C1 Advanced Exam Guide: Multiple Matching

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 8 of the Reading & Use of English paper involves one or two sets of questions, followed by either a single continuous text, divided sections, or a collection of short texts. The task features ten questions, each with four to six answer options.

Task: Candidates must match each question with the relevant information in the text, focusing on understanding details, attitudes, opinions, and ensuring accuracy in matching. The questions may require candidates to locate specific details or interpret the attitude or opinion expressed in a particular section of the text.

Objective: To assess the candidate's ability to locate specific information and understand detailed content within a text or across multiple short texts.

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

How to Approach

  1. Skimming and Scanning: Candidates should practise skimming texts for general understanding and scanning for specific details relevant to the questions.
  2. Question Analysis: Read and analyse the questions carefully, underlining key words and phrases that will guide you to the relevant sections of the text.
  3. Holistic Understanding: Look beyond surface-level word matches and understand the broader context to find accurate answers.
  4. Dealing with Ambiguity: Ensure you understand and find evidence for the entire question, not just a segment of it.

Assessment Focus

This part emphasises the candidate's skill in extracting specific information, understanding detail, opinion, and attitude from a text or a series of short texts.


How It Looks

example Multiple Matching question from C1 Advanced
C1 Advanced, Example Multiple Matching Question

Difference From Part 6

In the C1 Advanced Reading and Use of English paper, both Part 6 and Part 8 are multiple matching tasks, but they have distinct structures and objectives.

Part 6 - Cross Text Multiple Matching

Example: Four reviewers give their opinions on a film. The questions all begin: 'Which review...?'

Part 8 - Multiple Matching:

Example: An article about modern architecture. Each question begin: 'Which section...?'

In summary, while both parts involve matching elements from texts to questions, Part 6 centres on comparing opinions and attitudes across multiple texts related by a theme, whereas Part 8 requires locating specific information or viewpoints within a longer text or a collection of short texts.

Student Suggestion

"Reading a variety of texts, especially those expressing different viewpoints, and practising matching exercises significantly improved my performance in this part of the exam." - Laura Nguyen
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