Cambridge B1 Preliminary

B1 Preliminary - Gapped Text Exercise 12

Five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question, choose the correct answer and write the letter in the box. There are three extra sentences which you do not need to use.

Why I Never Went To University

As I finished my last year of high school, there was one question I heard over and over: "Which university are you going to?" The truth is, I never planned on going to university. _____1_____ Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in education. However, I just felt that traditional university education wasn't for me.

One of the main reasons is that I've always been more practical. _____2_____ I enjoyed hands-on projects, whether it was fixing a bicycle or creating a website. The thought of spending four years in classrooms didn't appeal to me.

Instead of university, I opted for an apprenticeship in a local IT company. _____3_____ This gave me a chance to gain practical skills and experience in the real world. At the same time, I was earning a salary, which was a bonus.

Furthermore, I noticed that many successful people in my field didn't necessarily have a degree. _____4_____ This showed me that a university degree wasn't the only pathway to success.

Finally, I wanted to avoid student debt. Many of my friends who went to university are now struggling with loan payments. _____5_____ Instead, I was able to save money during my apprenticeship and buy my first home much earlier than my peers.

Looking back, I have no regrets about my decision. I've managed to build a successful career without a university degree. My experience shows that there are different paths to success, and each person must choose the one that suits them best.


A. People often looked at me strangely when I told them I wasn't going to university.

B. The work was challenging and exciting, and I was learning more than I ever did in a classroom.

C. The most successful IT entrepreneurs, such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, are university dropouts.

D. I simply didn't want to take on that financial burden at such a young age.

E. Choosing not to go to university was not an easy decision for me.

F. I was always told that university was the best path for everyone, but I had my doubts.

G. I think we are too quick to label people.

H. I've always been more interested in doing things rather than learning about them in theory.

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