FCE Use of English Part 2: Open Cloze

The Use of English B2 is one of the five papers that make up the B2 First (FCE) test, as we’ve seen in different articles. This paper of the FCE will evaluate your ability to apply your lexical and grammatical knowledge of the language. Honestly, I love this part of the exam because it’s a combination of vocabulary and grammatical exercises that evaluate your ability to use the English language. However, in this post we will concentrate on Use of English B2 Part 2, which is an open-cloze task. Let’s get started now and let’s become familiar with this section of the FCE exam.

Description of B2 Use of English Part 2

B2 Use of English Part 2 consists of a short text with eight gaps in it (and one gap as an example). To fill each gap, you must draw on your knowledge of content structure and comprehension. As there are no words to choose from, unlike in Use of English B2 Part 1, you must think of a term that will correctly fill the gap.

The focus of this part is mainly grammatical (articles, auxiliaries, prepositions, pronouns, verb tenses, etc.) and lexico-grammatical (phrasal verbs, linkers, fixed expressions, etc.). The answer is always one word only, but there may be more than one possible correct answer for some gaps.

Here’s sample Use of English Part 2 for B2 First:

Sample Part 2 taken from Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)

On the page above we have a text with 8 gaps and a sample gap (0). As the instructions go, «for questions 9-16, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0)

Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)
This book contains ten practice tests for the Use of English of the B2 First test, formerly known as First Certificate in English (FCE), an examination developed by Cambridge Assessment English.

10 FCE Use of English Exercises Online

In the following sections, you will find a series of Use of English Part 2 activities for B2 First (FCE). I have compiled and adapted these exercises from the internet over the years, but I am unaware of who the original author is. So please, if you know of who wrote these texts or created the exercises, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I’ll be happy to either reference them appropriately or remove them to prevent copyright infringement.

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 1: London Marathon

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 2: Learning an Instrument

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 3: Dinosaurs Eating

Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)
This book contains ten practice tests for the Use of English of the B2 First test, formerly known as First Certificate in English (FCE), an examination developed by Cambridge Assessment English.

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 4: High-jumper

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 5: Swimming with Seals

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 6: Multimedia Education

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 7: Spot the Gorilla

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 8: The Mini-Monet

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 9: Diet during Pregnancy

B2 Use of English Part 2 – Exercise 10: Postman

Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)
This book contains ten practice tests for the Use of English of the B2 First test, formerly known as First Certificate in English (FCE), an examination developed by Cambridge Assessment English.

Download Use of English B2 Part 2 Exercises in PDF for Free

The following are Use of English Part 2 handouts in PDF that I have created for my students. They’re a few years old, so the format may not be perfect regarding the number of gaps, but they’re still great practice resources.

FAQ: Use of English Part 2 – B2 First

Here’s a few frequently asked questions about the first part of the Use of English in the FCE test.

Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)

If you need more resources to prepare the Use of English, make sure you check out my latest book for this part of the exam. In this book you will find:

  • Description of the Use of English paper in the FCE test by Cambridge English.
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ).
  • 10 practice tests (including parts 1 to 4 from the Reading & Use of English paper).
  • A photocopiable answer sheet per test.
  • Instructions to calculate your own score.
  • The key for each B2 Use of English test.
Use of English B2: 10 Use of English Tests for B2 First (FCE)
This book contains ten practice tests for the Use of English of the B2 First test, formerly known as First Certificate in English (FCE), an examination developed by Cambridge Assessment English.

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