April 24


Let’s Practice Cambridge C2 Reading and Use of English Part 2 Open Cloze and Part 3 Word Formation

Hello dear, dear listeners, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for ambitious learners of English. This is the show where you can prepare for the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam at the same time as improving your English.

I’m Kristian, your host, today it’s Saturday 24 April 2021, and in this episode we’re going to do not one, but two C2 exam exercises together. To be more specific, we’re going to practice Reading and Use of English part 2, open cloze, and part 3, word formation.

On this podcast we’re working with exercises that you can find on my website. So how does this work?

1. Go to the transcript of this episode. You can find the link to the transcript in the description of the podcast.
2. In the transcript you can see both exercises at the top of the blog post. You can now do the exercise. It won’t take more than 15 minutes.
3. Last but not least, you can listen to this episode, check your answers & build your vocabulary together with me.

And if you want to go the extra mile, you can create your own personal examples sentences after you’ve finished listening to this episode. I highly recommend doing this. Your memory will thank you for that, trust me.

OK, let me repeat it one more time, because I really want you to take action and become an active listener:

1. Go to the transcript of this episode. You can find the link to the transcript in the description of the podcast.
2. In the transcript you can see both exercises at the top of the blog post.
3. Last but not least, you can listen to this episode, check your answers & build your vocabulary together with me.

Alright, let’s start then. Today we’re doing part 2 and part 3 of the Reading and Use of English paper of the C2 examHere are a few tips for you on how to prepare successfully for these parts of the exam.

Tips for Part 2 Open Cloze

You should treat the open cloze as you would any reading text, and look at the title and the whole text before attempting to fill in any gaps. This will help you to understand what the text is about, and make it easier for you to fill in the gaps. 

You should always read the complete sentence that contains the gap before deciding on your answer, and you should always check for the possibility of negatives, conditionals or other structures that might put forward the opposite point of view. 

You need to pay particular attention to the words before and after the gap, as they may form part of an expression that is completed by the missing word.

You must only use one word to fill in each gap, and therefore will not be expected to use a contraction. If you are not sure of an answer, leave it blank and go on. Then, when you check your work after doing the task, you should read the whole text through again. This may give you the clue you need to fill in the word you are not sure of.

Tips for Part 3 Word Formation

You should read the whole text before attempting to fill in any gaps. Some questions, such as making the base word negative, require careful reading beyond sentence level. More importantly, you can follow my instagram page where I post ever workday a word formation exercise in written and audio format. You can find the link to my instagram in the transcript or at the bottom of on the homepage.

Alright, I’ll now start reading the complete text with the correct answers. So I assume you’ve downloaded the exercise and did it, OK?

Here we go!


Grow your C2 Vocabulary

OK, let’s look at some of the interesting vocabulary in both texts:

To despatch: (formal) to send somebody/something somewhere, especially for a special purpose:

Troops have been dispatched to the area.

A courier was dispatched to collect the documents.

2) (formal) to send a letter, package or message somewhere:

Goods are dispatched within 24 hours of your order reaching us.

Derelict: (especially of land or buildings) not used or cared for and in bad condition. Derelict land/buildings/sites

The canal has been derelict for many years.
The land lay derelict for ten years.
a partially derelict mill.

Halting English: (especially of speech or movement) stopping and starting often, especially because you are not certain or are not very confident. SYNONYM: hesitant.

We carried on a halting conversation.
A toddler’s first few halting steps.
Europe’s halting progress towards greater unity.

To clamber off the boats: to climb or move with difficulty or a lot of effort, using your hands and feet.
SYNONYM scramble

The children clambered up the steep bank.

Deceptive: If something is deceptive, it is not what it appears to be or it creates a false impression.

Appearances can often be deceptive (= things are not always what they seem to be).
the deceptive simplicity of her writing style (= it seems simple but is not really)
The firm was found guilty of publishing a misleading and deceptive advertisement.

Allegedly: this means ‘claimed by others to be the case but not actually proved to be the case’. The adverb form is required because the word qualifies the verb phrase ‘behaving badly’.

Crimes allegedly committed during the war

Traumatised: This is the past participle of the verb traumatize and is in the passive form. It means ‘cause to be in a state of enormous shock and unhappiness’.

He was so traumatized by the attack that he could not work for a year.
We were traumatized by what we saw.

If something is unconventional, it is unusual and not considered normal or typical by people in general.

An unconventional approach to the problem
Unconventional views
The magazine describes him as having unconventional good looks.

An assignment is a task that someone has to carry out as a part of their job. In this context, the ‘assignments’ are particular authors that particular publicists have to deal with.

If something is colourful, it is interesting and striking rather than dull and predictable. In this context, we can infer that the yelling includes swear words and insults.

Infer: to form an opinion or guess that something is true because of the information that you have:

I inferred from her expression that she wanted to leave.

To garner: to collect something, usually after much work or with difficulty:

Coppola garnered several Oscar awards for “The Godfather”.

Inferior: someone who is considered to be less important than other people: a person who is not as good as somebody else; a person who is lower in rank or status

She considered everyone her intellectual inferior.

Inferior Adjective: not good, or not as good as someone or something else:

These products are inferior to those we bought last year.
Her obvious popularity made me feel inferior.
His later work was vastly inferior to his early work.

Don’t Forget to Check Out Instagram and Clubhouse

Alright, that’s a wrap! I hope this was relevant and useful for you and that you’ve enjoyed listening to this episode.

As always, if you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback, you can respond via email or in the comment section of the transcript. I read and respond to every email or comment – try me 🙂

Before we finish, let me just point out that you can also find loads of specific C2 exam content on our Instagram page, and if you have an iPhone you can also join our C2 exam sessions on Clubhouse. The weekly schedule for these sessions is posted in the email newsletter and on Instagram.

OK, that’s it. For now I want to wish you a pleasant day (or goodnight).

And as always, take care of yourself, and each other, alright?

Speak to you soon, bye bye!

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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