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As for today, let’s keep on talking about Cambridge English A2 Key (former KET). The Cambridge A2 Key Reading and Writing is divided into seven parts.
- Part 1 – Multiple Choice;
- Part 2 – Multiple Matching;
- Part 3 – Multiple Choice;
- Part 4 – Multiple-Choice Cloze;
- Part 5 – Open Cloze;
- Part 6 – Guided Writing;
- Part 7 – Picture Story.
I’ve already covered Part 1 – Multiple Choice. Today, I’m talking about Part 2 – Multiple Matching.
This part of the exam consists of seven questions and three short texts on the same topic. Candidates should read the questions and the texts, then match them. Each correct answer will provide you with one mark.
So here is a sample of the first part:
As you can see in the image above, three people wrote some information about them and their blogs. The questions above relate to these three texts, and candidates have to check if the questions refer to Tasha’s, Danni’s, or Chrissie’s text.
There are several ways to conduct this task, but I think that the best/fastest way is to read one of the texts, underline relevant aspects, then check the questions. So let’s start with Tasha’s text:
Last year I wrote for my college magazine, which I found really difficult, but I don’t think it’s hard to write a good blog. Mine is about things from daily life that make me laugh. My older brother also has a blog, but we’re writing about different subjects. We don’t discuss what we’re planning, but we read each other’s blogs sometimes. I like giving advice to people who write in asking for it – it’s good to know I’ve helped.
I can take some things from this excerpt:
- She thinks writing a good blog is easy, but last year she wrote for the college magazine, and it was difficult;
- She writes about daily stuff that makes her laugh, and she likes giving advice to people;
- She has a brother who also writes a blog. They don’t discuss their plans, but they read each other’s texts sometimes.
Now, let’s read the questions:
Who writes both a magazine and a blog? Tasha said she wrote to a magazine last year, she didn’t say she does it regularly. So this is not about her.
Who says that studying and writing a blog at the same time can be hard? Tasha didn’t say anything about studying. So this is not about her either.
Who answers questions from other people who read her blog? Tasha said that she likes to give advice to people who write for her. So this question connects to her text.
Who plans to stop writing her blog soon? Tasha didn’t mention anything about that. So, this it not about her.
Who didn’t have many people reading her blog in the beginning? Tasha also didn’t mention anything about that. So, this is not about her either.
Who asks a member of her family to help her write her blog? Tasha didn’t say anything about that. She only said that her brother also writes a blog, but they don’t discuss what they write about.
Who says writing a blog is easier than some other types of writing? Tasha didn’t say it clearly, but she mentioned that she wrote for a magazine, which was hard, and that she didn’t think it’s hard to write good blogs. So you can say that this question refers to her text.
As you can see, from 7 questions, only 2 refer to Tasha’s text, and this is okay. You don’t need to have an even number of questions for each excerpt, especially because 7 is an odd number.
Also, only one of the questions was clear that it referred to Tasha’s text, the other was a bit confusing. This can also happen with many questions. My suggestion is:
- Read the text and underline essential aspects;
- Go to the questions and match to the text;
- If some questions are confusing, leave them for later;
- Read, underline, and match the other two texts with the questions;
- Only after that, come back to the confusing questions. and answer them.
By following these steps, I think you will be able to do this part of the exam faster – which is vital for a timed exam. Besides not wasting time with this test, you will do it with more patience and confidence.
So now, it’s your turn to try! Read the other two texts and try and match them to the questions. Since I helped with one of them, the other two will be a piece of cake! The answer key is down below.
If you are having problems with this test, or if you found it easy, comment in the comment section below so that I can help. You can always buy the A2 Key books with practice tests to help you. The links are here:
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PS: All samples are provided by Cambridge. And here are the answers: