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READING In this section of the test, you will have the chance to show how well you understand written English There are three parts to this section, with special directions for each part YOU WILL HAVE ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES TO COMPLETE PARTS 5, 6, AND OF THE TEST PART 5: Incomplete Sentence Directions: You will see a sentence with a missing word Four possible answers follow the sentence Choose the best answer to the question and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer sheet Due to a rise in deficit spending, the government has decreased for space exploration A revenue B funding C shares D profit The former CEO's resignation has had little or no _ on the company's share price A value B reduction C impact D trading Last year, the number of university-level textbooks by American publishers dropped for the second year in a row A priced B sold C marked D instructed Cornell SDX has _ $50 billion in assets, making it the largest investment fund in the market A caused B borrowed C prevented D accumulated I'd like to ask everyone to come by my office tomorrow and meet my new _ assistant, Marcella A administration B administrative C administrator D administer Before you leave today, please try to contact the executive secretary, _ ask her for the CEO's contact information and availability Page A but B and C although D despite Everybody _ has a company-issued cellular phone should e-mail their name and phone number to Cassandra Miller by P.M tomorrow A who B whom C which D where _ the recent renovations to their kitchen, the value of the Spencer household remained the same A Due to B Even if C Despite D Although Monthly observations are _ as part of the employee evaluation process A educated B equipped C installed D implemented 10 When we _ the world's economic development on a timeline we can see periods in which certain business sectors experienced an economic boom A examine B examines C examining D examination 11 Communicating with color is a proven way to improve the response you get from print materials _ direct-mail and meeting handouts A as to B as for C such as D to such 12 all forms of advertising, research shows that direct mail reaches the greatest number of people at the lowest cost A Through B In C Between D Of 13 His purpose might be either to get a raise or a promotion A to request B requesting C requested Page D requests 14 Be informed that this medication is for temporary relief of symptoms, and is not intended your annual immunization shot A replaced B replace C to replace D replacing 15 The of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Monday A elected B election C elects D electable 16 If we win the Best Product Design Award, our team a bonus A receive B received C receiving D will receive 17 This afternoon, _ from the Southern Valley plant were laid off in an unexpected factory closing that left employees angry and confused A employ B employers C employees D employment 18 The _ retail price for the shoe polish is $3.99, roughly 25 percent lower than other shoe polishes currently on the market A suggest B suggested C suggesting D suggestion 19 We finish this work soon because the deadline is approaching A have B had to C have to D will have 20 Come meet some of the best minds in technology: our _ create more products than any other software company A developing B developers C developments D developed Page 21 Hardly _ surveyed expressed interest in either of the product offering being considered A anyone B no one C those D of those 22 The legal case I’m working on this month is much interesting than the one I worked on last month A the most B more C the more D most 23 For traveler’s convenience, a ticketing agent is _ in the main terminal 24 hours a day, days per week A eligible B considerable C available D probable 24 When payday , all employees will receive their checks in the mail A arrived B arrives C arriving D will arrive 25 The store clerk notified security after _ the shoplifter putting several pieces of merchandise into her purse A revealing B observing C alerting D appealing 26 Marion Smith of Merston Enterprise has asked me to make this presentation here today, on _ behalf A theirs B my C her D hers 27 Future Bank will start offering special incentives to employees who _ hybrid cars starting September A purchase B purchases C purchased D purchasing 28 Thursday’s of Tim Reynolds as CEO ends Seybol Inc.’s seven-month search for a top executive A appointed Page B to appoint C appointing D appointment 29 We need to get paperwork from him before the end of the fiscal year A him B himself C he D his 30 interested in viewing the apartment should contact the property manager to arrange an appointment A These B Those C This D That 31 If the computer is not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it may cause _ with radio and television reception A appliance B equipment C reception D interference 32 Fortunately, changing the members of the committee halfway through the project has had no noticeable _ on the price of shares A point B affection C affect D effect 33 Sandra is incredibly _ in everything she does She was given an award for her quick work last year A efficient B effortless C affluent D affective 34 The two home appliances companies agreed to support _ to establish a top position in the industry A the other B another C each other D some 35 Dr Chin, _ book I just showed you, works across the hall from me A whose B whom C which D who Page 36 Labor leaders complain that even though the cost of living has nearly doubled in the past decade, workers’ have only increased by 14% A wages B investments C employees D positions 37 _ all of the newly-hired employees was unhappy with the organization of the orientation schedule A Most B Mostly C Almost D Every 38 Recent developments in laser technology _ many medical procedures A changing B was changed C changed D have changed 39 I don’t mind staying late every now and again, _ don’t expect me to be here every evening A and B therefore C but D so 40 I don’t want to instruct the movers to put all of the boxes in the largest room _ the first floor A on B in C to D for Part 6: Text Completion Directions: Read the texts on the following pages You will find a word or phrase missing in some of the sentences Below each of the sentences, four answer choices are given Select the most appropriate answer to complete the text Then mark the letter (A), (B), (C) or (D) on your answer sheet Questions 41-43 refer to the following notice Page Public Notice: Landscaping Job The city council has recently agreed to spend an estimated three million dollars the city park near the harbor 41 A has developed B will be developed C develop D to develop Local landscaping contractors are encouraged to visit their city council website ( in regards to how to bid work for the project 42 A about B in C at D on All bids _ submitted by August 13, 2010 43 A were B must be C will be D have been Harbor City, City Council Questions 44-46 refer to the following advertisement Tampa Daily News - Available in Print and Online The Tampa Daily News has two versions of its printed newspaper available online One version the printed edition, including the editorial and news pages 44 A is the same B has the same C is the same as D as has the same Page This is available at The other is a special online edition that includes additional sports, lifestyle, and real 45 A version B section C article D reporter estate pages The electronic edition has a complete classified section as well as up-todate movie listings 46 A too B and C plus D also The electronic edition is available at Subscriptions to the printed version of the newspaper are available at Questions 47-49 refer to the following announcement All employees in the marketing department please report to lobby-3 by 4pm today This is an emergency meeting, so please under any _, NOT be late 47 A environment B circumstances C efficiency D requirements As our whole company knows, the only people that have access to the company’s bank account are the employees from the marketing department I have gotten some files today and its says there are thousand _ missing dollars This is huge money for Page 48 A unstable B unknown C uncertain D unsafe anyone The cause for this is one of two One, one of the employees has made a mistake in a deal they have made with another company Two, one of the employees took the money from the account If there was any time during this month you ran into a problem you weren’t sure about and tried to figure it out on your own, please let me know If there was ANY sign of suspicious activity, please let me know that, also Please note that this is a very serious problem If this problem isn’t solved in 10 days, all employees from the marketing department will be , and the 740 thousand dollars 49 A subsequent B sustaining C suspended D subjective will be deducted from your paychecks I am very serious Also, anyone that doesn’t show up or is more than minutes late, will be fired Questions 50-52 refer to the following article National Travel Agency Association 18th Annual Convention February 21 - 25, 2007 Cape Town, South Africa Members of the National Travel Agency Association (NTAA) should mark _ 50 A our B its C their D my Page calendars for the upcoming annual convention The convention will be held in Cape Town, South Africa to reflect the growing interest in tourism on this continent The agenda for the convention is packed with presentations, seminars and working groups covering a wide variety of topics relevant to travel agency employees A new session on visa regulations and an expanded workshop on effective office management _ to the schedule to 51 A had been added B have been added C has been added D would have been added help your agency increase its success Don't miss this exciting convention! Registration fees are $150 for employees of NTAA members, and $200 for non-members The registration fee includes all materials and meals Members who register for the convention before January 15 will receive a 10% discount In addition, rooms have been reserved at the Grand Vista Hotel in Cape Town; ask for the special NTAA discount rate The _ 52 A more convenient B less convenient C most convenient D least convenient way to complete your registration is to visit our website, PART 7: Reading comprehension Directions: In this part of the test, you will read a selection of texts, such as magazine and newspaper, articles, letters, and advertisements Each text is followed by several questions Choose the correct answer to each question and mark the letter (A), (B), (C) or (D) on your answer sheet Questions 53-54 refer to the following card Welcome Ms Martelli to the Star Plaza Hotel We hope you have a pleasant stay Please present this card when enjoying our restaurant, coffee shop and sporting facilities, and when signing charges to your room account Page 10 61 Why is the cost of shipping not written on the form? A Because it isn’t known B Because the customer made a large order C Because the items won’t be shipped D Because Customer Service will write it in 62 Who probably filled out this form? A An office manager B A teacher C A student D An artist Questions 63-65 refer to the following news advertisement Did you know that you don’t ever have to go to the bank again? At MegaBank, you can all of your banking electronically, and you will never have to come to a branch office Here’s how: Direct deposit: Ask your employer to deposit your paychecks directly into your account each month By doing so, you will no longer have to come to the bank to deposit the checks yourself ATM: Withdraw cash or make additional deposits at convenient Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) around the country with your MegaBank card and PIN Telephone: Use the MegaBank automated operator to make transfers between your accounts or check account information Website: MegaBank’s website is so versatile you can check the status of all of your accounts and get money market information twenty-four hours a day So save your time and energy Join MagaBank and banking the easy way 63 Which of the services allows an employer to deposit an employee’s checks into the employee’s account? A ATM B Direct deposit C Website Page 13 D Telephone 64 Which of the services allows account access all day long? A ATM B Direct deposit C Website D Telephone 65 What does MegaBank offer to its customers through its service? A Convenience B Deposits C Cost effectiveness D Contributions Questions 66-69 refer to the following invitation MARTIN-CURRY CONSULTANTS You're invited to join us in celebrating twenty-five years as one of the top structural engineering design firms in the Northeast The firm will be hosting a reception to honor our clients and friends that have supported us over the years For a quarter century, MartinCurry has stood for innovation in structural engineering and project management and has continued to be the engineering firm of choice by supplying its many clients with quality design and service Friday, November 9, 6:30 P.M Corporate Headquarters 8900 Lincoln Avenue Providence, RI 02912 Speaker Victor Martin, Co-founder and Chairperson of the Board ============================================================== RSVP to Barbara North by October 31 1779 Elm Road, Providence, RI 02912 66 Who is NOT likely a recipient of the invitation? A Long-standing clients B Current employees C Family members of employees Page 14 D Friends in the industry 67 When is the last day to RSVP? A October B October 31 C November D November 25 68 Why is Martin-Curry hosting the reception? A To acknowledge the hard work of the employees B To observe a major company milestone C To honor the company's co-founder D To celebrate the opening of the headquarters 69 The word “innovation” in the first paragraph, fourth line is closest in meaning to? A quality B integrity C competence D originality Questions 70-72 refer to the following passage Best Cities For Tech Workers According to DataQuest's latest figures, the best jobs in technology are located in eight metropolitan areas: New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Houston, and Philadelphia DataQuest first began collecting this data five years ago The list of top-tech cities has changed since then, but demand for tech workers has not - it has risen by twenty-five percent If you are pursuing a career in technology, but not live in or near one of the top-tech cities, there is still plenty of opportunity Matthew Martinez, CEO of NetStaff, a high-tech staffing firm with offices around the country, said that the companies his company recruits for are always looking for more employees with tech expertise According to Martinez, ”for most areas it is currently an 'employees market', meaning that many employees in technology are able to pick and choose their jobs, ask for better benefits, Page 15 and arrange flexible work schedules 70 According to the passage, which of the following is NOT one of the top-tech cities? A Atlanta B Houston C Seattle D Chicago 71 What is said about demand for tech workers? A It has continued to decline B It has been concentrated in major areas C It has risen by 25 percent over the past five years D It has influenced the development of the top-tech cities 72 What does Matthew Martinez imply about tech workers in the current job market? A They need to be flexible in their requirements B They should not expect conditions to change soon C They may be able to negotiate better work situations D They can get the best jobs through recruiting and staffing firms Questions 73-76 refer to the following instruction ELECTROGOLD CORDLESS TELEPHONE Style #32445-EG Thank you for choosing the ElectroGold Cordless Telephone Get ready to experience and enjoy the telephone rated number one by Consumer Communications Report To get the most out of your telephone, please read through the manual to learn about the dozens of new features included with your phone These include a speakerphone in the handset and the base, a spare battery, and a message display screen Also included is a new voice-mail indicator to alert you about new messages Your new phone is also hearing-aid compatible and comes with adjustable volume for the handset and base speakerphone If you are short on time, you can just look through the Quick Guide, which has easy-tofollow picture guides of how to set up your phone and can help familiarize you with some of the most basic functions If you have any questions about how to use these features, you can consult the Owner's Manual or just call our award-winning customer service representatives toll-free at 1-800-ELECTRO (1-800-353-2970) We are available roundthe-clock to help you with any questions or concerns Page 16 73 Who is most likely the reader of the instructions? A A lab technician B A phone operator C The product's owner D A hearing impaired person 74 What is NOT a feature on the cordless telephone? A Speakerphone in two locations B An extra power source C An extra base D New voice-email indicator 75 What is the difference between the Quick Guide and the Owner's Manual? A The Quick Guide has more detailed instructions B The Quick Guide is more concise C The Owner's Manual has easy-to-follow pictures D The Owner's Manual is available online 76 What would a person who didn't have a lot of time most likely do? A Read through the Owner's Manual B Call 1-800-353-2970 C Check the new voice-mail indicator D Follow the instructions in the Quick Guide Questions 77-80 refer to the following article Myers-Briggs Personality Test Has someone ever told you that you are introverted or extroverted? These characterizations of personality come from the Myers-Briggs personality test Psychologists, therapists, job counselors, and dating services all use variations of the test to try to determine the most prominent traits of one’s personality But is the test accurate? Myers and Briggs, the originators of the test, weren’t even scientists Katharine Briggs was a housewife married to a physicist and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers had a bachelor’s degree in political science They became interested in the test after reading a book by the psychiatrist Carl Jung in the 1920s Using a simplified version of his ideas, they developed a questionnaire and a scoring system Page 17 Job counselors often use this type of test to get an idea of people’s strengths and weaknesses and then attempt to match their personalities with a job that matches For example, a job counselor may discover from the test that an individual is an adventure-seeker and then recommend a career in firefighting or police work Similar tests are used for dating services where potential partners attempt to find personalities that best match with their own personalities For example, a person who likes to be in charge would not match well with another person who likes to be in charge; instead, this type of person should seek a person who prefers to have others make decisions for them Many scientists question the value of this type of test One reason is that the results aren’t falsifiable, meaning that any of the personality types could fit just about any person Another reason is that the results depend on the test-takers being able to answer each question about themselves honestly and accurately Critics argue that this type of test may reveal information about how an individual’s self-perception but does not necessarily reveal a true picture of their personality 77 Where would you most likely find an article like this? A a scientific journal B a newspaper C a magazine D a novel 78 What is the main point about the Myers-Briggs test? A It may not be the best judge of someone's personality B It is helpful for finding romance and work C The creators weren't qualified to make a test like this D It is losing popularity 79 Who inspired Myers and Briggs to make the test? A Briggs's husband B Briggs's daughter C Carl Jung D Myers's job counselor 80 Some people disagree with the test because _ A It's too old B A person's opinion about themselves might not be accurate C Scientists have proven that it doesn't work D It’s boring Questions 81-85 refer to the following letter Dear Ms Kowalski, Page 18 I would like to introduce our newest math workbook series to you As an elementary educator who uses books from Eduvantage Publishing, I think you will find this workbook series beneficial Math Basics is a workbook series aimed at elementary school students in second, third, and fourth grade The goal of the series is to reinforce the basic math concepts students will learn from regular classroom lessons The series contains three workbooks at three different levels, all of which can be used as a supplement to regular classroom teaching and will strengthen the math skills and strategies students already possess Each 250-page workbook in the series is divided into 10 topical chapters and provides brief, easy to-follow instructions for completing math problems Each workbook also includes a wealth of practice exercises that students can use to sharpen their understanding of the featured concept Additionally, each workbook comes with a teacher's guide and a complete answer key Workbook features include: * Drills and practice exercises in basic math concepts * Fun activities to reinforce key concepts * A glossary of important math terms * Colorful illustrations and diagrams to help demonstrate concepts Concepts taught throughout the series include: * Addition and subtraction; * Time and money; * Measurement; * Graphing and geometry; * Place values, fractions, and decimals; and * Multiplication and division Math Basics workbooks are currently priced at $7.99 each, with a significant discount for bulk orders For more details on the workbook series or to place an order, please contact me at 554-7729 Page 19 Sincerely, Lucile Duval Sales Associate Eduvantage Publishing 81 The phrase “aimed at” in paragraph 2, line of the letter, is closest in meaning to A Hoped for B Focused on C Adjusted to D Designed for 82 How many workbooks are in the series? A Two B Three C Four D Five 83 What does Ms Duval indicate about the workbooks? A They are $10 each B They are 200-pages each C They each come with an answer key D They each include a practice test 84 What concept is NOT included in the workbook series? A Algebra B Geometry C Division D Fractions 85 What special offer does Ms Duval mention in the letter? A Coupons for teachers B Discounts for large orders C Complimentary sample workbooks D Free school supplies with an order Questions 86-90 refer to the following email and advertisement From: Emily Eastwood [] To: Arthur DeWitt [] Subject: Advertisement Attachment: forkids.psd Page 20 Dear Mr DeWitt, Thank you for your help on Thursday It was nice meeting you I'd like to submit my advertisement to run for two weeks from September 2-17 As you said, the discounted price for non-profit organizations for a quarter page, two-week ad is $353.80 Please send me an invoice so I can send you a check Attached is our advertisement in a Photoshop file format Please let me know if you have any problems with the ad I would like to update it next week as the show approaches I'm looking forward to seeing our ad next Friday If you are available on Sunday, Sept 17, I'd like to invite you to our show Have a great week Yours truly, Emily Eastwood Children’s Fall Fashion Show* Sunday, September 17 at p.m City Galleria Lobby Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital Sponsored by For the Kids *If your child would like to volunteer as a model, please contact Emily at 498-2983 for more information 86 What can be NOT concluded from the e-mail? A Mr DeWitt and Ms Eastwood have met B Mr DeWitt works for the City Gazette C Ms Eastwood works for a non-profit organization Page 21 D Mr DeWitt will design an advertisement for Ms Eastwood 87 How large will Ms Eastwood’s advertisement be? A 1/8 page B 1/4 page C 1/2 page D A full page 88 What will happen the following week? A Mr DeWitt will send an invoice B Ms Eastwood will visit Mr Dewitt C Ms Eastwood will change the advertisement D Ms Eastwood will approve the advertisement 89 What is being advertised? A A fashion show B A model search C A casting call D A children’s play 90 Where will the money be donated? A To an orphanage B To For The Kids C To a children’s hospital D To the elementary school Questions 91-95 refer to the following schedule and email WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – DRAFT Time 9:30 11:00 Location Room B Room C 12:15 1:30 3:00 4:00 Room C Room D Room A Room A Presentation Changing World Markets Cross-Cultural Considerations in Marketing Lunch Analyzing Demographics Internet Marketing Open Discussion Page 22 Presenter L Change J H Lee E A Kim D Wang All To: From: Subject: Date: Attach: F Bao J.S.Park Workshop logistics Monday, June 10 Workshop schedule Ms Bao, I have attached a draft of the schedule for the upcoming workshops I wish we had scheduled it for a week from today instead of for the day after tomorrow There is still so much to get ready; however, we can’t change the date now I really appreciate your support in getting things ready Here are some things I need you to take care of Tea and snacks should be served immediately after Mr Chang’s presentation He plans to talk for just an hour, so there will be time for this before the next presentation begins Also, the room that we have scheduled for lunch is one of the smaller rooms, and serving a meal there would be difficult In addition, we have a workshop scheduled in the same place right before lunch, so there would be no time to set up See if you can exchange places with the Demographics workshop The room we have scheduled for that seems more convenient and comfortable for eating Please make sure there are enough chairs in each room for everyone So far, 45 people have registered for the workshop, but a few more registrations could come in today or tomorrow You should have 15 extra chairs in each room just to be safe There is one last schedule change Mr Wang will have to leave right after lunch, so please give him Ms Lee’s time slot, and she can take Mr Wang’s afternoon time slot Send me the revised schedule this afternoon Thank you Jae Sun Park 91 When will the workshop take place? A June 10 B June 11 C June 12 D June 17 Page 23 92 What time will tea and snacks be served? A 9:30 B 10:30 C 11:00 D 12:15 93 Where does Mr Park want the lunch served? A Room A B Room B C Room C D Room D 94 How many chairs should there be in each room? A 15 B 30 C 45 D 60 95 Who will present at 3:00? A L Chang B J H Lee C I A Kim D D Wang Questions 96-100 refer to the following meeting agenda and email message Optimum Software Company meeting with Advantage Power Systems, Inc November Advantage Power Systems Attendees: Katharine Morandi Chom Tai Optimum Software attendees: Ujjwal Ahmed Yusra Singh Peter Bodell Page 24 AGENDA Ujjwal Ahmed Introductions Review objectives Katharine Morandi and Advantage Power Systems: project overview development schedule Yusra Singh Optimum product overview • Core software functions • Software platform requirements Peter Bodell Optimum training and consulting Yusra Singh Technology questions and answers Ujjwal Ahmed Next steps Page 25 To: Katharine Morandi From: Ujjwal Ahmed, Optimum Software Company Subject: Yesterday’s meeting Dear Katharine, Thank you for taking the time to get together with us yesterday Everyone on our team felt that it was a productive meeting We have a better understanding of your project’s needs now, and we’ve started looking at ways to adapt our software to meet your requirements While the basic function of the software is well suited to the project overall, as discussed, we will explore ways to adapt it to the needs of the different departments at Advantage that will be using it This will incur some additional cost, as we indicated—we’ll provide details about that at our next meeting, once our engineers have assessed the changes that will need to be made I’ve asked Peter Bodell to prepare a document for you that indicates when the Training and Consulting Department could start providing services to you He’ll send this information to you directly—since you’ve worked with him in the past, it seems the most efficient way to go As agreed, let’s set up a meeting for the week of November 26 by which time our engineers will be able to outline their approaches to your departmental needs, and we’ll have the information we need to put together a contract In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions Regards, Ujjwal 96 Who is in charge of making plans for the project development? A Ujjwal Ahmed B Chom Tai C Yusra Singh D Katharine Morandi 97 What is the main purpose of this e-mail ? A To request another meeting with the Advantage Page 26 B To introduce new software produced by the Optimum C To follow up on a meeting with Advantage D To discuss on signing the contact for the next meeting 98 What was the aim of yesterday meeting? A To talk about hiring costs B To train software users C To discuss on the needs of the project D To review a contract 99 Why did Mr Ahmed asked Peter Bodell to contact Katherine Morandi ? A Because he is in charge of training and consulting B Because he knows the work well C Because he archive all the documents D Because he can make changes to the software 100 What will The Optimum and The Advantage in the week of November 26? A Make some more presentations B Have further discussions on the project’s requirements C Sign official contract between the two parties D Deliver a training workshop on the new software THE END Page 27 ... teacher's guide and a complete answer key Workbook features include: * Drills and practice exercises in basic math concepts * Fun activities to reinforce key concepts * A glossary of important... Briggs Myers had a bachelor’s degree in political science They became interested in the test after reading a book by the psychiatrist Carl Jung in the 1920s Using a simplified version of his ideas,... least convenient way to complete your registration is to visit our website, PART 7: Reading comprehension Directions: In this part of the test, you will read a selection of texts,
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