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					          SECTION A: READING COMPREHENSION
EXAMPLE 1 (Estimated time: 10’ / Marks 5)
Match each paragraph with the most suitable title. There are two titles you do
not need to use. 0 is the example

         Ireland is ranked friendliest place in the world
                    A.   Irish oral tradition.
                    B.   British attitude towards the Irish.
                    C.   Good humour after hard times.
                    D. More than you can expect.
                    E.   The biggest attraction in Ireland.
                    F.   What the Irish think of Britain.
                    G. Having a nice time.
                    H. Three reasons to visit Ireland.


0. The British have rarely been complimentary about the Irish down the
   centuries. There have been the Irish jokes, insulting nicknames and the
   attitude that much that went on the neighbouring island was simply
   unacceptable. B (Example)
1. Now it turns out that the friendliest country in the world is Ireland. The
   prestigious British travel guide Lonely Planet reckons that the island’s
   inhabitants have reverted to what they do best – drinking good liquor, making
   strangers feel at home and having fun.
2. The 2008 edition of The Lonely Planet Bluelist – a guide to places you should
   think about visiting – says: “Centuries of turmoil, conquest, famine and
   subsequent immigration have left them with a deliciously dark sense of
   humour and a welcoming attitude towards strangers.”
3. “That famous ability of the Irish means you’re always having fun. A cautious
   optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that
   anything is possible.”
4. The verdict was greeted triumphantly by tourism officials yesterday. Lawrence
   Bate, of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have this endorsement of
   thousands of Lonely Planet readers. People have expectations that are far and
   away exceeded when they visit Ireland.”
5. The Irish have further reason to smile after claiming a place in the Lonely
   Planet list of the world’s 10 best brewery headquarters, leased by Arthur
   Guinness in 1759. “If you don’t know what it is that makes the Guinness
   brewery Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, you must be under 18,” the
   book says.
                               Adapted from The Independent by Andy McSmith, Oct 2007


NI Sample Exam                                                                     1
EXAMPLE 2 (Estimated time: 15’ / Marks 6)
Read the text and for questions 1-6 choose the correct option a), b) or c). 0 is the
example.

               CURRICULUM VITAES: TIPS THAT HELP
Six out of ten CV’s which are prepared by Information Technology professionals
fail to meet the basic standards and are turned down without even being read
fully, according to a recruitment company. As a consequence, thousands of
candidates are excluding themselves from attractive job opportunities.


Although the company handles over 60,000 CV’s per year, it estimates that at
least 60% would not be admitted if they were sent directly to potential clients due
to basic errors.


The company Marketing Director said, “Sadly it’s often the most highly qualified
candidates whose CV’s are so poorly constructed that they are literally dead on
arrival. Attractive job opportunities in the IT industry often generate intense
competition and there is often little to choose between the candidates”.


“Advice on the presentation format of CV’s in relation to the requirements that
they are being submitted for should be an Industry standard so as to add real
value to the candidates that you are representing and indeed to fulfill your
professional obligations to your clients”.


“Writing a CV can be extremely difficult and too often a CV turns out to be a
generic overview including a lot of information that is irrelevant. People should
remember that an employer typically spends between 15 and 30 seconds
scanning each CV and you have that one chance to make an impression”.


“A good CV is more than just documentation of your career path; it is a
marketing tool designed to present your professional career experience according
to the new job specification. It should also include details of past professional
successes that effectively demonstrate your ability to undertake the job
responsibilities outlined”.


                                          Adapted from College Times Magazine Feb 2007




NI Sample Exam                                                                      2
0. Six out ten CV’s are …
  a) attractive.

  b) badly written. ¥ (Example)

  c) well-done.
1. Recruitment companies say that potential clients …
  a) make basic mistakes.

  b) only get 60% of CV’s.

  c) reject CV’s with mistakes.
2. The Marketing Director said that the best candidates …
  a) are the most affected.

  b) do not send CV’s.

  c) write the best CV’s.
3. The Marketing Director suggests that candidates ought to pay attention to …
  a) CV’s presentation.

  b) other companies.

  c) other competitors.
4. The Marketing Director says that very often CV’s include …
  a) necessary details.

  b) unimportant information.

  c) very little information
5. Candidates should remember that employers …
  a) are typical people.

  b) are very busy people.

  c) make an impression on people.
6. A good curriculum should show …
  a) the new job specifications.

  b) your marketing tools.

  c) your overall skills.




NI Sample Exam                                                                   3
EXAMPLE 3 (Estimated time: 15’ / Marks 9)
Read the text and complete each blank with ONE suitable word from the list
supplied. Then write your answers in the boxes provided. Each word can be used
only ONCE. Three of these words are not to be used. The first one has been done
as an example.

                VETERINARIANS TRY ACUPUNCTURE
As alternative approaches like acupuncture and herbal (0) REMEDIES
(Example) have moved into the mainstream for humans, veterinarians have
made those same techniques (1) __________ available for pets.
       Animal-care officials say pet owners have been convinced by their own
positive experiences that their pets should also enjoy the (2) __________ of
alternative techniques.
      “Seeing is believing,” said Ms Wortman, a pets hospital administrator,
standing near a row of scented candles on the new clinic reception desk.
      A Japanese fountain, soft lights and walls painted in soft tones increase
the calming atmosphere of the clinic, which has a 24-hour-a-day (3) __________
room for pets.
      The renovations have a (4) __________ effect on pets and it is just as
important to create a setting where owners also (5) __________ relaxed.
       Still the push for the new treatments – also known as holistic or
complementary medicine – has not come so much from vets, whose medical
training is still acquired in the rigours of the Western scientific tradition. Despite
broadening acceptance, alternative medicine for animals faces (6) __________.
      The American Veterinary Medical Association said in recent guidelines on
alternative medical techniques for animals that the organization is “open to their
consideration.” But it stressed that the quality of research into different methods
varies, saying some practices “may (7) __________ from current scientific
knowledge.”
      An animal acupuncturist said one positive experience with alternative
techniques can be enough to convince (8) __________. Ms Chartrand treats her cat
with aromatherapy when she gets sick. “I do holistic things for my body. So I
thought, (9) __________ exciting that they’re doing this for animals.”

                                                  Adapted from Comm-oddities. Nov. 2006

  BELIEVERS DOUBTERS  HOW          SKEPTICISM  WHAT
  BENEFITS  EMERGENGY INCREASINGLY STRESSFUL
  DIFFER    FEEL      REMEDIES     THERAPEUTIC




NI Sample Exam                                                                       4
         SECTION B: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
EXAMPLE 1 (Estimated time: 7’ / Marks 6.25)
Listen to the following text about David Coulthard, an F1 driver. For questions 1-
6, choose the most appropriate alternative a), b) or c).

                             DAVID COULTHARD
0. The presenter says the sound in the background ...
  a) comes from a TV Sunday programme.
  b) makes her feel sleepy.
  c) reminds her of her father. ¥ (Example)
1. F1 driver David Coulthard likes ...
  a) being inside a racing car.
  b) driving at 280 km/hr.
  c) feeling fully concentrated.
2. Many F1 drivers suffer from health problems because of the ...
  a) force of gravity.
  b) ground conditions.
  c) heat in the car.
3. In the world of motor racing, eating disorders are ...
  a) more common than we think.
  b) spoken about among ladies.
  c) unknown to F1 drivers.
4. After the 1995 accident, D. Coulthard realised he ...
  a) had gained experience.
  b) lost concentration.
  c) was scared to drive again.
5. Which of these options best summarises what the programme is about?
  a) How dangerous F1 driving is.
  b) What it is like to be an F1 driver.
  c) What problems F1 driving has.

                                                            Adapted from www.bbc.co.uk




NI Sample Exam                                                                      5
EXAMPLE 2 (Estimated time: 7’ / Marks 6.25)
Listen to the following text about Vivienne Westwood, a fashion designer. Fill
gaps 1-6 with no more than three words.

                            VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

x Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer of the mid 1970s. (Example)
x To shock the establishment, punk used (1) ____________________, odd
  behaviour and colourful clothes.
x Punk youngsters often wore tartan trousers, (2) ____________________ and dog
  collars.
x In her cultural manifesto V. Westwood encourages people to rebel against
  commerce, celebrity and (3) ____________________.
x In her opinion you use (4) ____________________ in the theatre more than in
  the cinema.
x She considers magazines are more suitable for (5) ____________________
  people.
                                                              Adapted from www.bbc.co.uk



EXAMPLE 3 (Estimated time: 7’ / Marks 7.5)
You are going to hear an interview with Guy Ferland, an American film director.
Are the following statements True or False?

                                  GUY FERLAND
0. Guy Ferland promoted Telling lies in Spain.        T (Example)
1. Telling lies is a film about a killer.
2. Guy Ferland started making films after seeing a film by Hitchcock.
3. He found it difficult to get a job after graduating.
4. In Telling lies there is a character who appears in all the scenes.
5. To make the film, he had to research the music of the 70s.
6. The main character in the film is an American boy.
                                                          Adapted from Speak Up Magazine




NI Sample Exam                                                                        6
                          SECTION C: WRITING
Task 1. (Estimated time: 20’ / Marks 5)

   1. You are studying at a university in Britain for an academic year and you
      feel you have to improve your English. Write a note (about 80 words) to put
      on the noticeboard of the university asking for someone who can give you
      extra English lessons. Include the following information:

               ¾   Introduce yourself.
               ¾   Studies: What and why.
               ¾   Your level of English.
               ¾   Your offer in return.

Task 2. (Estimated time: 40’ / Marks 15)

   1. This is an e-mail a friend sent you. Answer it in about 180 words:

         Hi!

         Yesterday I spoke to Mick and he told me you went to Argentina
         last year on holiday. That’s my dream! Can you tell me about it? I
         would also like to go next year. Can you please send me
         information    about    the   following:  Means    of   transport,
         accommodation, people, prices, best places, Did you have any
         problems … Please, answer quickly, I need to know!

         Pete




NI Sample Exam                                                                 7
          SECTION A: READING COMPREHENSION
EXAMPLE 1
Match each paragraph with the most suitable title. There are two titles you do
not need to use. 0 is the example

         Ireland is ranked friendliest place in the world
                    A.   Irish oral tradition.
                    B.   British attitude towards the Irish.
                    C.   Good humour after hard times.
                    D. More than you can expect.
                    E.   The biggest attraction in Ireland.
                    F.   What the Irish think of Britain.
                    G. Having a nice time.
                    H. Three reasons to visit Ireland.


0. The British have rarely been complimentary about the Irish down the
   centuries. There have been the Irish jokes, insulting nicknames and the
   attitude that much that went on the neighbouring island was simply
   unacceptable. B (Example)
1. Now it turns out that the friendliest country in the world is Ireland. The
   prestigious British travel guide Lonely Planet reckons that the island’s
   inhabitants have reverted to what they do best – drinking good liquor, making
   strangers feel at home and having fun. H
2. The 2008 edition of The Lonely Planet Bluelist – a guide to places you should
   think about visiting – says: “Centuries of turmoil, conquest, famine and
   subsequent immigration have left them with a deliciously dark sense of
   humour and a welcoming attitude towards strangers.” C
3. “That famous ability of the Irish means you’re always having fun. A cautious
   optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that
   anything is possible.” G
4. The verdict was greeted triumphantly by tourism officials yesterday. Lawrence
   Bate, of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted to have this endorsement of
   thousands of Lonely Planet readers. People have expectations that are far and
   away exceeded when they visit Ireland.” D
5. The Irish have further reason to smile after claiming a place in the Lonely
   Planet list of the world’s 10 best brewery headquarters, leased by Arthur
   Guinness in 1759. “If you don’t know what it is that makes the Guinness
   brewery Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, you must be under 18,” the
   book says. E
                         Adapted from The Independent By Andy McSmith, 17 October 2007


NI Sample exam                                                                      1
EXAMPLE 2
Read the text and for questions 1-6 choose the correct option a), b) or c). 0 is the
example.

               CURRICULUM VITAES: TIPS THAT HELP
Six out of ten CV’s which are prepared by Information Technology professionals
fail to meet the basic standards and are turned down without even being read
fully, according to a recruitment company. As a consequence, thousands of
candidates are excluding themselves from attractive job opportunities.


Although the company handles over 60,000 CV’s per year, it estimates that at
least 60% would not be admitted if they were sent directly to potential clients due
to basic errors.


The company Marketing Director said, “Sadly it’s often the most highly qualified
candidates whose CV’s are so poorly constructed that they are literally dead on
arrival. Attractive job opportunities in the IT industry often generate intense
competition and there is often little to choose between the candidates”.


“Advice on the presentation format of CV’s in relation to the requirements that
they are being submitted for should be an Industry standard so as to add real
value to the candidates that you are representing and indeed to fulfill your
professional obligations to your clients”.


“Writing a CV can be extremely difficult and too often a CV turns out to be a
generic overview including a lot of information that is irrelevant. People should
remember that an employer typically spends between 15 and 30 seconds
scanning each CV and you have that one chance to make an impression”.


“A good CV is more than just documentation of your career path; it is a
marketing tool designed to present your professional career experience according
to the new job specification. It should also include details of past professional
successes that effectively demonstrate your ability to undertake the job
responsibilities outlined”.


                                     Adapted from College Times magazine February 2007




NI Sample exam                                                                      2
0. Six out ten CV’s are …
  a) attractive.

  b) badly written. ¥ (Example)

  c) well-done.
1. Recruitment companies say that potential clients would …
  a) make basic mistakes.

  b) only get 60% of CV’s.

  c) reject CV’s with mistakes. ¥
2. The Marketing Director said that the best candidates …
  a) are the most affected. ¥

  b) do not send CV’s.

  c) write the best CV’s.
3. The Marketing Director suggests that candidates ought to pay attention to …
  a) CV’s presentation. ¥

  b) other companies.

  c) other competitors.
4. The Marketing Director says that very often CV’s include …
  a) necessary details.

  b) unimportant information. ¥

  c) very little information
5. Candidates should remember that employers …
  a) are typical people.

  b) are very busy people. ¥

  c) make an impression on people.
6. A good curriculum should show …
  a) the new job specifications.

  b) your marketing tools.

  c) your overall skills. ¥




NI Sample exam                                                                   3
EXAMPLE 3
Read the text and complete each blank with ONE suitable word or phrase from
the list supplied. Then write your answers in the boxes provided. Each word can
be used only ONCE. Three of these words are not to be used. The first blank has
been done as an example.

                VETERINARIANS TRY ACUPUNCTURE
As alternative approaches like acupuncture and herbal (0) REMEDIES
(Example) have moved into the mainstream for humans, veterinarians have
made those same techniques (1) INCREASINGLY available for pets.
       Animal-care officials say pet owners have been convinced by their own
positive experiences that their pets should also enjoy the (2) BENEFITS of
alternative techniques.
      “Seeing is believing,” said Ms Wortman, a pets hospital administrator,
standing near a row of scented candles on the new clinic reception desk.
     A Japanese fountain, soft lights and walls painted in soft tones increase
the calming atmosphere of the clinic, which has a 24-hour-a-day (3)
EMERGENCY room for pets.
      The renovations have a (4) THERAPEUTIC effect on pets and it is just as
important to create a setting where owners also (5) FEEL relaxed.
       Still the push for the new treatments – also known as holistic or
complementary medicine – has not come so much from vets, whose medical
training is still acquired in the rigours of the Western scientific tradition. Despite
broadening acceptance, alternative medicine for animals faces (6) SKEPTICISM.
      The American Veterinary Medical Association said in recent guidelines on
alternative medical techniques for animals that the organization is “open to their
consideration.” But it stressed that the quality of research into different methods
varies, saying some practices “may (7) DIFFER from current scientific
knowledge.”
      An animal acupuncturist said one positive experience with alternative
techniques can be enough to convince (8) DOUBTERS. Ms Chartrand treats her
cat with aromatherapy when she gets sick. “I do holistic things for my body. So I
thought, (9) HOW exciting that they’re doing this for animals.”

                                                  Adapted from Comm-oddities. Nov. 2006

  BELIEVERS DOUBTERS  HOW          SKEPTICISM  WHAT
  BENEFITS  EMERGENGY INCREASINGLY STRESSFUL
  DIFFER    FEEL      REMEDIES     THERAPEUTIC




NI Sample exam                                                                       4
         SECTION B: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
EXAMPLE 1
Listen to the following text about David Coulthard, an F1 driver. For questions 1-
6, choose the most appropriate alternative a), b) or c).

                             DAVID COULTHARD
0. The presenter says the sound in the background ...
  a) comes from a TV Sunday programme.
  b) makes her feel sleepy.
  c) reminds her of her father. ¥ (Example)
1. F1 driver David Coulthard likes ...
  a) being inside a racing car.
  b) driving at 280 km/hr.
  c) feeling fully concentrated. ¥
2. Many F1 drivers suffer from health problems because of the ...
  a) force of gravity. ¥
  b) ground conditions.
  c) heat in the car.
3. In the world of motor racing, eating disorders are ...
  a) more common than we think. ¥
  b) spoken about among ladies.
  c) unknown to F1 drivers.
4. After the 1995 accident, D. Coulthard realised he ...
  a) had gained experience. ¥
  b) lost concentration.
  c) was scared to drive again.
5. Which of these options best summarises what the programme is about?
  a) How dangerous F1 driving is.
  b) What it is like to be an F1 driver. ¥
  c) What problems F1 driving has.
                                                            Adapted from www.bbc.co.uk




NI Sample exam                                                                      5
EXAMPLE 2
Listen to the following text about Vivienne Westwood, a fashion designer. Fill
gaps 1-6 with no more than three words.

                          VIVIENNE WESTWOOD

x Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer of the mid 1970s. (Example)
x To shock the establishment, punk used (1) REBELLIOUS MUSIC, odd
  behaviour and colourful clothes.
x Punk youngsters often wore tartan trousers, (2) SAFETY PINS / SPIKY HAIR
  and dog collars.
x In her cultural manifesto V. Westwood encourages people to rebel against
  commerce, celebrity and (3) CONCEPTUAL ART.
x In her opinion you use (4) YOUR IMAGINATION in the theatre more than in
  the cinema.
x She considers magazines are more suitable for (5) (VISUALLY) ILLITERATE
  people.
                                                          Adapted from www.bbc.co.uk



EXAMPLE 3
You are going to hear an interview with Guy Ferland, an American film director.
Are the following statements True or False?

                                GUY FERLAND
0. Guy Ferland promoted Telling lies in Spain.      T (Example)
1. Telling lies is a film about a killer. FALSE
2. Guy Ferland started making films after seeing a film by Hitchcock. TRUE
3. He found it difficult to get a job after graduating. FALSE
4. In Telling lies there is a character who appears in all the scenes. TRUE
5. To make the film, he had to research the music of the 70s. FALSE
6. The main character in the film is an American boy. FALSE
                                                      Adapted from Speak Up Magazine




NI Sample exam                                                                    6
                 TM/NI ORAL EXAM – Task 1
               Topic 0: LANGUAGE LEARNING
                               STUDENT A

Read the following text and tell your partner about it. You can also give your
own opinion on the topic. You have two minutes to prepare your presentation.

 Even Police Dogs Are Learning English
 If you think English is a hard language to learn,
 just think how difficult it must be for dogs.
 Because the British police are short of British
 dogs, they must import German shepherds from
 Belgium and France. But, as the dogs were
 trained in German, they must attend special
 English classes so that they can recognize
 commands in English. Britain will have the first
 bilingual police dogs.
                 TM/NI ORAL EXAM – Task 1
               Topic 0: LANGUAGE LEARNING
                               STUDENT B

Read the following text and tell your partner about it. You can also give your
own opinion on the topic. You have two minutes to prepare your presentation.

The Language Barrier
Other nationalities probably don’t envy many
things about the English, but they do envy their
language. They believe that, if you are a native
English speaker, you don’t have to worry about
learning a foreign language. Unfortunately,
language-learning in many parts of the English-
speaking world is no longer perceived as
necessary and useful. Yet, according to a recent
article, being monolingual in the modern world is
not such a good thing.
   TM/NI ORAL EXAM – Task 2
    Topic 0: RELATIONSHIPS


               STUDENT A



One of your colleagues is always late and this
is causing you trouble at work. Decide with B
if you should tell him / her and in that case
how to do it.

Discuss the following points:


   ™ Making insinuations in his/her presence
   ™ Fear of his/her reaction
   ™ Having a private conversation with
     him/her
   TM/NI ORAL EXAM – Task 2
    Topic 0: RELATIONSHIPS


               STUDENT B



One of your colleagues is always late and this
is causing you trouble at work. Decide with A
if you should tell him / her and in that case
how to do it.

Discuss the following points:


   ™ Making insinuations in his/her presence
   ™ Fear of his/her reaction
   ™ Having a private conversation with
     him/her

				
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