C1 Advanced Exam Guide: Multiple Choice Cloze

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 1 of the Reading & Use of English paper includes a text with eight gaps where candidates select the appropriate word or phrase from four options for each gap.

Task: The task tests candidates' lexical knowledge and understanding of text context, including phrasal-level elements, collocations and set phrases. Candidates must also consider lexico-grammatical aspects, such as the correct form following a preposition or verb.

Objective: To evaluate the ability to select semantically and grammatically correct options within a text.

Scoring & Marks: The eight questions are eight five points, so one point for each. There are 78 points available for the whole Reading & Use of English paper.

How to Approach

  1. Vocabulary Depth: Emphasize the importance of understanding different meanings and nuances of similar words and their collocations.
  2. Careful Consideration: Advise careful evaluation of all options, focusing on their semantic and grammatical suitability in the given context.
  3. Text Analysis: Encourage a thorough reading and understanding of the text, to identify how each option fits within the overall context.

Example Question

3. There's a(n) ________ range of issues that we need to discuss as soon as possible.
a) far
b) ample
c) wide
d) high

Assessment Focus

This section emphasises mostly vocabulary but also some grammar, challenging candidates to apply a deep understanding of language to test comprehension.


How It Looks

example Multiple Choice Cloze question from C1 Advanced
C1 Advanced, Example Multiple Choice Cloze Question

Student Suggestion

"I became more responsible for my own vocabulary record keeping and would write down words in an old address book I had. But you need to move beyond just writing a word and a translation like I used to have. Think about word roots and word families." - Alexei Petrov

Practice Exercises

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