B2 First Exam Guide: Open Cloze

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 2 of the B2 First Reading and Use of English paper involves a text with eight gaps that test grammatical and lexico-grammatical knowledge.

Task: Candidates complete the gaps in a text without given word options, relying on their understanding of language structure and the text.

Objective: To assess candidates' grasp of grammatical forms such as articles, auxiliaries, prepositions, pronouns, verb tenses, and forms, as well as lexico-grammatical elements like phrasal verbs, linkers, and words within fixed phrases.

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. Read Contextually: Read the words following and preceding each gap to understand the sentence structure and context.
  2. Focus on Agreement: Ensure grammatical agreement, especially when filling gaps with verbs.
  3. Complete Understanding: Keep the whole text in mind for a coherent understanding.
  4. One-Word Answers: Use only one word for each gap; avoid abbreviations and contractions.

Example Question

6. I wish you wouldn't make ___________ so many stories. I never know when to believe you!

Assessment Focus

This part tests the candidate's knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar, focusing on the ability to understand and apply language structures within a text.


How It Looks

example Open Cloze question from B2 First
B2 First, Example Open Cloze Question

Student Suggestion

"Working on texts with missing words really helped me. I focused on understanding sentence structures and ensuring that my chosen words fit grammatically." - Elena Garcķa

Practice Exercises

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

© 2001-2024 esl-lounge.com