Curso First Certificate Exam



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Fill each of the blank spaces with the correct form of one of the phrasal verbs in the box. The explanations in brackets can help you find the correct phrasal verb. Then check the answers.

HOW TO EVALUATE: 1 (one) mark for each correct answer (phrasal verb and verbal tense). 0 (zero) marks for each answers when the phrasal verb chosen is correct but the verbal tense is wrong. Maximum scoring: 7 marks

put up with

take after

cut down on

look forward to

catch up with

run out of

let someone off



I thought that the policeman was going to fine me, but finally he  .

(refrain from punishment)


Mark started last in the race but he soon    the others.

(overtake, but not pass)


We have    milk, so put some lemon in your tea instead.

(consume all the supply of)


Tony    his mother in character and his father in appearance.



Rossana is   our arrival from Barcelona.

(expect with pleasure)


We had to    a lot of noise when the children were at home.

(bear patiently)


Mirta will have to    the number of chocolate bars she eats
every day if she wants to keep slim.

(reduce in amount)


Read the text below carefully. For questions 1-5, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text. Then check your answers.

HOW TO EVALUATE: 1 (one) mark for each correct answer. Maximum scoring: 5 marks


Then mother managed to buy me some more paints and brushes, along with one or two drawing books and a pencil. This, of course, broadened my range of expression and allowed me to have a greater choice of subject. After the first few weeks of uncertainty and awkwardness, I settled down contentedly with my new pastime. I painted every day upstairs in the back bedroom, completely by myself.

I was changing. I didn't know it then, but I had found a way to be happy again and to forget some of the things that had made me unhappy. Above all I learned to forget myself. I didn't miss going out with my brothers now, for I had something to keep my mind active, something to make each day a thing to look forward to.

I would sit crouched on the floor for hours, holding the brush between my toes, my right leg curled up under my left, my arms held tightly at my sides, the hands clenched. All my paints and brushes were around me, and I would get mother or father to pin the drawing paper to the floor with tacks to keep it steady. It looked a very queer awkward position, with my head almost between my knees and my back as crooked as a corkscrew. But I painted all my best pictures this way, with the wooden floor as my only easel.

Slowly I began to lose my early depression. I had a feeling of pure joy while I painted, a feeling I had never experienced before and which seemed almost to lift me above myself. It was only when I wasn't painting that I became depressed and cross with everyone at home.


Where does the passage come from?


A.    a letter describing the writer's family life
B.    an article recommending the teaching of painting to children
C.    a book telling the story of the writer's life
D.    a book explaining how to start painting


What does the writer say about his new pastime?


A.    He only had the most basic equipment.
B.    He drew his pictures before painting them.
C.    He couldn't paint what he wanted to.
D.    He needed some time to get used to it.


What happened to the writer as a result of taking up painting?


A.    He rediscovered feelings of happiness.
B.    He stopped going out with his brothers.
C.    He was able to express his unhappiness.
D.    He decided he liked being on his own.


The writer got his parents to pin drawing paper to the floor so that ...


A.    he could put his paints and brushes on it.
B.    the floor would be protected from paint.
C.    the paper didn't move when he was painting.
D.    he could copy the pattern of the floor.


Why did the writer paint sitting on the floor?


A.    He could carry on painting for hours.
B.    It was the easiest way for him to paint.
C.    There was no table or chair in the room.
D.    He had his best ideas in this position.


To evaluate this examination please use this scoring table:

69 or less

=    A  or  EXCELLENT
=    B  or  VERY GOOD
=    C  or  FAIR
=    D  or  NEED TO REVIEW UNITS 1 TO 20


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