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Placement Test

Active Training® English Institute
Placement test

  
Instructions
Read the texts and choose the corect word A, B, C or D for each gap.
There is an example at the beginning:
(0) A long B for C with D since


Text-1:Lucky Escape
After having saved (0)for years the Clarke family were finally in a position to see their dream come true. They (1) ready to travel from Scotland to start a new life (2) America.
The (3) family were very excited about their (4) by ship across the Atlantic. However, just days before their departure, one of their sons was bitten by a dog. Their plans fell through when they were told they (5) not be able to travel because of the possibility (6) boy could have rabies.
The family were devastated and the father went to the docks to watch the ship that he had hoped would (7) them to their new life depart. As he stood on the harbour thinking about his son, he watched the ship and wondered (8) the family would ever get to make the journey.
However, soon (9) this disappointment the father discovered how fortunate the family had been. The son did not have rabies and a few days later the news came (10) the ship the Clarke family should have been on had sunk. The Titanic had gone down with hundreds of people losing their lives.

Gap 1 : was/ been/ were/ had
Gap 2 :on/ at / in / to
Gap 3 :total/ whole/ all/ altogether
Gap 4 :trip/ going/ travel / journey
Gap 5 :could/ had/ would/ should
Gap 6 :some/ one/ a/ the
Gap 7 :move /take/***/***
Gap 8 :why/ how/ if/ because
Gap 9 :since/ when/ until / after
Gap 10 :that/ which / when / how


Text-2 :DEEP SLEEP
Deep sleep is important for everyone. The actual (11) Cof sleep you need depends (12) your age. A young child (13) to sleep ten to twelve hours, and a teenager about nine hours . Adults differ a lot in their sleeping(14) . For most of them , seven to eight hours a night is (15) , but some sleep longer , while others manage with only four hours.
For a good night, having a comfortable (16) to sleep is very important . Also, there should be (17) of fresh air in the room. A warm drink sometimes helps people to sleep, (18) it is not a good idea to drink coffee immediately before going to bed.
(19) you have to travel a very long distance, try to go to bed earlier than usual the day before the (20) . This will help you to feel more rested when you arrive.


Gap 11 : Size / number / amount / sum
Gap 12 : amount / to /in /of
Gap 13 : could / ought / must / should
Gap 14 : ways / habits /manners / actions
Gap 15 : few /well / less /enough
Gap 16 : point /place / position /part
Gap 17 : plenty / much / many /several
Gap 18 : because / as / although /even
Gap 19 : Since /Until / After / If
Gap 20 : journey / voyage /call / visit


Text-3 :Environmental Concerns
Earth is the only place we know of in the universe that can support human life. (21) human activities are making the planet less fit to live on. As the western world (22) on consuming two-thirds of the world's resources while half of the world's population do so (23) to stay alive we are rapidly destroying the only ... resource we have by which all people can survive and prosper. Everywhere fertile soil is (24) built on or washed into the sea. Renewable resources are exploited so much that they will never be able to recover (25) We discharge pollutants into the atmosphere without any thought of the consequences. As a (26) the planet's ability to support people is being (27) at the very time when rising human numbers and consumption are making increasingly heavy demands on it. The Earth's (28) resources are there for us to use. We need food, water, air, energy, medicines, warmth, shelter and minerals to (29) us fed, comfortable, healthy and active. If we are sensible in how we use the resources they will (30) indefinitely. But if we use them wastefully and excessively they will soon run out and everyone will suffer.

Gap 21 : Although / Still / Yet / Despite
Gap 22 : continues / repeats / carries / follows
Gap 23 : already / just / for / entirely
Gap 24 : sooner / neither / either / rather
Gap 25 : quite/ greatly / utterly / completely
Gap 26 : development / result / reaction / product
Gap 27 : stopped / narrowed / reduced / cut
Gap 28 : natural / real / living / genuine
Gap 29 : hold / maintain / stay / keep
Gap 30 : last / stand / go / remain

Text-4 : Write the Perfect Crime Novel
Most people are born with the natural ability to tell stories, but only a rare few have the determination to become professional authors, and even fewer have the joy of seeing their novels top the (31) of bestselling books. Some of the world's famous crime writers have achieved the (32) success of all. Who can (33) the appeal of famous detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot? Even if you haven't read the original books you will have seen them in films or on the TV.
If you have an ambition to become the (34) Agatha Christie what should you do? The best starting (35) is to read lots of examples of crime fiction written by good authors. You will need a notebook to carry around with you or, (36) better, some loose (37) of paper that you can (38) notes on and then file into a folder. After all, the most everyday situation - for example, watching a woman get (39) ... a train - may be the inspiration for your first bestseller.
Like any good recipe you have to know the main (40) of a successful novel. These are: an original story, strong characters and a memorable setting.

Gap 31 : queue / list / row / line
Gap 32 : largest / greatest / highest / prime
Gap 33 : deny / refuse/ insist/ hide
Gap 34 : next / following / subsequent / later
Gap 35 : spot / tip / point / mark
Gap 36 : even / still / very / so
Gap 37 : strips / sheets / layers / pieces
Gap 38 : complete / do / fill / make
Gap 39 : out / down / off / from
Gap 40 : parts / ingredients / pieces / sections