your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and collocations to choose the correct words of logic and context to complete the text.


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Example:

Reading is a wonderful activity that (1) __________ people enjoy. Not only is it entertaining, (2) __________ it also has numerous benefits for the mind.

 

 

 

Let’s take a closer look!

Reading is a wonderful activity that (1) __________ people enjoy.


The word “that” usually starts a clause (=subject + verb)


“People” and “enjoy” is our subject and verb, so something needs to describe people. In this one, it is the number of people. We can’t guess a number but we can use a word that represents that possible number: “many”


Answer: Reading is a wonderful activity that (1) _many_ people enjoy.


Next:

Not only is it entertaining, (2) __________ it also has numerous benefits for the mind.

 

“Not only” is normally accompanied by a word that contrasts two ideas. The comma before the gap is also another clue.


Answer: Not only is it entertaining, (2) _but_ it also has numerous benefits for the mind.

  

 

Practice:


The Benefits of Reading

 

Reading is a wonderful activity that (1) __________ people enjoy. Not only is it entertaining, (2) __________ it also has numerous benefits for the mind. When you read, you immerse yourself in a different world. It's (3) __________ you escape from the stress of everyday life and enter the realm of imagination. Books can take you (4) __________ a thrilling adventure, or they can teach you valuable life lessons.

Moreover, reading can improve your cognitive abilities. It requires focus and concentration, and (5) __________, it enhances your analytical thinking skills. People who read (6) __________ tend to have better vocabularies and writing abilities.

Interestingly, reading can also have positive effects (7) __________ your emotional well-being. It can be a source of comfort and relaxation, (8) __________ books have the power to evoke various emotions. Some people find themselves (9) __________ crying or laughing while reading a compelling story.

In conclusion, reading is not only a pleasurable activity but also a means to expand your knowledge and imagination. So, pick up a book and get lost in its pages!


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WRITING

The Cambridge B1 writing has two parts: (1) an email and (2) a choice between an article and a story.

WRITING PART 1

The Email:


You write an email to a friend (informal email) or a professional (formal email).

The difference is as simple as how you would talk to a friend and how would you talk to a teacher or business associate.

“Hey, Mr. Smith” isn’t very formal for Mr. Smith.  Moreover, “Lots of love” is not a great way to say goodbye to a teacher or a boss.

And “Dear Elisa” is too formal for a friend. The same can be said for using “Best regards” in your closing to an email to a friend.

Therefore, formal is using more polite words and phrases.

For extra help, the B1 gives you notes to help. However, you must use those notes in your email.

Notice: The first note says “Yes, thanks!”. This means you have to say yes to the question: “Would you like to come?”

You may not like camping. You may not know who Elisa is. But you must pretend that you do and say yes in your email.

Example:

Well, I’d better go as I have to finish my homework.  or   Well, I should go because I have an early morning tomorrow and need to get to bed.

Sign your name at the end.



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WRITING PART 2

Choose only one prompt to write:  An Article or A Story. Not both.


The Article

Writing an article should:

Example:

“What is your favorite film?” Answer: I really enjoy watching… 

ALWAYS answer EVERY question with a reason: Every question has a why in Cambridge exams, so write a reason for everything.

Example:

“What is your favorite film?” Answer: I really enjoy watching…. because it makes me laugh. 


The Story:

 ****Warning: Unless you have a command of the past tenses (i.e., past perfect, past simple, past continuous, etc.), I would recommend NOT doing the story.

 

The story requires:

-dialogue necessary for the story

- using sequencing words and linking words

-describing emotions

-a clear following of events

 

But if you want to go down this path here are some tips:

 

How to write it: 

I’ll leave that up to this excellent video on how to write a story for the B1 exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6IqaFmfmiU


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SPEAKING

The B1 exam speaking is broken into 4 parts. All sections are designed to have you express your personal opinions as well as demonstrate how to give reasons and describe what your see.

SPEAKING PART 1

Normally, the examiner will throw out some warmers like:

What’s your name?

Where are you from / where do you come from/ where do you live?


After that comes PART 1:

This is a personal opinion question. Here the examiner is listening for the use of the past, the present, and reasons.


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Helpful Phrases:

PAST:

I used to…

When I was younger, I…

Before I….


PRESENT:

Now, I…

More recently, I’ve been verb-ing…

I’d rather….than…


GIVING REASONS:

…because/ as/ since…

One reason is that …

 

 

Example:

How do you travel to work each day?

"I used to walk to work since I lived close to my work building. More recently, I take the bus because I have moved to another part of the city and that makes it longer to travel."

 


Practices:

What do you do in your free time?

How do you prefer to travel?

What is your favorite hobby?

What do you usually have for breakfast?

                                                         ….lunch?

                                                         ….dinner?

How long have you been learning English?

What is your favorite way to learn English?

Do you often cook or eat out?

Where do you prefer to go out with friends?

What did you do last weekend?

Where did you go for your last holiday?

Where do you prefer to spend your summer holidays?

What do you think you will study / work at in the future?

Tell us about your family.

Tell us about your job.

Tell us about city.

Do you live in a flat or a house?

Do you like using social media?


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SPEAKING PART 2

Here you will have to describe a picture for 1 minute. It may sound difficult but using a few techniques will have you with plenty to say for any picture.

***Tip:

Keep in mind these questions when describing a picture:

 

Using the appropriate grammar to answer these questions will make your score go up:

 

Practices:

***Time yourself. Talk about each picture for 1 minute.

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SPEAKING PART 3

Pair discussion is where you discuss different options for another person or other people to choose. Example: A boy name Charlie has to decide what he wants to cook for dinner. He has 6 different choices to decide from. You and your partner will discuss each option by talking about if they are a possible good or bad idea and why.

IT IS NOT IMPORTANT THAT YOU DISCUSS EACH OPTION. In fact, if you are doing this correctly, you and your partner will complete 3-4 ideas within the two-minute discussion.


Example:

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Example:

Practice: 

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SPEAKING PART 4

"Long discussion" is showing skills in keeping a conversation in English. The examiners are looking for:

 

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Useful phrases:

TALKING ABOUT PREFERENCES:

I’m really (not) keen on…

I’d rather….

I’d like to…

I don’t enjoy…

 

ASK A QUESTION:

Would you like to…?

Have you ever…?

Do you enjoy…?

Practices:

Fashion:

1. What role do you think fashion plays in the business world, and how does dressing professionally impact a person's confidence and performance in the workplace?

 

2. When it comes to choosing clothes for important events, do you prefer to stick to classic and formal attire, or do you like to experiment with trendy and unconventional styles? Why?

 

3. Sustainable fashion has gained popularity in recent years. What steps do you believe individuals and businesses should take to promote eco-friendly and ethical practices in the fashion industry?

 

4. Share a memorable experience related to clothes – it could be a fashion trend you tried, an outfit that made you feel confident, or a fashion disaster you faced. How did that experience influence your perspective on clothing?

 

5. Fashion is often used as a form of self-expression. Describe how you use clothing to convey your personality, interests, or cultural background.

Education:

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