Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part differs from the other three in pronunciation in each of the following questions.
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 primary stress in each of the following questions.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
My parents hope to travel around _______world next summer.
If you watch this film, you________about the cultures of Southeast Asian countries.
Paul noticed a job advertisement while he ________ along the street.
Solar energy is not widely used it is friendly to the environment.
The sign warns people ______ the dangers of swimming in this river.
__________, they were surprised to find their favourite band playing there.
Once _____ in large quantities, these products will be more affordably priced.
Jane would never forget first prize in such a prestigious competition.
You should turn off the lights before going out to save _______ .
_____school fees may discourage many students from attending university.
Drinking too much alcohol is said to harm to our health.
At the end of the training course, each participant was presented with a of completion.
Event organisers should plan everything carefully so as to leave nothing to .
The_________ high levels of pollution in the coastal areas are a matter of great concern to the government.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) CLOSEST in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
The discovery of the new planet was regarded as a major breakthrough in astronomy.
Mary has finally managed to get round her strict parents to let her go on a three- day excursion with her classmates.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
Traffic congestion in big cities deters many people from using their private cars at peak hours.
These days, many people only read printed newspapers once in a while as they tend to access information online.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the option that best completes each of the following exchanges.
Jack is inviting Mary to his party.
- Jack: ''Would you like to come to my party this weekend?''
- Mary: '' .''
Laura and Mitchell are talking about their school curriculum.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks from 25 to 29.
Advances in mobile technology and social networking websites mean we spend more time online than ever before. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world by population (The Economist, 2010). It is (25) not surprising that so many psychologists, sociologists, and others are eager to give their thoughts on how this is impacting negatively on our society.
The biggest criticism levelled at social networking is that young people are losing their offline friends to online friends (26) are unable to provide the same deep connection and emotional support. However, a lot of research shows these criticisms are generally (27) . Allen et al. (2010) discovered that it is socially adjusted adolescents who are more likely to have a networking profile than those who are not. One study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (2009) found that people are not (28) offline friends with online companions but are using them to support their offline relationships. The study also found that social networks allow us to have discussions with a much more diverse set of people than in the real world, so we share knowledge with people from a wide (29) _________of backgrounds.
(Adapted from ''Skillful Reading & Writing 4''by Mike Boyle and Lindsay Warwick)
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 from 30 to 34.
Visitors to London are struck by the proud splendour and glamour of one of the world's
oldest capitals, admiring iconic sites like Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. However, visitors seeking a glimpse into the city's everyday life should not miss Portobello Market, which is the most-visited market in London.
This vibrant market has been featured in a number of films, documentaries and bestselling books, the most famous being the film ''Notting Hill'' starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, which brought Portobello Market to the attention of audiences all over the world.
Portobello Market is divided into different sections selling second-hand items, clothing,
jewellery, souvenirs and vegetables. The most sought-after area is devoted to antiques. Visitors may feel overwhelmed as there are over 1,000 booths manned by antique dealers from throughout England. It's a great fun to browse through antique cameras, watches, pottery and paintings that date back 300 years. They are sold at different prices, so it's possible to find a few good bargains. It seems that both buyers and sellers look forward to the weekends when they can meet and escape the city's fast pace at Portobello Market.
When tired from exploring the market, visitors can drop into the nearby food courts to
savour an Indian curry, Italian pizza or sandwiches from Europe. It's a great pleasure to drink a cappuccino while listening to street performers. These represent the lively fun of Portobello
Market, offering exciting experiences that keep people coming back.
(Adapted from ''Heritage'' - Vietnam Airlines in-flight magazine)
What is the passage mainly about?
According to the passage, Portobello Market has been featured in all of the following EXCEPT ______.
The word ''they'' in paragraph 3 refers to ______.
Visitors to the antique area may feel overwhelmed because ______.
The word ''savour'' in paragraph 4 mostly means ______.
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 from 35 to 42.
Cambridge University is considering axing compulsory written exams, allowing students to use laptops or iPads instead, after tutors complained that students' handwriting is becoming illegible. Academics say the move, which would bring an end to over 800 years of tradition, has come about because students rely too heavily on laptops in lectures, and are losing the ability to write by hand.
Dr Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge University, said handwriting is becoming a ''lost art'' among the current generation of students. She added, ''It's increasingly hard for our examiners to read students' scripts. Those with illegible writing are forced to come back to their college during the summer holidays to read their answers aloud in the presence of two university administrators. It's extraordinarily commendable that the University is considering reforms to its examination practices.''
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said it is inevitable that universities will move to computers as handwriting deteriorates in the coming
years. ''We have to accept the reality. Handwriting has now become an optional, not a necessary, part of education. There simply isn't the same time in the curriculum for learning elegant, beautiful handwriting. Life is so quick now. Everybody writes as if they were a doctor writing a prescription,'' he said. ''Handwriting is not necessary for great thought, great English, or great intelligence. Some of our finest wordsmiths today write using laptops, and we have to fight to preserve what is really important, such as the use of great English or great sentence structures.''
Others, however, were not very positive about the move. Tracey Trussell, a handwriting expert, urged Cambridge to ensure that students continue to write by hand. She said, ''It's vital that people continue to write by hand. Writing by hand improves memory and equates to a higher rate of comprehension and information retention.'' There is also concern that schools could follow Cambridge's example by moving away from handwriting. Dr Jane Medwell, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, is concerned that scrapping handwritten exams in universities could prompt ''downward curriculum pressure'' on primary and secondary schools to follow suit.
(Adapted from http://www. telegraph. co. uk)
Which of the following best serves as the title for the passage?
According to paragraph 1, Cambridge University has a long-standing tradition of .
The word ''Those'' in paragraph 2 refers to .
The word "deteriorates'' in paragraph 3 mostly means .
It can be inferred from what Sir Anthony Seldon said in paragraph 3 that .
The word ''scrapping'' in paragraph 4 is closest in meaning to .
As mentioned in paragraph 4, writing by hand can .
Which of the following statements is TRUE according to the passage?
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the underlined part that needs correction in each of the following questions.
My friends and I go usually to the park on the weekend.
Information on the Romans can find not only in these books but also on the Internet.
There are a number of updated entrances in the latest edition of the encyclopedia.
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.
In Vietnam, football is more popular than basketball.
''What are you going to do after school, Anne?'' Kevin asked.
Sally paid for her travel in advance, but it wasn’t necessary.
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.
Jenifer rejected the job offer. She now regrets it.
Mike became a father. He felt a strong sense of responsibility towards his parents.