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READING TEST.

1.
Choose one word from the list for each gap. The first one is done for you.

Dear Mum and Dad,

Hello from sunny Brighton! Pete and I are here on holiday for two weeks and
having having a great time.

There’s a lot to do and eat here - the fish are

We went to see a film and some of the local food.

Pete hadn’t been feeling very well, so it’s been good for him to
a real break.

He wants to get some exercise we’re on holiday.

As you , he loves quiet places and I hope it’s not too hot!

Love,

2.

Order the sentences below to make a story. The first one is done for you.

My First Day At Work


My first day at work didn’t go according to plan.
The office is on the 22nd floor but I decided to use the stairs.
While walking up them I fell over and hurt my knee.
My new boss told me to go to the hospital to make sure the problem wasn’t serious.
By the time I got to the office I couldn’t walk anymore.
I didn’t even get to see my new desk before I left.
I arrived early to make a good impression, but when I got there the lift was out of order.

3.
Read the text and complete each gap with a word from the list at
the bottom of the page.
Galileo Galilei
Often referred to as ‘the father of modern physics’, Galileo Galilei was
born in Pisa, Italy, in 1564, the son of a mathematician and musician.
He attended university in Pisa but had to leave due to a _________ of
funds, and later taught sciences at the University of Padua. It
was _________ his time there that Galileo did a large number
of ____________ , the most famous involving dropping balls of different
sizes from __________ heights to determine the law of acceleration of
falling bodies. Indeed, he is credited with several important
scientific __________ , and is still considered a great genius.
Unfortunately, however, he died in prison in 1642,
whilst ____________ a life sentence for publishing works suggesting that
the earth moved ________ the sun – something that went against
accepted thinking at the time.
Various
Discoveries
Taking
Lot
Around
During
Lack
At
Serving
experiments

4.

Mission To Mars

1. On 3rd June 2010 an international crew of six astronauts entered a space ship and prepared
themselves for a 520 day voyage to the planet Mars and back. The module that was to be their
home for the next year and a half contained their sleeping quarters, a kitchen/dining room, a
living room, a control room and a toilet. There was also space for food storage, a small
greenhouse, a bathroom, a sauna and even a gym. The Mars landing was scheduled for 12th
February 2011, following a 255-day flight, and would involve a full two days of exploration of
the planet surface. An equally long return journey would see the astronauts return to earth on
4th November 2011.

2. Emerging from the spaceship after an exhausting 520 days, Russian commander Alexei Sitev
declared the mission finally over. “The programme has been fully carried out,” he announced
at a press conference. “All the crew members are in good health. We are now ready for further
tests.” Indeed, the general consensus in the scientific community was that the Mars 500
project had achieved its aims, and, what is more, the crew had managed to complete their
mission without ever having to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.

3. Mars 500 was, in fact, a simulation exercise. The astronauts never even left the ground and
their space ship was a specially constructed working model situated in a warehouse in the
suburbs of Moscow. The aims of the mission were to see how well humans could cope with the
confinement and stress involved in extended interplanetary travel. The astronauts – three
Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian and a Chinese national – were volunteers for the project,
and, although all of them had the option of leaving their 550 cubic meter living space at any
time, none of them chose to do so.

4. All communications between the crew and mission control were subject to a twenty minute
delay to simulate the time it would take signals to reach the earth from outer space. Although
not all the elements of space flight - such as the effects of zero gravity - could be reproduced,
the conditions on board were made as realistic as possible. The astronauts breathed recycled
air, showered only once every ten days and lived mostly on a diet of tinned food. Even the
surface of Mars had been recreated to allow the crew the simulated experience of walking on
the red planet.

5. In addition to the discomforts of living in a confined space, the astronauts also had to
endure the psychological stresses brought about by isolation and boredom. Scientific studies
have already shown that extended periods of social isolation can disrupt the normal
mechanisms of the body. This can lead to increased levels of stress and higher blood pressure,
which, in turn, can create feelings of anxiety and aggression. The astronauts were subject to
regular medical tests throughout the experiment and they were under constant observation
via a twenty-four hour closed-circuit television system. The tests continued even after the men
had completed their mission as the scientists were interested to see how the astronauts would
cope with a return to normal life.

6. The data collected by the experiment is further evidence that human beings are capable of
overcoming the pressures of long space flight that will be necessary if future exploration of
planets is to be feasible. Although there is resistance in some quarters to investment in space
exploration, some scientists believe that our future lies in the stars. With the world's
population exceeding seven billion and showing no sign of slowing down, future generations
may be forced to seek out new worlds beyond our own increasingly overcrowded planet.

7. Although the dry and dusty landscape of Mars may not be the most suitable spot for future
habitation, there are other planets that could sustain human life. To date about 700 planets
with similarities to Earth have been identified outside our own solar system, and about 15 of
these are potentially habitable. The most recent to be discovered – Kepler 22-b – has a surface
temperature of about 22°C and orbits a star not unlike our own sun. Scientists believe that it
may even contain water. However, although it may seem like a good candidate for a future
space colony, it is 600 light years away, and so it is likely to remain beyond human reach for
many generations to come.

Read the passage quickly. Choose a heading for each numbered paragraph (1-7) from the
drop-down box. There is one more heading than you need.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.
7.

WRITING

You want to join a travel club. You have 5 messages from a


member of the club.
Write short answers (1-5 words) to each message.
Example How are you? I'm fine, thanks.

What do you usually do in the morning?

What is your favourite place?

What is your favourite animal?

What is the weather like today?

What is your favourite time of year?

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You are a new member of a travel club. Fill in the form. Write
in sentences.
Use 20-30 words. You have 7 minutes in total.

Aptis Travel Club

Please tell us why you are interested in travel.


You are a member of a travel club. You are talking to three
other members in the travel club chat room. Talk to them
using sentences.

Use 30 to 40 words per answer. You have 10 minutes in total.


Answer all three questions.

Sam: Hi! Welcome to the club. Can you remember the first
time you went on a journey by yourself? What was it like?

Miguel: Welcome! What are the most interesting places to


visit in your country?

Michelle: What is the most exciting journey you've been on?

You are a member of a travel club. You received this e-mail


from the club.

Dear Member,
We are writing to tell you that the famous travel writer Mr
David Price will unfortunately not be able to attend our next
club meeting. Although Mr Price will not be there to sign
copies of his new book Around The World In Eighty Ways,
members of the club will be able to buy a copy at the price of
twenty five pounds. If you would like to reserve a copy of the
book, please contact the club secretary.
Write an e-mail to your friend. Write about your feelings and
what you think the club should do about the situation.

Write about 50 words. You have 10 minutes.

Write an e-mail to the president of the club. Write about your


feelings and what you think the club should do about the
situation.

Write 120-150 words. You have 20 minutes.

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY


If you were a better cook, you ____ need to eat out all the time.

wouldn't
hadn't
won't

How much ____ the train to Santiago cost?

does
is
do

I don't think it's right ____ children to play with toy guns.

that
to
for
You ____ to do your homework by tomorrow.

must
have
should

He ____ in Cairo.
live
living
lives

He is single. He never ____ .


marrying
marries
married

I ____ use to swim much, but now I have my own pool, I swim every day.
didn't
did
don't

I ____ to work when I saw Steve.


went
was going
going

A: I enjoy working on challenging projects at work.


B: So ____ I!

am
can
do

The film starts ____ half past four.


on
in
at

In those days, my father ____ never eat dinner after eight o’clock.
used to
would
will

That man's so unreliable - you can't trust him. ____


I wouldn’t frankly work with him.
Frankly, I wouldn’t work with him.
I wouldn’t work frankly with him.
We could cook dinner. ____ , we could buy some take away food.
Although
Therefore
On the other hand

I just heard they are ____ get married in June.


going
going to
go to

He ____ finished cooking when we arrived.


have
had
has

The children ____ playing football for two hours before it started raining.
has been
have been
had been

Excuse me, I’m lost. ____ you help me?


Should
Shall
Could

William ____ in South America now.


was living
will live
is living

I wish it ____ the time of year when I could go on holiday.


will be
were
is

I had a shower, ____ I went to bed.


then
during
until

____ you like to go out this evening?


Will
Can
Would
She reads every day ____ she isn’t serious.
but
because
and

There were ____ than fifty people in the audience last night.
lesser
fewer
few

Go to the end of the street and turn ____ right.


(-)
on
to

We ____ have caught the early train, as the football match was delayed.
didn't
needn't
mustn't

Select a word from the list that has the most similar meaning to the word on the left.

large
Example: big = large

study =

receive =

start =

talk =

pick =

Complete each definition using a word from the drop down list.

To cover with paper or material is to


To improve or change is to

To state or make public is to

To get somewhere is to

To put something together is to

Scroll

Complete each sentence using a word from the drop down list.

More and more people go for their holidays these days.

Drivers need to remain when in charge of a car.

The city has many and interesting buildings.

She's a highly person who explains things clearly.

He's a very person – always getting into fights.

Select a word from the list that has the most similar meaning to the word on the left.

large
Example: big = large

timetable =

reward =

queue =
phase =

error =

Select a word from the list that is most often used with the word on the left.

house
Example: big + house

aerobics +

agriculture +

aisle +

apron +

atom +