Test de niveau / Level test

This is a short (!!) test of increasing difficulty for you to do. If you like you can print it out and bring your answers to the club.

 Compléter les phrases convenablement.  

SECTION I

Is …………………………………………………………….. a bank in East Street?    

« ………………………………………………………………… is the Amazon? » « 5,000 miles, I think ».   

How …………………………………………………………….. is Orly from here?   

« …………………………………………………………….. we go to the ball? » « Yes, good idea. »   

The banks are closed …………………………………………………………….. Sundays.    

« How do you …………………………………………………………….. Snejana? » « S-N-E-J-A-N-A. »  

« What does your sister look ……………………………………………………………..? » « She’s vey fat. 

« …………………………………………………………….. you got a tube ticket? » « No, I haven’t ». 

You go .. ………………………………………………………….. ahead and then turn left.   

« Where’s Sue? » She’s …………………………………………………………….. out and won’t be back before 10. » 

This room is too small. It isn’t big ……………………………………………………………. for us.  

Last year I ……………………………………………………………. to Italy on holiday.    

« Are you …………………………………………………………….? » « No, I’m single ».    

What’s the …………………………………………………………… with you. You’re usually so happy.  

To go to Iran you ……………………………………………………………. to have a visa.   

It’s the same price by coach ………………………………………………………….. by train.               

Sue’s birthday is in May. She …………………………………………………………… 26 then.               

« …………………………………………………………… does it cost? » « £30, if not more ».                        

He has been learning English …………………………………………………………… a year.               

« Has it stopped raining? » « No, it’s …………………………………………………………… wet outside ».  

SECTION 2

I live .. …………………………………………………………. the sixth floor.     

…………………………………………………………… is this pen? Is it yours?    

I regularly …………………………………………………………… my teeth checked.    

What’s …………………………………………………………… at the Ritz cinema this week?   

She’s both intelligent and …………………………………………………………… looking.   

What would you like to be when you grow ……………………………………………………………?   

We ……………………………………………………………. to live in London before we moved to Paris.  

Petrol costs €1.49 …………………………………………………………… litre.    

What time must I … ………………………………………………………… in at the airport to get the flight?  

…………………………………………………………… don’t you go to the doctor if you feel so ill?   

SECTION 3

I take . ………………………………………………………….. 41 shoes.     

It’s the best film I’ve …………………………………………………………… seen.     

You won’t do that again, …………………………………………………………… you?    

We’ve made ……………………………………………………………. progress, but not much.   

He likes reggae music and …………………………………………………………… does she.   

What will you do when you …………………………………………………………… in Greece?   

How …………………………………………………………… do you have elections in France?    

« I can’t talk to you now, I’m just …………………………………………………………… to go out ».  

Unilateral disarmament would …………………………………………………………… the world a safer place.  

That ……………………………………………………………. be John at the door; I’ve been expecting him.       

SECTION 4

…………………………………………………………… the Mercedes and the BMW are German makes of car. 

She did badly and …………………………………………………………… her exams.    

Very …………………………………………………………… people keep a rat for a pet but some people do. 

What on earth did you do that …………………………………………………………… ?            

Hold …………………………………………………………… , I’m putting you …..    

It’s no …………………………………………………………… blaming her, it wasn’t her fault.   

There are no known planets with atmospheres …………………………………………………………… the earth’s.  

At school the ancient Egyptians were . ………………………………………………………….. to write by a scribe.  

Have you read the paper? The news …………………………………………………………… bad.   

Gandhi …………………………………………………………… born in 1869 and …………………………………………………………… in 1948.    

What was the weather ……………………………………………………………. when you stayed in Britain? 

When you go away, ……………………………………………………….. …. your dog with a friend.  

The escaped prisoners are ……………………………………………………………. to have left the country. 

You …………………………………………………………… have seen me yesterday. I was in Glasgow.   

It’s unsafe at night, you should go home as …………………………………………………………… as it gets dark. 

As …………………………………………………………… as we know, dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. 

…………………………………………………………… of spending money on arms we should give more in aid. 

We don’t know yet …………………………………………………………… or not the plan will be adopted. 

She ……………………………………………………………. me of my mother – she has the same nose.  

In her opinion, the …………………………………………………………… state interference the better.  

SECTION 5

Utiliser UN mot pour chaque blanc.

When I was sixteen I __________ school and went to work in a butcher’s shop. The manager was a young man, only a __________ years older __________ me, and he was very ambitious. Also, he was a __________ bit dishonest. When customers asked __________ best steak he would sell them poor-quality beef. He used to do this to young housewives and if they __________ that the meat was tough he __________ blame __________ for not cooking it properly. Sometimes, he did not give them the __________ change and the customer did not notice.

One day __________ before Christmas, we decided to close early because we __________ sold all our meat, except for one small turkey. As I was __________ to lock the door, a woman rushed in and said that she really had __________ have a ten-pound turkey. The manager tried to sell her the __________ one we had left. ‘It’s too small’, she said. The manager said he __________ get another one and went to the back of the shop with the turkey. I knew we did not have __________ more, so I followed him to see __________ he was going to do. He pulled and stretched the turkey to __________ it look bigger and then went back __________ said, ‘Here __________ are, madam. Here is a bigger one.’

‘Yes’, she said, ‘but not __________ bigger. I’ll take both of them’.

SECTION 6

Utiliser UN mot pour chaque blanc.

Dear Sir,

It was with the __________ dismay that I read yesterday of the government’s intention to go __________ with the construction of a nuclear __________ plant. I can __________ see this decision as a great __________ backwards for mankind. Nowhere in the world __________ anyone been able to guarantee the __________ of nuclear plants __________ find an adequate method of __________ of nuclear __________. Only the government seems willing to __________ its population to such risks.

I __________ to say on __________ of my children and myself that we cannot accept this decision and we have no choice __________ to register a strong protest against this decision. We __________ hope that others will join us so that sufficient __________ is put on the government to make them think again and change their __________.

SECTION 7

Fill each of the blanks in the following passage with one suitable word.

New technologies, like all technologies, are morally neutral. ___________ their advent ___________ the world a better place or ___________ depends on the uses to which they are ___________ . And that,___________ turn, depends upon ___________ decisions of many people, especially of politicians, managers, trade ___________ leaders, engineers ___________ scientists. The new technologies, cheap, flexible, dependent ___________ knowledge and information as their main input, can ___________ human beings from many ___________ their current constraints, ___________ example, constraints of resources and geography. ____________ the new technologies could also ___________ those with power to control their fellow citizens even ___________ effectively than in the ___________ efficient dictatorships ___________ the past. The new technological society will ___________ colossal demands on our imagination and ingenuity and on the capacity ___________ our institutions to respond ___________ new challenges.

SECTION 8

Utilisez le mot entre parenthèses pour récrire les phrases en gardant le sens de la phrase originale.

We didn’t go on a picnic because it rained. (if) ………………………………………

Alan is the best writer I’ve ever known. (better) ………………………………………

I’m sorry I didn’t finish the report last night. (wish) ………………………………………

I am very pleased that we will meet again soon. (forward) …………………………………..

We couldn’t drive because of the fog. (prevented) ……………………………………… 

Please don’t ask her to the party. (rather) ………………………………………

She is proud of her cooking. (prides) ………………………………………

SECTION 9

For each of the sentences below, write a new sentence as similar as possible in meaning to the original sentence, but using the words given in bold letters. The words must not be altered in any way. 

EXAMPLE: His arrival was completely unexpected. took 

ANSWER: His arrival took us completely by surprise. 

How do you explain the difference between the two witnesses’ stories?

account 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

‘You don’t appreciate me, Peter’ she complained. 

granted 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

I couldn’t understand the lecture at all.

sense 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

In all probability we’ll finish the report by Wednesday. 

stand 

……………………………………………………………………………………………

Paul’s good credit record enabled him to get a loan from the bank.

strength

……………………………………………………………………………………………

I found it when I was looking through some old papers.

came

……………………………………………………………………………………………

We didn’t go in case we were recognised.

fear

……………………………………………………………………………………………

It was obvious the house was past its prime.

days

……………………………………………………………………………………………

After two hours the bridegroom still hadn’t turned up.

sign

……………………………………………………………………………………………

How likely is she to pass Proficiency?

chances

……………………………………………………………………………………………

SECTION 10

Complete the following passage, using ONE word for each blank.

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH

Complete the passage using one word in each gap. The first is done as an example.

Global English exists (0) as a political and cultural reality. Many misguided theories attempt to explain why the English language should have succeeded internationally, (1) ……………… others have not. Is it because there is 

(2) ……………… inherently logical or beautiful about the structure of English? Does its straightforward grammar (3) ……………… it easy to learn? Such ideas are misleading. Latin was at one ……………… (4) a major international language, (5) ……………… having a complicated grammatical structure, and English also presents students with all manner of real difficulties, (6) ……………… least its spelling system. Ease of learning, therefore, has little to (7) ……………… with it. After all, children learn to (8) ……………… their mother tongue in approximately the same period of time, (9) ……………… of their language.

English has spread not so (10) ……………… for linguistic reasons, but rather because it has often found itself in the right place, at the (11) ……………… time. (12) ……………… the 1960s, three developments have contributed to strengthening this global status. Firstly, the economic influence of the United States in the global marketplace. Secondly, in a number of countries, English is now the official means of communication and exists (13) ……………… a second language (14) ……………… national or regional languages.  Finally, English is the language of science and technology and it is estimated that something in the (15) ……………… of 80% of world-wide electronic communication is in a modern form of the language of Shakespeare.

 

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