Stage 1: Introduction?

This is the introduction stage to the Cambridge First Year 2 track.

Stage 2: Repetition?

This is the repetition stage of the Cambridge First Year 2 track.

Stage 3: Reinforcement?

This is the reinforcement stage of the Cambridge First Year 2 track.
#01 Reading Practice – Part 1

Dear students, for questions 1 – 8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning 0).


0) A) closed B) contained C) surrounded D) shut
Answer: C


  • Read through the text before answering the questions to give yourself a sense of what it’s about.
  • If you are unsure, try to work out which words are incorrect. Use process of elimination.
  • If you don’t know the correct answer, make a guess.
  • In this section, you will need to be familiar with collocations, phrasal verbs, linking words and vocabulary.

Lighting a town

The Norwegian town of Rjukan lies along the floor of a narrow valley, 0) ……… by sheer mountains. Because of its location, the town, with its 3,400 1) ………, has in the past lived in shadow for half the year. During the day, from late September to mid-March, the town gets no direct natural sunlight at all. Its residents all agreed this 2) ……… that the town was incredibly depressing during the winter months.

However, that all changed in 2013 with the 3) ……… of a system of mirrors whose design Martin Anderson, an artist, had first 4) ……… up with some 12 years earlier. With financial 5) ……… from the local government and from several prominent business people, Anderson’s idea became a 6) ……… . Today, high on the mountain opposite the town, 7) ……… three large solar-powered, computer-controlled mirrors 8) ……… the precise movement of the sun across the winter sky, reflecting its rays onto the town’s market square and flooding it in bright sunlight.