C2 Proficiency Exam Guide: Multiple Choice Cloze

Reading & Use of English Paper


Context: Part 1 of the C2 Proficiency Reading and Use of English paper presents a text with eight gaps. Each gap requires candidates to select from four word or phrase options.

Task: This part assesses advanced vocabulary knowledge, focusing on idioms, collocations, fixed phrases, and words in context. It also tests lexico-grammatical understanding, such as choosing words that fit structural patterns or agreeing with following prepositions.

Objective: To evaluate candidates' ability to discern and apply nuanced meanings of advanced vocabulary and phrases within diverse contexts.

Scoring & Marks: The eight questions are worth eight points, so one point for each. There are 72 points available for the whole Reading & Use of English paper.

How to Approach

  1. Contextual Interpretation: It's important to understand the broader context of the text and the specific phrase or sentence each gap is part of, especially for linkers.
  2. Lexical Awareness: Develop awareness of how idioms, fixed phrases, collocations, and lexico-grammatical elements work in context.
  3. Dictionary Skills: Develop effective use of advanced monolingual dictionaries for extending knowledge of complex vocabulary.
  4. Pre-reading Strategies: Practise pre-reading exercises like predicting collocations and idioms based on partial information and then confirming with the text.

Example Question

2. There is too much weight on that table. It won't ____________ for much longer.
a. restrain
b. refuse
c. resist
d. reject

Assessment Focus

Emphasis on advanced lexical understanding, including how words and phrases fit within a broader textual context.


How It Looks

example Multiple Choice Cloze question from C2 Proficiency
C2 Proficiency, Example Multiple Choice Cloze Question

Student Suggestion

"In-depth vocabulary record keeping, especially focusing on idiomatic expressions and their context, were crucial for my success in this section." - Maria Gonzalez

Practice Exercises

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