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Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Câu 1: Classical music is____________by a very large audience.
Câu 2: At school Jane had a good academic record, and also___________________at sports.
Câu 3: __________________ home schooling is apparently very successful, many
people still believe in the benefits of traditional schooling.
Câu 4: Three-quarters of the day___________________ in idleness.
Câu 5: Only when you become a parent __________________________ what true
Câu 6: Prices________sharply in the first quarter of the financial year.
Câu 7: A diet that doesn’t contain______________can cause intestinal problems.
“Have you read that book that just came out about UFOs?”
Câu 9: It___________________ since the third century that coffee has a stimulating
Câu 10: The State laws limit the speed___________________ motorists are permitted
Câu 11: Anne’s car_____________________ Jane’s though they are both black in colour.
Câu 12: The school principal ____________________ that all student hand in their mobile phones to teachers during school hours.
Câu 13: The youth of today are better off than we___________________ .
Câu 14: Our teacher____________________ us work very hard for the exams.
Câu 15: They ____________________ some prizes, so they left the skating rink
feeling very happy and excited.
Câu 16: Stricter anti-pollution laws can_______________________ higher prices for
Câu 17: “Would you mind____________________ the heater, please? It’s quite cold
The memory card made of two of these special chips can store data________ 100 years of a 35-page daily newspaper.
More than a mile of roadway has been blocked with trees,stones and other debris,_________ the explosion.
‘‘Guess what! I just got invited to my teacher’s house for dinner!"
Câu 21: Put all the toys away__________someone slips and falls on them
Câu 22: Busy___________________ he was, Bob's father still played with him.
Câu 23: “I’m really sorry, but I won’t be able to come your party.”
Câu 24: Fast food is very popular._____________________ , a diet of burgers, pizzas and fried chicken is not very healthy.
Câu 25: ___________________on the bus the other day, I bumped into Alice.
Câu 26: What Jim says____________true but I very much doubt it.
Câu 27: “So how are things at school, Tim?”
Câu 28: The party wasn’t very____________________ so he left early.
Câu 29: The people had to spend the night__________on the cold floor.
Câu 30: The____________________ about the weather was incorrect. There was no rain last night.
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to show the underlined part that needs correction in each of the questions
Susan tried the appetizers on the table. She then found that, then the dinner arrived, her appetite went.
Câu 32: Tom likes to gossip about other people, so he doesn't like them to gossip about him.
Câu 33: Some so-called health foods are not so healthy; many are made with oils that rise cholesterol levels.
Câu 34: Have a headache, an upset stomach, and a bad case of sunburn, did not put me in a good mood for the evening.
Câu 35: I rang, but there’s no reply. Julia and James can't have been at home
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word that differs from the rest in the position of the main stress in each of the following questions
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
Câu 41: By being absent so often Paul failed the examination.
Câu 42: They delayed going on holiday until they had finished the project.
Câu 43: But for two minor mistakes, I would have got full marks for the test.
Câu 44: There are still some reports that they need to make.
Câu 45: The match wasn’t as good as we had expected.
Câu 46: This is the second time I have been to the Capital city.
Câu 47: Tony used to play the guitar in a band.
Although he had a good education, he wasn’t able to get a job.
Câu 49: Electronic mail is both convenient and cheap.
Câu 50: It couldn't have been Joe you saw in town.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B. C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word for each of the blanks
NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN!
Education is a life-long process that not only provides us with basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, but is also essential in (51)________ our future lives. From the moment we enter kindergartens as small children, and as we progress through primary and secondary education, we (52)_______ the foundations for the life ahead of us. We must discipline ourselves to work hard (53)______ we can pass exams and gain the qualifications we will need to secure a good job. We must also acquire valuable life skills so that we can fit in and work with those around us. And of course health education helps us to understand (54)____________we can stay fit and healthy.
For most people, this process ends when they are in their mid-to-late teens. For others, however, it is the beginning of a lifetime of learning. After they finish school, many (55)________ to further education where they will learn more useful skills such as Computer literacy or basic business management. (56)______ will enroll on a programme of higher education at a university where, with hard work, they will have the opportunity to graduate after three or four years with a well-earned degree. After that, they may work for a while before opting to study for a higher degree — an MA. for example, or a PhD. Altematively, they may choose to attend an evening class after work or, if they have a sympathetic employer, (57)__________ day release so that they can study during the week. And if they live a long way from a college or university, they might follow a (58)_________ course using mail and the Internet. (59)________ , it is largely due to the proliferation of computers that many people have started to study again and can proudly class themselves as mature students.
We live in a fascinating and constantly changing world, and we must continually learn and (60)______ new knowledge if we are to adapt and keep up with changing events. Our schooldays are just the beginning of this process, and we should make the best of every opportunity to develop ourselves, whether we are eighteen or eighty. You are, indeed, never too old to learn.
Câu 51: ___________(51)
Câu 52: ____________(52)
Câu 53: ________(53)
Câu 54: ___________________(54)
Câu 55: ____________________(55)
Câu 56: __________________(56)
Câu 57: _____________(57)
Câu 58: _______________(58)
Câu 59: ____________(59)
Câu 60: ___________(60)
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 questions
Hints for Reading Practice
Dictionaries slow you down!
If you have chosen the right, fairly easy, sort of book for your general reading practice, you will not need to use a dictionary for such an exercise. If you really must know the dictionary meaning of all the words you meet (a doubtful necessity) jot them down on a piece of paper to look up later. Actually, the meanings of many words will be clear from the sentences around them - what we call the ‘context’. Here is an example. Do you know the word ‘sou’wester’? It has two meanings in English as the following sentences indicate:
a) In spite of the fact that the fishermen were wearing sou’westers, the storm was so heavy they were wet through.
b) An east or north-east wind brings cold, dry weather to England, but a sou’wester usually brings rain.
You should have guessed very easily that in sentence a) the word sou’wester refers to some kind of waterproof clothing, presumably quite thick and heavy since it is worn by fishermen in storms. In sentence b) it is clearly a kind of wind, coming from a south-westerly direction. Incidentally, you would have had the greatest difficulty in finding this word in most dictionaries since it often appears a long way down among the secondary meanings of south. If you did not know that sou’ meant ‘south’ in the first place you could only have found the word by the merest chance.
Pay attention to paragraph structure
Most paragraphs have a ‘topic sentence’ which expresses the idea. The remaining sentences expand or support that idea. It has been estimated that between 60 and 90% of all expository paragraphs in English have the topic sentence first. Always pay special attention to the first of a paragraph; it is most likely to give you the main idea.
Some-times, though, the first sentence in the paragraph does not have the feel of a 'main idea’ sentence. It does not seem to give us enough new information to justify a paragraph. The next most likely place to look tor the topic sentence is the last sentence of the paragraph.
Take this paragraph for example:
Some students prefer a strict teacher who tells them exactly what to do. Others prefer to be left to work on their own. Still others like a democratic discussion type of class. No one teaching method can be devised to satisfy all students at the same time.’
Remember that the opening and closing paragraphs of a passage or chapter are particularly important. The opening paragraph suggests the general direction and content of the piece, while the closing paragraph often summarizes the very essence of what has been said.
Câu 61: According to the passage, the use of a dictionary is __________________
Câu 62: You can avoid the need for reference books by__________________.
Câu 63: If you really want to know what all the words mean_________________.
Câu 64: To understand a general reading book, knowledge of the meaning of every single word in that book is________.
Câu 65: Even if you don’t know a word you can often get the meaning by__________
Câu 66: Words like sou'wester are often difficult even to find in a dictionary. They may be
Câu 67: The topic sentence of an expository paragraph in English__________.
Câu 68: Most expository paragraphs in English have a clearly defined topic sentence. In such paragraphs the topic sentence comes first__________________________
Câu 69: Sometimes we know the first sentence is not the topic sentence because__________.
Câu 70: The closing paragraph of a piece of writing____________________ .
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 question
It is very difficult to succeed in the music business; nine out of ten bands that release a first record fail to produce a second. Surviving in the music industry requires luck and patience, but most of all it requires an intricate knowledge of how a record company functions. The process begins when a representative of a company’s Artists and Repertoire (A&R) department visits bars and night clubs, scouting for young, talented bands. After the representative identifies a promising band, he or she will work to negotiate a contract with that band. The signing of this recording contract is a slow process. A company will spend a long time investigating the band itself as well as current trends in popular music. During this period it is important that a band reciprocate with an investigation of its own, learning as much as possible about the record company and making personal connections within the different departments that will handle its recordings.
Once a band has signed the contract and has finished recording an album, the Publicity and Promotions department takes over. This department decides whether or not to mass produce and market the band’s album. Most bands fail to make personal contacts in this second department, thus losing their voice in the important final process of producing and marketing their album. This loss of voice often contributes to the band’s failure as a recording group.
Câu 71: Which of the following statements best expresses the main idea of the passage?
Câu 72: As used in paragraph 1, the word ‘release’ is closet in meaning to_______ .
Câu 73: The phrase ‘an intricate’ in paragraph 1 could be best replaced by_______ .
Câu 74: According to the passage, the initial contact between a band and a recording company is made by_____________.
Câu 75: The word it in paragraph 1 refers to_________________ .
Câu 76: As used in paragraph 2, the phrase ‘takes over’ is closest in meaning to_________.
Câu 77: The author mentions that a band’s success is dependent on all of the following factors EXCEPT_________________.
Câu 78: According to the passage, the Publicity and Promotions department_________.
Câu 79: The author uses the phrase ‘losing their voice’ in paragraph 2 to illustrate that they____________.
Câu 80: It can be inferred from the passage that______________.