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Sometimes you may come across topics in the B2 First Exam that you are not very familiar with. If this happens to you, then don’t panic because you will be able to get a good idea of what the topic is from the context of the question or text extract. If you are not familiar with anthropology then this next practice exam for part 1 of the Reading and Use of English paper is a perfect example.

Read the extract below and try to choose the correct answer from the four options given for each question. An example has been given (0) with the correct answer indicated. You have eight questions to answer like in your actual exam.


Anthropology is the study of human societies and their development (0)…….. the years. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different (1)…….. of the human experience. They look (2)…….. how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago and what makes up our biological bodies. Anthropologists also compare humans with other animals to see what we have in common with them and what makes us (3)……… Even though nearly all humans need the same things to survive, people often (4)…….. up meeting these needs in many different ways.

Anthropologists also try to understand how people interact in social relationships by (5)…….. the various ways people dress and communicate in different societies. Anthropologists sometimes make (6)…….. of these comparisons to understand their own society by looking at a variety of topics including economics, health, education, law and policy. When trying to understand these (7)…….. issues, they take into (8)…….. what they know about biology, culture, types of communication and how humans lived in the past.


  • throughout
  • into
  • around
  • inside
  • situations
  • aspects
  • pieces
  • sources
  • to
  • for
  • into
  • after
  • individual
  • specific
  • unique
  • particular
  • end
  • take
  • make
  • finish
  • analysing
  • resolving
  • commenting
  • separating
  • use
  • advantage
  • results
  • control
  • confused
  • conflated
  • comparative
  • complex
  • context
  • account
  • thought
  • view

(1)   B – aspects

(2)   C – into

(3)   C – unique

(4)   A – end

(5)   A – analysing

(6)   A – use

(7)   D – complex

(8)   B – account