AWG English Placement Test

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This audio is to answer question number 1.

David is talking with Tomomi when Monica comes into the room.



1. _____ are meeting for the first time.



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This audio is to answer question number 2.

Ken and Nancy are at a restaurant.



2. Ken _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 3.

Karen calls Jason’s home. Jason’s father answers the telephone.



3. Karen is going to _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 4 and 5.

A reporter is giving today’s weather forecast.



4. It will be clear in _____.






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5. In Seattle, the weather is _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 6 and 7.

Bill invites Jennifer to go to dinner and a movie.



6. Jennifer doesn’t accept right away because she can’t _____.






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7. They’re going to _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 8 and 9.

Linda is asking Jim about his plans for the summer.



8. In the summer, Jim usually _____.






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9. This summer he’s planning to _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 10, 11 and 12.

Phil is talking with Susie about money.



10. Phil is upset because _____.






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11. Albert _____.






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12. Susie doesn’t lend money to friends because _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 13 to 16.

Natalie and Chuck are talking about their experiences abroad.



13. Chuck went backpacking _____.






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14. Chuck says he “would have liked to have seen Portugal.” He means that he _____.






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15. While Natalie was in Japan, she _____.






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16. Chuck doesn’t want to _____.






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This audio is to answer question number 17 to 20.

Diane and Conrad are talking about their careers



17. Conrad got into advertising because he _____.






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18. When he was young, Conrad wanted to _____.






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19. Diane’s parents didn’t want her to _____.






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20. Conrad _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 21.

Passage 1: What are you doing today?

BETTY: I usually stay home on Sundays and take it easy – read, clean the house, do stuff like that. But today I’m at the mall. I’m buying some things for my kids.



21. Betty is _____ today.






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This passage is to answer question number 22.

Passage 2: What do you do?

TONY PEREZ: I’m a flight attendant with a major airline. Flying isn’t dangerous, but it can be stressful. When I’m up in the air working, I always have something to do. I like it because I meet a lot of interesting people.



22. Tony’s job is _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 23.

Passage 3: A vacation postcard

Dear Sal,
Greetings from France – it’s so good to be back here again! We left the kids with their grandparents in Chicago, and we’re biking across the French countryside by ourselves. We brought a tent and sleeping bags, so we can camp out if we want to, but we’re really enjoying the small hotels we find along the way.

Michael and Paula



23. Michael and Paula _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 24 and 25.

Passage 4: The “zone”

You’re deeply involved in a task and can ignore everything around you – ringing telephones, your neighbor’s TV, even your own hunger – and still do things in record time. This is similar to what athletes call the “zone”: the power to concentrate so hard that you can ignore everything else. This ability can bring success in any field, but in athletics it can mean all the difference between winning and losing a game or event.



24. In this reading, the “zone” refers to a person’s _____.






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25. Athletes in the “zone” are more likely to _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 26 and 27.

Passage 5: Henry Ford and the Model-T

Henry Ford became famous and rich because he found a better, faster way to build cars. This is shown in the history of the Model-T. When the Model-T was first introduced in 1908, it took 14 hours to build and cost $850. After Ford introduced into his own factory the mass-production techniques that he saw in a meat-packing plant, the time for building a Model-T was reduced to less than two hours. As a result, Ford was able to drop the price of the car to $265. By 1927, he had sold over 15 million Model-Ts.



26. The first Model-T was expensive because it ______.




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27. The Model-T became so popular because it was _____ than other cars.



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This passage is to answer question number 28 to 31.

Passage 6: It’s a big country!

When it comes to body weight, Americans stand out. Most visitors to the United States, no matter where they go across this vast country, comment on the size of many Americans. In fact, these impressions are backed by numerous statistics. For example, the average 5′ 4″ American weighs 162 pounds, or 15 pounds more than the average person of the same height from Western or Central Europe. Another comparison: At 150 pounds, the average 5’ 4” American woman is 24 pounds heavier than her Japanese counterpart.
Why are Americans so heavy? Some blame the American diet. Certainly it’s true that Americans eat more high-fat foods – meat, dairy products, and processed food – and fewer grains and vegetables than people in other countries. But fat isn’t the whole story. Lifestyle factors –including the tendency for Americans to drive rather than walk or ride a bicycle to work, to snack throughout the day, and to have so many labor-saving devices in the home – appear to contribute to the problem.



28. According to the article, visitors to the United States often comment on the size of the ______.






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29. According to the article, the average Western European weighs ______.






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30. In comparison with Americans, people in other countries eat more _____.






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31. The article implies that Americans would lose weight if they _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 32 to 35.

Passage 7: Small talk isn’t so “small”

Small talk may not be about serious issues; nevertheless, researchers into the subject have concluded that it’s important. That’s because small talk keeps us connected to one another and can lead to bigger things, such as a job or a new friendship. Yet people who find themselves alone with another person often don’t know what to say. Here are a few tips to help you start a conversation,
and to keep the conversational ball rolling:

• Start with the obvious. If you have something in common with another person (your job, hobbies, a person you both know, etc.), begin with that. If you don’t know the person, it’s always acceptable to bring up a neutral topic such as the weather or a recent news event. It isn’t necessary to be clever – all that’s required is to show interest in the other person and to be willing to talk.

• Compliment where appropriate. If the other person has done something you like or is wearing something attractive, it’s always appropriate to compliment. But avoid talking about the specifics of a person’s physical appearance (people can’t usually change how they look) and keep your compliments short and to the point (“What a great tie!” or “You look great tonight!”) and continue
with another topic.

• Talk about yourself – then return to your partner. It’s perfectly OK to talk about your own interests for a while, but keep your conversation from becoming a monolog. It’s only polite, for example, that after talking about your own children, you turn the conversation back to your partner by asking about his or her children.



32. According to the article, the main function of small talk is to _____.






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33. “Start with the obvious” means that you should talk about things that you _____.






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34. You need to be careful when complimenting someone because most people _____.






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35. You should avoid monologs because other people _____.






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This passage is to answer question number 36 to 40.

Passage 8: Headaches

Everyone has experienced headaches, but only recently have medical researchers begun to learn more specifically about the causes and possible treatments for different types of headache pain.
The most common type of headache is the simple tension headache. Tension headaches are usually mild and short-lasting and can result from various factors, such as stress caused by worry or noise. Tension headaches are caused by a tightening of the neck or back muscles, which slows the flow of blood and, therefore, oxygen to the brain. It is the lack of oxygen that causes the pain. Most headaches can be relieved by taking a mild analgesic such as aspirin. Analgesics expand the blood vessels and restore the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
A more serious type of headache is the migraine. Migraine headaches are often extremely painful and can last for hours or days. Like tension headaches, they can be the result of different factors, including stress, hormonal changes, and allergies. Unlike tension headaches, however, they are caused by an abnormal expansion or swelling (rather than a contraction) of the blood vessels within the head. Medicines that shrink swollen blood vessels can be used to treat migraine headaches.
A tiny minority of headaches can be linked to severe physical problems such as head injury or brain tumors. For these types of headaches, there are medicines to treat the symptoms, but there is no cure unless the underlying problem is removed.



36. This article discusses the _____.






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37. A tension headache can result when _____.






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38. Migraine headaches _____.






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39. Medicines for migraines _____.






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40. Headaches caused by serious physical problems _____.






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41. _____ several good restaurants in our neghborhood.






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42. The gas station is _____ Main Street.







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43. “I can’t swim very well.”
“I can’t _____”






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44. I enjoy _____ out two or three times a week.

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45. These days, _____ women keep working after they get married.



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46. My new job is very ______.






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47. After finishing college, I hope _____ married.






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48. Mt. Everest is _____ mountain in the world.




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49. Bob’s never been bungee jumping, ____ he?



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50. I’ve run out of money. I wish I _____ more.




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51. Could you tell me where _____?



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52. If I had known about the accident, I ______ it to the police.




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53. Yolanda ______ part time for several years now.





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54. The Taj Mahal is really worth ____.









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55. If I went to live in a foreign country, ______ my friends.




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56. Would you mind ____ the window?

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57. I was interested _____ the violin.



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58. Before a film is finished, it needs _____.






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59. By 2030, scientists _____ a cure for cancer.




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60. “What happened to Kate?”
“She must ____ about our appointment.”



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61. We’re not used ____ our own meals.






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62. Chicago, ______ is nicknamed the Windy City, is the largest city in Illinois.






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63. _____ John, I like to cook.






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64. Before _____ breakfast, I usually take a shower.




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65. I’m taking a class _____ learn more about my computer.



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66. For me, mathematics is ______ difficult than biology.






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67. I would rather ______ evening classes.






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68. I feel sick. I shouldn’t ______ so much.







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69. Jim’s boss demanded that he _____ to work earlier.








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70. The earlier children learn to read, _____ for their education.





The questions are adopted from Interchange Passages, (c) Cambridge, 201


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