We are continuing our new series on reading tips and advice with the Cambridge FCE Reading Paper 7 . In this article, you will find both tips and advice as well as a FREE FCE Practice Test you can practise on.
One of the most important things to remember when doing this multiple matching part is that the questions and the text are not necessarily in the same order. You should also be aware that important information may come in different parts of the same sentence.
Plan for Tackling the FCE Reading Paper 7
Following this simple 6-step plan should give you a good starting strategy for tackling the FCE Reading Paper 7:
- There is no need to read through the text first.
- Skim quickly through all the questions just to get a feel for the topic.
- Note the key words for question you want to start with.
- Scan through the text until you come to a part where you find key words or phrases which match your question key words and stop reading.
- Read the relevant part of the text carefully to make sure that you are correct.
- Continue like this until you have answered all questions.
Top Tips for Tackling the FCE Reading Paper 7
Here are some more Top Tips for passing the FCE Reading Paper 7:
Read the Instructions
Make sure you know what to do – always start by reading the instructions first!
Don’t Get Bogged Down
If you are struggling to find an answer, move on to the next question and go back to the question later.
As they may not come in the same order in the text and questions, there is no need to do the questions in chronological order. Start with the questions that you find the easiest and leave the more difficult ones till last.
Avoid “word spotting” – finding the same word in the question and text doesn’t necessarily mean the answer is correct. Instead, try looking for synonyms or paraphrases.
Keep an Eye on the Clock
Don’t run out of time! If you have developed your final FCE exam strategy, you will know how much time you have allocated to this part of the test. Stick to your timetable.
FREE Practice Test: FCE Reading Paper 7
Here is an interactive, self-correcting FREE FCE Practice Test. You can reset the test as many times as you like. If you have made a mistake, make sure to click on the little, blue question mark. This will give you more information about why your answer was wrong.
The actual FCE Reading Paper 7 only has ten multiple choice questions. This test has fifteen, giving you more opportunities to practise your reading techniques.
Good luck and enjoy!
[This FCE Practice Test is in a FLASH format.]
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