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Proficiency Test



 
Part I: Grammar
Select the best answer.
 

 1. 

Juan___________ in the library this morning.
a.
is study
b.
studying
c.
is studying
d.
are studying
 

 2. 

Alicia, __________ the windows please. It's too hot in here.
a.
opens
b.
open
c.
opened
d.
will opened
 

 3. 

The movie was __________ the book.
a.
as
b.
as good
c.
good as
d.
as good as
 

 4. 

Eli's hobbies include jogging, swimming, and __________.
a.
to climb mountains
b.
climb mountains
c.
to climb
d.
climbing mountains
 

 5. 

Mr. Hawkins requests that someone _________ the data by fax immediately.
a.
sent
b.
sends
c.
send
d.
to send
 

 6. 

Who is ____________ , Marina or Sachiko?
a.
tallest
b.
tall
c.
taller
d.
the tallest
 

 7. 

The concert will begin ________ fifteen minutes.
a.
in
b.
on
c.
with
d.
about
 

 8. 

I have only a ________ Christmas cards left to write.
a.
few
b.
fewer
c.
less
d.
little
 

 9. 

Each of the Olympic athletes ____________ for months, even years.
a.
have been training
b.
were training
c.
has been training
d.
been training
 

 10. 

Maria __________ never late for work.
a.
am
b.
are
c.
were
d.
is
 

 11. 

The company will upgrade _________ computer information systems next month.
a.
there
b.
their
c.
it's
d.
its
 

 12. 

Cheryl likes apples, _________ she does not like oranges.
a.
so
b.
for
c.
but
d.
or
 

 13. 

You were ____________ the New York office before 2 p.m.
a.
suppose call
b.
supposed to call
c.
supposed calling
d.
supposed call
 

 14. 

When I graduate from college next June, I _____________ a student here for five years.
a.
will have been
b.
have been
c.
has been
d.
will have
 

 15. 

Ms. Guth _________ rather not invest that money in the stock market.
a.
has to
b.
could
c.
would
d.
must
 
 
Part II: Grammar
Select the one underlined word or phrase that is incorrect.
 

 16. 

The majority to the news is about violence or scandal.
a.
The
b.
to
c.
news
d.
violence
 

 17. 

Takeshi swimmed one hundred laps in the pool yesterday.
a.
swimmed
b.
hundred
c.
in
d.
yesterday
 

 18. 

When our vacation, we plan to spend three days scuba diving.
a.
When
b.
plan
c.
days
d.
diving
 

 19. 

Mr. Feinauer does not take critical of his work very well.
a.
does
b.
critical
c.
his
d.
well
 

 20. 

Yvette and Rinaldo send e-mail messages to other often.
a.
and
b.
send
c.
other
d.
often
 

 21. 

Mr. Olsen is telephoning a American Red Cross for help.
a.
is
b.
a
c.
Red
d.
for
 

 22. 

I had a enjoyable time at the party last night.
a.
a
b.
time
c.
at
d.
last
 

 23. 

The doctor him visited the patient's parents.
a.
The
b.
him
c.
visited
d.
patient's
 

 24. 

Petra intends to starting her own software business in a few years.
a.
intends
b.
starting
c.
software
d.
few
 

 25. 

Each day after school, Jerome run five miles.
a.
Each
b.
after
c.
run
d.
miles
 

 26. 

He goes never to the company softball games.
a.
never
b.
the
c.
softball
d.
games
 

 27. 

Do you know the student who books were stolen?
a.
Do
b.
know
c.
who
d.
were
 

 28. 

Jean-Pierre will spend his vacation either in Singapore nor the Bahamas.
a.
will
b.
his
c.
nor
d.
Bahamas
 

 29. 

I told the salesman that I was not interesting in buying the latest model.
a.
told
b.
that
c.
interesting
d.
buying
 

 30. 

Frederick used work for a multinational corporation when he lived in Malaysia.
a.
used work
b.
multinational
c.
when
d.
lived in
 
 
Part III. Vocabulary
Select the best answer.
 

 31. 

The rate of ___________ has been fluctuating wildly this week.
a.
money
b.
bills
c.
coins
d.
exchange
 

 32. 

The bus ___________ arrives late during bad weather.
a.
every week
b.
later
c.
yesterday
d.
always
 

 33. 

Do you ____________ where the nearest grocery store is?
a.
know
b.
no
c.
now
d.
not
 

 34. 

Jerry Seinfeld, the popular American comedian, has his audiences ___________.
a.
putting too many irons in the fire
b.
keeping their noses out of someone's business
c.
rolling in the aisles
d.
going to bat for someone
 

 35. 

The chairperson will ____________ members to the subcommittee.
a.
appoint
b.
disappoint
c.
appointment
d.
disappointed
 

 36. 

The critics had to admit that the ballet ______________ was superb.
a.
procrastinate
b.
performance
c.
pathology
d.
psychosomatic
 

 37. 

Peter says he can't ___________ our invitation to dinner tonight.
a.
angel
b.
across
c.
accept
d.
almost
 

 38. 

We were __________ friends in that strange but magical country.
a.
upon
b.
among
c.
toward
d.
in addition to
 

 39. 

The hurricane caused ____________ damage to the city.
a.
extend
b.
extended
c.
extensive
d.
extension
 

 40. 

Many cultures have special ceremonies to celebrate a person's _________ of passage into adulthood.
a.
right
b.
rite
c.
writ
d.
write
 
 
Part IV. Reading Comprehension
Read the excerpts and select the best answer.
Directions to Erik's house
Leave Interstate 25 at exit 7S. Follow that road (Elm Street) for two miles. After one mile, you will pass a small shopping center on your left. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right onto Maple Drive. Erik's house is the third house on your left. It's number 33, and it's white with green trim.
 

 41. 

What is Erik's address?
a.
Interstate 25
b.
2 Elm Street
c.
13 Erika Street
d.
33 Maple Drive
 

 42. 

Which is closest to Erik's house?
a.
the traffic lights
b.
the shopping center
c.
exit 7S
d.
a greenhouse
 
 
Memo To Staff

Date: May 16, 1998
To: Megan Fallerman
From: Steven Roberts
Subject: Staff Meeting

Please be prepared to give your presentation on the monthly sales figures at our upcoming staff meeting. In addition to the accurate accounting of expenditures for the monthly sales, be ready to discuss possible reasons for fluctuations as well as possible trends in future customer spending. Thank you.
 

 43. 

The main focus of the presentation will be ______________.
a.
monthly expenditures
b.
monthly salary figures
c.
monthly sales figures
d.
staff meeting presentations
 

 44. 

Who will give the presentation?
a.
the company president
b.
Megan Fallerman
c.
Steven Roberts
d.
future customers
 
 
The B&B Tour
Spend ten romantic days enjoying the lush countryside of southern England. The counties of Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, and Essex invite you to enjoy their castles and coastline, their charming bed and breakfast inns, their museums and their cathedrals. Spend lazy days watching the clouds drift by or spend active days hiking the glorious hills. These fields were home to Thomas Hardy, and the ports launched ships that shaped world history. Bed and breakfasts abound, ranging from quiet farmhouses to lofty castles. Our tour begins August 15. Call or fax us today for more information 1-800-222-XXXX. Enrollment is limited, so please call soon.
 

 45. 

Which of the following counties is not included in the tour?
a.
Devon
b.
Cornwall
c.
Essex
d.
Hampshire
 

 46. 

How many people can go on this tour?
a.
10
b.
an unlimited number
c.
2-8
d.
a limited number
 

 47. 

What can we infer about this area of southern England?
a.
The region has lots of vegetation.
b.
The coast often has harsh weather.
c.
The sun is hot and the air is dry.
d.
The land is flat.
 
 
Biography of a Journalist
Anna Szewcyzk, perhaps the most popular broadcaster in the news media today, won the 1998 Broadcasting Award. She got her start in journalism as an editor at the Hollsville County Times in Missouri. When the newspaper went out of business, a colleague persuaded her to enter the field of broadcasting. She moved to Oregon to begin a master's degree in broadcast journalism at Atlas University. Following graduation, she was able to begin her career as a local newscaster with WPSU-TV in Seattle, Washington, and rapidly advanced to national television. Noted for her quick wit and trenchant commentary, her name has since become synonymous with Good Day, America! Accepting the award at the National Convention of Broadcast Journalism held in Chicago, Ms. Szewcyzk remarked, "I am so honored by this award that I'm at a total loss for words!" Who would ever have believed it?
 

 48. 

What is the purpose of this announcement?
a.
to invite people to the National Convention of Broadcast Journalism
b.
to encourage college students to study broadcasting
c.
to recognize Ms. Szewcyzk's accomplishments
d.
to advertise a job opening at the Hollsville County Times
 

 49. 

The expression "to become synonymous with" means
a.
to be the same as.
b.
to be the opposite of.
c.
to be in sympathy with.
d.
to be discharged from.
 

 50. 

What was Ms. Szewczyk's first job in journalism?
a.
She was a T.V. announcer in Washington.
b.
She was a newscaster in Oregon.
c.
She was an editor for a newspaper in Missouri.
d.
She was a talk show host in Chicago.
 



 
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