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Olympic FlameFor the Olympic Flame, you read about the history of the Olympics. It provides practice for B1 Preliminary Part 4 of the reading section of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam.

About 5-10 minutes.Reading Skills.Expanding stage.
Enhanced Accessibility.
Five sentences have been removed from the text below. For each question, choose the correct answer from the choices. There are three extra sentences that you do not need to use.

Every four years, the Summer Olympic Games kick off with an elaborate opening ceremony. (1) However, preparations and celebrations for the Olympic Games start long before the opening ceremony. (2) After that, there is a relay that carries the flame to the host city.

(3) This place is where the ancient games were held. One requirement for the Olympic flame is that it must be created using only sunlight and a mirror. Once the flame is lit, the first runner begins the great relay among the ruins of an ancient Olympic stadium. (4)

At the end of the relay, the flame is used to light a giant pot. (5)


Here are new words and phrases from this exercise for the B1 Preliminary Part 4 reading section of the test:

  • ancient games
  • ceremony
  • competing nations
  • elaborate
  • kick off
  • Olympic Flame
  • preparations
  • relay
  • ruins
  • torch
  • sunlight
  • symbol
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Part 1 - Read five real-world notices, messages and other short texts for the main message.

Part 2 - Match five descriptions of people to eight short texts on a particular topic, showing detailed comprehension.

Part 3 - Read a longer text for detailed comprehension, gist, inference and global meaning, as well as writer’s attitude and opinion.

Part 4 - Read a longer text from which five sentences have been removed. Show understanding of how a coherent and well-structured text is formed.

Write about 100 words, answering the email and notes provided.

In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B1 Preliminary Test.

Part 3 - Gap-Filled Exercise

The B1 Preliminary Speaking test has four parts and you take it together with another candidate. There are two examiners. One of the examiners talks to you and the other examiner listens.

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:

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