Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part differs from the other three in pronunciation in each of the following questions.
Question 1: A. finished B. developed C. defeated D. looked
A. hesitate B. reserve C. physics D. basic
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the other three in the position of primary stress in each of the following questions.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the underlined part that needs correction in each of the following questions.
Question 5: The number of students attending English courses at our university are increasing. A B C D
D. ARE -> IS
Scuba diving is usually carried out in the ocean in that people can explore the underwater world. A B C D
To be successful in an interview, you should control the feeling of pressure and making a good A B C impression on the interviewer. D
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Question 8: For the last 20 years, we ______ significant changes in the world of science and technol
Question 9: Housewives find it easier to do domestic chores thanks to ______ invention of labour-saving devices.
Question 10: Air pollution is getting ______ serious in big cities in the world.
A. more and more
Question 11: Ms Brown asked me ______ in my class.
A. there were how many students
Question 12: Her fiancé is said ______ from Harvard University five years ago.
A. having graduated
Question 13: Many rare and precious species are now ______ the verge of extinction.
Question 14: They are always ______ of what their children do.
Question 15: Women in some parts of the world are still struggling for ______ job opportunities to men.
Question 16: The manager ______ his temper with the employees and shouted at them.
Question 17: All nations should ______ hands to work out a plan to solve the problem of global warming.
Question 18: Garvin is ______ a new computer application to see whether it works.
Question 19: Terry is a very imaginative boy. He always comes ______ interesting ideas.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the most suitable response to complete each of the following exchanges. Question 20: Susan accidentally stepped on Denise’s foot. – Susan: “Oops! I’m sorry, Denise.” – Denise: “______”
A. You shouldn’t do that.
Question 21: Hana and Jenifer are talking about a book they have just read. – Hana: “The book is really interesting and educational.” – Jenifer: “______”
A. I’d love it.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word CLOSEST in meaning to the underlined word in each of the following questions.
Question 22: The student service centre will try their best to assist students in finding a suitable part-time job.
My sister is a very diligent student. She works very hard at every subject.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
Question 24: Sorry, I can’t come to your party. I am snowed under with work at the moment.
Basically, everything is the same; however, there may be some minor changes to the schedule.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that is closest in meaning to each of the following questions.
Question 26: I really believe my letter came as a great surprise to John.
Question 27: “Why don’t we go out for dinner tonight?” said Jim.
A. Jim suggested going out for dinner that night.
Question 28: The candidate was offered the job because of his excellent answers.
A. The job was offered to the candidate although he couldn’t answer the questions.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that best combines each pair of sentences in the following questions.
Question 29: Our flight was delayed. We decided to spend time at the duty-free shops.
A. As our flight was delayed, we decided to spend time at the duty-free shops.
Question 30: I didn’t pay attention to the teacher. I failed to understand the lesson.
A. Although I paid attention to the teacher, I failed to understand the lesson.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks from 31 to 35.
The Internet has truly transformed how students do their homework. (31) ______ homework today still means spending time in the library, it’s for a different reason. Rather than using books for research, students today are (32) ______ to the Internet to download enormous amounts of data available online.
In the past, students were limited to their school’s (33) ______ of books. In many cases, they got to the school library and found out that someone had already taken the books they needed. Nowadays, such inconvenience can be avoided since the Internet never runs out of information. Students, however, do have to (34) ______ sure that the information they find online is true. Teachers have also benefited from the homework which is done on the Internet. They do not need to carry students’ papers around with them any more. This is because online (35) ______ allow students to electronically upload their homework for their teachers to read and mark. Of course, this also means that students can no longer use the excuse that the dog ate their homework!
(Adapted from “Gold Pre-first Exam Maximizer,” by H. Chilton & L. Edwards, 2013, Harlow: Pearson)
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 36 to 42.
Whales are the largest animals in the world, and the gentlest creatures we know. Although the whale is very huge, it is not hindered at all by its size when it is in the water. Whales have tails that end like flippers. With just a gentle flick, it can propel itself forward. The skin of a whale is so smooth that it does not create any friction that can slow the whale down. A whale’s breathing hole is located on the top of its head, so it can breathe without having to completely push its head out of the water. Whales are protected from the cold seawater by body fat that is called blubber.
Whales live in the ocean but, in terms of behaviours, they are more similar to humans than fish. They live in family groups and they even travel in groups when they have to migrate from cooler to warmer waters. The young stay with their parents for as long as fifteen years. Whales are known not to desert the ill or injured members; instead, they cradle them.
When whales are in danger, there are people who go to great lengths to help them. One such case occurred in 1988, when three young whales were trapped in the sea. It was close to winter and the sea had begun to freeze over. Whales are mammals that require oxygen from the air, so the frozen ice was a great danger to them. All they had then was a tiny hole in the ice for them to breathe through. Volunteers from all over soon turned up to help these creatures. They cut holes in the ice to provide more breathing holes for the whales. These holes would also serve as guides for the whales so that they could swim to warmer waters.
(Adapted from http://www.englishdaily626.com?reading_comprehension)
Question 36: Which of the following best describes the main idea of this passage?
A. Successful attempts to rescue whales all over the world
Question 37: Whales can move easily in water thanks to their ______.
Question 38: Where is the whale’s breathing hole located?
Question 39: According to paragraph 2, the author mentions all of the following to show that whales “are more similar to humans” EXCEPT ______.
A. they do not desert the ill or injured members
Question 40: The word “tiny” in paragraph 3 probably means ______.
Question 41: The word “they” in paragraph 3 refers to ______.
Question 42: According to the passage, why was the frozen ice on the sea surface a danger to whales?
A. Because they couldn’t swim in icy cold water.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 43 to 50.
It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 42 was founded by French technology billionaire Xavier Niel, whose backing means there are no tuition fees and accommodation is free. Mr Niel and his co-founders come from the world of technology and start-ups, and they are trying to do to education what Facebook did to communication and Airbnb to accommodation.
Students at 42 are given a choice of projects that they might be set in a job as a software engineer – perhaps to design a website or a computer game. They complete a project using resources freely available on the Internet and by seeking help from their fellow students, who work alongside them in a large open-plan room full of computers. Another student will then be randomly assigned to mark their work.
The founders claim this method of learning makes up for shortcomings in the traditional education system, which they say encourages students to be passive recipients of knowledge. “Peer-to-peer learning develops students with the confidence to search for solutions by themselves, often in quite creative and ingenious ways.”
Like in computer games, the students are asked to design and they go up a level by completing a project. They graduate when they reach level 21, which usually takes three to five years. And at the end, there is a certificate but no formal degree. Recent graduates are now working at companies including IBM, Amazon, and Tesla, as well as starting their own firms.
“The feedback we have had from employers is that our graduates are more apt to go off and find out information for themselves, rather than asking their supervisors what to do next,” says Brittany Bir, chief operating officer of 42 in California and a graduate of its sister school in Paris. Ms Bir says 42’s graduates will be better able to work with others and discuss and defend their ideas – an important skill in the “real world” of work. “This is particularly important in computer programming, where individuals are notorious for lacking certain human skills,” she says.
But could 42’s model of teacherless learning work in mainstream universities? Brittany Bir admits 42’s methods do not suit all students. “It suits individuals who are very disciplined and self-motivated, and who are not scared by having the freedom to work at their own pace,” she says.
(Adapted from http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37694248)
Question 43: According to the passage, 42 is ______.
A. a kind of school
Question 44: The word “them” in paragraph 2 refers to ______.
Question 45: The author mentions “to design a website or a computer game” in paragraph 2 to illustrate ______.
A. a job that a French software engineer always does
Question 46: What do 42’s graduates receive on completion of their course?
Question 47: Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
Question 48: According to Ms Bir, 42’s graduates will be able to improve ______.
A. the skills of giving feedback
Question 49: The word “notorious” in paragraph 5 can be best replaced by ______.
Question 50: It can be inferred from the passage that ______.
A. 42 is a good choice for people of all ages and nationalities