B2 First Exam Guide: Multiple Matching

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 7 of the Reading & Use of English paper includes either one long text or up to six shorter texts followed by 10 questions.

Task: Candidates need to find specific information in the text(s) that corresponds to each question. This involves discerning detailed information, attitudes, or opinions expressed in the text.

Objective: To assess the ability to locate specific details and recognize opinions and attitudes within a text or across multiple texts.

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

How to Approach

  1. Skimming and Scanning: Develop skills in quickly identifying specific information within the text(s).
  2. Analysing Questions: Understand the depth and nature of each question to identify the corresponding part of the text.
  3. Avoiding Similar Vocabulary Traps: Be cautious not to choose an answer based solely on a word match. Ensure the selected part of the text aligns with the entire question's context.
  4. Comparative Analysis: For texts with multiple people expressing their thoughts, differentiate between their viewpoints or information provided.

Example Question

5. Which guests were made to feel as though they were lying?

matches with

We didn't have to leave the room to experience the entertainment as could hear every word in the bedroom! We could even hear people's conversations from the street below! We went down for the meal at 8pm and that was lovely, I couldn't fault it whatsoever. When we mentioned the loud music to our waiter, he acted as if he didn't believe us!

Assessment Focus

This part emphasises the ability to understand detailed content and distinguish between various opinions and attitudes presented in the text(s).


How It Looks

example Multiple Matching question from B2 First
B2 First, Example Multiple Matching Question

Student Suggestion

"I would practise faster reading activities with my friends, turn it into a competition, but making sure the right answers were always important. You can train yourself, your brain, to read faster, it's very effective." - Marco Aquilani

Practice Exercises

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

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