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Creating Opportunity Worldwide

Pro-ELT 2014
Formal Progress Test 1

Grammar
Vocabulary
Reading
Listening
Writing
Speaking

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Grammar
(25 questions 12 minutes)
Choose ONE answer for each question and write it on your answer sheet.
1. A: Lets go and watch a film after work.
B: Sorry, I cant. I ____________ squash with Tom.
a. playing
b. ll play
c. m going to play
2. A: Why are you studying Malay?
B: ___________ to talk to people in small villages.
a. To be able
b. Being able
c. To can
3.
a.
b.
c.

Who is ______ girl by the door?


a

the

4.
a.
b.
c.

Your glasses _______ dirty. Can you see anything?


are
is
have

5.
a.
b.
c.

We havent seen each other _______ we left school.


for
since
never

6.
a.
b.
c.

Im terrible at ___________ puzzles.


solving
to solve
solve

7.
a.
b.
c.

I am ________ than my brother.


taller
the tallest
more taller

8.
a.
b.
c.

Dianes car is _________ than mine.


as big
bigger
more bigger

9.
a.
b.
c.

She is ________ student in her class.


younger than
the younger
the youngest

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10. Lets go somewhere else. There are ____________ people here.


a. too many
b. too much
c. enough of
11.
a.
b.
c.

He used to be a lonely kid. He had very ___________ friends.


much
little
few

12. If Im late for work, my boss _______ angry.


a. get
b. getting
c. gets
13. She told her parents that shed passed, _______ was a complete lie.
a. so
b. which
c. what
14. The man, _________ dog was on TV last week, is my friends father.
a. whose
b. who
c. that
15. A hospital is a place ________ patients are treated.
a. where
b. what
c. which
16. Can you bring me the bill, please?
He asked the waiter _______ he could bring him the bill.
a. b. can
c. if
17. Ill call the manager.
He said he ______ call the manager.
a. will
b. would
c. to
18. They _________ in that hotel for three weeks now.
a. stay
b. stayed
c. have been staying
19. I feel really tired. I _______ ___________ up late last night.
a. shouldnt have stay
b. shouldnt stay
c. shouldnt have stayed

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20. Im really hungry now and lunch is not until 2.00. I _________ _____ eaten breakfast.
a. should have
b. must have
c. cant have
21. You __________ have cooked. Theres plenty of food for everyone.
a. neednt
b. dont have to
c. must not
22. If I had won the lottery, I _______________ bought a car.
a. will
b. would have
c. should
23. My eyes were hurting. I __________ staring at the computer screen for hours.
a. had been
b. have been
c. been
24. His English is very good. He _____________ lessons since he was five.
a. has taken
b. has been taking
c. had been taking
25. The meeting __________________ teachers from every state.
a. was attended by
b. had been attended
c. attended by

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Vocabulary
(25 questions 13 minutes)
Task 1
Match each definition (1-5) using answers from the list (A-K). Choose ONE answer. You dont need to
use every letter.
The answer to Question 0 is given on your answer paper as an example.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
K.

0. To argue is to __K.___
1. To check is to _______
2. To restrict is to ______
3. To ban is to _________
4. To boost is to _______
5. To allow is to _______

grow
organise
increase
cut
permit
improve
examine
limit
prohibit
deteriorate
disagree

Task 2
Complete each sentence (6-10) using the word from the list (A-J). Choose ONE answer. You dont
need to use every letter.
A. court
6. Ive got a terrible _________ in my shoulder.
7. That shirt really ________ you. It makes you look 10 years younger. B. bruise
8. This piece of _________ will change the way we think about dinosaurs.C. matches
9. You cant believe anything you read in that newspaper. Its very ______.D. suits
E. research
10. The criminal was found guilty by the _______.
F. accurate
G. throb
H. biased
I. ache
J. sentence
Task 3
Match the words (11-15) to their most similar meaning (A-J) (e.g. home=house). Choose ONE
answer. You dont need to use every letter.
A. meager
11. generic ___________
B. resolve
12. provisional ____________
C. manage
13. imagine ___________
D. temporary
14. supervise ____________
E. permanent
15. impose _____________
F. nonspecific
G. churn
H. visualise
I. demoralise
J. enforce

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Task 4
Match the words (16-20) with the letters (A-J) that they are most often used with (A-J)(e.g. bus +
stop= bus stop). Choose ONE answer. You dont need to use every letter.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.

16. completely _______


17. shrug _______
18. make _______
19. unacceptable _______
20. strongly _______

a mistake
suggest
board
play
determination
smile
useless
your shoulders
behaviour
tenure

Task 5
Match the words (21-25) with the letters (A-J) that they are most often used with
(A-J)(e.g. bus + stop= bus stop). Choose ONE answer. You dont need to use every letter.
21. unanimous _______
22. delicately _______
23. eagerly _______
24. pungent _______
25. gale-force _______

A. winds
B. decision
C. range
D. balanced
E. smell
F. rain
G. anticipated
H. developed
I. maintain
J. bag

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Reading
(26 questions 35 minutes)
Part 1 (Questions 1-6)
Order the sentences (B-G) below to make a story. Write your answers on the answer sheet.
The first sentence (A) has been done for you.
A. Muhammad Yunus was born on 28th June 1940 in a small village in India, the third of
fourteen children, but 5 of those died.
B. Yunus continued giving out 'micro-loans' or small amounts of money, and in 1983 formed the
Grameen Bank, meaning 'village bank, to help poorer people, particularly women, to start their
businesses and not pay much more for borrowing the money.
C. After this realization he decided to help, and he lent about 17 dollars to 42 village workers and so
he began his great work.
D. That was when he realized that there must be something very wrong with the economics that he
had been teaching at the university.
E. When he was young his father told all of his sons to go to university and his mother always helped
the poor who came to her door. After he completed university he wanted to remain in the field of
education and became a lecturer.
F. The bank and its ideas spread all over the world, and Yunus and the Grameen bank jointly won the
Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for their efforts to create economic and social development from a
grassroots level.
G. As a professor at Chittagong University, he took his students to a village, where he found a woman
who had borrowed money to make a stool, and then, when she gave the money back, she only had
one penny left for her and her family.
Text adapted from:
http://www.grameeninfo.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=329&Itemid=363

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Part 2 (Questions 7 13)


Read the text and complete each gap (7-13) with a word from the list. Write the letters (A-J) on the
answer paper. You dont need to use every letter.
The first one has been done for you.
In the week of the 60th anniversary of the 00___________ time that a New Zealander and a Nepali
man 7_________reached the top of Mt Everest, the world's 8_______________ mountain was
climbed by 80-year-old Yuichiro Miura of Japan. Science has made this 9___________ easier. The
death rate has dropped significantly in the last 20 years 10_________________to an increased
understanding of how to safely climb Everest. Weather forecasting is more 11 ___________and
draws on satellite data to let climbers know exactly when there is due to be a period of good weather
for climbing to the top. 12__________________ and clothing are much better designed and made
from new materials, which allows the climbers to carry lighter oxygen tanks and use stronger and
safer ropes. 13____________________ has also improved. In 1953 they used radios to talk to each
other. They now use satellites and mobile phone systems. However, not everyone can climb Everest.
Text adapted from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/22341876

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K

because
much
have
communication
accurate
ever
highest
due
expensive
equipment
first (00)

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Part 3 (Questions 14 19)


Read the text below. Match the headings (14-19) to the paragraphs (A-G) for questions on your
answer sheet.
The first one has been done for you.
00
14
15
16
17
18
19

A childs idea for the planet. (A)


Becoming an international cause
A cheeky and fun global campaign
The beliefs behind the campaign
A global youth foundation with a democratic structure
Convincing the leaders through actions at large meeting
Proposals for the future of the worlds climate

Stop talking. Start planting.


A. The children's initiative Plant-for-the-Planet, first launched in 2007, was brought to life by the then
9-year-old Felix Finkbeiner, who felt inspired to take action following a school report on the climate
crisis. While carrying out his research, Felix became aware of Kenyan environmental activist and
Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai and her initiative that had led to the planting of 30 million
trees over 30 years. By the time he had finished his research project, Felix had developed his own
vision of 1 million trees being planted in each country by children around the world. Felix went on to
other classes and schools to present his report and his vision. Just a few weeks later, on the 28th of
March 2007, the first tree was officially planted.
B. Over the next two years Felix brought the Plant-for-the-Planet initiative to the world. In June 2008,
at the UNEP childrens conference in Norway, Felix presented his vision. 700 children delegates, from
over 105 countries were so inspired that they voted Felix onto the UNEP Junior Board. Felix has since
spoken at many important environmental and climatic events. In August 2009 at the UNEP Tunza
Children and Youth Conference in Daejeon, South Korea, Plant-for-the-Planet officially progressed
into a global childrens movement. At this time hundreds of children from 56 different countries
committed themselves to join the initiative and work towards planting 1 million trees in their own
countries.
C. Of particular importance to the children is the conviction that it is most often developing countries
that are hit hardest by the consequences of climate change. The children are convinced that a
solution for climate justice can only be reached through the implementation of a binding global treaty.
Plant-for-the-Planet children have been campaigning tirelessly and the children are also taking action
themselves by planting trees. This is viewed both as a practical act, as each tree removes harmful
CO2 from the atmosphere, and as a pivotal symbolic action for climate justice.
D. On May 4th 2010, 45 children from Plant-for-the-Planet, together with Environmental Ministers
from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Turkey and Mexico planted the one millionth tree in
Germany. This planting initiative was held under the programme heading Stop Talking. Start
Planting, and took place alongside the so-called Petersburg Climate Dialogue being held in Bonn.
This was also the location where preparations were being made for the climate summit in Cancun.
Together with delegates and important participants in the World Climate Change Conference COP 16
in Cancun, December 2010, the children planted another 193 trees. Through this action the children
were able to demonstrate to the participating representatives just how important it is that they adopt a
global contract for climate justice.

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E. If the children were the government leaders, and had to face the big decisions at the next climate
summit, they would already have a clear plan of action for the future. On 1st July 2010, the children
handed over their 3-Point-Plan to 133 embassies in Berlin. They also put forward their challenge to
the government leaders to reveal their plans and proposed solutions for the climate crisis and
subsequently the procurement of a safe future. Their plan:
1) Carbon to be shipped to the Museum: Zero emissions by 2050.
2) Climate Justice: If you want more carbon you have to pay for it.
3) Planting Trees: If 500 Million trees were planted every year, this would mean an additional 5 million
tonnes of CO2 could be removed from the atmosphere.
F. The world-wide slogan for Plant-for-the-Planet is Stop Talking. Start Planting. The children are
adamant in their belief that talking alone does not achieve results and that now is the time for action.
This slogan has been adapted into an eye-catching promotion where the children stand along side
high profile community members, holding their hand over the respective community members mouth
and face. A number of prominent community members, such as Prince Albert II of Monaco, Gisele
Bundchen and Muhammad Yunus, have already participated.
G. Plant-for-the Planet is set up as a worldwide network. The individual clubs are represented by a
world-wide board of directors. Children everywhere are able to cast their votes through the internet.
The Foundation helps to fund the activities of children worldwide and the board, with an average age
of 12, is probably one of the youngest foundation boards in the world. The tenure of a board member
is one year and re-election is not allowed. Adults help the children with advice and practical support.
Adapted from: http://cairoclimatetalks.net/sites/default/files/BackgroundInfo.pdf
Part 4
Read the summaries for the text Stop talking. Start planting. Match them to the correct paragraph
(A-G) and write the answers to questions 20-25 on your answer sheet.
The first one has been done for you.
0. The nine-year-old Felix Finkbeiner was inspired to have his own vision after
becoming aware of Wangari Maathais initiative. (A)
20. Felix Finkbeiner became a member of the UNEP Junior Board after having presented at
the UNEP Childrens Conference in Norway.
21. The children demonstrated the importance of their action by planting the one millionth tree
in the World Climate Change conference venue.
22. As an international network they financially support the activities of children in different
parts of the world.
23. They challenged world leaders and proposed a 3-Point-Plan towards a safe future.
24. As developing countries are primarily prone to climate change consequences, the children
believed in adopting a global contract for climate justice.
25. The slogan Stop talking. Start planting. went on to be even more well-known with the
promotional action involving both the children and the community members.

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Listening
Part 1:
Listen to the recording. Choose one answer for each question.
Recording A
1. What time is the flight to Rome?
a. 9:15
b. 9:25
c. 1:20
d. 2:30
Recording B
2. Circle the correct Tokyo flight number
a. FR 1234
b. FR 3321
c. FR 3421
d. FR 4123
Recording C
3. Why is there an announcement for Gemma and Ryan Grey?
a. They have missed the final boarding call
b. They have lost their luggage
c. They are boarding the wrong flight
d. They must go to the gate immediately.
Recording D
4. Where do express ticket holders need to go?
a. Gate 4
b. Gate 9
c. Gate 6
d. Gate 16
Recording E
5. What time is it in New York?
a. 6:30 am
b. 8: 30 am
c. 6: 30 pm
d. 8: 30 pm
Part 2:
Listen to the conversations. Are the statements true or false?
Recording A
6. At first, the son doesnt care about
failing the exam.

True

False

7. His mum feels she should apologise to


her son.

True

False

8.

True

False

His mum is worried about the cost of


retaking the course

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Recording B
9. The girl and Bonzo were playing in the
park.

True

False

10. She took Bonzo to the vet's straight


away.

True

False

11. Megans friend regrets what she said


about Bonzo

True

False

True

False

13. The dad knows the son has something


negative to say.

True

False

14. The son is really apologetic about what


happened.

True

False

Recording C
12. The dad had a good day at work.

Part 3:
Listen to the recording. Choose the best answer for each question.
Recording A
15. The speaker feels Mary Anning
a. Shouldnt be famous
b. Should be famous
16. Nowadays, people say that Mary Annings contribution to palaeontology..
a. hasnt made an impact
b. has been forgotten
c. has had a small impact
d. has made a significant impact
17. Charles Dickens wrote about Mary Anning. What was his opinion of her?
a. Mary Anning overcame difficult obstacles
b. Mary Anning discovered the first fossil
c. Mary Anning was the only woman in the scientific community
d. Mary Annings worked hard throughout her career and deserved the recognition she got.
Recording B
18. The speaker admires Kailash Satyarthi because
a. Satyarthi came from a poor background
b. Satyarthi quit his job
c. Satyarthi has often risked his own life to help and educate children all over South Asia.
d. Satyarthi was against child slavery when he was 6
19. The man feels that Kailash Satyarthi
a. has done a lot for India
b. shouldnt have been attacked
c. has changed peoples ideas about slavery in India
d. has changed peoples ideas about slavery all over the world.

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Recording C
20. The speaker admires Rachel Carson because
a. She started off in biology and worked hard throughout her career
b. She wrote a book in 1962 about birds
c. She was the first person to raise awareness about how humans are damaging the
environment
d. She never gave up
21. When Carson wrote her book
a. No one really paid any attention to it.
b. The chemical and agricultural industry changed their practices
c. The chemical and agricultural industry tried to destroy Carsons reputation
d. People started thinking about the possibility that all birds might die
22. The speaker feels that today
a. There have been developments in food production and things are improving
b. Although there have been developments, nothing has changed
c. Although there have been developments, things are getting worse
d. Someone needs to write a book similar to Carsons.
Recording D
23. The speaker feels
a. She is the only one who admires John Lennon
b. Strange that she admires someone who died before she was born
c. Its common for people to like Lennon
d. Its uncommon for people to like Lennon
24. The speaker admires John Lennon mostly for
a. His innovation
b. Both his pop and experimental songs
c. His commitment to world peace
d. The fact that his song Imagine is still famous
25. When describing Lennon the speaker feels
a. he was rebellious but caring
b. he was rebellious and serious
c. he was rebellious and difficult
d. he was rebellious and sometimes difficult

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Writing
(3 Parts 50 minutes)

Part 1: Youve just joined the FOODLOVERS.MY. This is a website where people can meet online to

chat about their favourite restaurants and order food deliveries.


Fill in the form. Write in full sentences. Use 20-30 words. You have 7 minutes.
MEMBER FORM
Please tell us about your favourite food and time when you prefer to have your meals.
__________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

Part 2: You are a member of FOODLOVERS.MY. Youre talking to J. in the customer chat room. Talk

to J. using complete sentences.


Use 30 to 40 words per answer. You have 10 minutes.
J. Hi! I see youre new here. I joined a year ago after I started living alone. Why did you join?
You._____________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

J. What do you think about the service?


You._____________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

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J. Have you eaten out recently? Do you have any recommendations?


You._____________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________
Part 3: You are a member of FOODLOVERS.MY. On your last visit to their website you saw the
notice below.
Dear valued customers,
We are sorry to inform you that from next month we have to introduce a fee for the meals
delivery. It will constitute 10% of the meal order. We have to introduce this measure to reduce
the high costs involved in delivering the meals.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email us at
customer.service@foodlovers.com
Write an email to a friend who also uses the FOODLOVERS.MY service. Write your feelings about
the notice and suggest possible alternatives. Write about 50 words. You have 10 minutes.
_________________________________________________________________________________
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Now, write an email to the Customer Service Team, explaining your feelings about the notice and
suggesting possible alternatives. Write 120-150 words. You have 20 minutes.
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Speaking
(2 Parts 8 minutes)

Part 1:
You are going to compare two pictures and then answer two questions about them.
You will have 45 seconds for each response.
1)

Describe what you see in the two pictures below.

2) How are these pictures similar or different to your own experience as a student?
3) How often do you use storybooks in class?

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Part 2:
You are going to look at a picture and answer three questions.
You will have one minute to think about your answers before you start speaking. You may make notes.
You will have two minutes to answer all three questions.
Look at the photograph.

Tell me about a beautiful place youve visited.


How did you feel?
Why do you think beaches are popular holiday destinations?

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