Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Question 1. The costal city is _______ extra buses during the summer because of a considerable increase in the number of tourists.
A. turning out.
B. making up.
C. taking off.
D. putting on.
Question 2. Although she had been told quite sternly to _______ herself together, she simply couldn’t stop the tears from flowing.
Question 3. If our teacher were here now, he _______ us with this difficult exercise.
A. will help.
B. would help.
C. has helped.
Question 4. They were at the stadium with us last night, so they _______ at the threatre then.
A. needn’t have been.
B. might have been.
C. should have been.
D. can’t have been.
Question 5. _______ to fame at an early age may have a negative influence on children’s psychological development.
Question 6. Her parents rarely let her stay out late, _______?
A. doesn’t she.
B. don’t they.
C. does she.
D. do they.
Question 7. Participating in teamwork activities helps students develop their _______ skills.
Question 8. The boy denied _______ the cake even though there was some cream left on his chin.
A. to eating.
C. to eat.
Question 9. In most countries, photocopying books without the publisher’s permission is clearly a copyright _______.
Question 10. These volunteer programmes aim to provide education for children in _______ regions.
Question 11. The children _______ by social networks are likely to suffer from depression and other health problems.
C. who obsessed.
D. are obsessed.
Question 12. Only after the teacher _______ the procedure clearly were the students allowed to go ahead with the experiment.
A. was explaining.
B. would explain.
C. had explained.
D. has explained.
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.
Question 13. Despite careful preparation, the candidate got cold feet when asked a challenging question and gave an unsatisfactory answer.
A. got nervous.
B. became aggressive.
C. stayed confident.
D. had a fever.
Question 14. Winning the first prize in the National Math Competition was the highest achievement he got when he was at school.
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.
Question 15. The team entered the competition with great confidence after getting sound advice from their coach.
Question 16. It is high time more intensive campaigns were initiated to protect endangered species all over the world.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the sentence that best completes each of the following exchanges.
Question 17. Jenny and Jimmy are talking about university education.
- Jenny: “I think having a university degree is the only way to succeed in life.”
- Jimmy: “_______. There were successful people without a degree.”
A. That’s all right.
B. I don’t quite agree.
C. I can’t agree more.
D. That’s life.
Question 18. Adam and Janet are at the school canteen.
- Adam: “_______”
- Janet: “Yes, please.”
A. It’s a bit hot in here, isn’t it?
B. Do you mind if I sit here?
C. Can you pass me the salt, please?
D. Would you like a cup of coffee?
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.
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.
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 23 to 27.
Taking piano lessons and solving math puzzles on a computer significantly improve specific math skills of elementary schoolchildren, according to a new study. The results, (23) _______ were published in the journal Neurological Research, are the latest in a series that links musical training to the development of higher brain functions.
Researchers worked with 135 second-grade students at a school in Los Angeles after (24) _______ a pilot study with 102 students. Children that were given four months of piano training as well as time playing (25) _______ newly designed computer software scored 27 percent higher on math and fraction tests than other children.
Piano instruction is thought to enhance the brain’s “hard wiring” for spatial-temporal reasoning, or the ability to visualize and transform objects in space and time, says Professor Gordon Shaw, who led the study. At the same time, the computer game allows children to solve geometric and math puzzles that boost their ability to (26) _______ shapes in their mind.
The findings are significant (27) _______ a grasp of proportional math and fractions is a prerequisite to math at higher levels, and children who do not master these areas of math cannot understand move advanced math that is critical to high-tech fields.
(Adapted from “Eye on Editing 2” by Joyce S. Cain)
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 28 to 34.
When we meet people for the first time, we often make decisions about them based entirely on how they look. And of course, we too are being judged on our appearance. Undoubtedly, it’s what’s inside that’s important but sometimes we can send out the wrong signals and so get a negative reaction, simply by wearing inappropriate clothing.
When selecting your clothes each day, it is therefore important to think about who you’re likely to meet, where you are going to be spending most of your time and what tasks you are likely to perform. Clearly, on a practical level, some outfits will be more appropriate to different sorts of activity and this will dictate your choice to an extent. However, there’s no need to abandon your individual taste completely. After all, if you dress to please somebody else’s idea of what looks good, you may end up feeling uncomfortable and not quite yourself.
Some colours bring your natural colouring to life and others can give you a washed-out appearance. Try out new ones by all means, but remember that dressing in bright colours when you really like subtle neutral tones or vice versa will make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. You know deep down where your own taste boundaries lie. It may be fun to cross these sometimes, but do take care not to go too far all at once.
Reappraising your image isn’t selfish because everyone who comes into contact with you will benefit. You’ll look better and you’ll feel a better person all round. And if in doubt, you only need to read Professor Albert Mehrabian’s book Silent Messages, which showed that the impact we make on each other depends 55 percent on how we look and behave, 38 percent on how we speak, and only seven percent on what we actually say.
(Adapter from “Expert First” by Jan Bell and Roger Gower)
Question 28. Which could be the best title for the passage?
A. Choosing Appropriate Business Suits
B. Making Judgements about People’s Appearance
C. Making Your Image Work for You
D. Creating a Professional Image
Question 29. According to paragraph 1, people can get a negative reaction from others by _______.
A. talking about other people’s behaviours.
B. sending out right signals.
C. wearing inappropriate clothes.
D. expressing too strong emotions.
Question 30. The word “outfits” in paragraph 2 mostly means _______.
A. sets of clothes.
B. types of signals.
C. types of gestures.
D. sets of equipment.
Question 31. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in paragraph 2 as a factor to be considered when choosing clothes?
A. Places you spend time in.
B. Other people’s views on beauty.
C. Kinds of tasks you perform.
D. People you meet.
Question 32. The word “others” in paragraph 3 refers to _______.
A. neutral tones.
B. taste boundaries.
Question 33. The word “Reappraising” in paragraph 4 is closest in meaning to _______.
Question 34. According to Professor Albert Mehrabian, the impact we make on each other depends mainly on _______.
A. how we speak.
B. how we look and behave.
C. what we read.
D. what we actually say.
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.
While watching sports on TV, the chances are children will see professional players cheating, having tantrums, fighting, or abusing officials. In addition, it’s highly likely that children will be aware of well-known cases of sportspeople being caught using drugs to improve their performance. The danger of all this is that it could give children the idea that winning is all that counts and you should win at all costs. Good behavior and fair play aren’t the message that comes across. Instead, it looks as if cheating and bad behavior are reasonable ways of getting what you want. This message is further bolstered by the fact that some of these sportspeople acquire enormous fame and wealth, making it seem they are being handsomely rewarded either despite or because of their bad behavior.
What can parents do about this? They can regard sport on television as an opportunity to discuss attitudes and behavior with their children. When watching sports together, if parents see a player swearing at the referee, they can get the child’s opinion on that behavior and discuss whether a player’s skill is more important than their behavior. Ask what the child thinks the player’s contribution to the team is. Point out that no player can win a team game on their own, so it’s important for members to work well together.
Another thing to focus on is what the commentators say. Do they frown on bad behavior from players, think it’s amusing or even consider it’s a good thing? What about the officials? If they let players get away with a clear foul, parents can discuss with children whether this is right and what effect it has on the game. Look too at the reactions of coaches and managers. Do they accept losing with good grace or scowl and show a bad attitude? Parents can use this to talk about attitudes to winning and losing and to remind children that both are part of sport.
However, what children learn from watching sports is by no means all negative and parents should make sure they accentuate the positives too. They should emphasise to children the high reputation that well-behaved players have, not just with their teammates but also with spectators and the media. They can focus on the contribution made by such players during a game, discussing how valuable they are in the team. In the interviews after a game, point out to a child that the well-behaved sportspeople don’t gloat when they win or sulk when they lose. And parents can stress how well these people conduct themselves in their personal lives and the good work they do for others when not playing. In other words, parents should get their children to focus on the positive role models, rather than the antics of the badly behaved but often more publicized players.
(Adapter from “New English File – Advanced” by Will Maddox)
Question 35. Which of the following does the passage mainly discuss?
A. The importance of team spirit in sport
B. The influence of model sportspeople on children
C. Moral lessons for children from watching sports
D. Different attitudes toward bad behavior in sport
Question 36. The word “bolstered” in paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to _______.
Question 37. According to paragraph 1, misconduct exhibited by players may lead children to think that _______.
A. it is an acceptable way to win the game.
B. it is necessary in almost any game.
C. it brings about undesirable results.
D. it is disadvantagesous to all concerned.
Question 38. According to paragraph 2, what should parents teach their children through watching sports?
A. Cheating is frowned upon by the majority of players.
B. A team with badly-behaved players will not win a game.
C. A player’s performance is of greater value than his behavior.
D. Collaboration is fundamental to any team’s success.
Question 39. The word “accentuate” in paragraph 4 can be best replaced by _______.
Question 40. The word “They” in paragraph 4 refers to _______.
Question 41. Which of the following about sport is NOT mentioned in the passage?
A. Misconduct from sportspeople may go unpunished despite the presence of officials.
B. A well-behaved player enjoys a good reputation among his teammates, spectators and the media.
C. Reactions of coaches and managers when their teams lose a game may be of educational value.
D. Many sportspeople help others so as to project good images of themselves.
Question 42. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
A. The media tend to turn the spotlight more on sportspeople’s wrongdoings than on their good deeds.
B. The well-behaved players in a game invariably display desirable conducts when not playing.
C. Players with good attitudes make a greater contribution to their teams’ budgets than others.
D. Well-mannered players sometimes display strong emotions after winning or losing a game.
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.
Question 43. “I’m sorry I haven’t finished the assignment,” Fiona said.
A. Fiona apoligised for not finishing the assignment.
B. Fiona regretted having finished the assignment.
C. Fiona refused to finish the assignment.
D. Fiona denied having finished the assignment.
Question 44. Many people think that the new regulations will encourage people to use less energy.
A. The new regulations are thought to encourage lower consumption of energy.
B. It is thought that the new regulations will encourage people to consume more energy.
C. It was thought that lower consumption of energy was stimulated by the new regulations.
D. Lower consumption of energy is thought to lead to the introduction of the new regulations.
Question 45. It usually takes her an hour to drive to work.
A. She never spends an hour driving to work.
B. She used to drive to work in an hour.
C. She doesn’t usually drive to work in an hour.
D. She usually spends an hour driving to work.
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.
Question 46. Drawing on her own experience in psychology, the writer successfully portrayed a volatile with dramtic alternatives of mood.
A. in psychology
D. dramtic alternatives
Question 47. It was the year 2014 that Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A.the year 2014
B. was made
Question 48. My close friends spends most of their free time helping the homeless people in the community.
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.
Question 49. He fulfilled his dream of travelling the world. He decided to get a job and settle down.
A. Having fulfilled his dream of travelling the world, he decided to get a job and settle down.
B. Although he had fulfilled his dream of travelling the world, he decided not to get a job and settle down.
C. If he had fulfilled his dream of travelling the world, he would have decided to get a job and settle down.
D. As he decided to get a job and settle down, he didn’t fulfil his dream of travelling the world.
Question 50. She gave a great performance at the festival. We now know she has artistic talent.
A. Hardly had we known about her artistic talent when she gave a great performance at the festival.
B. Although she gave a great performance at the festival, now we still don’t know she has artistic talent.
C. Amazing as her artistic talent is, we don’t know about her great performance at the festival.
D. But for her great performance at the festival, we wouldn’t know about her artistic talent now.
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