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For this exercise about climbing Mount Everest, 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.

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Read the article about climbing Mount Everest and answer the questions.

Rebecca Stevens was the first woman to climb Mount Everest. Before she went up the highest mountain in the world, she was a journalist and lived in a small flat in south London.

In 1993, Rebecca left her job and her family and travelled to Asia with some other climbers. She found that life on Everest is hard. 'You must carry everything on your back,' she explained, 'so you can only take things that you will need. You can't wash on the mountain, and in the end, I didn't even take a toothbrush. I'm usually a clean person, but there is no water, only snow. Water is very heavy, so you only take enough to drink!'

When Rebecca reached the top of Mount Everest on May 17 1993, it was the best moment of her life. Suddenly, she became famous.

Now she has written a book about the trip and people often ask her to talk about it. She has a new job too, for a science programme on television.

Rebecca is well-known today, and she has more money, but she still lives in the little flat in south London, among her pictures and books about mountains!

1. Before Rebecca climbed Everest, she worked for

2. Rebecca didn't take much luggage because she

3. Rebecca didn't wash on Everest because

4. Rebecca carried water for

5. Rebecca became famous when she


Here are new words and phrases from this climbing Mount Everest reading comprehension:

  • clean person
  • climbers
  • climbing
  • journalist
  • Mount Everest
  • mountains
  • on your back
  • small flat
  • science programme
  • the best moment
  • television
  • toothbrush
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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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