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money,financial language,student budgetFor student budget, you read about advice given to students going to university. It provides practice for B1 Preliminary Part 4 of the reading section of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary exam.

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For B1 Preliminary Part 4, 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.

University is an exciting time to learn and to make friends that will last a lifetime. (1) This increase means that most students can get into money trouble if they're not careful.

(2) Students must also pay thousands more per year for room and board. In addition to this, add on money for clothes, travel, and other personal expenses which will leave students having to fork out a lot of money each year.

(3) At most universities, councillors can give students advice on how to budget their money. The first thing they suggest is to write down your income. For example, the money you will get from your family or a part-time job. (4) Put your expenses into two groups: those that change (food, phone, books, travel), and those that will stay the same (tuition, room and board). Add together all of your expenses.

(5) This means they save their money, rather than trying to borrow from others. As you can see, there's more to learn at university than just what's taught in the classroom!


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

  • board
  • borrow
  • budget
  • costs
  • course fees
  • expenses
  • fork out
  • part-time job
  • spend money
  • tuition
  • university
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