B1 Preliminary Exam Guide: Gapped Text
Context: In this part of the B1 Preliminary Reading paper, candidates engage with a longer text from which sentences have been removed.
Task: Candidates read a text with five numbered spaces and select the appropriate sentences from eight options to fill these gaps. Three sentences will not be used.
Objective: To demonstrate the ability to understand and follow the narrative of a text, as well as to recognize how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.
Scoring & Marks: The five questions are worth five points, so one point for each. There are 32 points available for the whole Reading paper.
How to Approach
- Read the Text: First, read the entire text to grasp the narrative or argument.
- Analyse Each Gap: Look at each gap and select a sentence that fits, considering both grammar and narrative flow.
- Check Fit: Ensure the chosen sentence aligns with the surrounding text.
- Eliminate Options: Decide why the other sentences do not fit.
- Review: After filling all gaps, read the text again to confirm it makes sense.
The best part of the job was definitely the people I worked with. They were all so kind and friendly, always ready to lend a helping hand. _____4_____ We often shared jokes and stories as we worked, which made the days pass quickly. The friendship made the long hours bearable.
A. I learned a lot from them and they made me feel part of the team.
This section evaluates the ability to follow a text's narrative and structure, and understand the attitudes and opinions expressed within it.
- Familiarise yourself with different text structures and narrative styles.
- Practise identifying the function of individual sentences within a larger text.
- Improve skills in understanding how sentences contribute to the overall flow and meaning of a text.
- Try reconstructing paragraphs from your reading materials by randomly arranging sentences and then putting them back in order.
- As you read articles on the internet or in newspapers and magazines, stop after every paragraph and ask yourself what the purpose and meaning of each paragraph is.
How It Looks
"I improved in this part by practising with articles and essays, deliberately removing sentences and then trying to place them back in the correct order the next day. It helped me understand how texts are structured." - Alex Kawilarang
We have a page on the site to practise: B1 Preliminary: Reading Gapped Text Exercises