B1 Preliminary Exam Guide: Real World Texts
Context: This section is the first part of the B1 Preliminary Reading paper, focusing on comprehension of short real-world texts.
Task: Candidates are presented with five short texts, each accompanied by a multiple-choice question with three options.
Objective: To understand and interpret various types of short texts, identifying their main message and context.
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 for Context: Read each text and determine the situation in which it might appear.
- Analyse Visual Clues: Use layout, location, and other visual elements to understand the context.
- Review Options: Read the three answer options for each text.
- Compare and Choose: Match each option with the text to find the best answer.
- Confirm Your Choice: Re-read the chosen option to ensure it aligns with the text's meaning.
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This part assesses the candidate's ability to understand short texts, including their main messages and contexts.
- Practise reading various short texts, such as advertisements, notices, and messages, to familiarise yourself with different formats and styles.
- Develop skills in quickly identifying the context and purpose of a text.
- Engage in activities where you need to infer information from limited text, such as interpreting signs or short messages.
- Whenever you read a real world text for practice, ask yourself one question: "Why is this being written? What is the purpose?"
How It Looks
"I do lots of these exercises and before I look at the answer options, I think to myself what is the reason for this email or text message or sign. What does the person want to communicate?" - Sofia Karas
We have a page on the site to practise: B1 Preliminary: Real World Texts Multiple Choice Exercises