B1 Preliminary Exam Guide: Multiple Choice Cloze

Reading Paper


Context: This part of the B1 Preliminary Reading paper involves a short text with six gaps, each requiring a suitable word to complete it.

Task: Candidates read a text with six numbered spaces and choose the correct word from four options for each gap.

Objective: To test vocabulary knowledge and understanding, as well as some grammatical elements such as complementation.

Scoring & Marks: The six questions are worth six points, so one point for each. There are 32 points available for the whole Reading paper.

How to Approach

  1. Skim the Text: Begin by skimming the text to grasp its topic and general meaning.
  2. Analyse Each Sentence: Work through each gap, reading the entire sentence to choose the appropriate word.
  3. Review Choices: After selecting an answer, compare it with the other options to ensure it's the most suitable.
  4. Re-read for Coherence: Once all gaps are filled, read the text again to confirm it flows and makes sense.

Example Question

6. The sun ___________ brightly in the clear sky.





Assessment Focus

This section mainly tests vocabulary knowledge, with also some focus on grammatical understanding, such as complementation.


How It Looks

example Multiple Choice Cloze question from B1 Preliminary Exam
B1 Preliminary Exam, Example Multiple Choice Cloze Question

Student Suggestion

"I kept a notebook with a record of all the questions I've got wrong, so it has the hardest words. I look at it on the bus or during lunch and learn them little by little." - Luca Bianchi

Practice Exercises

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