B1 Preliminary Reading & Writing | Part 5 Set 4

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Set 4 of our practice exercises Part 5 of the Cambridge English B1 Preliminary Reading & Writing Section. The text is about mountain climbing.

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.

Mountain Climbing

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

The Himalayas are (1) best-known mountain range (2) the world and Mt Everest, with a (3) of 8,800 m is the highest mountain. (4) Edmund Hillary made the first ascent in 1953 mountaineers (5) many countries (6) managed to climb to the peak.

Normally they (7) to take oxygen cylinders to help (8) breathe and other special equipment, including ropes to (9) themselves to each other. It's dangerous sport and many people have lost their lives, not just on the way (10) but during the descent as well.


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More exercises for B1 Preliminary Reading and Writing Part 5:

Set 1 Set 2Set 3Set 4Set 5Set 6

Here are links to all parts of the B1 Preliminary Reading and Writing Paper:

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