PET Reading & Writing | Part 5 Set 3

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This is an example of the task set in the reading section for the Cambridge English PET for Schools. The text is about single or mixed gender schools.

Before attempting to answer the 10 questions, you should read through the whole text to establish its topic and general meaning. After this, you should go back to the beginning of the text and consider the example. Then you should work through the 10 questions, trying to select the correct word to fit in each space.

It may often be necessary to read a complete sentence before settling on their choice of answer. Once you have decided on an answer, you should check that the remaining options do not fit in the space. Having completed all 10 questions, you should read the whole text again with your answers, to check that it makes sense.

Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space.

After the talk at on school, we have discussed a (1) about if single or mixed-sex schools are better. (2) students say that it would be better for girls and boys not to study together. However, I think mixed-sex classrooms are the best way (3) all of us.

Firstly, girls and boys (4) not always have a bad effect on each other. (5) fact, the opposite is often true as girls can calm (6) boys in the classroom. Also, the sense of competition boys (7) to the classroom can make girls study harder.

Secondly, schools help us prepare (8) the life outside school and our future workplaces will not separate us along gender lines. Therefore, we need to practice working with the opposite sex today if we are going to be any (9) at it in the future.

In the end, mixed-sex classrooms will not (10) everyone happy, but it is important we learn how to work together, because we will be doing it for a long time to come.


 

More exercises available to practice this part of the test.

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