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getting to sleepFor this exercise about getting to sleep, you have to read the text and choose the correct answer to each of the five questions. This provides practice for Part 3 of the A2 Key examination.

About 5-10 minutes.Reading comprehension.Developing stages of learning English.
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Read the article about getting to sleep and answer the questions.

getting to sleepSleep is very important. It's just as important for your body as eating and exercising. If you don't get enough sleep, then you won't be able to enjoy yourself. Going out with friends, playing sports or even watching movies will not be much fun if you're tired.

People of all ages need sleep, but different people need different amounts. Babies sleep about twice as much as they stay awake. Teenagers need about eight to ten hours a night, and older people need less. But one person may need more than another even if they are both the same age.

Six out of ten children say they are tired during the day, which means they are not getting enough sleep. So how can you get to sleep? A good idea is to write down what you are thinking about before you go to bed. Then, make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible, and it isn't too hot or too cold. You can also try reading a book. Don't drink soft drinks or use your phone before going to bed. However, playing games on your computer is the main one to avoid!

1. What is more important doing?

2. What do babies spend more time doing?


3. Who needs less sleep?


4. What may stop you from sleeping?


5. What is the worst thing to do before going to bed?



Here are new words and phrases from this reading comprehension:

  • avoid
  • babies
  • children
  • enough sleep
  • exercising
  • getting to sleep
  • go to bed
  • playing games
  • reading a book
  • too cold
  • too hot
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In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A2 Key test.

Part 1 - Listen to conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 2 - Listen to a monologue and complete gaps in a page of notes.

Part 3 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

Part 4 - Listen to  conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 5 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the elementary level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First

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