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School of Science & Engineering
Admissions Test, Fall ‘08
Sample Questions
 
These sample questions are only indicative of what you will encounter on the actualexam, and are provided only to give you a flavor of the format, structure and level of difficulty to expect.
 
English Test: Sample Questions
The passage below, edited from two articles by Jason Bourke in
The Guardian 
, is followed by anumber of questions. Answer them based on what is stated or implied in the passage:I would like to say that I have watched Pakistan change since 1998, but, sadly, I haven't.It is true that the stock-market has soared, but if the benefits of 8% GDP growth are meant to be"trickling down", it is taking a long time to do so.Islamabad remains as sleepy as ever, though sliced by new roads. Rawalpindi, its sister city, isstill a seething, dusty chaos of spluttering motor rickshaws, brightly painted lorries, tinyoverstocked shops and vast districts of packed, crumbling housing.And the new motorway to Peshawar only takes you a third of the way before you are back on theGrand Trunk Road, fringed by giant eucalyptus trees and plastic-bag strewn fields.In the evening the children from the Afghan refugee camp east of the city - one of the three maincamps has been razed in the last five years - still play cricket with hacked down bits of plank anda ball made of rubber bands, and smoke from the cooking fires lies in bands like mist on a riverabove the flat roofs of the mud homes.The road back to Islamabad is familiar, having barely changed in 10 years. Between the towns,such as Nowshera and Attock, with their dilapidated, exhaust-choked bazaars and grimy militarycantonments, are the fields and villages that make up so much of Pakistan. I watch a broken-backed old man, stooped over an exhausted donkey, drawing an overloaded cart along theroadside. Thin children in rags scrabble in the scraps behind a roadside kebab stall. Their motherstands nearby, her face covered in weeping sores.There is so much talk of militancy and extremism in Pakistan that it is often forgotten how poorthe country is. Yes, a thin slice of a new middle class is emerging, but half the population of 160million barely scrapes enough to eat; less than half has access to clean water or sanitation; andin some areas, such as those that are causing so much trouble on the Afghan frontier, literacyrates are lower than 10%.Pakistan is known for violence and religious extremism, which is a caricature of a varied andcomplex, if troubled, country. Hardly anyone mentions the constant, daily humanitarian crisisunfolding there.
1. Which of the following choices best describes the spirit of this article?
a. The people of Pakistan are extremists.b. Pakistan should complete the motorway to Peshawar as soon as possible.c. Many years of underdevelopment are now taking a toll on the people of Pakistan.d. Pakistan’s high rate of growth of GDP will soon bring prosperity to its people.
2. Which of the following statements best characterizes the cities described in this article?
a. They are quiet and sleepy places.b. The cities are littered with plastic bags.c. All military cantonments are clean and tidy.
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d. The cities are unable to keep pace with the growing population.
3. Which
one or more 
of the following statements captures this article’s description of thequality of Pakistan’s environment?
a. More than 80 million people may contract some disease by drinking water from the tap.b. Heaps of garbage are a common sight in the cities.c. Factories are polluting groundwater with their chemical discharge.d. The large number of cars, buses and rickshaws is polluting the air.
4. When was this article written?
a. 1988b. 1998c. 2001d. 2007Answers: 1) c; 2) d; 3) a & d; 4) dThe passage below, edited from a sample SAT problem in English Comprehension, is followed bya number of questions. Answer them based on what is stated or implied in the passage:What is it about stars that has intrigued humankind for thousands of years? Most people who lookup towards the sky in search of stars feel no particular compulsion to learn about stellar life cyclesor a star's absolute magnitude or spectral class. Their interest is not in the mathematicalcalculations and scientific data that fascinate astronomers. They look skyward for the samereason that poets and songwriters have done so for centuries - to absorb the silent beauty of astarry night. Throughout history, stargazing has been motivated by more than admiration forcelestial objects, however. As early as 3,000 B.C., the ancient Babylonians studied the night skyand identified various constellations. Other early civilizations created star maps and tracked theposition of the stars for navigation and timekeeping purposes. Their efforts were succeeded byadvancements in science and technology that enabled modern society to understand more fullythose twinkling lights in the sky.Although Galileo used a telescope in the early seventeenth century to make important discoveriesabout our solar system, his instrument had limitations - chiefly, distortion of the image. The firstpractical reflecting telescope was invented by Isaac Newton around 1670. By the close of the1600s, there were a number of telescopic observatories. During the next two centuries, hundredsof stars were observed and catalogued. In 1838, the distance of a star was calculated for the firsttime. Further studies and innovations helped astronomers to make detailed observations of thespectra, or white light, of stars, which was key to determining a star's chemical composition. In1849, the first photos of stars were taken at an observatory.In recent times, astronomers have learned a great deal about stars. From observation of stars atdifferent stages, astronomers have theorized that stars have existed for hundreds of millions orbillions of years. Stars are formed from dust and gas in space. They are born in regions of spacecalled nebulae, in which gravity prompts interstellar matter to contract, generating heat. The resultis the creation of a protostar. If a protostar's temperature rises high enough, nuclear fusionreactions at its core will transform it into a true star. During this stage, a star is classified as amain-sequence star.
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