B2 First Reading & Use of English | Part 1 Set 4

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Set 4 of our practice exercises for the Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) Reading & Use of English Part 1. It is about equality in schools and if we should have single or mixed sex schools.

Part 1 of the FCE paper is an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar. It consists of a text in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase. You have to choose which one of the four words or phrases in the set fills the gap correctly.

Equality in schools

For questions, 1-8 read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap.

Ever since the talk on equality, which we heard on women’s day, there have been lots of (1) around the school about whether single or mixed-sex schools are better. While I’ve heard a lot of people saying it would be better for girls and boys to study separately, in my view mixed-sex classrooms are definitely the better (2) . Here’s why:

First of all, girls and boys don’t always have a negative (3) on each other. In fact, the opposite is often true: having girls in the classroom can have a really calming (4) on boys, and the sense of competition boys (5) to the classroom can encourage girls to make more of an effort with their studies.

Secondly, aren’t schools (6) to help us prepare for working life? It goes without saying that our future (7) are unlikely to separate us along gender lines so where’s the sense in keeping us apart now? Surely we need to practice working with members of the opposite sex today if we’re going to be any good at it in the future.

At the end of the day, mixed-sex classrooms aren’t going to please everyone all the (8) , but it’s important we learn how to work together because we’ll be doing it for a long time to come.


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More exercises for B2 First Reading & Use of English Part 1:

Set 1 Set 2 Set 3Set 4Set 5

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