English Language Assessment Test
NAME: _________________________________ DATE: ____________________
SECTION II – READING COMPREHENSION total____min
Read the following passages carefully and encircle the letter of the correct answer.
Directions to Erik’s house
Leave Interstate 25 at exit 7S. Follow that road (Elm Street) for two miles. After one mile, you will pass a small shopping center on your left. At the next set of traffic lights, turn right onto Maple Drive. Erik’s house is the third house on your left. It’s number 33, and it’s white with green trim.
1. What is Erik’s address?
A. Interstate 25 C. 13 Erika Street
B. 2 Elm Street D. 33 Maple Drive
2. Which is closest to Erik’s house?
A. the traffic lights C. exit 7s
B. the shopping center D. a greenhouse
Date: May 16, 1998
To: Megan Fallerman
From: Steven Roberts
Subject: Staff Meeting
Please be prepared to give your presentation on the monthly sales figures at our upcoming staff meeting. In addition to the accurate accounting of expenditures for the monthly sales, be ready to discuss possible reasons for fluctuations as well as possible trends in future customer spending. Thank you.
3. The main focus of the presentation will be _________.
A. monthly expenditures C. monthly sales figures
B. monthly salary figures D. staff meeting presentations
4. Who will give the presentation?
A. the company president C. Steven Roberts
B. Megan Fallerman D. future customers
The B&B Tour
Spend ten romantic days enjoying the lush countryside of southern England. The counties of Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, and Essex invite you to enjoy their castles and coastline, their charming bed and breakfast inns, their museums and their cathedrals. Spend lazy days watching the clouds drift by or spend active days hiking the glorious hills. These fields were home to Thomas Hardy, and the ports launched ships that shaped world history. Bed and breakfasts abound, ranging from quiet farmhouses to lofty castles. Our tour begins August 15. Call or fax us today for more information 1-800-222-XXXX. Enrollment is limited, so please call soon.
5. Which of the following counties is not included in the tour?
A. Devon C. Essex
B. Cornwall D. Hampshire
6. How many people can go on this tour?
A. 10 C. 2-8
B. an unlimited number D. a limited number
7. What can we infer about this area of Southern England?
A. The region has lots of vegetation. C. The sun is hot and the air is dry.
B. The coast often has harsh weather. D. The land is flat.
Anna Szewcyzk, perhaps the most popular broadcaster in the news media today, won the 1998 Broadcasting Award. She got her start in journalism as an editor at the Hollsville County Times in Missouri. When the newspaper went out of business, a colleague persuaded her to enter the field of broadcasting. She moved to Oregon to begin a master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Atlas University. Following graduation, she was able to begin her career as a local newscaster with WPSU-TV in Seattle, Washington, and rapidly advanced to national television. Noted for her quick wit and trenchant commentary, her name has since become synonymous with Good Day, America! Accepting the award at the National Convention of Broadcast Journalism held in Chicago, Ms. Szewcyzk remarked, “I am so honored by this award that I’m at a total loss for words!” Who would ever have believed it?
8. What is the purpose of this announcement?
A. to invite people to the National Convention of Broadcast Journalism
B. to encourage college students to study broadcasting
C. to recognize Ms. Szewcyzk’s accomplishments
D. to advertise a job opening at the Hollsville County Times
9. The expression “to become synonymous with” means _________.
A. to be the same as C. to be in sympathy with
B. to be the opposite of D. to be discharged from
10. What was Ms. Szewcyzk’s first job in journalism?
A. She was a T.V. announcer in Washington.
B. She was a newscaster in Oregon.
C. She was an editor for a newspaper in Missouri.
D. She was a talk show host in Chicago.