I. 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:
II. 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:
III. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions:
in 1939, the Borne Bridge is one of the many grand projects of the Depression era.
He always did well at school _____ having his early education disrupted by illness.
"Did you have a good time at the Browns?” – “Not really. I I’ll ever visit them again.
Nobody answered the door, ?
Tom had a lucky escape. He killed.
As we walked past, we saw John ______ his car.
As far as I can judge, she was completely unaware __________ the seriousness of the situation.
Tom made a serious mistake at work, but his boss didn’t fire him. He’s lucky _______ a second chance.
Standing on top of the hill, _____.
Our Import–Export Company Limited will have to _____ sales during the coming year.
John hasn’t studied hard this year; so, in the last couple of months, he has had to work just to catch up.
Make sure you us a visit when you are in town again.
My New Year’s ________ this year is to spend less time on Facebook and more time on my schoolwork. But I’m not sure I will keep it.
Mr. Park Hang Seo, a Korean coach, is considered a big in Vietnam football.
IV. Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the most suitable response to complete each of the following exchanges:
Tom is apologizing to Peter for being late.
- Tom: “Sorry, I’m late, Peter. My car has broken down on the way here.”
- Peter: “ ”
Mai and Joey are talking about their favorite pastimes.
– Joey: “What sort of things do you like doing in your free time?”
– Mai: “ ”
V. 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:
To absorb a younger workforce, many companies offered retirement plans as incentives for older workers to retire and make way for the young ones who earned lower salary.
Not until all their demands had been turned down did the workers decide to go on strike for more welfare.
VI. 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:
I don’t know what they are going to ask in the job interview. I’ll just play it by ear.
It is widely known that the excessive use of pesticides is producing a detrimental effect on the local groundwater.
VI. 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:
Polar bears are in danger of dying out. Unlike some other endangered animals, it's not hunters that are the problem, it's climate change. Since 1979, the ice cap at the Arctic Circle where the polar bears live has reduced in size (25) about 30 per cent. The temperature in the Arctic has slowly been rising and this is (26) the sea ice to melt, endangering the polar bears' home. The polar bears' main sources of food are the different types of seals found in the Arctic. They catch them by waiting next to the air holes seals have made in the ice. (27) the bears are very strong swimmers, they could never catch seals in water. This means that the bears really do rely on the ice to hunt.
Polar bears also need sea ice to travel. They can cover a huge territory and often swim from one part of the ice to another. They have been (28) to swim up to 100 km, but when there is less ice, they may have to swim further and this can (29) fatal to the bears. A number of bears have drown in the last few years and scientists believe that it is because they were not able to reach more ice before they became too tired and couldn't swim any further.
VII. 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:
In Britain, greetings cards are sold in chain stores and supermarkets, in newsagents’ shops, corner shops and, increasingly, in shops that specialize in the sale of cards and paper for wrapping presents in.
The most common cards are birthday and Christmas cards. Many Christmas cards are sold in aid of charity and special „charity card shops’ are often set up in temporary premises in the weeks before Christmas. A wide variety of birthday cards is available to cater for different ages and tastes. Some, especially ones for young children or for people celebrating a particular birthday, have the person’s age on the front. Many have comic, often risqué, messages printed on them, and cartoon–style illustrations. Others are more sober, with reproductions of famous paintings or attractive original designs. The usual greeting on a birthday card is ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Many Happy Returns’ or ‘Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday’.
Some people also send special cards for Easter and New Year. Easter cards either portray images of spring, such as chicks, eggs, lambs, spring flowers, etc, or have a religious theme.
Cards are produced for every ‘milestone’ in a person’s life. There are special cards for an engagement, a marriage, a new home, a birth, success in an examination, retirement, a death in the family, etc. Some are ‘good luck’ or „congratulations’ cards. Others, for example ‘get well’ cards for people who are ill, express sympathy.
What is the passage mainly about?
The word ‘some’ in paragraph 2 refers to .
Which of the following is NOT the usual greeting on a birthday card?
The word ‘milestone’ in paragraph 4 is closest in meaning to .
It can be inferred from the passage that ................
VIII. 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:
Though called by sweet–sounding names like Firinga or Katrina, tropical cyclones are huge rotating storms 200 to 2,000 kilometers wide with winds that blow at speeds of more than 100 kilometers per hour (kph). Weather professionals know them as tropical cyclones, but they are called hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea, typhoons in the Pacific Ocean, and cyclones in the Indian Ocean. They occur in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Large ones have destroyed cities and killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Tropical cyclones begin over water that is warmer than 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) slightly north or south of the earth’s equator. Warm, humid air full of water vapor moves upward. The earth’s rotation causes the growing storm to start to rotate around its center (called the eye). At a certain height, the water vapor condenses, changing to liquid and releasing heat. The heat draws more air and water vapor upward, creating a cycle as air and water vapor rise and liquid water falls. If the cycle speeds up until winds reach 118 kilometers per hour, the storm qualifies as a tropical cyclone.
Most deaths in tropical cyclones are caused by storm surge. This is a rise in sea level, sometimes seven meters or more, caused by the storm pushing against the ocean’s surface. Storm surge was to blame for the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. The storm surge of Cyclone Nargis in 2008 in Myanmar pushed seawater nearly four meters deep some 40 kilometers inland, resulting in many deaths.
It has never been easy to forecast a tropical cyclone accurately. The goal is to know when and where the next tropical cyclone will form. “And we can’t really do that yet,” says David Nolan, a weather researcher from the University of Miami. The direction and strength of tropical cyclones are also difficult to predict, even with computer assistance. In fact, long–term forecasts are poor; small differences in the combination of weather factors lead to very different storms. More accurate forecasting could help people decide to evacuate when a storm is on the way.
As stated in paragraph 1, tropical cyclones are storms with winds blowing at speeds of .
The word “they” in paragraph 1 refers to .
Which of the following comes first in the process of storm formation?
According to the passage, a storm surge is .
What is true about the storm surge of Cyclone Nargis?
The word “evacuate” in paragraph 4 mostly means .
Which of the following statements is NOT true according to the passage?
Which of the following would serve as the best title for the passage?
IX. 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:
Whether (A) life in the countryside is better than that (B) in the city depend on (C) each individual’s point of view (D).
For more than (A) 450 years, Mexico City has been (B) the economic, culture (C) and political centre of Mexican people (D).
It is (A) nearly four hundred years for (B) the (C) birth of (D) Shakespeare.
X. 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:
“I’ll return it tomorrow,” said Sarah.
The living room isn’t as big as the kitchen.
My American friend finds it difficult to pick up food with chopsticks.
XI. 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:
He didn’t take his father’s advice. That’s why he is out of work.
The Prime Minister failed to explain the cause of the economic crisis, he did not offer any solutions.