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PRACTICE TEST

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 the primary stress in each of the following questions from 1 to 2.
Question 1: A. noisy B. party C. polite D. social
Question 2: A. family B. whenever C. obedient D. solution
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 from 3 to 5.
Question 3: As soon as he waved his hand, she turned away.
A. He saw her turn away and he waved his hand.
B. No sooner had he waved his hand than she turned away.
C. She turned away because he waved his hand too early.
D. Although she turned away, he waved his hand.
Question 4: I had two job offers upon graduation, neither of which was appropriate for my qualifications.
A. Though I wasn't qualified enough, two jobs were offered to me upon graduation.
B. The two jobs offered to me after my graduation didn’t suit my qualifications.
C. I was offered two jobs soon after my graduation, both of which were suitable for my qualifications.
D. Both of the job offers I had prior to my graduation were appropriate for my qualifications.
Question 5: It’s difficult for me to understand what he implies.
A. What he implies is not very difficult to understand.
B. Understanding what he implies is found difficult.
C. I find it difficult to understand what he really means.
D. To understand what he really means is difficult to find.
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 following questions form 6 to 13.
Aspirin's origins go back at least as early as 1758. In that year, Englishman Edward Stone noticed a distinctive
bitter flavor in the bark of the willow tree. To Stone, this particular bark seemed to have much in common with
"Peruvian Bark", which had been used medicinally since the 1640s to bring down fevers and to treat malaria. Stone
decided to test the effectiveness of the willow bark. He obtained some, pulverized it into tiny pieces, and conducted
experiments on its properties . His tests demonstrated that this pulverized willow bark was effective both in
reducing high temperatures and in relieving aches and pains. In 1763, Stone presented his findings to the British
Royal Society.
Several decades later, further studies on the medicinal value of the willow bark were being conducted by
two Italian scientists. These chemists, Brugnatelli and Fontana, determined that the active chemical that was
responsible for the medicinal characteristics in the willow bark was the chemical salicin, which is the active
ingredient of today's aspirin.
The name "aspirin" is the trade name of the drug based on the chemical salicin, properly known as
acetylsalicylic acid. The trade name "aspirin" was invented for the drug in the 1890s by the Bayer Drug Company in
Germany. The first bottles of aspirin actually went on sale to the public just prior to the turn of the century, in 1899.
Question 6: The Italian chemists mentioned in the passage most probably conducted their studies on willow bark
A. in the 1770s B. in the 1780s C. in the 1760s D. in the 1750s
Question 7: The word "properties" in the first paragraph could best be replaced by
A. characteristics B. ownership C. body D. materials
Question 8: The pronoun "it" in the first paragraph refers to
A. effectiveness B. willow bark
C. malaria D. the British Royal Society
Question 9: It can be inferred from the passage that Peruvian Bark
A. was in use prior to aspirin.
B. was described to the British Royal Society by Stone.
C. caused fevers
D. was ineffective in treating malaria.
Question 10: The expression "prior to" in the last sentence could best be replaced by
A. after B. during C. before D. at
Question 11: What is TRUE about Brugnatelli and Fontana?
A. They conducted studies on the willow bark.
B. They were medical doctors.
C. They were from Italy.
D. They added a chemical to the willow bark.
Question 12: What did the willow bark look like after Stone prepared it for his experiments?
A. It was in large chunks. B. It was a thick liquid.
C. It was in strips of bark. D. It was a rough powder.
Question 13: According to the passage, aspirin originated
A. no earlier than 1758. B. no later than 1758.
C. definitely sometime in 1758. D. sometime after 1758.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is OPPOSITE in
meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions from 14 to 15.
Question 14: His short but pointed speech was applauded by all sections of the audience.
A. praised B. misunderstood C. disapproved D. welcomed
Question 15: The teacher implied that we'd have a pop quiz on Friday, but we won't know for certain until we get
to class.
A. explained exactly B. suggested
C. asserted indirectly D. questioned
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word or phrase that is CLOSEST in
meaning to the underlined part in each of the following questions from 16 to 17.
Question 16: When you cross the street, be careful and be on the alert for the bus.
A. search for B. watch for C. look for D. watch out for
Question 17: Since the research studies have shown a relationship between cancer and cigarette smoking many
people have cutdown.
A. become frightened B. gotten sick
C. decreased the number of cigarettes D. ceased smoking
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the
following questions from 18 to 29.
Question 18: They _______ for 3 hours when the storm suddenly broke.
A. have been running B. will be running
C. are running D. had been running
Question 19: Over ____ past few decades, _____ schools in the USA have been testing various arrangements.
A. a / the B. Ø / the C. Ø / Ø D. the / Ø
Question 20: The larger the city, _________ the crime rate.
A. higher B. the higher C. the highest D. highest
Question 21: He asked me _________ .
A. How long had you studied English B. How long you have studied English
C. How long you had study English D. How long you had studied English
Question 22: They _______ time and money doing such a thing.
A. were advising not to waste B. were advised not to waste
C. were advised not to be wasted D. were advising not to be wasted
Question 23: John: Where is Jimmy?
Mary: He is ____ work. He is busy ____ his monthly report.
A. to / through B. in / about C. on / for D. at / with
Question 24: The control of _______ has been carried out through measures rooted in monetarism.
A. inflationist B. inflate C. inflator D. inflation
Question 25: Most doctors and nurses have to work on a _______ once or twice a week at the hospital.
A. solution B. household chores C. special dishes D. night shift
Question 26: Some researchers have just _____ a survey of young people's points of view on contractual
marriage.
A. sent B. conducted C. managed D. directed
Question 27: John: What are the _______ of that country?
Mary: I think it is some kinds of cheese and sauces.
A. grains B. special dishes C. drinks D. beverages
Question 28: When the tenants failed to pay their bill, the authorities decided to _____ the gas supply to the flat.
A. cut up B. cut off C. cut out D. cut down
Question 29: He fell ________ his best friend over a girl they both liked.
A. out with B. over C. down D.off
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 from 30 to 31.
Question 30: Anne and Alex are very graceful dancers. Also, they have years of experience dancing together.
A. Not only are Anne and Alex very graceful dancers but they also have years of experience dancing together
as well.
B. Not only Anne and Alex are very graceful dancers but they also have years of experience dancing together.
C. Not only Anne and Alex are very graceful dancers and they also have years of experience dancing together.
D. Not only are Anne and Alex very graceful dancers but they also have years of experience dancing together.
Question 31: How lucky! You called me, because I tried to call you a few minutes ago and got a busy signal.
A. You luckily called me, so I didn’t have to call you for a few minutes because the signal was busy.
B. I was not lucky enough to call you a few minutes ago because I was busy.
C. Luckily, you called me in time, for I failed to call you a few minutes ago.
D. The busy signal prevented me from calling you a few minutes ago, so please call me back.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs correction in
each of the following questions from 32 to 34.
Question 32: Mrs. Stevens, along with her cousins from New Mexico, are planning to attend the festivities.
A B C D
Question 33: Most of the world's supply of dates comes from Iraq, that is rapidly becoming an
A B C D
important modern country.
Question 34: Globally and internationally, the 1990’s stood out as the warmest decade in the
A B C
history of weather records.
D
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 following questions from 35 to 41.
Alzheimer's disease impairs a person's ability to recall memories, both distant and as recent as a few
hours before. Although there is not yet a cure for the illness, there may be hope for a cure with a protein called
nerve growth factor. The protein is produced by nerve cells in the same region of the brain where Alzheimer's
occurs.
Based on this relationship, scientists from the University of Lund in Sweden and the University of California
at San Diego designed an experiment to test whether doses of nerve growth factor could reverse the effects of
memory loss caused by Alzheimer's. Using a group of rats with impaired memory, the scientists gave half of the
rats doses of nerve growth factor while giving the other half a blood protein as a placebo, thus creating a control
group. At the end of the four-week test, the rats given the nerve growth factor performed equally to rats with normal
memory abilities. While the experiments do not show that nerve growth factor can stop the general process of
deterioration caused by Alzheimer's, they do show potential as a means to slowing the process significantly.
Question 35: With what topic is this passage mainly concerned?
A. nerve growth factor as a cure for Alzheimer's
B. the use of rats as experimental subjects
C. impaired memory of patients
D. cures for Alzheimer's disease
Question 36: The word "impairs" in line 1 is most similar to which of the following?
A. diminishes B. destroys
C. enhances D. affects
Question 37: According to the passage, where is nerve growth factor produced in the body?
A. in red blood cells in the circulatory system
B. in the pituitary gland
C. in nerve cells in the brain
D. in nerve cells in the spinal column
Question 38: Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
A. Though unsuccessful, the experiments did show some benefits derived from nerve growth factor.
B. More work needs to be done to understand the effects of nerve growth factor.
C. The experiments did not show any significant benefits from nerve growth factor.
D. Alzheimer's disease is deadly.
Question 39: The passage most closely resembles which of the following patterns of organization?
A. alphabetical order B. statement and illustration
C. cause and effect D. chronological order
Question 40: Which of the following could best replace the word "potential" in bold in paragraph 2?
A. capability B. creativity
C. dependability D. possibility
Question 41: The relationship between nerve growth factor and a protein is similar to the relationship between
Alzheimer's and _______.
A. a disease B. forgetfulness C. a cancer D. a cure
Read the following passage and then choose the most suitable word or phrase for each space from 42
to 46.
Health experts suggest that (42)_____ healthy and happy, it’s important to keep our lives in balance.
Chinese philosophy, which has spanned thousands of years, uses the principles of yin and yang to explain the
importance of balance in life. Explained simply, the Yang represents the active elements of the universe, whereas
the Yin represents the passive ones. This expresses the importance of balance in (43)_____ of living. Today health
experts agree that it’s important to have a balanced life. For example, they’ve said it’s necessary to have a balance
between work and rest and to have a balanced exercise program. (44) _____, I’m sure you’d agree that in our busy
world, it’s not always easy to get and keep balance in our lives.
Due to business or study deadlines, many people work to excess, leaving little time at the end of their busy
day to spend with family and friends. They eat fast-food and don’t get enough rest or recreation and then suffer
badly from the effects of stress. It’s sad that this situation often happens when people believe that access to (45)
_____ is the answer to happiness instead of understanding the importance of balanced living.
While ambition can be a good thing, having too much ambition can cause a person to become “out of
balance”. Of course, it’s also unbalanced to spend too much time on entertainment and pleasure activities, with
little or no time (46) _____ to work or education. Balance means allocating enough time for all the important
aspects of life, such as spending time with family and friends, working or studying, as well as resting and relaxing.
Question 42: A. to stay B. to protect C. to look D. to preserve
Question 43: A. all aspects B. all areas C. all angles D. every field
Question 44: A. Simultaneously B. On the contrary C. Consequently D. However
Question 45: A. wealth B. rich C. properties D. have money
Question 46: A. used B. spent C. allocated D. giving
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the rest in the
pronunciation of the underlined part in each of the following questions from 47 to 48.
Question 47: A. approved B. determined C. married D. expressed
Question 48: A. share B. declare C. are D. rare
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the most suitable response to each of the
following exchanges from 49 to 50.
Question 49: Mary: Would you like to have a get-together with us next weekend?
Mickey: _________.
A. No, I wouldn’t B. No, I won’t C. Yes, I’d love to D. Yes, let’s
Question 50: Mary: Thank you for taking the time to come here in person.
Mickey: _______
A. I’d love to come. What time?
B. Do you have time for some gossip?
C. I don’t know what time that person comes.
D. It’s my pleasure.
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