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opinion. allowing students to familiarise themselves with the content and format of the revised exam. agreement. agreeing and / or Part 3 . Reading & Part 2 .qxd 26/10/2015 09:04 Page 2 SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced . attitude. purpose.feeling. etc.8 Practice Tests INTRODUCTION The SiMPLY Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) .detail.word formation (eight gaps) Part 2 . hypothesising.attitude and opinion conversation Part 4 . The 8 Practice Tests for the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) fully meet the requirements of the exam. English • 34 questions Part 4 . exchanging ideas.multiple choice.a text or attitude.sentence completion task with of action. • 2 parts • letter • proposal • report • review justifying.general interactional language Paper 4 • 15 minutes interlocutor and each candidate Part 2 . comparing. general gist. cohesion & coherence Part 8 . expressing Paper 2 discursive focus (220-260 words) opinions. text organisation 3.lexical/lexico-grammatical.multiple matching .text structure. suggesting. followed by grammar. spoken instructions) Part 4 .8 Practice Tests book provides the most extensive and up-to-date exam preparation available. Two linked tasks. comparing and contrasting of several short texts. opinion.conversation between the Part 1 .grammatical/lexico-grammatical. compounding about 550–850 multiple-choice questions Part 4 . comparing Part 1 . This set of tests offers ample examination practice and is designed to help improve students’ exam performance and increase language competence at advanced level. turn’ for each candidate with brief expressing opinions and speculating • 4 parts response from second candidate. All texts will be heard twice. ensuring that all the test papers closely replicate the exam in both level and format. specific information Part 1 .500 Part 7 .Q. eight items. implication. persuading Writing • 1 hour 30 min Part 2 .Detail.text followed by six 4-option focus on vocabulary.individual one-minute ‘long discourse. cloze (eight gaps) vocabulary. Paper 3 • Approximately unrelated extracts.6 multiple choice questions. etc.two-way conversation between disagreeing. describing.sustaining an interaction.multiple matching task . vocabulary & collocations four cross-text multiple-matching Part 5 . Part 4 .discussion on topics related to opinions. candidate is given three visual stimuli. three short Part 1 .five interpreting context short themed monologues. expressing and with questions justifying opinions. opinion. Use of Part 3 .lexical/lexico-grammatical.10 multiple‑matching questions. requiring selection from list of eight options . course Listening 40 minutes Part 2 . main points. including giving opinions.gapped text task – paragraphs features removed Part 6 .Understanding of opinion and Part 8 . • word count questions main idea.organising a larger unit of Speaking (for pairs) Part 2 . 10 multiple-matching questions Part 7 .000–3. the candidates (written stimuli with reaching a decision through negotiation. persuading. agreeing and / or disagreeing Part 3 (spoken questions) 2 . 2 questions per text purpose. Part 3 .expressing and justifying Part 4 . Part 1 .four short texts.compulsory task: essay with a Part 1 – focus on evaluating. detail. • length of texts: Part 5 .Simply-CAE-intro-pages-1-3_SPEAKING-PET-INTRO-P1-16. stated opinion • 30 questions Part 3 .key word transformations grammar with some focus on vocabulary (six questions) Part 3 . preceded by opinions and attitudes across texts.specific information. giving advice. a monologue Part 2 . collocations. Advanced 2015 Revised Format Paper Time Task Types Test Focus Paper 1 • 1 hour 30 min Part 1 . tone. per part Part 6 .2-4 choice of one task from Part 2 – varying focuses according to the following (220-260 words): task. idioms etc. speculating. each Part 3 . attitude.multiple-choice cloze (eight gaps) Part 1 .grammatical/lexico-grammatical.

co.ISBN: 9781781642962 Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders and we apologize in advance for any unintentional omission.Simply-CAE-intro-pages-1-3_SPEAKING-PET-INTRO-P1-16.ISBN: 9781781642955 l SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced . 2015 All rights reserved. UK www. photocopying. or transmitted in any form or by any means.8 Practice Tests . electronic. recording or otherwise. Any person who does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. l SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced .globalelt. stored in a retrieval system. East Sussex.qxd 26/10/2015 09:04 Page 3 SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced . No part of this publication may be reproduced.2015 Format . without the prior permission in writing of the Publisher.Teacher’s Book . 3 .8 Practice Tests Contents CONTENTS Practice Test 1 Page 6 Practice Test 2 Page 20 Practice Test 3 Page 36 Practice Test 4 Page 52 Practice Test 5 Page 68 Practice Test 6 Page 84 Practice Test 7 Page 134 Practice Test 8 Page 100 Speaking section Page 116 Published by GLOBAL ELT LTD Brighton.2015 Format .8 Practice Tests .Student’s Book . We will be happy to insert the appropriate acknowledgements in any subsequent editions. Copyright © GLOBAL ELT LTD.

Scientists. you can discover how quickly your body (1) calories. though.fat in the body.8. read the text below and decide which answer (A. have long believed that this brown fat vanishes as babies grow out of (4) and it is no longer needed. C or D) best fits each gap. Everyone is born with brown fat around the shoulder (2) . 1 A counts B burns C holds D fits 2 A blades B joints C bones D sockets 3 A path B track C course D keel 4 A development B infancy C adolescence D childhood 5 A carrying out B taking off C turning out D dropping off 6 A developed B conducted C formed D triggered 7 A make B conduct C perform D absorb 8 A trophy B indicator C smoking D proof 4 004 4 . They have already determined that the cold. Test 1 READING and USE OF ENGLISH 4 Part 1 For questions 1 . However. It is central to keeping a baby’s body temperature on an even (3) by using up this store of fat in order to keep babies warm.or good . This discovery has encouraged scientists to (7) further research in the hope it is the (8) gun that will help solve weight problems amongst the obese. B. 0 A glacial B bitter C freezing D arctic Turn off the heating By thrusting your hand into a (0) C cold bucket of water. There is an example at the beginning (0). a few years ago researchers were (5) scans on adults during the winter and realised there were areas of fat that seemed to have been (6) by the cold weather. This basic experiment is the starting point for a pioneering study into the effects of brown . certain foods and exercise can activate this brown fat to people’s benefit.

Example: 0 P R I M E Henry Ford For some people. and the company folded two years (12) . Unfortunately. Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS. the business was renamed the Cadillac Automobile Company. There is an example at the beginning (0). Ford established the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and succeeded in perfecting the assembly line production for the Model T. Ford brought motoring to the masses. Use only one word in each space. this time naming his brainchild the Henry Ford Company. Impervious to yet (15) failure. a great idea does not mean instant success. Ford did not (13) up.16. A year on. 5 . Although now branded a failure. and (16) looked back. He was (11) pleased with his work that he left his well-paid job in 1899 and founded the Detroit Automobile Company. the cars he produced were too expensive and unreliable. READING and USE OF ENGLISH Part 2 For questions 9 . and a (0) PRIME example of this is Henry Ford. read the text below and think of the word which best fits each space. While Ford worked (9) the Edison Illuminating Company. he started (14) . In November 1901. he started to experiment (10) his idea of a self-propelled vehicle. because Ford had left the corporation.

In the future. If you (17) the MULTIPLY number of stars in the universe by a million. one day there will be a drug that is (24) against any EFFECT virus. However. but KNOW they outnumber any other life form. They come in a huge variety of shapes and forms. Test 1 Part 3 For questions 17 . 006 66 . Write your answers IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Looking at viruses from a (22) perspective. As science begins to learn more about them. you would have an idea of how many viruses are thought to be on this planet. (19) COMPARE speaking. it might even be possible to appreciate them rather than treat them as an enemy. Scientists have the (20) that there will EXPECT be advanced drugs and vaccines (21) available that READY will deal with any virus. the hope is that (18) they can EVENT be used to humankinds’ benefit. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the space in the same line.24. Example: 0 U N K N O W N Viruses There are an (0) UNKNOWN number of viruses on Earth. there will HISTORY always be a serious virus that will cause (23) .it has DESTROY happened too often in the past for this not to be so in the future. There is an example at the beginning (0). read the text below.

25 There has been a big rise in property taxes in the last year. secret Thomas makes he has been married four times. READING and USE OF ENGLISH Part 4 For questions 25 . 77 . terms She that she would never see him again. You must use between three and eight words. roof Property taxes in the last year. 27 George and Mary have refused to talk to each other since the argument. 0 COULD NOT COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT Write only the missing words. Here is an example (0). Example: 0 It was impossible for her to accept that she would never see him again. 28 The twins look exactly the same to me. 29 It’s a foregone conclusion that Adam will get any job he applies for. including the word given. using the word given. Do not change the word given. 26 Thomas is quite open about his four marriages. complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence. 30 The reporter did not want to say who had given him the information. tell I apart. terms George and Mary since the argument. prepared The reporter who had given him the information. goes It any job he applies for.30.

‘Play’ has been described as any form of behaviour that does not serve a function or purpose. they look each other over. B. in this case. so the herring gulls’ activities are not unique. They slide down and then fly or walk back to the top of the roof to repeat the activity again and again.36. The researchers concluded that the gulls enjoyed the game more when there was an added challenge. it prolongs playtime. The psychologist. ravens in Alaska and Northern Canada have been observed sliding down roofs covered in snow. too. 88 . but social play is common in animals. Interestingly. instead of letting the shell hit the ground. choose the answer (A. In other words. giving them access to the clam inside. Perhaps their playing serves no adaptive or evolutionary function. but it prevents any confusion in other contexts. sniff one another and circle round the other dog. Nose to nose. not the real thing. Dog owners love to take their canine friend for a walk. the wind. For questions 31 . often with a small stick held in their claws. ravens have been spotted slithering down shallow banks of snow. More than eighty hours of observing herring gulls has led researchers to discover patterns . Children though. Test 1 Part 5 You are going to read an article from a magazine. as they enable them to understand their place in the social hierarchy in which they live. so they are not actually trying to break the shells. yet when they meet another dog.the ‘play bow’ . They found that it is the younger. It appears that all age groups of dogs use the play bow 74% of the time before and after pretend biting. This might seem bizarre. They also noticed that it is frequently played over soft ground rather than hard. John Guiver looks into their behaviour. In some parts of America. The young herring gulls also played with objects other than clam shells. Other gulls have been seen to behave like this. like other signals. young wolves 79% of the time and juvenile coyotes 92%. Perhaps they are just exploring ways of finding their niche in animal society. but children also play just to have a good time. When I learned this. especially in dogs.or what they term ‘rules’ of the ‘game’. Marc Bekoff.and. Neither dog gets hurt. They help us to explain what is often a mystery to humans . too. it serves another important function. happy to do the same thing for hour upon hour on the slides. This ritual has been described as ‘specific signal patterns’. the dogs go through a ritual just like it was stage-managed. Indeed. less mature gulls that play this game the most. To get inside the shell herring gulls have to drop the calm onto a rock or another solid object. observed that the bow is used both before and after actions that could be misunderstood as non-playful. seems to send the message that they want to play. Then. because this is just a pretend fight. coyotes and wolves all display the same line 29 behaviour. C or D) which you think fits best according to the text. Why animals like to play From dogs to ravens and herring gulls. The natural world abounds with such examples of animals playing just because they can. it immediately brought to mind when my children were young and I took them to the park. the herring gulls swoop down and catch them in mid-air. Both the ravens and the herring gulls play alone. Shellfish like clams make up their staple diet but they need to be opened to be eaten. It begins with the bowing of heads . such as predatory or aggressive encounters. also often play games that have a more serious purpose. they will start to fight. they are just play-fighting. They exhibited exactly the same repetitive behaviour. animals exhibit an extraordinary desire to play. What researchers are still uncertain about is if the gulls are simply having fun or if there is another explanation for their behaviour. This is where systematic research is so important. more likely than not. If they drop it from the right height.are they really playing or is it just part of their normal instinct to survive? Herring gulls are another example of birds that seem to play. rather than aggressive from the moment they see a dog they have not previously met. the shell covering the clam will crack or break. Their playtime perhaps enables dogs to be more psychologically flexible. Dogs. the researchers realised that this dropping behaviour was seen more often when there was a strong wind. For instance. Understanding why and how animals or birds play requires researchers spending hours watching them. One theory is that the playful interaction between dogs might possibly be a form of practice for any future aggressive or hunting encounters. But sometimes. It is not outside the realms of possibility that the same principle applies to animals and birds.

36 What is the writer’s attitude towards animals and birds playing? A He considers it plausible that through play they find their place in their community. D they behave in a fixed and expected way. C they start to fight with each other. C They discovered the older gulls rarely joined in. C To emphasise how playful birds are. B He is uncertain how it contributes to research into why children play. 33 What has the researchers’ work revealed about herring gulls? A They prefer to play games when the weather is calm. B To help readers visualise what they are describing. B They have turned cracking clam shells into a game. herring gulls A act in a way that is not exclusive to their breed. C prevent dogs from misreading the situation. C He is convinced that there is a real reason for their behaviour. D He doubts whether enough animal behaviour has been studied. A they imitate each other's movements. 9 . D prove dogs have similar behaviour patterns. D fail to eat any of the clams because the shells are unbreakable. D They still do not know anything about them. 32 According to the writer. C throw clam shells to the ground from a great height. B protract the predatory phase of the ritual. B show a natural instinct to stay alive in the wild. D To show how birds imitate humans. B they continue walking together. 35 The writer refers to ‘specific signal patterns’ (line 29) to illustrate that they A present dogs with the opportunity to fight. READING and USE OF ENGLISH 31 Why does the writer give the example of their children in the park? A To express their wonder at bird behaviour. 34 The writer says that when one dog encounters another.

Leisure activities 4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three) Interlocutor: In this part of the test....... Look at the following page........Speaking Test 8 Part 1 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three) Good morning/afternoon/evening..................................... Part 2................... saying why they might be learning these new skills and how they might be feeling...... Task 1 I'd like you to compare two of the pictures................ Interlocutor: Thank you................................ Look at the following page......... Here are your pictures......................................... Simply-CAE-Speaking ....... Practice Test 8 And your names are? Can I have your mark sheets........ (Candidate B)... Select one or two questions and ask candidates in turn...... which of these leisure activities do you find the most interesting? ................ I’m going to give each of you three pictures.TESTS-1-8_CAE-PR-TEST-1. They show different types of leisure activities....... Interlocutor: Thank you... please? Thank you. • What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being famous? • Who is your favourite celebrity? … (Why?) • What would you be willing to sacrifice in order to be famous? • Why do you think more and more young people nowadays long for fame and money? Part 2 Task 1........... Interlocutor: Thank you.. Task 2 I'd like you to compare two of the pictures... (Candidate B). All right? Candidate B: (1 minute) . saying why the people might have chosen these leisure activities and how they might be feeling... ........ here are your pictures..... They show people learning new skills............ My name is ………. Now. it's your turn first.... All right? Candidate A: (1 minute) .......... • Do you prefer team sports or individual sports? • What qualities do you need to possess in order to do well in a team sport? • What do you think about extreme sports? • What are the most popular sports in your country? Select one or more questions from the following............ (Candidate A)...... (Candidate A)..................... 158 ... Learning new skills Task 2.... I'd like you to talk about two of them on your own for about a minute...... Interlocutor: Thank you........qxd 26/10/2015 11:33 Page 158 SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced Paper 4 ..... which of these skills seems to be the most difficult to learn? … (Why?) Candidate B: (approximately 30 seconds) ...... and this is my colleague ……….................. First of all........ as appropriate..... (Why?) Candidate A: (approximately 30 seconds) ................................ and also to answer a question briefly about your partner's pictures........................ we'd like to know something about you.... Part 2................ as appropriate........

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... 160 . (Why?) Select any of the following •Should government provide free housing to all homeless? ............ talk to each other about what a prospective house buyer might need to take into consideration before deciding which house to buy.. (3 minutes for groups of three) Here are some things that prospective buyers might need to take into consideration before deciding which house to buy and a question for you to discuss...............qxd 26/10/2015 11:33 Page 160 SiMPLY Cambridge English: Advanced Paper 4 ........ That is the end of the test.... as appropriate: •At what age do you think people should be able to get a mortgage • What do you think? and buy their own house? .............. Candidates 2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three) ........... I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes................ (You have15 seconds to look at the task) Now. (Why?) • Do you agree? •Is it common for young people in your country to share a flat? • How about you? .... (Why?) •What is your ideal home? Thank you. as appropriate: •Do you live in your own house or you pay rent? •Should we own the house we live in? . Look at the box below... Interlocutor: Thank you.. Interlocutor: Thank you.... Now you have about a minute (2 minutes for groups of three) to decide which of these things is the most important when buying a new house.... Simply-CAE-Speaking ... in order.........................TESTS-1-8_CAE-PR-TEST-1....Speaking Part 3 4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three) Making decisions Interlocutor: Now....... (Why?) prompts. First you have some time to look at Practice Test 8 the task.. house condition size What might a prospective house buyer need to take into consideration before deciding which house to buy? architecture/design location price Part 4 5 minutes (8 minutes for groups of three) Interlocutor: Use the following questions........... Candidates 1 minute (2 minutes for groups of three) ..........