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Paper 1

READING COMPREHENSION

 

SECTION A

Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1) It is usually better not to …. things, in case they are not returned.

A. lose B. offer C. borrow D. lend

2) You can learn as much theory as you like, but you only master a skill by …. it a lot.

A. practising B. training C. exercising D. doing

3) The author had qualified as a doctor but later gave up the …. of medicine for full-time writing.

A. treatment B. practice C. procedure D. prescription

4) It’s twenty years now since the Socialists came to ….. in that country.

A. control B. force C. power D. command

5) Learners of English as a foreign language often fail to ….. between unfamiliar sounds in that language.

A. separate B. differ C. distinguish D. solve

6) I have lived near the railway for so long now that I’ve grown ….. to the noise of the trains.

A. accustomed B. familiar C. unconscious D. aware

7) If only I …… play the guitar as well as you!

A. would B. should C. could D. might

8) John swims very well and …. does his brother.

A. also B. even C. so D. too

9) I have absolutely no doubt ….. the innocence of the accused.

A. about B. over C. on D. with

10) After the race …. the celebration began.

A. had been won B. had won C. will be won D. get out of

11) Until you learn to relax more, you …… your ability to speak English.

A. haven’t improved B. aren’t improving
C. don’t improve D. won’t improve

12) The old people died, but the young ones lived …..

A. in B. off C. on D. about

13) The warranty is a contract that spells …… your rights.

A. on B. off C. on D. about

14) Instead of …… about the good news, Tom seemed to be indifferent.

A. exciting B. being excited C. excited D. being exciting

15) We considered         …… after work.

A. to go shopping B. going to shop C. going shopping D. to go to shop

16) He has written a book ….. I have completely forgotten.

A. the name of which B. which name
C. whose name D. A and C are correct.

17) I wish you …… to me before you went and bought that car.

A. spoke B. had spoken C. have spoken D. would have spoken

18) I ….. what the weather is going to be like tomorrow.

A. think B. suppose C. wonder D. demand

19) She …… possibly be Tom’s mother! She doesn’t look old enough.

A. mustn’t B. shouldn’t C. can’t D. needn’t

20) We think that we will elect Somsak …..

A. for our chairman B. being our chairman
C. be our chairman D. our chairman

         

SECTION B

Read the following passage carefully, then choose the best answer to each question.

Let children learn to judge their own work. A child learning to talk does not learn by being corrected all the time: if corrected too much, he will stop talking. He notices a thousand times a day the difference between the language he uses and the language those around him use. Bit by bit, he makes the necessary changes to make his language like other people’s. In the same way, children learning to do all the other things they learn to do without being taught – to walk, run, climb, whistle, ride a bicycle – compare their own performances with those of more skilled people, and slowly make the needed changes. But in school we never give a child a chance to find out his mistakes for himself; let alone correct them. We do it all for him. We act as if we thought that he would never notice a mistake unless it was pointed out to him, or correct it unless he was made to. Soon he becomes dependent on the teacher. Let him do it himself. Let him work out, with the help of other children if he wants it, what this word says, what the answer is to that problem, whether this is a good way of saying or doing this or not.

If it is a matter of right answers, as it may be in mathematics or science, give him the answer book. Let him correct his own papers. Why should we teacher waste time on such routine work? Our job should be to help the child when he tells us that he can’t find the way to get the right answer. Let’s end all this nonsence of grades, exams, marks. Let us throw them all out, and let the children learn what all educated persons must some day learn, how to measure their own understanding, how to know what they know or do not know.

Let them get on with this job in the way that seems most sensible to them, with our help as school teachers if they ask for it. The idea that there is a body of knowledge to be learnt at school and used for the rest of one’s life is nonsense in a world as complicated and rapidly changing as ours. Anxious parents and teachers say, “But suppose they fail to learn something essential, something they will need to get on in the world?” Don’t worry. If it is essential, they will go out into the world and learn it.

21) What does the author think is the best way for children to learn things?

A. by copying what other people do.
B. by making mistakes and having them corrected.
C. by listening to explanations from skilled people.
D. by asking a great many questions.

22) What does the author think teachers do which they should not do?

A. They give children correct answers.
B. They point out children’s mistakes to them.
C. They allow children to mark their own work.
D. They encourage children to copy from one another.

23) The passage suggests that learning to speak and learning to ride a bicycle are …..

A. not really important skills.
B. more important than other skills.
C. basically different from learning adult skills.
D. basically the same as learning other skills.

24) Exams, grades and marks should be abolished because children’s progress should only be estimated by ……

A. educated persons
B. the children themselves
C. teachers
D. parents

25) The author fears that children will grow up into adults who are …..

A. too independent of others
B. too critical of themselves
C. unable to think for themselves
D. unable to use basic skills

Paper 2

WRITING

SECTION A

USE OF ENGLISH

A/ Fill each of the numbered blanks in the following passage. Use only ONE word in each space.

I always (26) …. down comfortably in the barber’s shop and listen (27) …. to my barber. He explains the present political situation, women’s fashions, or (28) …… me jokes which I have heard at (29) ……. five times already. In twenty minutes I get a remarkable amount (30) …… information, as well as a hair-cut. But last week our conversation was very short indeed. We (31)  …… loud cries of “Fire!” coming (32) …… upstairs. Customers and barbers (33) ……. out of the shop immediately. We were certainly a funny sight (34) …… passers-by! I had a white sheet (35) ……. my neck and my hair was half cut. My barber was close behind me with a comb and a pair of (36) …… in his hands. The man who had sat next to me was not so (37) …… There was soap (38) …… one side of his (39) …… and his barber ran after him holding a shaving-brush in one hand and a razor in the (40) ….. !

B/ GUIDED SENTENCE BUILDING

Build a comple sentence with the given words.

 

41) We / wish / complain / condition / laundry / our building.

………………………………………………………

42) There / be/ three students / choose / the best ones.

………………………………………………………

43) They / concentrate / trucks / carry / cargoes / sell / quickly / cash

………………………………………………………

44) Tourists / attract / beautiful / scenery / sunny beaches

………………………………………………………

45) I / write / inform / you / I / be / absent / work / until / Monday

………………………………………………………

46) Every three / four years / they / much / long / migrations/ large numbers.

………………………………………………………

47) My mother / not stand / me / house / all day

………………………………………………………

48) Ten miles / not far / go / delicious meal

………………………………………………………

49) He / want / roof / repair / fence / mend

………………………………………………………

50) Jonas Salk / successful / find / vaccine / polio

………………………………………………………

C/ Rewrite each of the following sentences in such a way that it means exactly the same as the sentence printed above it.

51) She is listening to the radio. She turned it on at seven- thirty.

She has …………………………..             

52) She knows a lot more about it than I do.

I don’t know ……………………..

53) The moon doesn’t have an atmosphere, the planet Mars doesn’t, either.

Neither …………………………..

54) The referee was being escorted from the fooball field by a strong police guard.

A strong police guard ……………

55) His bank manager turned down his request for a loan.

His request ……………………….

 

SECTION B

COMPOSITION

Write a composition from 150 to 180 words on this topic:

Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City in general and at rush hours in particular.