How well do you understand reading part 6 of the B1 Preliminary English Exam?

From 2020 onwards, the B1 Preliminary English Exam has changed (Click on the button for details). The exam has added two new parts, one of which is an Open Cloze gaps fill section. In this part of the exam, the candidate needs to fill in the six gaps in the text with one word. In theory, this can be any word, but there is a common theme between them. The words that they are looking for are usually grammatically based, meaning, they are the small words (a, than, as, that etc) that do not really mean anything on their own.

What are the most frequent answers?

To make this exercise easier, we have attached a high frequency word list that you can download and study.

 

FREQUENT ANSWERS FOR THE OPEN CLOZE

 

Study this list of frequent answers to make reading part 6 of the B1 Preliminary exam easier:

 

Articles: a, an, the 

Determiners: so, such, not, no, this, that, these, those, if, unless, all, every, each 

Auxiliaries: should, may, can, could, might, will, would, is, are, was, were, do, does, did, has, have, had, must, ought to 

Prepositions: on, at, in, out, up, down, for, with, into, around, about, like, through, over, under, before, after, to, of, above, in front of, opposite

Adverbs: always, often, sometimes, never, able, since, yet, still, already, just, for, ever,  

Relative pronouns: which, who, that, whose, when, where, why, why, how 

Quantifiers: much, many, (a) little, (a) few, a lot (of), some, any, no, plenty (of), none, both, all, either, neither, each, every, (the) other(s), another, little, any

Comparatives: as, than, more, less, fewer, like 

Connectors: however, but, whereas, although, even though, though, while, and, in addition, also, too, for example, like, such as, because, as, since, because of, due to, In conclusion, to summarize, in summary, so, therefore, thus, hence, nevertheless, moreover, when, firstly, secondly, thirdly, finally, lastly

 

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Fill in the six gaps with ONE WORD

No more time, no more money 

Our daily lives just get weirder __________ weirder. Everyone works more than use did 30 years ago and we do not think about the __________ important things in life. We are always in a hurry to get from one place to __________ next and we seem stressed. Why is this strange you might ask? Well, the fact is neither do we have more free time, nor do we earn more money. Life __________ turned upside down. Most experts agree that we should all get our priorities straight, it is scientifically proven that more money does __________ make us happy. We should prioritize time with our friends and family, or perhaps even focus on traveling. Travel experiences are the things that we will remember long-term. So the next time you are getting worried __________  your job, just remember, money is something that can come back to you, time can’t.

ANSWERS

No more time, no more money 

Our daily lives just get weirder and weirder. Everyone works more than use did 30 years ago and we do not think about the most important things in life. We are always in a hurry to get from one place to the next and we seem stressed. Why is this strange you might ask? Well, the fact is neither do we have more free time, nor do we earn more money. Life has turned upside down. Most experts agree that we should all get our priorities straight, it is scientifically proven that more money does not make us happy. We should prioritize time with our friends and family, or perhaps even focus on traveling. Travel experiences are the things that we will remember long-term. So the next time you are getting worried about your job, just remember, money is something that can come back to you, time can’t.

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