Objective Placement Test 1- Reduced to 19 Pages

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This is a practical test prior to the beginning of a course in English....


Placement Test 1 General Directions The Placement Test has three sections: Listening, Reading, and Language Use. There are 70 questions. You are allowed 50 minutes to complete the test. In Section I, the Listening section, you will hear nine conversations and answer one or more questions about each one. Before you listen to a conversation, read the question or questions. Then listen to the conversation. Answer the questions after the conversation ends. Choose the correct answer for each question and fill in your choice on your answer sheet. You will hear the conversation only once. The first conversation is an example. You have 15 minutes to complete this section. Section II, the Reading section, has several short passages. After you read each passage, choose the correct answer for each question and fill in your choice on your answer sheet. You have 20 minutes to complete this section. Section III, the Language Use section, has 30 items. Choose the correct completion for each item and fill in your choice on your answer sheet. You have 15 minutes to complete this section. Mark your answers clearly on your answer sheet. If you want to change an answer, erase your first answer completely.

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Section I: Listening In this section of the test, you will hear conversations and answer some questions about them. For each conversation, first read the situation and the question or questions. Then listen to the conversation. Answer the questions after you hear the conversation. Respond to the questions by marking the correct answer (a, b, c, or d) on your answer sheet. Read the example situation and question. Example Situation: Bill Sanchez calls Dr. Stockton’s office to make an appointment. Bill is going to see the doctor on _______ . a. Tuesday at 10:00 b. Tuesday at 4:00 c. Wednesday at 10:00 d. Wednesday at 4:00 Now listen to the example conversation. EXAMPLE CONVERSATION] Now answer the example question. The answer for the example is d, Wednesday at 4:00. The letter d is filled in on your answer sheet.

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2 Situation 1: David is talking with Tomomi when Monica comes into the room. A1. _______ are meeting for the first time. a. David and Monica b. David and Tomomi

c. Tomomi and Monica d. David, Monica, and Tomomi

Situation 2: Ken and Nancy are at a restaurant. A2. Ken _______. a. is having steak tonight b. stopped eating steak

c. eats steak a lot d. prefers chicken to steak

Situation 3: Karen calls Jason’s home. Jason’s father answers the telephone. A3. Karen is going to _______. a. speak with Jason at work b. call back in an hour

c. wait for Jason to call d. send a written message

Situation 4: A reporter is giving today’s weather forecast. A4. It will be clear in _______. a. the Northeast b. Seattle

c. Boston d. Miami

A5. In Seattle, the weather is _______. a. hot b. snowy

c. cool d. rainy

Situation 5: Bill invites Jennifer to go to dinner and a movie. A6. They’re going to _______. a. leave work a little early b. go to the movie before dinner

c. see the movie tomorrow d. have dinner at 7:00

A7. Jennifer doesn’t accept right away because she can’t _______. a. eat a late lunch b. leave work early

c. go to dinner d. see the movie

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Situation 6: Linda is asking Jim about his plans for the summer. A8. In the summer, Jim usually _______. a. stays in the mountains b. takes trips with his family

c. visits his parents d. goes to the beach

A9. This summer he’s planning to _______. a. stay at home b. go to the beach

c. fish with his dad d. hike in the mountains

Situation 7: Phil is talking with Susie about money. A10. Phil is upset because _______. a. Susie can’t lend him any money b. his parents won’t give him money

c. Albert hasn’t returned his money d. his friends never lend him money

A11. Albert _______. a. didn’t borrow $100 b. isn’t working now

c. doesn’t need the money d. can’t return the money yet

A12. Susie doesn’t lend money to friends because _______. a. she has just enough for herself c. people won’t lend her money b. lending money can change a d. her friends don’t need it friendship Situation 8: Natalie and Chuck are talking about their experiences abroad. A13. Chuck went backpacking _______. a. in Brazil b. by himself

c. after high school d. with his father

A14. Chuck says he “would have liked to have seen Portugal.” He means that he _______. a. went there, and he liked it b. didn’t go there, but he wanted to

c. went there, but he didn’t like it

d. didn’t go there, and he didn’t want to

A15. While Natalie was in Japan, she _______. a. traveled all over the country c. learned Japanese quickly b. lived with a Japanese family d. got very homesick A16. Chuck doesn’t want to _______. a. travel anymore b. learn a foreign language

c. stay at home d. live abroad

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4 Situation 9: Diane and Conrad are talking about their careers. A17. Conrad got into advertising because he _______. a. studied advertising in college b. heard about a job opening

c. liked to help people d. was tired of his old job

A18. When he was young, Conrad wanted to _______. a. work in advertising b. become a doctor

c. stay in school d. go into business

A19. Diane’s parents didn’t want her to _______. a. start her own business b. finish college

c. be too successful d. change her career

A20. Conrad _______. a. owns his own company b. enjoys working in advertising

c. thinks his job is boring d. wants to leave his job

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Section II: Reading In this section of the Placement Test, you will read some short passages and answer questions about them. Choose the word or words that best complete the sentence. For each item, fill in your answer on the answer sheet. You will have 20 minutes to complete this section.

Passage 1: What are you doing today? PEDRO:

I usually go out with friends on Saturday night. But today’s Friday, and we’re going out to a football game tonight. So tomorrow night I’m staying home. B21. This Saturday night, Pedro is _______. a. playing football b. visiting friends c. staying home d. going out Passage 2: What do you do? EILEEN SWEET:

I’m a hostess at a big restaurant. I greet people at the door and take them to their tables. Day after day, I always do the same thing. Someday I hope to have a more interesting job, but it’s OK for now. C22. Eileen thinks that her job is _______.

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Passage 3: A vacation postcard Dear Sal, Greetings from France – it’s so good to be back here again! We left the kids with their grandparents in Chicago, and we’re biking across the French countryside by ourselves. We brought a tent and sleeping bags, so we can camp out if we want to, but we’re really enjoying the small hotels we find along the way. Love, Michael and Paula A23. Michael and Paula _______. a. have been to France before b. took their children with them

c. are visiting their grandparents d. prefer to sleep outside

Passage 4: Meditation You observe a person in meditation. On the surface, he appears to be asleep, but he’s simply in a trance – a kind of half-sleep in which the person is conscious but able to ignore the situation around him. For the meditator, the ability to concentrate is so strong that everything around him – sounds, smells, movement – seems to fade in importance. At the same time, decision making and deep thinking are often greatly improved. B24. In this reading, meditation refers to a person’s _______. a. state of mind c. physical condition b. intelligence d. ability to sleep B25. Meditation doesn’t help a person _______. a. hear better b. think deeply

c. make decisions

d. ignore smells

Passage 5: The Scot and the tea kettle According to one story, a Scottish boy watched the steam lift the top off his mother’s tea kettle and realized the power of steam to make machines work. That boy, James Watt, would then go on to invent the modern steam engine in 1769. Actually, the history of steam technology records the successful work of several scientists and engineers before Watt. For example, in 1698, Thomas Savery had introduced a simple steam pump to remove water from mines, and 14 years later Thomas Newcomen invented a better pump. But these pumps weren’t efficient because they used so much fuel. In 1769, the Scottish boy, James Watt, figured out a way to save three-quarters of the fuel. To honor him, his last name became the name of a unit of energy. C26. The example of the boiling tea kettle shows that steam is _______. a. useful c. powerful b. efficient d. necessary C27. The first steam engines _______. a. didn’t pump water b. cost too much to build

c. were difficult to make d. used too much fuel

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Passage 6: It’s a big country! When it comes to body weight, Americans stand out. Most visitors to the United States, no matter where they go across this vast country, comment on the size of many Americans. In fact, these impressions are backed by numerous statistics. For example, the average 5'4" American weighs 162 pounds, or 15 pounds more than the average person of the same height from Western or Central Europe. Another comparison: At 150 pounds, the average 5'4" American woman is 24 pounds heavier than her Japanese counterpart. Why are Americans so heavy? Some blame the American diet. Certainly it’s true that Americans eat more high-fat foods – meat, dairy products, and processed food – and fewer grains and vegetables than people in other countries. But fat isn’t the whole story. Lifestyle factors – including the tendency for Americans to drive rather than walk or ride a bicycle to work, to snack throughout the day, and to have so many labor-saving devices in the home – appear to contribute to the problem. A28. According to the article, visitors to the United States often comment on the size of the _______. c. country a. population d. people b. cities A29. According to the article, the average Western European weighs _______. a. more than an American

b. more than a Central European c. less than an American

d. less than a Japanese person

A30. In comparison with Americans, people in other countries eat more _______. c. processed food a. meat d. grains b. dairy products A31. The article implies that Americans would lose weight if they _______. c. stayed at home more a. snacked more often d. ate fewer vegetables b. rode bicycles to work

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8 Passage 7: Personality types What makes people the way they are? Why do some people get angry easily, others always seem to be cheerful, while still others are often depressed? The early Greek doctor Hippocrates thought that personality was linked to the fluids that were known to exist in the human body: the blood, the bile, the black bile, and the phlegm. These fluids were called the four humors. He believed that inside each person, one kind of body fluid was dominant and that this fluid – or humor – caused a tendency toward a particular kind of behavior. If the blood (sanguinis) was dominant, the person was sanguine, or cheerful and willing to help others. If the yellow bile of the liver (called choler) was the most important, the person would be irritable and quick to anger. If the person was often sad and depressed, the black liquid of the spleen and kidneys (melan-choler or black bile) was blamed. And the person who had too much phlegm (the thick mucus of the nose and throat) was likely to be lazy, calm, and dull (not very intelligent). Today we know that personality results from a combination of lifestyle and natural factors, and has little or nothing to do with the balance of body fluids. However,

even today the words remain: humorous, sanguine, choleric, melancholy, phlegmatic. Although psychologists no longer use them, they have become part of the common vocabulary – with some changes, of course. For example, today to say that a person is humorous means that the person laughs and makes others laugh, from the idea of having “good” humor. B32. According to the article, the early Greeks knew that _______. a. there are different fluids in the human body b. everyone shows the same basic behavior

c. people who laugh a lot are humorous d. personality is the result of lifestyle factors

B33. For the early Greeks, humor was the name for a type of _______. a. personality type b. body part

c. natural fluid d. internal organ

B34. Hippocrates believed that _______ was dominant in a happy person. a. blood b. bile

c. black bile d. phlegm

B35. Today the word humorous is used to describe a person’s _______. c. personality a. blood type d. body fluids b. lifestyle

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Passage 8: Biofeedback When biofeedback was first developed a number of years ago, it caused a lot of excitement. People hoped that biofeedback could be used to cure all kinds of physical and mental problems. Biofeedback is the name for a medical technique that helps people treat certain problems by becoming more aware of their own bodies. In biofeedback, instruments that measure bodily functions such as muscle tension, temperature, and blood flow are attached to the body. The instruments produce signals – for example, a series of sounds (beeps) or a flashing light – that the person can hear or see. The patient then uses the information to help gain control over the function. The most widely used biofeedback instrument is the electromyograph, or EMG. The EMG is used to measure muscle tension. It is made up of several electrodes, which are placed on the skin near a particular area, depending on the symptom. For

example, for headaches, a symptom often caused by excessive tension in the neck muscles, the electrodes are placed on the forehead or near the back of the neck. When the tension is present, the EMG produces a signal and the patient is taught to respond by relaxing the appropriate muscles. In many cases, the relaxation of these muscles causes the headache to go away. While biofeedback has not turned out to be a cure-all, it has been used successfully to treat a limited number of problems – especially those caused by chronic tension. C36. At first, people were very _______ biofeedback. a. nervous about b. interested in

c. familiar with d. opposed to

C37. Biofeedback instruments ______. a. act like a kind of medicine b. cause people to get excited

c. are put on a patient’s body d. teach people to exercise

C38. Blood flow is an example of a _______. a. technique b. signal

c. function d. problem

C39. The EMG _______. a. relaxes the muscles b. measures tension

c. causes movement d. produces symptoms

C40. According to the article, biofeedback _______. a. is more popular than ever b. causes chronic tension

c. cures all types of headaches d. has had limited success

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Section III: Language Use In this section, you will answer questions about the use of English. Choose the word or words that best complete the sentence. For each item, fill in your answer on the answer sheet. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section. A41. _______ several good restaurants in our neighborhood.

a. There b. They’re

c. There are d. Their

B42. My office is _______ downtown. a. on b. near

c. close d. at

C43. “I like to cook.” “_______ do I.” a. And b. So

c. Also d. Too

A44. I enjoy _______ out two or three times a week. a. to eat b. eating

c. eat d. I eat

B45. I don’t have a computer, but _______ my friends do. a. the most b. almost

c. most of d. most

C46. Yesterday’s game caused a lot of _______. a. excited b. exciting

c. excite d. excitement

47. After finishing college, I hope _________ married. a. get b. that get

c. getting d. to get

B48. Cairo is _______ any other city in Egypt. a. the large b. larger than

c. the largest d. large as

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C49. Tom’s bought a new car, _______ he? a. doesn’t b. isn’t

c. wasn’t d. hasn’t

A50. I’ve run out of money. I wish I _______ more.

a. am saving b. have saved

c. had saved d. will save

B51. Excuse me. Could you tell me where _______? a. the bus station is b. is the bus station

c. it is the bus station d. is it the bus station

C52. My suitcase would have been much lighter if I _______ all my books. a. don’t pack b. not packing

c. hadn’t packed d. not pack

A53. Yolanda _______ part time for several years now. a. has been working b. is working

c. works d. was working

B54. The movie’s great! It’s really worth _______. a. seeing b. to see

c. you see d. see

C55. If fewer people drove cars to work, _______ less pollution. a. we’ve had b. we’d have

c. we’re having d. we’ll have

A56. Would you mind _______ the window? a. open b. opening

c. to open d. I open

B57. My sister is interested _______ about Japanese literature. a. learn b. learning

c. to learn d. in learning

C58. The washing machine needs _______. a. being fixed b. to be fixed

c. to fix d. you fix it

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59. By 2020, scientists _______ a cure for cancer. a. had found c. are finding b. will have found d. have been finding B60. The ground’s wet. It must _______.

a. raining b. have rained

c. to rain d. rained

C61. I am used _______ the bus to work. a. to take b. to taking

c. took d. taking

A62. Chicago, _______ is nicknamed the Windy City, is the largest city in Illinois. a. it c. what b. which d. that B63. I won’t go _______ you come with me. a. instead b. except

c. unless d. although

C64. Before _______ to bed, I usually brush my teeth. a. going c. to go b. go d. that go A65. I’m taking a class _______ learn more about my computer. a. so that c. in order to b. in order d. that B66. Helen is _______ serious student I have ever seen. a. more c. the more b. most d. the most C67. You’d better tell Joe _______ in here. a. not to smoke b. not smoking

c. no smoke d. don’t smoking

A68. I feel sick. I shouldn’t _______ so much. a. to eat b. eaten

c. have eaten d. eating

B69. Betty’s husband suggested that she _______ a few days off from work. a. has took c. take b. taking d. will take C70. The more you practice speaking English, _______ it gets. a. easy c. easier b. the easiest d. the easier END OF TEST Placement Test 1


Placement Essay Name ____________________________________ Date ________________ Rating _________ Directions: Please write about ONE of the following topics. Do not write on all three. Write a well-organized essay about the topic you choose. When you finish your essay, read it over and correct any mistakes you find. Give your essay to the instructor. Topic 1: Describe a person you know well. Why is that person special to you? Topic 2: What sports have you learned to play? Based on your experience, what advice would you give to someone who wants to learn to play one of these sports? Topic 3: Describe your favorite free- time activity. Why is it fun? _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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Placement Conversation Rating Form Student’s Name _______________________________________Date ____________ Placement Conversation Rating: ________

RUBRICS FOR PLACEMENT CONVERSATION QUESTIONS 1 The participant provides a short answer and/or an inadequate response to the question. 2 The participant is hesitant in their responses, pronunciation is not clear , and/or asks assistance about native language equivalents 3 The participant shows confidence, expands their answers, uses clear pronunciation and applies language focus.

TASKS American Headway Starter Providing Personal Information Hello, how are you? Nice meeting you. I’m ___________________ 1 Can you introduce yourself? /What’s your name? Where are you from? Where do you study/work? Talking about Family and Friends Do you have a small family? 2 How many brothers/sisters/ do you have? What are their names? Do you have a favorite friend? Likes and Dislikes Who’s your favorite /artist/ singer/soccer player? 3 Where is he/she from? How old is she/he? Why do you like him/her? American Headway 1 Describing Routines What do you do in the morning?

Language Focus

Greetings Simple Present Personal Pronouns Cities

Simple Present Family members How many? Possessive Pronouns Simple Present Nationalities/Countries Telling Age Simple present Simple Present

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What time do you go to school? What do you do on weekends? Talking about Past Events Did you have a good day yesterday? What did you do in the morning? Did you go out? Where?

Prepositions of time Adverbs of Frequency Simple Past Time Expressions Past Verbs Forms

TASKS American Headway 1 Describing Plans in the Future What are you going to do after the test? 6 Are you going to have a Christmas Party? Where are you going to celebrate Christmas? American Headway 2 Describing Abilities What sports can you play? 7 Can you play any musical instrument? Please describe one of your abilities. Talking about Life Experiences Have you been to another country/city? 8 When did you go there? Have you practiced any extreme sports? How long have you lived in El Salvador / studied English /practiced a sport/ ? Giving Advice/Suggestions What’s your advice for someone who wants to lose 9 weight? Should he/she visit a nutritionist? Should he/she join a gym? American Headway 3 Making Offers and Requests What typical dish would you offer a foreign tourist? 10 What place would you recommend for him to visit? What question would you ask if you’re lost in another country?



Talking about Changes - Comparing How is this city different now from 5 years ago? What is something that has gotten more expensive in the last 5 years? Describe something three ways in which life is different from ten years in the past. Talking about Hopes and Dreams What would you do if you won the lottery? What famous artist/politician would you like to meet? What will you be doing in 5 years from now?

Language Focus

Future with Be going To Time Expressions

Use of Can Abilities

Present Perfect vs. Simple Past For/Since

Modals: Should Have to Must Suggest + Gerund Modals: Could Would Excuse me, would you/could you Present Perfect Simple Past Adjectives Comparatives Conditionals Would Future Continuous

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