B2 First Exam Guide: Multiple Choice Cloze

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 1 of the B2 First Reading and Use of English paper includes a text with eight gaps, each requiring a nuanced understanding of vocabulary and grammar.

Task: Candidates choose the correct word or phrase from four options for each gap, focusing on meanings, collocations, and grammatical patterns.

Objective: To assess detailed lexical knowledge and understanding of language in context.

Scoring & Marks: The eight questions are worth eight points, so one point for each. There are 70 points available for the whole Reading & Use of English paper.

How to Approach

  1. Understand that this task tests different types of words, including those with similar meanings but different usage contexts.
  2. Pay attention to the context around each gap, including subsequent prepositions, adverbs, or verb forms that might dictate the correct choice.
  3. Encourage learning whole phrases and understanding grammatical patterns and collocations, not just individual word meanings.
  4. Be aware of common collocations (e.g., "pay attention to") and different forms of phrasal verbs tested in this section.
  5. Read the entire sentence before choosing an answer to ensure the chosen word fits the overall sentence context.

Example Question

Example Question

6. The machine can be very dangerous, especially when it ___________ in motion.
a. is
b. moves
c. goes
d. has

Assessment Focus

This part assesses the ability to discern subtle differences in vocabulary usage and to understand how words function within sentences and larger text contexts.


How It Looks

example Multiple Choice Cloze question from B2 First
B2 First, Example Multiple Choice Cloze Question

Student Suggestion

"I focused on learning phrases and collocations in context, not just individual words. This approach really helped me in choosing the right options in the multiple choice cloze." - Khaled Abbas

Practice Exercises

We have a page on the site to practise: B2 First: Multiple Choice Cloze Exercises

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