Amslink Cambridge Challenge 9th - FCE - Reading

9/18/2019 2:52:00 PM

Đề thi thử được cung cấp bởi Amslink English Centre – Trung tâm đào tạo Tiếng Anh cho trẻ từ 5 đến 15 tuổi - được chứng nhận bởi Hội đồng khảo thí Cambridge English UK. Amslink là đơn vị tổ chức cuộc thi Amslink Cambridge Challenge hàng năm, và thường cung cấp đề thi cho CTH Edu đưa lên TiengAnhK12 sau mỗi lần tổ chức.

Read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap.

Messages from the Stone Age

   The incredible prehistoric Chauvet cave art in France is painted in bright colors and dates back to a period around thirty thousand years ago when early humans first started to create rock art. Although various of this art have been found in caves in Western Europe, very few people have seen the art at Chauvet because it is located inside an inaccessible underground cave system. Those who have seen it say that it is very impressive, showing animals horses, rhinos and cows, and that the artwork is good enough to modern compositions.

   The first scientists to the Chauvet painting missed some other important however. The walls of the cave are also marked with a series of lines and symbols that were initially as insignificant. But recent research has suggested that these marks may represent humankind's first steps towards the development of writing, which is people to rethink their ideas about when written communication first started.

Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.

Swimming with seals

   The UK is home to half the world's population of grey seals and there are many local boat trips offering sightseeing tours out to the islands and sandbanks the animals are most regularly found.

   But if you really want to get close the seals and understand something about their way of life, then you need to go on an underwater seal-watching trip. On these trips, you have the chance to go over the side of the boat and, equipped a wetsuit, mask and snorkel, spend time in the water alongside the animals.

   Seals are extremely inquisitive creatures and, once you're in the water, they will swim past you trying to work who you are and you're doing there. they can appear shy at first, seals soon used to you being in the water, and will come and play around you. Young pups especially like to contact with diver, and often use their teeth, gently biting masks, fins and cameras out of curiosity. It can be a thrilling experience.

Read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in brackets.

Brain games

   According to experts, doing puzzles keeps our brains fit and healthy. As well as gaining (SATISFY) from finding the correct answer to a difficult problem, we give our brains a good workout in the process. To help us do this, all sorts of handheld "brain games" are now available in the shops, and the most (SUCCESS) games have sold in their millions.

   What's more, people (COVER) that the more they play the games, the easier it is to find a (SOLVE) to the problems posed. They see this as proof that there has been an (IMPROVE) in the power of their brains. Unfortunately, however, this may be a false impression.

   Some (SCIENCE) argue that the brain gets better at any task the more often it is repeated. In other words, the improvement in the (PERFORM) of the brain is something that happens naturally. So although these brain games are obviously fun to play, it remains (CERTAIN) whether they are actually helping to boost brainpower or not.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

Brad speaks English better than his parents do. (as)

=> Brad’s parents don’t he does.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

Cycling is not allowed in the park. (supposed)

=> You in the park.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

“I’m sorry I didn’t let you know I was going to be late, Ann,” said Jamie. (apologised)

=> Jamie Ann know that he was going to be late.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

A heavy fall of snow prevented them from getting home that night. (able)

=> They home that night because of a heavy fall of snow.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

Ursula was disappointed not to win the competition. (came)

=> Not winning the competition to Ursula.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

I paid far more money for my new computer than I expected to. (so)

=> I didn’t expect money for my new computer.

You are going to read an article about a woman's career. For questions 1- 6, choose the correct answer.

A varied career

Chloe Kelling, a successful model, and singer-songwriter, now has a new venture. 

l arrive for my interview with Chloe Kelling and I'm asked to wait in the garden. I hardly have time to start looking around at the carefully tended flowerbeds when Chloe appears. Every bit as tall and striking as I'd expected, Chloe emerges from the house wearing an oversized man's jacket, a delicately patterned top and jeans. Chloe is known for her slightly quirky sense of fashion and, of course, she looks great as she makes her way towards me through the flowerbeds.

“Let's talk in my office," she says, leading the way not back to the house, but instead to an ancient caravan parked up next to it. As we climb inside the compact little van, the smell of fresh baking greets us. A tiny table is piled high with cupcakes, each iced in a different color. Chloe's been busy, and there's a real sense of playing tea parties in a secret den! But what else should I have expected from a woman with such a varied and interesting career?

Chloe originally trained as a make-up artist, having left her home in the country at nineteen to try and make her name as a model in London, and soon got work in adverts and the fashion business. "I went to Japan to work for a short period, but felt very homesick at first,' she recalls. 'It was very demanding work and, though I met loads of nice people, it was too much to take in at nineteen. If I'd stayed longer, I might have settled in better.'

Alongside the modeling, Chloe was also beginning to make contacts in the music business. "I'd been the typical kid, singing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror, dreaming of being a star one day, she laughs. She joined a girl band which “broke up before we got anywhere", before becoming the lead singer with the band Whoosh, which features on a best-selling clubbing album. Unusually though, Chloe also sings with two other bands, one based in Sweden and another in London, and each of these has a distinct style.

It was her work with Whoosh that originally led to Chloe's link with Sweden. She was offered a songwriting job there with a team that was responsible for songs for some major stars but gradually became more involved in writing music for her own band.

Although she now divides her time between London and Sweden, her first stay there turned out to be much longer than she'd bargained for. “The rooms are very tall over there and so people have these rather high beds that you climb up to," she explains. "I fell as I climbed up the ladder and cracked three ribs. Although the people at the hospital were very kind, I was stuck there for a while, which was very frustrating. Sneezing and laughing were so painful at first, let alone singing.

It was while recovering from her injuries that Chloe hit upon the idea of staging what she calls vintage fairs. "It was snowing in Sweden and I wanted something nice to look forward to.' Chloe had always loved vintage clothes, particularly from the 1950s, and decided to stage an event for others who shared her passion. The first fair was held in her home village and featured stalls selling all sorts of clothes and crafts dating back to the 1950s. It was a huge hit, with 300 people turning up.

"When I had the idea of the first fair, it was only meant to be a one-off, but we had so many compliments, I decided to go ahead with more," says Chloe. "There's something for all ages and people find old things have more character than the stuff you buy in modern shops. It also fits perfectly with the idea of recycling." Looking around Chloe's caravan, I can see what she means.

In the first paragraph, the writer suggests that Chloe _____.

  • usually keeps people waiting.
  • is much taller than he expected.
  • lives up to her stylish reputation.
  • is surprisingly interested in flowers.

What do we learn about Chloe in the second paragraph?

  • She's cooked something for her guest.
  • She's expecting some other visitors today.
  • She has no room in her house for an office.
  • She invites very few people into her caravan.

What does Chloe say about her trip to Japan?

  • She soon got used to her life there.
  • She felt lonely most of the time there.
  • She wishes she'd done the work better.
  • She wasn't old enough to appreciate it fully.

In the fourth paragraph, we find out that Chloe _____.

  • gave up modeling to become a singer.
  • had always had ambitions to be a singer.
  • has now left the first successful band she joined.
  • sings in three bands that have a very similar sound.

Chloe ended up in hospital in Sweden after _____.

  • breaking a rib whilst trying to move her bed.
  • hurting her leg in a fall from her bed.
  • falling off a ladder in her bedroom.
  • tripping over in her room at night.

What does Chloe say about her "vintage fairs”?

  • Her main aim is to raise awareness of environmental issues.
  • She has responded to positive feedback from customers.
  • Certain shops are now showing interest in the idea.
  • They are most popular with older people.

You are going to read an article about a boxer. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A-G the one which fits each gap (1-6). There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use. 

A. All that hard work certainly paid off and the competition itself brought out the best in Lucy.

B. That's because, in order to reach that target, she had to totally rethink her lifestyle.

C. Having access to this space-age training kit was certainly an advantage.

D. If the sport was more in the public eye, then fewer people would make that mistake.

E. Nobody complained about women taking part in those events when it was introduced.

F. That's why I've always regarded it as a thinking girls sport really.

G. What this meant, in effect, was that she was able to train full-time.


Women’s boxing is a new addition to the list of sports included at the Olympic Games. But according to Lucy O’Connor, winner of various international competitions, it's still widely misunderstood — a situation that Lucys hoping to change. After graduating, Lucy took up boxing on the advice of a sports coach, who thought it would improve her general fitness. But Lucy soon set her sights on competitions and it wasn't long before she was boxing at the National Championships, which she eventually went on to win.

As a result of her success, Lucy was accepted into what the navy calls its “elite sportsman’s program". (1) . Every day now starts with a run at 7 a.m., followed by a skill and technique session or a strength and conditioning circuit. Come the afternoon, there are more aerobic workouts before Lucy gets into the ring and practices with other elite boxers.

As with all competitors, diet is a huge part of Lucy’s life. Since she first started boxing, shes had to shed twenty- eight kilos. Losing the last six, which took her into the flyweight category, required great determination. (2) . As she explains: “I don’t go out to party anymore. Thankfully, I’m married to my boxing coach, so at least I’ve got some sort of social life!" Lucy’s husband boxed as a heavyweight himself and he’s in her corner for all her domestic competitions.

Lucy's mum works as a buyer at a big department store, and Lucy has been testing out products for the store’s sports division. Whilst preparing for a recent international championship, Lucy wore a new titanium-based sports clothing range designed to improve circulation and aid recovery. (3) . But how does her family react to her taking part in competitions? “Mum tends to admire me boxing from afar, but Dad just loves it”.

Lucy has clearly answered questions about safety concerns before and cites all the protective gear boxers strap on before a fight such as hand bandages, head guards, gum shields and much more. “Amateur boxing is not dangerous,” she says definitively. “It’s so safety-orientated and the rules are so stringent, it's actually difficult to get hurt. We approach it more as a skill and point-scoring exercise, rather than as a fight. (4) . Boxers win points by landing the white knuckle part of their gloves on the opponent’s scoring area — essentially the upper body and head - cleanly and with sufficient force. In five years of competitive boxing, Lucy’s suffered only a few bruises and a broken thumb.

And in response to those who think it’s “inappropriate” to see women boxing at the Olympics, Lucy is quick to point out that women have been competing in martial arts such as taekwondo and judo for years. (5) .

Her biggest concern is that people confuse amateur boxing competitions with professional fights, where the focus is more on aggression and hurting their opponents. “Female amateur boxing is about showing skill, speed, and stamina,”. (6)  she says, I find it so satisfying to be changing people’s opinion."

You are going to read a magazine article about students who traveled around Australia alone during their long summer vacation. For questions 1-10, choose from the students (A-D). The students may be chosen more than once.

Solo travel in Australia

A. Phil Morston

I remember sitting in the plane thinking to myself  “What have I let myself for?” The first few days were scary: I was all on my own on the other side of the world with nothing planned. But I soon met up with people to travel with. Of course, some you get on with, others you don't. Some, for example, had every day planned out day in minute detail, when in practice things can change and it's great to have the freedom to go with the flow. And that's easy enough to do. You can take the Oz Experience bus down the west coast, jumping off whenever you want, then catching the next bus when you're ready to move on again. Being away for a year, you do occasionally get lonely. To cheer me up, Ed sits down and writes a fortnightly email home about everything I'd been up to.

B. Leila Stuart

Without a doubt, you meet all sorts of people when traveling alone. I even made a friend on the plane out there. Some people are keener to make friends than others, of course, but if someone's chosen to do the same type of trip as you, you're probably got lots of ideas in common. The advantages of a pre-planned tour are that you can get an agency to take care of all the arrangements, which can be time-consuming to do yourself - but it does mean that you're tied to a predetermined itinerary, which wouldn't suit everyone. There's also the safety aspect in terms of the places you visit often being very remote. If you go off trekking in the wilds of a foreign country alone, it could be difficult to get help if things went wrong.

C. Danny Holt

Traveling solo creates opportunities to meet people. There's no substitute for sharing the experiences of the day with a companion, and being alone forces you to seek someone out, I’d never have met so many people if I’d been traveling with friends. There is also the wonderful freedom to do what you like, when you like, without having to convince anybody that it a good idea. However, there are downsides; mealtimes are something I’ve never really got to grips within all the years ve traveled alone. But my advice would be to give solo travel a go - It can be very liberating. Maybe try a short trip to begin with, just in case ifs not for you. Another thing is staying in the nicest places your budget permit. Miserable hostels can really spoil a trip. And if you really are happy being anti-social, a pair of headphones can ensure the person in the next seat doesn't bore you to death on the plane!

D. Kerry Winterton

Easy as it is, traveling solo also has its low points, including occasional loneliness and the pressure that you're under to make your own mind up about everything. I chose to travel alone because I wanted to do something different, but I did miss people from home, and sometimes fell out with other travelers I'd teamed up with along the way. But I learned to accept that some people have different attitudes to mine; that you have to put up with irritating people in hostels and accept not having as much privacy as you're used to at home. The best thing for me about traveling alone was that it was a brilliant experience that enhanced my independence and helped me feel more self-assured. I knew I was on my own, which made me make more effort to speak to people and by doing so I made lots of great friends.

Which student mentions …

1. a daily activity that was not enjoyable alone?

2. a good way of keeping travel plans flexible?

3. appreciating not having to waste time organizing practical details? 

4. becoming more tolerant of other people? 

5. feeling better after keeping in touch with others? 

6. having doubts at the beginning of a trip? 

7. liking not having to agree with an itinerary with others? 

8. meeting people with a similar outlook on life? 

9. missing having someone to help with decision-making? 

10. the advisability of going for the best accommodation you can afford? 

Part 1

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140-190 words in an appropriate style.

In your English class, you have been talking about different ways to protect the environment. Now your English teacher has asked you to write an essay.

Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.

What can young people do to help protect and improve their local environment?


Write about:

  1. recycling things
  2. cycling or walking instead of using cars
  3. write your own idea

Part 2

Write an answer to one of the questions 2-4 in this part. Write your answer in 140—190 words in an appropriate style.

You have received an email from your English-speaking friend, Jack, who is coming to visit your country with some friends. Write an email to Jack, answering his questions.

“What are the best places to explore and things to see in your area? Should we use public transport or hire bikes? Are there interesting museums or exhibitions to learn about your country?

Join us if you can!

Please write soon


Write your email.

  1. You recently saw this notice in a magazine for students of English.

Write a review of a TV series you really enjoy!

Tell us what makes the plot and characters so interesting for you and whether you would recommend it for viewers of all ages.

Write your review.

  1. You have decided to write an article about your favorite computer game for a magazine for young people called Funtime. Write the article, describing the game and explaining why you would recommend it to other readers.

Write your article.