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Appendix A: Placement test
English Proficiency Test
For problems 1-30, choose the word or phrase that correctly completes the sentence.
1. “In America, are most scientist well paid?”
“Yes, the________ are paid very well.”
a. majority of scientists
b. majority of scientists
c. scientists of majority
d. scientists majority 2. “What is your job at the factory?”
“My job is________ all the doors at the end of the day.”
a. locking
b. to be locking
c. locks
d. the locked 3. “I paid $30 for a taxi from the airport last night.”
“You ________me for a ride.”
a. would have asked be
b. could asked
c. could ask
d. could have asked 4. “Let’s take the elevator to the 25th floor”
“Never! Elevators are something ________. “
a. Which I’m afraid
b. I’m afraid of
c. Which I’m afraid of it
d. Which I’m afraid of them 5.“Why did John quit school?”
“He told me it was because of ________. “
a. his failure constantly
b. his constantly failure
c. he failed constantly
d. his constant failure 6. “We need more art clas ses.”
“I don’t think so. The students ________ in art.”
a. are not interesting
b. have not interested
c. are not interested
d. have not interest 7. “I can’t do all this work.”
“_______ I helped you with it?”
a. What if
b. That if
c. As if
d. However 8. “Groceries are certainly expensive.”
“Yes, each time I go shopping, I seem_______ more.”
a. spending
b. be spending
c. to spending
d. to be spending 9. “The children want to play.”
“Yes, but ________ do is their homework.”
a. what should they
b. what they should
c. they should
d. that they should they
10. “Can you give me a receipt?”
“Yes, that can be _______. “
a. easy done
b. easy doing
c. easily done
d. easy to be done
11. “Did John finish his homework?”
“Yes; although he was tired, _______ it all.”
a. but he did
b. despite he did
c. he did
d. that he did 12.”Do you always believe Donald?”
“Yes, I have complete trust ________ whatever he says.”
a. on
b. to
c. in
d. at 13. “Why is the front door open?”
“Oh, I’m sorry. I_______ forgotten to lock it.”
a. should have
b. must have
c. ought to have
d. had to have 14. “Do you like that cake?”
“Well, it has too much sugar in it, but ________ it’s ok.
a. other than that
b. another of that
c. that other
d. none other than 15. “What did you think when you met Robert’s mother?”
“I was very impressed _______her friendliness.”
a. on
b. of
c. by
d. at 16. “What do you want Phil for?”
“I want him the house while I’m away.”
a. guard
b. guarded
c. the guard of
d. guarding 17. “Why don’t you paint_______ blue?”
“Oh, I never thought_______ that.”
a. to be done
b. of doing
c. to have done
d. to do 18. “Can you help me choose my wife’s gift?”
“Certainly; first tell me_______ expensive a gift you would like to buy?”
a. how
b. how much
c. as
d. as much as 19. “I took your books back to the library.”
“Oh, no! I wish you_______ that.”
a. didn’t do
b. didn’t have done
c. haven’t done
d. hadn’t done
20.” What’s so interesting about the San Marcos River?”
“It has plant life which you can’t _______any other place.”
a. find
b. find it
c. find them
d. be found

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