Placement Test A. Spelling: Please fill in the missing letter(s). Mind the tenses where you have to fill in a verb. 1. These lights never work as they ought to. We need to call an e___________an . 2. Sean had an a_________t last Wednesday. He broke his right arm. 3. Could you give me Sarah's a___________s? I only know her phone number. 4. The last e___________ake in California was a 5.6 on the Richter scale. 5. y Sue always borrows books and CDs from the local l . 6. st John's brother went to Yale and has become a famous s in the field of molecular biology. 7. Our friends gave us a warm we come . 8. It was a very exh_________ing day. I worked hard, did the shopping, picked up the kids and watered the garden. 9. After a lot of legal investigation, the ownership of this patch of land still r ns unclear. 10. We won't work with him again. He has been di___________st in his dealings with us. 11. r Sally is uncertain w to go to Australia or not. 12. e It was im to get some sleep because of the noise. 13. t Mr Bray is quite a good teacher, but he is a bit im with slow learners. 14. sed Jim was a of stealing secret documents, so he had to leave the company immediately. 15. His English is really quite fluent, but his pro____________ n is poor. He is difficult to understand. 16. ent My app at the dentist's is at 11.15 am, so I really have to hurry now. 17. The new marketing cam_________n is very suc___________. We have never sold so many books before. B. Grammar: Please find the best option (a, b, c or d) and mark it with 'x'. 18. What time __________________ work in the morning? a) she start b) she does start c) does she start d) start she 2 19. They ___________ in London. a) work b) works c) working d) do working 20. When ________________ ? a) the bus leaves b) the bus does leave c) leaves the bus d) does the bus leave 21. ________________ to get to the factory from here? a) How long it takes b) How long it take c) How long d) How long does it take 22. Where is ____________ ? a) Johns car b) John's car c) John his car d) the car of John 23. These are _________ . He must have left them here. a) Peters documents b) Peter's document's c) Peter's documents d) Peters document's 24. You want ____________ tea with your cake, don't you? a) any b) some c) a bit d) a cup 3 25. No, thank you. I don't want __________ tea at the moment. a) some b) no c) any d) a 26. Yesterday, they _________ very interesting photographs of the company's new façade. a) took b) made c) did d) produced 27. How often __________ a holiday? a) you have b) have you c) get you d) do you have 28. This book is very fascinating, _______ ? a) is it b) it is c) it isn’t d) isn’t it 29. __________ to the 'Notting Hill Carnival'? a) Have you ever been b) Were you ever c) Had you ever been d) Was you ever 30. Yes, I __________ there in 2002 . a) had been b) have been c) was d) were 31. I ____________ off my bicycle last Sunday. a) fall b) fell c) have fallen d) was falling 32. We met each other while I ___________ in Japan. a) worked b) was working c) have worked d) have been working 33. The new company building is ______________ than the former one. a) as big b) much bigger c) more bigger d) most big 34. This book is __________ than the last one by this author. a) interstinger b) most interesting c) more interesting d) as interesting 4 35. You ___________ work overtime today. The deadline for this project is next Friday, we have plenty of a) must not time. b) haven't to c) don't have to d) mustn’t have to 36. a) It is very hot in here. Would you mind to open the window? b) It is very hot in here. Would you mind opening the window? c) It is very hot in here. Would you mind open the window? 37. a) If I had some extra money, I bought myself a nice new car. b) If I would have some extra money, I would buy myself a nice new car. c) If I had some extra money, I would buy myself a nice new car. 38. Last month was the ___________ sales result so far this year. a) worst b) worse c) most bad d) baddest 39. How _______ people are you expecting to turn up for the party? a) many b) a lot of c) little d) much 40. What's the matter _______ your new colleague ? She seems a bit unhappy in her new position. a) by b) to c) from d) with 41. ‘I really don't ike the new business strategy we have to follow.’ – a) I also not. b) I too not. ‘ _________.' c) Neither do I. d) I don't too. 42. We spend a lot of time ______ organising the company's day out and it was a big success. a) at b) by c) d) of 43. The software people charged _______ us € 240 just for installing this patch. a) for b) c) to d) at 44. "The view from this hotel is really fantastic." – "Yes, but nothing compares ______ that of the 'Grand a) to Ocean Hotel' in Newquay." b) with c) at d) on 5 45. I'm sorry you didn't get the contract, but don't worry. It wasn't really your ___________ . a) mistake b) guilt c) blame d) fault 46. In the meeting this morning we were told to concentrate _____ our jobs. a) by b) off c) on d) in 47. I'd rather not ___________ our new colleague about it. He may not understand. a) tell b) to tell c) telling d) told C. Vocabulary: Please find the best option (a, b, c or d) and mark it with 'x'. 48. I thought this time things were going to be better. Losing the contract was _________ to swallow. a) bottom line b) a bitter pill c) blue collar d) blowbyblow 49. At the start of the meeting, everybody was very quiet and reserved, but then he told a few jokes to a) broke the news ______________ . b) take on board c) break the ice d) blow the top 50. My boss never gives me any freedom. She is always __________ down my neck. a) breathing b) bullish c) breaking d) brainstorming 51. I've heard all about it. Sean ______________ to me. a) proposed b) informed c) briefed d) broke the news 52. We can't access the computer files. Our system ____________ this morning and we haven't been able a) demolished to fix it. b) crashed c) collided d) broke 53. I cannot decide straight away. I need to ____________ with my colleagues. a) recollect this b) reflect this out c) corner this out d) chew this over 6 54. We've been working for fourteen hours now. Isn't it time we _____________ ? a) we called it a day b) call it in c) call it off d) chicken out 55. Under no ____________ you should walk home alone late at night. a) circumferences b) circulations c) circumstances d) substances D . Which option corresponds the closest to the word? Mark the right option with ‘x’. 56. memorandum a) report b) message c) letter 57. journey a) trip b) magazine c) event 58. quilt a) instrument used for cooking b) 'skirt' worn by the Scottish c) handmade blanket 59. gift a) poison b) present c) characteristic 60. popular a) modern b) muchliked c) banal E. Idioms: 7 Please find the best option (a, b, c or d) and mark it with 'x'. 61. We'll cross that _______ when we come to it. a) road b) fence c) bridge d) river 62. Actions speak louder than _______ . a) trumpets b) words c) airplanes d) shouting 63. 'to turn a blind eye' means: a) to pretend not to see something b) to try to open somebody's eyes to something c) to get medical treatment in order to improve one's eyesight d) to play a traditional children's game 64. 'to cook the books' means: a) to be a hopeless cook b) to change a company's figures to make the numbers look better c) to destroy the books of a certain author due to political reasons d) to treat books in a very careless way F. Opposites: What are the opposites of the following words? Please mark the correct word with a cross ('x'). 65. to break a) to join b) to fasten c) to fix d) to build 66. rough a) sharp b) heavy c) hard d) smooth 67. heavy a) light b) easy c) soft d) delicate G. Comprehension: Below each little text you find three sentences. Please mark the sentence with an ('x') which best describes what is said in the text. 8 68. Before you can get to where you want to be in terms of your job and career, you must determine your goals or objectives. Before you can achieve your ambition, you will need to work out what it is you are aiming for. Think of this as your 'overall life mission' which will be some overriding statement of intent or main ambition. a) It is vitally important for your career to always communicate your main ambitions to your boss and colleagues and to make sure that everybody knows about your 'overall life mission'. b) Having determined an 'overall life mission' for yourself, which includes your goals and objectives, will help you achieve the progress you wish for in terms of job and career. c) Being ambitious and having goals and objectives is not enough to step up the careerladder; you must also go on an 'overall life mission' regularly to achieve the goals you are aiming for. 69. The decision of Bosch, one of the 10 largest industrial groups in Germany, to set up a manufacturing plant in Cardiff is among the most significant startups that Wales has seen. Work began on the construction of the plant in 1989. The £120 million project represents the biggest single overseas investment ever made by Bosch. a) The set up of a manufacturing plant in Cardiff is among the 10 largest startups that Wales has seen. b) The £120 million project represents the biggest single overseas investment ever made by Bosch and the construction of the plant started in 1989. c) The production of goods in the Bosch plant in Cardiff, Wales began in 1989.