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ENTRY TEST FOR ENGLISH FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

Total Score: 75 marks


Exercise I.
Put the verb in brackets in the correct tense. The tenses used are Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple, Past Continuous and will. There are also examples of the infinitive. Do not use abbreviated verb forms. (21 marks)

Mrs. Hay 1.  (drive) along a small country road when she 2.  (see) a man at the side of the road. He 3.  (wave) and pointing at his car. Mrs. Hay 4.  (stop) and 5.  (ask) the man if he was all right.
My cars broken down, said the man.
Where do you want 6.  (go)? asked Mrs. Hay.
London, replied the man.
Well, I 7.  (not go) to London, but I 8.  (give) you a lift to the station, if you like.
On the way to the station they chatted.
9.  you work in London? asked Mrs. Hay.
No, I dont. I 10.  (run) my own business in Oxford. But today I 11.  (have) lunch with a friend in London we always 12.  (have) lunch together on Fridays. I promised 13.  (meet) her at one oclock.
Theres a train at 11.30. I dont think you 14.  (be) late for your appointment.
When they arrived at the station, a train 15.  (stand) at the platform.
Thats your train, said Mrs. Hay.
You 16.  (catch) it if youre quick . After the man 17.  (get out) of the car, Mrs. Hay 18.  (drove away). A few minutes later she realized that she 19.  (make) a mistake: it was the wrong train. She went back to the station, but the train wasnt there: it had already 20.  (leave)! She went into the station and asked at the information desk where the train was going.
Edinburgh, the information clerk told her. Its the express service. It doesnt stop until it 21.  (get) to Edinburgh.


Exercise II.
Change the infinitive in brackets into either the (active or passive) Past Simple or the Present Perfect, according to what is required in English usage. Do not use abbreviated verb forms.( 8 marks )

The man who 1.  (escape) last night from Dartmoor Prison 2.  (capture). He 3.  (shoot) two guards dead as he 4.  (make) his getaway, and 5.  (wound) two others at the time he 6.  (capture). It is suspected that the gun he 7.  (use) 8.  (bring) to him by a recent visitor.

Exercise III.
Change the infinitive in brackets into either the (active or passive) Past Simple or the Past Perfect, according to what is required in English usage. Do not use abbreviated verb forms. (7 marks)

When I 1.  (return) to where I 2.  (park) my car, it 3.  (not be) there. At first, I 4.  (think) it 5.  (steal), but soon I 6.  (learn) that the police 7.  (tow) it away.

Exercise IV.
Fill in the blank space in each of the sentences below with an appropriate modal ( cant, could, must, should, would ).( 5 marks )

Patrick has a yacht and a helicopter. He 1.  be extremely rich.
Why didnt you do it? You promised you 2.  , for certain.
Mother is awfully lonely now. We 3.  spend more time with her.
They left only an hour ago. They 4.  hardly have arrived yet.
Have you heard about all the things that happened? It 5.  have been a very pleasant holiday.


Exercise V.
The blank spaces in these sentences need either the or a ( an ) or no article at all. Say which. ( 13 marks )

1.  clock on 2.  dome of 3.  Town Hall began to strike 4.  hour of seven. Always fearful of 5.  noise, 6.  hundreds of 7.  pigeons rose in 8.  air and fluttered over 9.  enormous roof 10.  few flew away, across 11.  marketplace, and came to 12.  rest on 13.  nearby window sills.

Exercise VI.
Change the word in capital letters in such a way that it forms a word that fits suitably in the blank space. ( 10 marks )

I have never worked for such a considerate 1.  I think all the other 2.  have the same opinion. - EMPLOY
Without your 3.  he would never have been able to do it. - COURAGE
The cost of 4.  must be paid by the buyer. - CARRY
A successful business needs good 5.  - ORGANISE
Lets go for a picnic tomorrow unless the weather forecast is 6.  - FAVOUR
Your job will be to see that no 7.  product leaves this part of the factory. - PERFECT
Thanks to your 8.  we have now collected the money we need. - GENEROUS
Im afraid there is going to be another 9.  of the currency soon. - VALUE
Make sure that you 10.  the electricity before you start mending this light switch. - CONNECT


Exercise VII.
Choose the suitable word.( 7 marks )

1. Many countries rely on rice as the
capital food.
staple food.
superior food.
winning food.  

2. They all take too much
profit of his kindness and generosity.
advantage of his kindness and generosity.
benefit of his kindness and generosity.
use of his kindness and generosity.  

3. Inflation and its upward
trend is the scourge of our days.
bend is the scourge of our days.
stream is the scourge of our days.
move is the scourge of our days.  

4. Your progress will be
counted in six months time.
evaluated in six months time.
valued in six months time.
enumerated in six months time.  

5. The main
prevention to progress is not technical but political.
obstacle to progress is not technical but political.
clash to progress is not technical but political.
reverse to progress is not technical but political.  

6. Im afraid it didnt
pass my mind they werent the right people to invite.
cross my mind they werent the right people to invite.
cover my mind they werent the right people to invite.
fill my mind they werent the right people to invite.  

7. There was so much noise that we could hardly
take in what the speaker was saying.
take up what the speaker was saying.
bring in what the speaker was saying.
bring out what the speaker was saying.  

Exercise VIII.
Choose the correct explanation. ( 4 marks )

1. Wait a moment! Its on the tip of my tongue.
Something is hurting my tongue.
I cant speak for the moment.
I shall remember it in a moment.  

2. The Jacksons are terribly hard up.
They live a very long way up the hill.
They are extremely poor.
They are cruel people.  

3. Go and see what the children are up to.
I want to know if they need anything.
I want to know what naughty things they are doing.
I want to know which tree they have climbed this time.  

4. Were going to get into hot water when we arrive home.
Were going to have a nice hot bath.
Were going to have trouble.
The water will have become hot by then.