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Cambridge First Certificate in English
Practice Test
Paper 1 - Reading | There are three parts to this paper, with a total of 30 questions. Each part contains a different text. In the exam you have 1 hour. |
Paper 2 - Writing | There are two parts to this paper, and you have to write two compositions: a compulsory one, and another one where you have a choice from four titles. In the examyou have 1 hour 20 minutes in total. When you have finished your two compositions, send them to your tutor, who will mark them for you. |
Paper 3 - Use of English | There are four parts in this paper, and a total of 42 questions. You will have 45 minutes in the exam. |
Paper 4 - Listening | There are four parts and 30 questions in total. In each part you will listen to a recording and answercomprehension questions. In the exam this part lasts about 40 minutes. |
Paper 5 - Speaking | In the exam there are four parts to this paper, and it takes place in the presence of two examiners and another candidate. You speak to one of the examiners in parts 1 and 2, and to the other candidate in parts 3 and 4. It lasts 14 minutes. In these practice tests, this paper is conducted over the phone,and you will speak only with the examiner. You will need to look at the pictures that are shown in this part of the exam. |

Part 1
You are going to read a magazine article about children using the Internet. For questions 1-8, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
A censor in cyberspace? |
It is late on a school night, andyou hear the tapping of computer keys from your child's bedroom. Probably, your youngster is exploring one of the many child-friendly sites on the Internet, but you still feel a moment's worry as you enter the room. Given the vast amount of material which is available to anyone on the Internet, what if your child has found a Web site that isn't suitable for children or, worse, is giving out his orher personal details to an anonymous stranger in an Internet chat room? Increasing numbers of British parents are facing this worrying scenario every time their children go online. Approximately 4 million UK households are currently connected to the Internet. But a child-safe Internet need not be a distant dream. A wide variety of software solutions are now available to monitor children incyberspace, from complex software programmes that block sites, emails and newsgroups containing words such as sex, to Net connections based on regularly updated lists of banned or approved Internet resources. The simplest and most desirable solution, from a parent's point of view, is to monitor a child's online time personally. Child care organisations such as the charity Childnet International recommendthat younger children be supervised by an adult whenever they use the Internet. "Parents need to be involved with their children to build their confidence with the Internet and establish house rules," insists Nigel Williams, Childnet's director. "Getting involved with your child is the first step. The Internet is a tool to help you pursue shared interests, and you will learn more by workingtogether." Older children, however, can benefit from exploring cyberspace for themselves, and it is here that Internet software programmes are most useful. Protecting children online is already big business in America - the US market for software was worth more than $14 million in 1997 - and market leaders such as Net Nanny and Cyber Patrol are now looking to Britain as their next big market. Thesoftware allows parents to set their PC to demand a password, shut down, or even email them at work if a child tries to enter a Web site or newsgroup that is on a list of prohibited sites. Regularly updated lists of "good" and "bad" sites are available free from the company Web sites. The UK is already the second largest market for online sales of the Learning Company's Cyber Patrol, and Net Nanny...
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