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English Exam: B2 Level (ACLES) (Model exam

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Name & surnames: ______________________________________________

DNI: ___________________ Signature: ____________________________

Read the instructions carefully. Write ALL your answers on the separate answer sheets.

Part 1: Reading (25%)

(60 minutes) There are three tasks in this part of the exam.

Reading Task 1 (12 marks—1.5 marks per question)
This text is an email written by an Indian international student to an online business magazine. Nine
sentences have been removed from the email. For each gap (1-8) in the text, find the correct missing
sentence from the sentences A-J which are at the end of the text. Sentence A is an example. There is
one extra sentence which you do not need to use.

The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian
International Student by Aniruddh Chaturvedi
Aniruddh Chaturvedi came from Mumbai to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., where
he is majoring in computer science. This past summer he interned at a tech company in Silicon
Valley. During two years in the U.S., Chaturvedi has been surprised by various aspects of society, as
he explained last year in a post on Quora. Chaturvedi offered his latest thoughts on America in an
email to Business Insider. The most surprising things about America:

 0. ____
 Everyone is highly private about their accomplishments and failures. Someone's performance
in any field is their performance alone. 1. ____ .
 The retail experience is nowhere near as fun/nice as it is in India. Because labor is cheap in
India, there is always someone who will act as a "personal shopper" to assist you with holding
your clothes, giving suggestions, etc. In America, on the other hand, even if you go to a
Nordstrom or Bloomingdales, there is almost nobody to help you out while you're shopping.
2. ____ .
 This may be biased/wrong because I was an intern, but at least in the tech world, nobody
wants to put you under the bus for something that you didn't do correctly or didn't understand
how to do. People will sit with you patiently till you get it. 3. ____ .
 The same applies to school. Before I came to the United States, I heard stories about how
students at Johns Hopkins were so competitive with each other that they used to tear
important pages from books in the library just so other students didn't have access to it.
4._____. Students were highly collaborative, formed study groups, and studied / did
assignments till everyone in the group "got it". I think the reason for this is that the classes are
/ material is so hard that it makes sense to work collaboratively to the point that students learn
from each other.

Source: http://www. 0 A B. In reality. ____. 8 J. This extends my previous point which mentioned that if you're thin.  Almost every single person in America has access to basic food. ____. water and sanitation. 7 I. Shopping in America is more of a commodity / chore than it is a pleasurable activity. you're statistically likely to be rich. etc. they will turn in the assignment incomplete rather than asking for answers at the last minute.  Rich people are thin/well maintained. This stems from the fact that cheap food is fatty. 6 H. F. broken families. clothing. 3 D.  Fat people are not respected much in society. 2 . Americans take pride in the natural beauty of their surroundings and tend to 4 make the most of it. I'm pretty sure you can extend upon this if you'd like. This is different compared to India where people flaunt their riches and share their accomplishments with everybody else. but from what I can tell. but not as much). Do some research and work out where you want to go so you spend your time and money productively.  Emphasis on physical fitness / being outdoorsy — this is more of a California thing but I noticed families going on biking trips. 5.  It's expensive to have brick houses in America. rich people don't eat cheap food — they tend to eat either home-cooked food which is expensive or eat at expensive / healthy places. people will respect you a lot more and treat you better.com/the-weirdest-things-about-america-2013-8#ixzz2xik5Mrxi A. I experienced the complete opposite. ____ . boat trips. it is expensive to be healthy in America. Unfortunately. 5 G. where everyone collaborates to the extent that it can be categorized as cheating. poor people are fat. nobody is scrambling for the basic necessities required for sustenance. People take pride in their hard work and usually do not cheat. I haven't been to states like Louisiana and cities like Detroit. etc. The way people started treating me when I was thin was generally way better than the way I was treated when I was fat.businessinsider. Reason why I know this is that I went down from being 210lbs to 148-150lbs. If you aren't able to finish something within the stipulated deadline. This probably stems from the fact that they aren't given enough opportunity. If you're thin (and tall. 6. hiking. If someone cannot submit their completed assignment in time. 8. It is very easy to buy in bulk because it's so much cheaper and as a result a lot of wastage occurs. As a small example. contrary to India where brick houses are the norm. a person on your team would graciously offer to take it 1 off your plate. camping. Being fat often has the same connotations as being irresponsible towards your body. barbecuing. ______ . 2 C. Nobody talks about grades here.  Americans waste a lot of food. E. the Starbucks baristas were much nicer to me and made me drinks with more care / love. You will also receive better customer service if you're well maintained.  Strong ethics — everyone has a lot of integrity.  Dearth of African Americans in technical fields. This is different from students from India and China as well as back home in India. 7.

He elected to make his own arrangements. which he loved.nyu.Task 2: Multiple Choice: A letter from a parent to NYU (5 marks—1 mark per question) Read this letter from the mother of an American Music Technology student about her son’s experience of a year abroad on a music study course in Prague and choose the answer (A. It was a pleasant surprise that his assigned roommate turned out to be another music technology major that he knew from NYU. In Prague. a concentration camp. B. C or D) which you think fits best according to the text. but their online explanations were invaluable in deciphering the Czech Embassy's application. The visa process was extremely confusing and overwhelming. My son spent the fall in Prague studying music technology. but describes his experience as being the best time of his life. Mother of a Music Technology major Source: http://steinhardt. I also received a mailing advising parents of potential adjustment problems some students might experience upon their return. He traveled to a music and wine festival in Bohemia on an overnight school sponsored trip and to Terezin. mature and better able to deal with challenging and new situations. Unlike the rest of Europe. His internship program at a recording studio was wonderful. traveling to Paris and Amsterdam and staying in youth hostels. my son’s friends were going on a trip to Eastern Europe but had no specific itinerary or reservations. rather than in a remote location. Before his departure the Global Studies Office was responsive. I believe that my son returned home more confident.edu/music/study_abroad/parent_letter 3 . Prague markets sell food items in much smaller quantities so he has a new appreciation of how wasteful Americans can be. which thankfully eliminated the expense of textbooks. including Thanksgiving celebrations. NYU spent a lot of time helping the students acclimate to Czech culture and customs. 18 Jan 2009 Dear Stephanie. as do I. Food and transportation were reasonable. There were "theme nights" and other student and NYU sponsored dinners and activities. He described his dorm as living in a luxurious apartment. An example question is given below. He had never traveled alone. complete with heated towel racks. He also speaks quite highly of the Prague administrators. His professors were the best in their fields. informative and always very nice. and Human Development Parent's Letter about Music Study in Prague Sunday. my son was comfortable with his roommates and accommodation. The university campus was in the city. During the semester fall break. He enthusiastically recommends the program. I would say the only thing he missed was the ability to get coffee to go. NYU Steinhardt Steinhardt School of Culture. and he was very impressed with their level of teaching and commitment. it was relatively inexpensive to live in Prague. During his time in Prague. Write your answers on the answer sheet provided. He was also able to check out books he needed for his classes. Education. they quickly responded to any questions I had. on a NYU daytrip.

4. on the outskirts of the city. the smaller portions in the markets. Inform parents about where they can get information for their children’s studies. Angry and demanding D. The student attended classes… A. B. 4 . D. The Global Studies Office helped students and their parents… A. visited Eastern Europe with his friends. C. D. B. 3. The purpose of the letter was to… A. on numerous campuses. B. _A_ Questions 1. C. C. The student was mildly disappointed in… A. before the students’ arrival in Prague. Grateful and complimentary B. Recommend a music study course abroad. the lack of take away coffee. in the fields surrounding the city. D. felt lonely. Confused and annoyed C. The tone of this letter is… A. the mother’s son… A. During the semester fall break. the food in the student residence. D. Thank NYU for the help and attention they gave her son abroad. up to and during the students’ stay in Prague. Nostalgic and wistful Example answer: 0. Complain about the Czech Republic’s complicated application process. B. 2. before. D. during the students’ stay in Prague. C. during and after the students’ stay in Prague. B. stayed in Prague. C. the recording studio. preferred to travel solo. 5.Example question: 0. downtown.

… consistently makes changes to its menu? ...... 6 …….... all in the city of London... Any one of the restaurant descriptions may contain answers to more than one of the questions.. Example question: 0...…………………....... 8 ……... 3 ……...... Write your answers on the spaces provided on your answer sheet..... 2 …….………………………....Task 3: Matching: Restaurant Reviews (8 marks—1 mark per question) You are going to read information about five different restaurants..…………………….... is suitable for all tastes? . Read the questions and for each question find the answer in paragraphs A – E below.….... 5 ….. is run by the owner and his/her relatives? ………………………………............. has some well-known speciality dishes? ……………………...... 5 .....…. 7 ……....... 1 ……....... was originally conceived in 1973? ……………………….... Which of the restaurants…opened in the early 21st Century? Example answer: 0. attracts different types of clients depending on the time of day . Match the letter of the paragraph which contains the answer to the corresponding question (1-8).. _E_ Which of the restaurants definitely does not have a view of the city? ……………………………. Look at the example before you begin... 4 …….. has a limited choice of dishes at lunchtime …….

It is only 15 in Mayfair. Kidney and Oyster pudding. and it is then a short Thirty years later I opened Patterson’s walk to Shad Thames. and a vegetarian menu is also establishment. Much of it’s of Italian wines making dining & private daytime customer base are local office functions an uncomplicated and workers and tourists and at night you delightful experience. close to (grilled baby squid with garlic & olives) Smithfield market & Liverpool Street or Insalata Di Mare (seafood salad) and Station it is a modern. pasta why not try Linguine Al Frutti Di Mare (with seafood baked in a paper envelope). Fixed price lunch. with à la carte in the evenings. I Butlers Wharf Chop House is right on the dreamt that one day I would be able to river next to Tower Bridge. If you would prefer a meeting business colleagues or friends. Here you can taste boards of cold cuts and cheese. B. light & spacious for mains Medaglione Di Manzo Con basement restaurant.co. Now with my wife running minutes from the West End by taxi. Relaxed but smart The Worlds End part of Chelsea. an extensive modern British menu in a friendly wine list and a selection of tasteful family-run restaurant. 6 . get your fair quota of London celeb's.1 Blossom Street is the perfect D – Frantoio Restaurant Situated at place to entertain….uk/restaurants/ and other Italian specialties. Ideal for aperitif time or a quick snack during the day. Ideally located cocktails. The nearest put these experiences into my own Underground stations are London Bridge restaurant with the help of my family. Do try for starters Grigliata Di Calamaretti Located near Bishopsgate.Butlers Wharf Chop House Chop House serves the best of British food. Widely spaced Funghi Prataioli (beef medallion with a tables provide a discreet setting to enjoy mushroom sauce). and Tower Hill. between Oxford Circus and New Bond Street. this surroundings are complimented by fine beautifully designed Italian restaurant Italian cuisine and an extensive selection has a very relaxed feel to it. front of house and my sons and daughters both working with us. It is rightly famous for its Steak. but the E – Patterson’s Restaurant menu also includes delicious seafood Combines the sophistication and quality and poultry from around the British cuisine with the charm of a family-run Isles. Opened in 2003.Degò restaurant offers a regularly delighting a discerning clientele with a updated high quality menu.A . I have that opportunity. available. raw fish Source: http://restaurantguides. When I was an apprentice travelling the restaurants of France I fell in love with a Directions: family-run chateau in the Loire Valley. Patterson’s has been C . Degò wine bar is the revisiting of the traditional tavern. with a focus on wine by the glass.

Part 2: Writing (25%) 75 minutes There are two tasks in this part of the exam. shouting and throwing punches.html ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from supporters of both sides To a bystander. Apart from explaining what happened. but campaigners for Yes Scotland arguing for the break-up of the Union. the scene outside Heart of Midlothian’s Tynecastle Stadium on Saturday afternoon must have looked like a return to the dark days of football hooliganism: a crowd of angry men surrounding a much smaller group. style and formality. · Use language which is appropriate in terms of reader. 2. You must do both tasks. who said they had been doing nothing more provocative than handing out leaflets ahead of their team’s match against Falkirk. Task 1: Email to a friend about an incident in the news (13 marks) Read the news article below about an incident which happened recently in Scotland. Source: http://www. Then write an email (120 – 160 words) to a friend and in the email tell your friend about what happened. you should refer to the following: 1. How you think the incident could have been avoided.uk/news/uk/scottish-independence/scottish-independence- accusations-of-intimidation-and-violence-fly-in-from-supporters-of-both-sides-9704743. the victims of the assault outside the ground in Edinburgh were not the supporters of a rival club.co. Do not copy parts (chunks) of the text from the article. Remember to: · Use language structures and vocabulary appropriate to the B2 level. Your own opinion or feelings about what happened. · Use punctuation which will facilitate ease of comprehension. Read the instructions carefully.independent. But in a sign of how heated the debate over Scottish independence has become. At least three people are believed to have been injured in the attack on members of the group Hearts Supporters for Independence.

· mention who might like the websites OR Task B: Write an article for the university magazine about the following quotation from George Moore: “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” 8 . You should: · explain why you like them. Write between 150 – 180 words. Task A: Write an article for the university blog about three of your favourite web sites. · compare them to similar websites.Task 2: Article (12 marks) Do only ONE of the tasks below (A or B).

is an example. 6. 3. You must write ALL your answers on the answer sheet. She feels that if her father hadn’t struggled to live. Her father financed his university degree by working __________________________________________. Correct answer: withdrew from the course / left the course 1. You will hear the recording twice. After obliging her students to write the essay. steeliness and meanness _____________________________________. it __________________________________________. 8. She got a potential rapist convicted so that other women _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________. 2.5 marks per question – 12 marks) Listen to an English teacher reciting her “This I believe” essay on a radio program and complete the blank spaces so that the sentence makes sense. which she learned from her father.English Exam – level B2 (ACLES exam) (Model Exam) Name & surnames:___________________________________________________________ DNI: __________________________ Signature: ________________________ Part 3: Listening (25%) 30 minutes There are three tasks in this part of the exam. The “This I believe” series will shortly _______________________________________________. 9 . 7. Task 1: “This I believe” . She believes in three _______________________________________. 5.Short Answers (1. She is convinced that toughness. You will hear each recording twice. some of them ___________________________. 0. 4. 0. Despite not being liked at first by her students. Use between 1 and 4 words. they later______________________________________. After a night drinking too much she obliges herself to _________________________________________.

One should appreciate basic pleasures. the terrible conditions in the shelters. They have been kicked out by their landlords. Example question: 0. Listen to the report and answer the multiple-choice questions that follow.Task 2: Iris Interviews Her Father—Multiple Choice (1 mark per question – 5 marks) You will hear an audio report made by a teenage girl whose father was homeless for 6 months. 2. 10 . Generosity and frankness C. Choose the best answer for each question and write the corresponding letter (A. They are usually people who are divorced. B. Being homeless makes you stronger. Example answer: 0. What does Iris’ father tell her when she asks him how he overcame being homeless? A. C. Perspective and tolerance 4. B. One of the things that motivated Iris’ father to improve his life was… A. Iris says that two of the things that her father taught her were… A. An example is provided below. it had been an illusion. He can’t do things without other people’s help. C. Iris’ father says the following about homeless people’s backgrounds: A. __B_ 1. B. Her father learned a lot from being homeless and passed the knowledge on to her. his concern for his children. They can be from different backgrounds. 3. C. B. What is the main lesson that Iris’ father learned from being homeless? A. 5. B. Which of the following sentences describes Iris’ feelings toward her father’s story? A. He wasn’t really homeless. B. He is still homeless but he is doing better now.or C) on your answer sheet. She feels bad that she was unable to help him with his problems. He and many others might still become homeless. Gratitude and respect B. C. C. the feeling that he would get lucky. She’s embarrassed that someone in her family was homeless.

_____ …liked the attitude of the teachers? 11 ...says the tutors were well-trained? 5. C. _____ …was nervous about distance learning before he/she began? Example Answer: 0. Dilini D. _____ …mentions his/her age? 2. _____ …feels that the program will help him/her get a job? 3..signed up for the program while abroad? 4. __A_ Which speaker… 1. _____ . Leonard The following is an example question: Example Question: 0. For questions 1-8. Speakers: A. B. match each speaker (A. D) with a summary of what she/he says. _____ …likes the close ties the University has Europe? 8. Julian C.Task 3: Listening Task—Matching: London University Graduates (1 mark per question – 8 marks) You will hear four people talking about their experience at the University of London. _____ …enjoyed the freedom to choose his/her timetable? 7. You will hear the recordings twice. Jane B. _____ …says students must motivate themselves? 6.. _____ .

_A__ 2. _D__ 3. _B__ 5.Respuestas a las destrezas de comprensión Part 1: Reading Task 1: The Most Surprising Things About America. __B_ 5. _B__ 2. _E__ 3. According To An Indian International Student (12 marks—1. _D__ 4. __B_ 6.5 marks per question) 0 A 1 H 2 I 3 B 4 F 5 D 6 G 7 C 8 E Task 2: Multiple Choice: A Parent’s Letter to NYU (5 marks—1 mark per question) 1. _B__ 8. _E__ 12 . _A__ Task 3: Matching: Restaurant Reviews (8 marks—1 mark per question) 1. _C__ 4. _C__ 7.

Part 3: Listening Task 1 – Short Answer 1. Appreciate her / like her / value her 5. Be winding up (on the air) / finish / come to an end /end Task 2 – multiple choice 1 B 2 C 3 A 4 C 5 C Task 3 – Matching speakers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 D C B A C B D A 13 . Traits / characteristics / qualities 2. Would have been easier 7. Wouldn’t be violated / wouldn’t be raped 4. Get up /get out of bed 6. Get her through / Help her to survive 8. As a dishwasher 3.