Proficiency - Open Cloze
The second part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the Proficiency Examination is open cloze, in which you use one word to fill each space in a short text.
Read the whole sentence or the whole text. Often the answer required for the space is dependent on a word or reference many words before or after it. Look at this example:
Kathy spent the afternoon looking for the phone and finally John admitted taking it because he hadn't known that it was ______.
The answer is "HERS" but you wouldn't know that unless you'd read the name that appears TWENTY-ONE words before the gap!
Keep a database of difficult open cloze questions. This could be on your computer or in a notebook. You might list them like this:
put it IN order (to put something in order)
licked ITS paw (pronoun for objects/animals)
set UP a company (phrasal verb 'set up', to establish, create)