From Paper 1 (Reading) of the CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) of the University of Cambridge , Part 1. In this part candidates are asked to read three extracts and to answer a total of 18 questions, six per extract.

Here are some directions and suggestions given in the CPE handbook for this task:
Students should be aware of the different aspects of vocabulary tested in this part of the paper. They should read through each text carefully, not forgetting the title, to get a general idea of the text type and meaning before looking at the options. They could also be encouraged to think about the possible forms and meanings of the gapped words at this stage. They should be aware that the missing word(s) may form part of an idiom, fixed phrase or collocation, so they should always check the words around the gap carefully. The missing word(s) must also fit the whole context of the passage so they should also check that the completed sentence makes sense in the passage as a whole. This is particularly important in the case of linkers.

Are you ready to read the extract and decide which answer best fits each gap? Emotion: smile
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Shopping heaven?

Had a bad week? What you need is a little retail therapy. Meet up with your friends for a quick trip to the shops, make a few (1) buys, collect a few shiny carrier bags with trendy logos and you’ll be feeling better in no time. Has the boss been getting at you? A pair of designer shoes will soon put things into (2) . Have you had a row with your family? A few new CDs and you can put them out f your mind. And you don’t even need to worry about money – the shops are (3) over themselves to give you credit. Shopping is our fastest-growing leisure activity – the feel-good (4) we’ve all been looking for. The problem is, of course, that for too many people shopping is a quick (5) but not a solution – and with mounting credit card bills they’re in danger of ending up trapped in a vicious downward (6) of debt from which there finally seems to be no escape.



From: Newbrook J. and Wilson J. (2001) New Proficiency Gold Coursebook. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
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T_T this test let me know where my lvl is...and obvious not proficient lvl...i wonder i m not even at the intermediate lvl ...if there was 1 to 1 tute with no charge, so good ;P
5 out of 6

I wasn't familiar with the expression " to put things into perspective", instead I chose " to put things into order".

Thanks Tanit Emotion: smile
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5 out of 6 cool man...i just got 2 right and 1 of them by guessing T_T

i don't really understand "getting at" here means what...seems having different meaning (probably just to me), and i got stuck there...

i just got the 1st and the last correct...bad results...will someone explain this after?
btw, will it be different if i used to learn...british/ australian style eng?

cheers
hirojai5 out of 6 cool man...i just got 2 right and 1 of them by guessing T_T

i don't really understand "getting at" here means what...seems having different meaning (probably just to me), and i got stuck there...

i just got the 1st and the last correct...bad results...will someone explain this after?
btw, will it be different if i used to learn...british/ australian style eng?

cheers

I don't think it varies if you are learning a certain style of english, because the assignment is based on general english and general idioms. For getting six out of six you require a feeling for the english language. You have to follow your intention if you want to know which verb/noun fits best.
Often there are certain verbs, that are followed by certain nouns etc.. It's not that the other verbs in the gap don't make any sense!They just do not fit with the context. That's what I mean with the feeling of the english language.

Don't give up hirojai, just keep on learning and I'm sure you'll manage to get a better result next time Emotion: smile
Heck, I'm an American and only got 5 out of 6. Never heard the "feel good factor" saying before. haha.
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I still too far from the level. T.T Shame of myself.
What score do I need to pass this test? I've hit several of them and scored only 3 out of 6 in each.Did I fail or perhaps barely passed it?
Me too, i realize that i need to learn more about the context of the words!
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