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This was the English examination to come to the university in Vietnam last year . There are very few students from all over the country getting mark 9. 5 and 10 . So i think it's difficult . What about you ? I will post the key of this test as soon as possible .
I . Choose the word which is stressed differently from the others . ( 5 points )

1. A . calculator B . language C.comprehend D .institute

2. A . challenge B. counter C . guardian D. explain

3. A . astonished B . obstacle C . disposal D . apparent

4 . A . advertiser B. history C . difficulty D . adventurous

5 . A . alternative B . impetus C . ancestry D . dividend

II . Multiple choice . ( 10 points )

6. The beautiful village is sheltered ________ the weather by the mountain .

A. from B . by C . in D. of

7. It is better to try to work _______ rather than against Nature .

A . for B . with C . by D . along

8 . They wanted us to pay ________ cheque

A . for B . in C . on D . by

9 . Andrew came to the party ________ he hadn’t been invited

A. although B . despite C . in case D . even

10 . PO box stands _________ “ Post Office “ box

A . as B . like C . for D . by

11. ______ he was good at physics in lower grades , he was terrible at it in grade 12 .

A . When B . While C . Except that D . Despite

12 . The conference was organized for all of the _____ in the city .

A . history teachers B. historical teachers C . historic teachers D . historian teachers .

13 . Unless we ______ up to these problems , many species of animals will become extinct .

A . look B . turn C . face D . get

14 . “ _______ do you go to the movies ? “ “ Once a month “

A . How far B . What time C . How often D . How much time

15 . The entrance exam is ______ far more difficult than the end – of – term one .

A . at B . by C . in D . from

III . Write the correct form of the word ( 20 points )

16 . This volcano is dead ; it has been ____ for more than a century ( ACT )

17 . There’s a serious ______ of food in the disaster area ( SHORT )

18 . He’s the only child in his family and hardly enjoys ______ ( BROTHER )

19 . Nobody is happy with their ______ explanations they gave for the failure ( CONVINCE )

20 . In nursing , women tend to _______ men by four to one ( NUMBER )

21 . “ Bye – bye “ is a more _______ word than “ Goodbye “ ( FORM )

22 . Tests are often carried out to detect genetic _______ before birth ( NORMAL )

23 . It’s very _______ of you to bring your umbrella today . ( SENSE )

24 . _______ to a new environment is a difficult thing for old people ( ADAPT )

25 . The result is impossible to predict with any degree of ________ ( CERTAIN )

IV . Find a suitable word to fill in the blank . ( 20 points )



If you live in a city , you probably see many people , hear the ( 26 ) ______ of traffic , and smell the pollution ( 27 ) _____ cars and factories .

We are entering a new time in ( 28 ) _______ history of the world . Before this , most ( 29 ) ________ were farmers . They lived in the country . Now many people are ( 30 ) ______ the farms and moving into the cities . They are looking for better jobs . The cities are growing very quickly . Most cities are very crowded . People are driving more cars , burning more fuel , ( 31 ) ________ more water , eating more food , making more garbage , and producing more things in factories than ( 32 ) ______ before . Life is becoming difficult .

Some governments are trying to plan for the future . They are building new roads , putting ( 33 ) _______ new houses , looking for more water , and limiting growth in certain areas . Still , city planners are getting worried . People are crowding into the cities ( 34 ) _______ than the cities can take them . The cities are running out ( 35 ) _____ room . What is the answers to this problem ?

V . ( 15 points ) Read and write the short answer to each question .

While almost everyone accepts the goal of developing skills in the three “ R’s “ – reading , writing , and arithmetic – it often seems impossible to reach agreement on any goal beyond that . In the broadest terms , the conflict over educational goals can be viewed as a conflict between conservatives and liberals , or , as they are sometimes called , essentialists and progressives .

The conservatives , or essentialists , tend to identify a desirable education with the transmission of the cultural heritage , a no – nonsense curriculum featuring the three R ‘s at the elementary – school level , and academic studies or strong vocational or business courses in the secondary school . They stress the training of the mind and cultivation of the intellect .

The liberals , or progressives, tend to be interested in the development of the whole child , not merely in training the child’s mind or in preparing the child for adult life in a remote future . They emphasize rich , meaningful school living in the present , and they view subject matter as a resource for total human development rather than as a goal in itself . They do not downgrade content but believe it should be acquired not for its own sake but as a means of fostering thought and inquiry .

36 . What is the basic goal of education that most people agree on ?

37 . What do the conservatives emphasize ?

38 . What do the liberals consider most important about schooling ?

39 . How do the liberals generally expect the child to develop ?

40 . How do the liberals treat educational content ?

VI ( 15 points )

A . ( 10 points ) Use the correct form of the words below to report these phrases .Each word is used once . Ex : Mary to Sean : “ Shall I review your piece of writing ? “ Mary offered to review Sean’s piece of writing .

ADMIT ADVISE APOLOGIZE COMPLAIN COMPLIMENT EXPLAIN INVITE OFFER PERSUADE PROMISE REMIND SUGGEST THREATEN WARN

41 . The mother to her son : “ Don’t forget to take your passport with you . “

……………………………………………………………………………..

42 . Anne to Susan : “ Would you like to stay for dinner with us ? “

……………………………………………………………………………..

43 . Pete to his sister : “ I wouldn’t tell anyone the story if I were you “

……………………………………………………………………………..

44 . The robber to the old lady : “ Give me all your money or I ‘ ll kill you . “

……………………………………………………………………………..

45 . Bob to his brother : “ I’ll help you with your homework . “

……………………………………………………………………………..

B . Use the word in the blank to rewrite the sentence so that it has the same meaning .( 5 points )

46 . I used a calculator ; otherwise , it would have taken much longer ( If )

………………………………………………………………………….

47 . I don’t believe anything that he says ( whatever )

……………………………………………………………………………

48 . He prefers plain water to coffee . ( rather )

……………………………………………………………………………

49 . I’ve never read such a sarcastic essay before . ( ever )

……………………………………………………………………………

50 . She not only passed the exam but also got a prize ( Not only )

……………………………………………………………………………

VII . ( 5 points ) Correct mistakes

51 . Singing , in some way , a song is similar to the reciting of a poem .

52 . Revising a paper will be much easier using a word processor .

53 . Yesterday he went to a hair salon to cut his hair .

54 . There is a panel discussion in the student lounge about drug addiction .

55. Although salmons live in salt water , but they lay their eggs and die in fresh water .

VIII . ( 10 points ) Use the words below to write a complete sentence . ( you can’t leave any of these words but you can make necessary changes

56 . The children / full / excitement / at / thought / their coming holiday //

57 . If you / take this exam / study / be / likely / fail //

58 . Young people / less and less / dependent / their parents / tend / develop / independent thinking //

59 . The climate / Britain / same / that / northwestern Europe //
60 . Many attemps / make / overcome / language barrier / little success / make //

(Edited to delete the repeat copy of the exam-- MM)

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This is a pretty standard style, basic-level test, Blue Clown. Most of it is quite natural, though #18 is odd and #19 contains an odd pronoun (these don't affect the answers, however). Part IV, I imagine, is quite difficult, as it requires open choices from the student's vocabulary. Part VI has plenty of available verb choices, and offers alternative possible sentences. Only #52 seems OK to me as it stands, though I can guess how they wish the student to fix it.

How did you do on the test, Blue Clown?
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Here is the key to the test :

I .5 points . Each correct answer is 1 point
  1. C
  2. D
  3. B
  4. D
  5. A
II. 10 points . Each correct answer is 1 point
  1. A
  2. B
  3. D
  4. A
  5. C
  6. B
  7. A
  8. C
  9. C
  10. B
III . 20 points . Each correct answer is 2 points
  1. inactive
  2. shortage
  3. brotherhood
  4. unconvincing
  5. outnumber
  6. informal
  7. abnormalities / abnormality
  8. sensible
  9. Adaption / Adapting
  10. certainty
IV. 20 points . Each correct answer is 2 points
  1. noise
  2. from
  3. the
  4. people
  5. leaving/ abandoning
  6. using/ consuming
  7. ever
  8. up
  9. faster
  10. of
V . 15 points . Each correct answer is 3 points

36 . Developing / To develop skills in the three “ R’s “ / ( Developing/ To develop )

reading , writing , and arithmetic .

37.( They emphasize ) the training of the mind and cultivation of the intellect .

38 . ( They consider ) rich and meaningful school living / life in the present ( most important about schooling ) .

39 . ( They expect the child ) to develop wholly / to be all- sided .

40 . ( They treat it / educational content ) as a means of fostering thought and inquiry .

VI. 15 points

A . Each correct answer is 2 points

41. The mother reminded her son to take his passport with him .

42 . Anne invited Susan to stay for dinner with them .

43 . Pete advised his sister not to tell anyone the story .

44. The robber threatened to kill the old lady if she didn’t give him all her money .

45. Bob promised to help his brother with his homework .
B . Each correct answer is 1 point .

46 . If I hadn’t used a calculator , it would have taken much longer .

47 . I don’t believe whatever he says .

48 . He ‘d / would rather drink / have plain water than ( drink / have ) coffee.

49 . This is the most sarcastic essay ( that ) I have ever read .

50 . Not only did she pass the exam , but ( she ) also got a prize .

VII . 5 points . Each correct answer is 1 point .

51 . _ In some way , singing a song is similar to reciting a poem . Or :

_ Singing a song , in some way , is similar to reciting a poem .

52 . Revising a paper will be much easier with a word processor .

53 . _ He went to a hair salon for a haircut / to have a haircut / to have his hair cut

yesterday . Or :

_ Yesterday he …..

54 . There is a panel discussion about drug addiction in the student lounge .

55. _ Although salmons live in salt water , they lay their eggs and die in fresh water .

Or :

_ Salmons live in salt water , but they lay their eggs and die in fresh water .

VIII . 10 points . Each correct answer is 2 points .

56 . The children were / are full of excitement at the thought of their coming holiday . 57 . If you take this exam without studying , you are likely to fail .

58 . _ Young people who / that are less and less dependent on / upon their parents

tend to develop independent thinking . Or :

_ ….. who ….. parents , ……..

59 . The climate of Britain is the same as that of northwestern Europe .

60 . Many attempts have been made to overcome the language barrier but little success has been made .
To Mister Micawber : I tried this test last year when i was in the 10 grade so my score was 6 . You know , this test was for the 12 . Next year I will do the real test which is similar to this . Hope that my score will be better . Emotion: big smile