B2 Astronauts

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astronautsRead this article about astronauts for the B2 First Use of English Part 3. This B2 First Use of English Part 3 exercise consists of a text about astronauts in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase.

For questions, 1-8 read the text. Use the word given in capitals in the text to form a word that fits in the gap.


There are two types of astronauts. Some people are (1) (COMMAND) and they fly the spacecraft. Others are carefully trained specialists who conduct scientific experiments of various kinds and also carry out spacewalks to repair damaged (2) (equip). Astronauts must pass a lot of medical tests and be queried in a relevant subject. They have to be willing to live in an (3) (EXTREME) small space and work well with other people. It is possible for experiments to go (4) (DANGER)  wrong, threatening the (5) (SAFE) of the astronauts. They have to be able to react calmly in a difficult situation and they must also be prepared to work hard. The first British astronaut was (6) (USUAL), a woman - most astronauts are male. Helen Sharman got the job after hearing an announcement on the radio. There were 18,000 applicants and, (7) (LUCK) for Helen, she was chosen. She said that the most (8) (AMAZE) thing for her was seeing the Earth from 120 miles into space.


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readingB2 First Use of English and Reading Section

You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

For this part, you practice how to understand the structure and follow the development of a text.

For this part, you practice how to find specific information in a text or texts.

writingB2 First Writing Section

You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a story) of 140-190 words.

B2 First Listening and Speaking Section

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of the learners.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

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In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

execisesEspecially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practise so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.


Customs and Traditions explores how we celebrate our cultural identity across the globe.

Entertainment and Leisure explores how we spent our free time.

Environment and Nature explores the way humans and animals live, adapt and change on our planet.

Exploring how different societies create roles for people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Exploring how we learn and adjust to the world around us. .

Exploring how we experience the world through our life journeys

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate 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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