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Straightforward Quick Placement & Diagnostic test

The Straightforward Quick Placement & Diagnostic test has been designed to help you decide
which of the five levels of the Straightforward series is the most appropriate for you.
The Straightforward test has 50 questions, each worth one point. The first 40 are grammar
questions and the final 10 are vocabulary questions. To decide your level, use the conversion
chart below. Please note that these bandings are a guide.
Total score
0 - 15
16 - 24
25 - 32
33 - 39
40 - 45
46 - 50

Level
Beginner
Elementary
Pre-intermediate
Intermediate
Upper Intermediate
Advanced

This test can also be used to diagnose grammar that you need clarification on. Please consult
the relevant level and unit of the course for more information.

Grammar
1. I ________________ from France.
a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 1

is
are
am
be

2. This is my friend. _____________ name is Peter.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Her
Our
Yours
His

3. Mike is ______________.
a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 4

my sisters friend
friend my sister
friend from my sister
my sister friends

4. My brother is ______________ artist.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 1

Beginner Unit 2 / Elementary Basics 2

the
an
a

5. _______________ 20 desks in the classroom.

Beginner Unit 7 / Elementary Unit 3

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a)
b)
c)
d)

This is
There is
They are
There are

6. Paul ________________ romantic films.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 5

likes not
dont like
doesnt like
isnt likes

7. Sorry, I cant talk. I _____________ right now.


a)
b)
c)
d)

driving
m driving
drives
drive

8. She _________________ at school last week.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 8 / Elementary Unit 5

didn't be
werent
wasnt
isnt

9. I _________________ the film last night.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 11

Beginner Unit 9 / Elementary Unit 5

like
likes
liking
liked

10. __________________ a piece of cake? No, thank you.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Do you like
Would you like
Want you
Are you like

11. The living room is ___________________ than the bedroom.


Pre-int Unit 6
a)
b)
c)
d)

Elementary Unit 1

Elementary Unit 10 /

more big
more bigger
biggest
bigger

12. The car is very old. Were going ____________________ a new car soon.
Elementary Unit 11
a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 12 /

to buy
buying
to will buy
buy

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13. Jane is a vegetarian. She ____________________ meat.


Elementary Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

Beginner Unit 6 /

sometimes eats
never eats
often eats
usually eats

14. There arent ________________ buses late in the evening. Elementary Unit 3 / Pre-int
Unit 3
a)
b)
c)
d)

some
any
no
a

15. The car park is _________________ to the restaurant.


Pre-int Unit 3
a)
b)
c)
d)

next
opposite
behind
in front

16. Sue ________________ shopping every day.


Pre-int Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

Elementary Unit 3 /

Elementary Unit 8 /

is going
go
going
goes

17. They _________________ in the park when it started to rain heavily. Intermediate Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

walked
were walking
were walk
are walking

18. ________________ seen fireworks before?


Intermediate Unit 2
a)
b)
c)
d)

Pre-intermediate Unit 7 /

Did you ever


Are you ever
Have you ever
Do you ever

19. Weve been friends ____________________ many years.


Intermediate Unit 2
a)
b)
c)
d)

Pre-intermediate Unit 10 /

since
from
during
for

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20. You _________________ pay for the tickets. Theyre free.


a)
b)
c)
d)

have to
dont have
dont need to
doesnt have to

21. Jeff was ill last week and he _________________ go out.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Intermediate Unit 3

Pre-intermediate Unit 11

needn't
cant
mustnt
couldnt

22. These are the photos ________________ I took on holiday. Pre-intermediate Unit 12
a)
b)
c)
d)

which
who
what
where

23. Well stay at home if it _______________ this afternoon.


a)
b)
c)
d)

Pre-intermediate Unit 8

raining
rains
will rain
rain

24. He doesnt smoke now, but he __________________ a lot when he was young.
Pre-intermediate Unit 2
a)
b)
c)
d)

has smoked
smokes
used to smoke
was smoked

25. Mark plays football ___________________ anyone else I know.


Unit 6 / Intermediate Unit 5
a)
b)
c)
d)

Pre-intermediate

more good than


as better as
best than
better than

26. I promise I __________________ you as soon as Ive finished this cleaning.


Pre-intermediate Unit 5 / Intermediate Unit 6
a)
b)
c)
d)

will help
am helping
going to help
have helped

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27. This town ___________________ by lots of tourists during the summer.


Pre-intermediate Unit 9 / Intermediate Unit 11
a)
b)
c)
d)

visits
visited
is visiting
is visited

28. He said that his friends ____________ to speak to him after they lost the football match.
Intermediate Unit 12 / Upper-intermediate Unit 10
a)
b)
c)
d)

not want
werent
didnt want
arent wanting

29. How about _________________ to the cinema tonight?


a) going
b) go
c) to go
d) for going

Pre-intermediate Unit 4

30. Excuse me, can you ___________________ me the way to the station, please?
Pre-intermediate Unit 3
a)
b)
c)
d)

give
take
tell
say

31. I wasnt interested in the performance very much. ________________.


Intermediate Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

I didnt, too.
Neither was I.
Nor I did.
So I wasnt.

32. Take a warm coat, _______________ you might get very cold outside.
Upper Intermediate Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

otherwise
in case
so that
in order to

33. __________________ this great book and I cant wait to see how it ends.
Intermediate Unit 7 / Upper Intermediate Unit 4
a)
b)
c)
d)

I dont read
Ive read
Ive been reading
I read

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34. What I like more than anything else ___________________ at weekends.


Upper Intermediate Unit 1
a)
b)
c)
d)

playing golf
to play golf
is playing golf
is play golf

35. She ________________ for her cat for two days when she finally found it in the garage.
Upper Intermediate Unit 5
a)
b)
c)
d)

looked
had been looked
had been looking
were looking

36. We wont catch the plane _________________ we leave home now! Please hurry up!
Upper Intermediate Unit 6
a)
b)
c)
d)

if
providing that
except
unless

37. If I hadnt replied to your email, I___________________ here with you now.
Upper Intermediate Unit 6
a)
b)
c)
d)

cant be
wouldnt be
wont be
havent been

38. Do you think you ___________________ with my mobile phone soon? I need to make a
call. Upper Intermediate Unit 7
a)
b)
c)
d)

finish
are finishing
will have finished
are finished

39. I dont remember mentioning __________________ dinner together tonight.


Upper Intermediate Unit 10
a)
b)
c)
d)

go for
you going to
to go for
going for

40. Was it Captain Cook ______________ New Zealand?


a) who discovered
b) discovered
c) that discover
d) who was discovering

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Vocabulary
41. You may not like the cold weather here, but youll have to ________________, Im afraid.
a) tell it off
b) sort itself out
c) put up with it
d) put it off
42. Its cold so you should __________________ on a warm jacket.
a) put
b) wear
c) dress
d) take
43. Paul will look ______________ our dogs while were on holiday.
a) at
b) for
c) into
d) after
44. She ___________________ a lot of her free time reading.
a) does
b) spends
c) has
d) makes
45. Hello, this is Simon. Could I ___________________ to Jane, please?
a) say
b) tell
c) call
d) speak
46. Theyre coming to our house ___________________ Saturday.
a) in
b) at
c) on
d) with
47. I think its very easy to ___________ debt these days.
a) go into
b) become
c) go down to
d) get into
48. Come on! Quick! Lets get _____________!
a) highlight
b) cracking
c) massive
d) with immediate effect
49. I phoned her ____________ I heard the news.
a) minute
b) during
c) by the time
d) the moment
50. I feel very ____________. Im going to go to bed!
a) nap
b) asleep
c) sleepy
d) sleeper

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