Do you like putting together puzzles? If so, your problem solving skills can actually help you with B2 First Reading and Use of English Part 6! Instead of looking at clues of colours and lines in a jigsaw, you will need to pay attention to links in sentences and paragraphs.

This is a great section for scoring marks because just like Parts 4 and 5, each answer is worth 2 marks.

We’ve prepared this guide with top tips for passing Part 6, so let’s get started!


What’s in Reading and Use of English Part 6?


Also known as the ‘gapped text’, Part 6 consists of one text that has had 6 sentences removed from it. The text is usually an extract from a news article or magazine piece. See this example from a Cambridge B2 First past paper (zip).

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On one page you’ll see the text with gaps and on the other page, 7 sentences. While 6 of these fit into the gaps, there is one that you do not need to use. The aim of the exercise is to fit the 6 sentences into the text, so here is where your puzzle talents come in.

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Cambridge B2 First past paper (zip)


What are they testing me on in Part 6?


In this part of the exam, you’re being tested on your ability to find the connection between sections within a text. It’s important that you understand how sentences relate to each other by looking for key words and phrases that link the paragraphs together.

Not only that, but you’re expected to know how the text develops ideas, as well as show understanding of opinions and events as a whole. In this sense, it’s also testing your general reading comprehension skills.


How do I answer the questions?


So how do you get started with this part? Here are five simple steps to approaching this section of the exam – let’s dive in!

1. Skim read the entire text

Before looking at the gaps or sentences, make sure you skim read the whole passage for general comprehension. Just reading it once will help you to get a better feeling for what will be needed in the gaps.

2. Analyse the seven sentences

Now you know what the text is about, turn your attention to the seven sentences. Remember that for this task you are being tested on your ability to make connections between the text and sentences.

Therefore, keep an eye out for connecting words and ideas. This could be time periods, contrasting ideas, repetition, verb tenses, pronouns and determiners among other things.

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Cambridge B2 First past paper (zip)

Here in F we see the word ‘this’, but what does it refer to? We know we have to look for something in the text which both expert and new dancers do.

3. Look for the key words in the text

Now go back to the main text and look for the key words and phrases surrounding the gaps. See which ideas relate to ones mentioned in the sentences. When you feel like you’ve got a match, write in your answer.

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Cambridge B2 First past paper (zip)

In this example, the correct answer is F. The word ‘this’ is talking about the routine that is common to ballet classes all over the world, and no matter what level you are, you participate in it. Here we can see ‘leading dancers’ is similar to ‘well established members’ of sentence F so we know we have successfully joined two pieces of the puzzle!

4. Repeat for the other gaps

Now that you’ve got the hang of it, repeat the same process for the other gaps. Remember, that as there are seven sentences, one of them won’t fit into any of the spaces.

5. Reread the whole text

Last but not least, read over the whole text again to double check that it makes sense and flows. Allow yourself 1–2 minutes to do this before moving on to the next part of the exam.


Cambridge English tips and study resources


Time yourself: You only have 1 hour 30 minutes to complete the Reading and Use of English paper. We usually recommend that you spend 30 minutes on Use of English and 1 hour on Reading, so you have roughly 15 minutes for each reading. Try to time yourself when preparing for this part.

Familiarise yourself with linking words: When reading texts, pay attention to linking words and how ideas connect together, as this is a skill you’ll need to match the sentences with the gaps successfully.

Read as much as possible: It will really help improve your reading skills if you read more in English. This could be magazine or news articles, as well as short stories or blog posts.

Don’t leave any gaps: Even if you’re not sure which sentence goes in a gap, guess! It’s better to try and answer than leave it empty. You never know, you could be lucky.


Resources and similar articles


If you’d like to practise this part of the exam, download these two free B2 First sample tests from Cambridge English.

You can also find more online resources for practising the Cambridge English exams.

If you’re interested in learning how to get top marks in the other Reading and Use of English sections, check out these posts:

Reading and Use of English Part 1

Reading and Use of English Part 2

Reading and Use of English Part 3

Reading and Use of English Part 4

Reading and Use of English Part 5


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Glossary for Language Learners


Find the following words in the article and then write down any new ones you didn’t know.

jigsaw (n): a puzzle with a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together.

dive in (pv): to begin doing something in an enthusiastic way.

keep an eye out (exp): to look out for something with particular attention.

match (n): a thing that resembles or corresponds to another.

get the hang of it (exp): to learn the skills that are needed to do something.

last but not least (exp): used to say that a final statement is not less important than previous statements.

roughly (adv): approximately.


exp = expression

n = noun

pv = phrasal verb

adv = adverb

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