The FCE open cloze is question 2 of the use of English section, and it’s undoubtedly the hardest part of this test.  I think ‘open cloze’ is a very strange name as most English people have never heard of a ‘cloze test’ (or is it just me?). I would call it a ‘missing word test’ because it has a passage with missing words, and you must guess the appropriate missing words. Here is a lesson which introduces the format of this part of the exam, and gives a list of what kinds of grammatical structures they will be testing in this part of the exam

Quantifiers

Here is a lesson which focusses on the different types of quantifiers which you will be tested on in question 2. Make sure you learn all of them, and how they are used

And to make sure that you were paying attention in class, I have made this small quiz. Please test yourself!

FCE QUANTIFIERS EXERCISE

Collocations

You will need to know hundreds of collocations to do well in the FCE test. Here is a lesson which deals with FCE collocations, but if you would like to know more, please click on one of the following links which also deal with this theme.

FCE collocations
Adverb collocations

Articles

Please make sure you are very familiar with the definite and indefinite articles (a, an, the) and how they are used. The FCE exam tests this grammar in every use of English paper. Here is a lesson on articles, but more information can be found by clicking on the link below:

Articles

ARTICLES EXERCISES

 

Prepositions

You need to know hundreds of verb + preposition, noun + preposition and adjective + preposition collocations. Here is one video I have made on this topic, but for a full course which looks at hundreds of prepositions, please click on the following link:

Prepositions

FCE PREPOSITIONS EXERCISE
VERBS AND PREPOSTIONS EXERCISE
NOUNS AND PREPOSITIONS EXERCISE
ADJECTIVES AND PREPOSTIONS EXERCISE

Auxiliary Verbs

Again, a thorough knowledge of this topic is essential for getting a good mark in the FCE exam. Please click on the link to find as much information on this subject as possible, or just try the lesson and the quiz.

Auxiliary Verbs

AUXILIARY VERBS EXERCISE

 

Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are a very tricky topic, and so I recommend you go straight to the page on this blog which deals with this subject. Please click on the link below to find all available resources. I have attached a lesson below, and a quiz, to prepare you for this topic.

Modal verbs

MODAL VERBS EXERCISE

Linking words

I have a more complete course on this topic, and so please click on the link below to find out more about what linking words are.

Linking words

LINKING WORDS EXERCISE 1
LINKING WORDS EXERCISE 2