B1 Preliminary (PET) >> Matching Worksheets >> The second part of the B1 Preliminary reading paper is matching, where students have to match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic.

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Matching Worksheet 14

Below, you will find descriptions of five people who want to get pets which are not cats or dogs. And descriptions of eight alternative pets. Decide which pets would be the most suitable for the people below.


A. 'Parakeet': Parakeets are social birds known for their beautiful melodies. They do well in indoor environments, require a cage, and enjoy a diet of birdseed and fresh fruits. Notably, parakeets can shed feathers, especially during moulting seasons.

B. 'Guinea Pig': Guinea pigs are sociable, low-maintenance pets. They require a small amount of indoor space and enjoy a diet of hay, fresh fruits and vegetables. Guinea pigs are known to be hypoallergenic, making them suitable for people with allergies.

C. 'Rabbit': Rabbits are gentle creatures that enjoy both indoor and outdoor environments. They require a decent amount of exercise and a diet that's predominantly hay. They can provide great companionship but may shed fur.

D. 'Tortoise': Tortoises are known for their long lifespan and slow-paced lifestyle. They require a secure outdoor enclosure and have a herbivorous diet. Due to their low maintenance needs, they can be ideal for busy individuals.

E. 'Goldfish': Goldfish are low-maintenance aquatic pets. They need a proper tank setup and their diet consists of fish flakes or pellets. Being an underwater pet, they don't pose any allergy issues and can be a great source of companionship.

F. 'Ferret': Ferrets are playful and active creatures that require lots of exercise. They enjoy an indoor environment and require a carnivorous diet. They can be a bundle of joy but are not ideal for people with allergies due to their fur.

G. 'Leopard Gecko': Leopard geckos are hypoallergenic pets that thrive in a terrarium setup. They are nocturnal and have a carnivorous diet, feeding primarily on insects. Despite their low-maintenance needs, they can be great companions.

H. 'Hamster': Hamsters are small, low-maintenance pets that require a cage and love running on their exercise wheels. They have a mixed diet of grains, fruits, and vegetables. They do shed fur, which can be an issue for allergy sufferers.


1. Sophia: Sophia is an active girl who loves spending time outdoors. She's interested in adopting a pet that enjoys the outside as much as she does and one that requires plenty of exercise.

2. Max: Max is looking for a low maintenance pet due to his busy schedule. He needs a pet that doesn't require constant attention but still provides a sense of companionship.

3. Alice: Alice is a vegetarian and is committed to a lifestyle that doesn't harm animals. She's looking for a pet with a plant-based diet, aligning with her own dietary principles.

4. Hugo: Hugo is a retired man who spends most of his time at home. He's interested in a pet that can provide companionship and wouldn't mind being indoors all day.

5. Isla: Isla is a highly allergic person. She needs a pet that is hypoallergenic and does not shed fur or feathers.


1. Sophia ______
2. Max ______
3. Alice ______
4. Hugo ______
5. Isla ______

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