C2 Proficiency - Open Cloze

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

The second part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the C2 Proficiency Examination is open cloze, in which students must use only one word to fill each space in a short text. The required words are usually grammatical, such as pronouns, articles, relative pronouns, prepositions, auxiliary verbs and so on.

Example Question

6. The southern states of the USA ________ to be hot and humid in the summer.

Open Cloze Worksheet 17 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 18 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 19 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 20 - Answer Sheet

Exam Tip!

Some words frequently go together in English. Students should familiarise themselves with common collocations, as these can often provide clues to the correct word. Understanding which verbs, adjectives, or nouns typically pair can guide them in filling the gaps more accurately. Having students keep a personal collocations vocabulary book will further help this process.

Open Cloze Worksheet 21 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 22 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 23 - Answer Sheet

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Open Cloze Worksheet 24 - Answer Sheet

Open Cloze Worksheet 25 - Answer Sheet

Exam Tip!

Encourage students to read the sentence and predict what type of word is missing before trying to fill in the gap. Is it a verb, preposition, conjunction, or article? This method helps focus their thoughts and makes the task less daunting.

Open Cloze Worksheet 26 - Answer Sheet

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