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MCIOA Placement Test


OET Preparation Courses

PLACEMENT TEST

Introduction:
The Placement Test is required for potential students enrolling in all OET Preparation Courses provided by
The Matt Christie Institute of Australia (MCIOA).
 You are responsible for being prepared for the test.
 Do not take the test if you are not feeling well.
 If you wear reading glasses, have them with you.
 According to MCIOA policy, re-tests are not usually allowed.
 It is important that a True Result is obtained to enable us to gauge your current level of English
language proficiency; although there may be a temptation to use spell checkers, the Internet,
calculators, etc it is in your best interest to avoid these remember the end result is not a Final
Grade but an assessment of English language proficiency.

This test is a requirement to enable MCIOA to offer you the most suitable course for your requirements.

Instructions:
This is a timed test & all sections must be completed within the set time limit of two (2) hours.

The Placement Test is composed of 4 Sections:


1. Writing
2. Grammar, Spelling & Literacy
3. Coherent Thinking & Reading Comprehension
4. Mathematics & Numeracy

To assess your Speaking & Listening skills, you will engage in a discussion with a MCIOA teacher.

Name:

Date:

Mobile Number:

Email:

MCIOA to Complete:

Section 1 Section 2 % Section 3 % Section 4 % Speaking

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Section 1: Writing Task


You should spend about 30 minutes on this task.

Write a formal letter of introduction to the Principal of the Matt Christie Institute of Australia (MCIOA). In the
letter you must include the following information:
Educational Background
Work History
Reason for applying to MCIOA
How the course will help improve your current situation

The letter should follow the format for a formal letter & be addressed to the Principal:
Michael L Trinidad
Principal
MCIOA
Suite 310, Level 3
227 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Write at least 150 words.


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Section 2: Grammar, Spelling & Literacy Part A


Circle the best word or phrase (a, b, c or d) to complete each sentence.

1) A vegetarian is someone __________ doesnt eat meat.


a) who
b) what
c) which
d) whose

2) My next shift is __________ Friday.


a) on
b) in
c) at
d) by

3) Do you __________ a uniform at your hospital?


a) carry
b) wear
c) use
d) hold

4) John tells me Mr Jones is a difficult patient, __________ I find hard to believe.


a) which
b) who
c) whose
d) that

5) The Smith Family was in __________ when they heard the tragic news.
a) crying
b) tears
c) cries
d) tearful

6) Could you __________ me the Medical Dictionary for a couple of days, please?
a) lend
b) owe
c) borrow
d) rent

7) Surely the Director of Nursing __________ you if she was unhappy with your work.
a) will tell
b) would have told
c) must have told
d) had told

8) We had expected that the international nurses __________ fluent English, but in fact they didnt.
a) were speaking
b) would speak
c) had spoken
d) spoke
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9) Id rather I __________ next weekend, but I do!


a) dont have to work
b) didnt have to work
c) wouldnt work
d) wasnt working

10) The meeting was __________ and not very interesting.


a) time-wasting
b) time-consuming
c) time-using
d) out of time

11) After the staff meeting concluded, the main __________ point was its impact on staff morale.
a) discussion
b) speaking
c) conversation
d) talking

12) There have been several big __________ against the use of GM foods recently.
a) campaigns
b) issues
c) boycotts
d) strikes

13) The patient has Dr Villes, __________ is scheduled to go on vacation tomorrow.


a) that
b) which
c) who
d) whom

14) Progress notes __________ are documented in various styles are legal documents.
a) whom
b) that
c) what
d) who

15) Shock __________ a serious condition.


a) is
b) are
c) was
d) were

16) Neither the physician nor the employees __________ patient information.
a) disclose
b) discloses
c) disclosing
d) are disclosing

17) The patients tumour __________ impaired many systems.


a) has
b) have
c) is
d) are
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18) The Kimberly Regional Medical __________ caters for the local indigenous communities in the area.
a) Centre
b) Center
c) Centres
d) Centers

19) Scientists are studying the __________ implications of illicit drug use in minors.
a) Behavioural
b) Behaviour
c) Behavioral
d) Behavior

20) Chronic __________ may be a symptom of irritable bowel __________.


a) diarrhoea / syndrome
b) diarrhea / syndrome
c) diarrhoea / syndrom
d) diarrhea / syndrom

21) Dr Brett Marshall is a renowned __________ in Australia.


a) Gynecologist
b) Gynacologist
c) Gyneacologist
d) Gynaecologist

22) __________ is the process by which blood changes from a liquid to a gel.
a) Coagulation
b) Caogulation
c) Coaguletion
d) Coaggulation

23) Acute bacterial __________ may be a life-threatening event requiring prompt recognition and treatment
with antibiotic therapy.
a) prostetitis
b) prostattitis
c) prostatetis
d) prostatitis

24) Garry is a 43 year old male who suffers from chronic acne & his GP has referred him to a __________.
a) Cosmologist
b) Cosmetologist
c) Dermatologist
d) Naturopath

25) __________ radiation, the patient must also have chemotherapy.


a) Beside
b) Besides
c) Among
d) Between
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26) This information is shared __________ the doctor & the patient.
a) beside
b) besides
c) among
d) between

27) The medication was placed __________ the glass of water.


a) beside
b) besides
c) among
d) between

28) Hospital physicians are __________ the personal who attended the meeting.
a) beside
b) besides
c) among
d) between

29) Corridors __________ the first & second floor must be locked.
a) beside
b) besides
c) among
d) between

30) The supervisor wanted the nurse to look __________ the causes of the injury.
a) in
b) into
c) to
d) too

Section 2: Grammar, Spelling & Literacy Part B


Circle the best word or phrase (a, b, c or d) which can replace the underlined word in the sentence.

31) Health & safety hazards can be minimised by enforcing good health & safety practices within the
workplace.
a) increased
b) diminished
c) limited
d) prevented

32) As an Allied Health Worker, you will provide assistance to Allied Health Professionals such as nutritionists
to implement their programs.
a) opinions
b) knowledge
c) support
d) co-operation

33) Workers in the Healthcare Industry must be careful to ensure patient confidentiality.
a) anonymity
b) neutrality
c) controversy
d) privacy
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34) When undertaking & working on daily activities in the Health Industry, knowledge of the correct hand
washing techniques is an essential requirement.
a) a desired
b) a mandatory
c) an individual
d) an optional

35) There is an African proverb which holds that there is no medicine to cure hatred.
a) adage
b) clich
c) story
d) buzzword

36) Services & facilities for young people are severely inadequate to meet the mental health needs of the
local community.
a) parsimonious
b) deficient
c) contrite
d) abundant

37) The notion that only poor people utilise the services of free healthcare has been greatly maligned by
many sectors in the community.
a) accepted
b) respected
c) scorned
d) ridiculed

38) The incessant noise of the drilling gave her a migraine.


a) intermittent
b) sporadic
c) interminable
d) incipient

39) Dr Farquharson is the epitome of professionalism. That is why he is loved by all his patients &
colleagues.
a) archetype
b) antithesis
c) mastermind
d) enforcer

40) Many outback healthcare facilities are quite shabby.


a) pristine
b) ungenerous
c) dishonourable
d) weathered
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Section 2: Grammar, Spelling & Literacy Part C


In each line of the text, there may or may not be a missing or incorrect article (a, an, the). Insert the missing
article or correct the wrong article in each line. If no article is missing, write NIL in the space provided. The
first one has been done for you.

(omit the)
John Doe is a 23-year old male suffering from the back pain & memory loss
41)
as a result of injuries sustained in car accident three months ago.
42)
At that time, the patient was the driver of automobile travelling across
43)
Main to State Street. Another vehicle hit Mr Does car on the front
44)
passengers side before coming to halt. Complaining of pain
45)
with any movement of his neck, John was transported by ambulance
46)
to emergency department of Wells Medical Centre. X-rays
47)
of the cervical spine revealed the injury affecting his neck & back.
48)
He was placed on high dose of anti-inflammatory medication & muscle
49)
relaxants & provided with a cervical collar. Because of an accident, John
50)
Doe has been unable to work since a motor vehicle accident in question.

Section 3: Coherent Thinking & Reading Comprehension Part A


The following procedure for washing hands is not in the correct order. Number the steps from 1 5 in the
correct order.

When soap has formed, rinse well with water

Dispose the paper towel correctly

Thoroughly rinse hands with water

Dry hands thoroughly using clean paper towel

Use medicated hand wash & rub thoroughly over


both hands for 20 seconds
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Section 3: Coherent Thinking & Reading Comprehension Part B


Read the article & answer the questions that follow.

A Concussions are brain injuries that occur when a person receives a blow to the head, face, or neck.
Although most people who suffer a concussion experience initial bouts of dizziness, nausea, and
drowsiness, these symptoms often disappear after a few days. The long-term effects of concussions,
however, are less understood and far more severe. Recent studies suggest that people who suffer
multiple concussions are at significant risk for developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a
degenerative brain disorder that causes a variety of dangerous mental and emotional problems to arise
weeks, months, or even years after the initial injury. These psychological problems can include
depression, anxiety, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and aggression. In extreme cases, people
suffering from CTE have even committed suicide or homicide. The majority of people who develop these
issues are athletes who participate in popular high-impact sports, especially football. Although new
sports regulations and improvements in helmet technology can help protect players, amateur leagues,
the sports media, and fans all bear some of the responsibility for reducing the incidence of these
devastating injuries.

B Improvements in diagnostic technology have provided substantial evidence to link severeand often
fatalpsychological disorders to the head injuries that players receive while on the field. Recent
autopsies performed on the brains of football players who have committed suicide have shown advanced
cases of CTE in every single victim.

C In response to the growing understanding of this danger, the National Football League (NFL) has revised
its safety regulations. Players who have suffered a head injury on the field must undergo a concussion
sideline assessmenta series of mental and physical fitness testsbefore being allowed back in the
game. In an effort to diminish the amount of head and neck injuries on the field, NFL officials began
enforcing stricter penalty calls for helmet-to-helmet contact, leading with the head, and hitting a
defenceless player. Furthermore, as of 2010, if a players helmet is accidentally wrenched from his head
during play, the ball is immediately whistled dead. It is hoped that these new regulations, coupled with
advances in helmet design, will reduce the number of concussions, and thus curb further cases of CTE.

D Efforts by the NFL and other professional sports leagues are certainly laudable; we should commend
every attempt to protect the mental and physical health of players. However, new regulations at the
professional level cannot protect amateur players, especially young people. Fatal cases of CTE have been
reported in victims as young as 21. Proper tackling formusing the arms and shoulders to aim for a
players midsectionshould be taught at an early age. Youth, high school, and college leagues should
also adopt safety rules even more stringent than those of the NFL. Furthermore, young athletes should
be educated about the serious dangers of head injuries at an early age.

E Perhaps the most important factor in reducing the number of traumatic brain injuries, however, lies not
with the players, the coaches, or the administrators, but with the media and fans. Sports media
producers have become accustomed to showcasing the most aggressive tackles and the most intense
plays. NFL broadcasts often replay especially violent collisions while the commentators marvel at the
players physical prowess. Some sports highlights television programs even feature weekly countdowns
of the hardest hits. When the media exalts such dangerous behaviour, professionals are rewarded for
injuring each other on the field and amateurs become more likely to try to imitate their favourite NFL
athletes. Announcers, commentators, television producers, and sportswriters should engage in a
collective effort to cease glorifying brutal plays. In turn, fans should stop expecting their favourite players
to put their lives on the line for the purposes of entertainment. Players must not be encouraged to trade
their careers, their health, their happiness, and even their lives for the sake of a game.
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Questions 6 11:
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? Circle the correct
answer.
TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
6) Tackling is not always dangerous; however, players who use improper tackling form may injure others.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

7) Science has not established definitive links between players who die untimely deaths & the onset of CTE.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

8) NFL officials have done little to address the problem of CTE.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

9) Athletes praised for exceptionally brutal hits are likely to continue engaging in dangerous behaviours.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

10) The NFL has done more to mitigate future cases of CTE than youth, high school, or college leagues.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

11) Since the introduction of new regulations in 2010, the number CTE cases has reduced by nearly 25%.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

Questions 12 30:
Fill in the blanks with the correct word(s) taken from the reading passage. Ensure that the answers are
grammatically correct, in relation to the sentence. No more than three (3) word answers.
A number of athletes in NFL suffer from multiple (12) & are at 12)
risk of developing (13). As a result a number of (14) have been 13)
implemented as well as some improvements to (15), further 14)
reducing these incidences.
15)
It should be a priority to protect both the (16) & (17) health of 16)
players. Also, the (18) of young athletes is paramount to lessen 17)
injuries, since children as young as (19) years old have been 18)
reported with (20) of this (21) brain disorder, which can 19)
manifest months after the (22). 20)
21)
However, the responsibility also lies with the (23), who enjoy 22)
watching such (24). Unfortunately, as they sit & watch their
23)
sports idols injuring each on the field there is a greater (25) for
them to imitate those (26). 24)
25)
The (27) is also to blame because they seem to glorify (28) by 26)
promoting them during their broadcasts; (29) such dangerous 27)
behaviours with (30) of the hardest hits. 28)
29)
30)
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Questions 31 35:
Answer the following questions based on the previous reading text.

31) What is the best possible subtitle for paragraph E?

a) Imitating Your Favourite Players c) Rewarding the Good, Dont Promote the Bad

b) Concussions: An Explanation d) Fans & the Media: A Cause & Effect

32) Efforts by the NFL & other professional sports leagues are laudable. Which example is given to support
this statement?
New regulations at the professional level
We should commend every attempt to protect
a) cannot protect amateur players, especially c)
the mental and physical health of players
young people
Players who suffer a head injury on the field
Young athletes should be educated about the
b) must undergo a concussion sideline assessment d)
serious dangers of head injuries at an early age
before being allowed back in the game

33) What is not a symptom of a concussion?

a) Dizziness c) Nausea

b) Aggression d) None of the above

34) What is a possible result of marvelling at players physical prowess?


Television programs feature weekly Commentators & sportswriters engage in a
a) c)
countdowns of the hardest hits collective effort to glorifying brutal plays
Professionals are rewarded for injuring each Amateurs are more likely to try to imitate their
b) d)
other on the field favourite NFL athletes

35) What have improvements in diagnostic technology provided?


Link between severe psychological disorders to
a) Autopsies c)
the head injuries
Multiple concussions are at significant risk for
b) d) Advanced cases of CTE in suicide victims
developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy
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Section 3: Coherent Thinking & Reading Comprehension Part C


Read the article & answer the questions that follow.

Australias Royal Flying Doctor Service


Although Australia has roughly the same area as the United States, it supports a population that is less than
10 per cent of the total US population. The reason is that one-third of the country is mainly desert, another
third is classified as arid and much of the rest contains soil with few nutrients. Consequently, the inland is
very sparsely populated and those who live and work there do not have access to the facilities that urban
Australians have always taken for granted. The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has over the past century
provided medical service to those in the outback, as inland Australia is generally known. The service has
made a huge contribution to the settlement of outback Australia, a blessing for scattered populations in
times of medical emergency.
The first person to champion the need for an airborne medical service in the outback was John Flynn (1880-
1951). A church minister working in remote settlements, Flynn followed up on an idea first proposed in 1918
by a correspondent Lieutenant J Clifford Peel of the Australian Flying Corps. Flynn took up the case for a
service after helping to establish nursing homes in several outback towns. In his opinion, the patient should
receive a doctors visit rather than face the risk of further injury or illness by being forced to travel over
inadequate roads to hospitals which could be several days journey away.
Flynns undertaking got the support of his church and government officials and public donations began to
come in. On 15 May 1928, the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service commenced business in
Cloncurry, Queensland and two days later the first flight took off. What was later to be called the Royal Flying
Doctor Service was born. In its first year of operation, the service attended to 255 patients.
The effectiveness of the Flying Doctor is in its wide reach and it wasnt long before it was expanding across
the country. The goldfields of Western Australia had aircraft support for serious emergencies from 1931,
although it was 1937 before the region officially had a Flying Doctor section. In 1935, Port Hedland got its
service as did the Kimberley region with the help of Victorian philanthropists.
When the Flying Doctor started out, aviation equipment and facilities were still in their infancy. With no
navigation aids on board or on the ground, pilots had to find their way using landmarks. Night flying was only
considered in the most urgent of cases. Airstrips were rudimentary at best and sufficient fuel had to be
carried for the return trip. It was left to the pilot to decide if a landing could be made safely.
In its early days, the Flying Doctor contracted aircraft owners and pilots to fly its medical staff where they
were needed. The first contract was with Qantas, which leased out a four-passenger DH.50A along with
equipment and staff at a rate of two shillings (A$0.40) per mile (1.6km). That plane, named Victory, went on
to fly 110,000 miles for the Flying Doctor until 1934. In 1949, the contract was transferred to Trans-Australia
Airlines.
It was only in the 1960s that the RFDS had begun purchasing its own aircraft and was employing pilots and
engineers directly. While the early aircraft were predominantly British, later models were American in design
and manufacture. From single-piston engines to turbo props, from exposed cockpits to pressurised cabins
also fitted out as flying intensive care units, the machines of the Flying Doctor have steadily advanced along
with the aviation industry itself. The name, too, was to evolve over time. In 1942, the Australian Inland
Mission Aerial Medical Service became the Flying Doctor Service and in 1954 it was given a Royal Charter.
The RFDS now owns more than 50 modern aircraft operating from 21 bases throughout Australia flying the
equivalent of 25 round trips to the moon each year. The flying doctors and nurses serve more than a quarter
of a million people spread over the wide, open spaces of outback Australia. The RFDS is a non-profit
organisation, its operations are funded by Commonwealth and State governments, public donations and
corporate sponsorships.
The Flying Doctor has been a huge boon for the settlers of the outback. It has given endless comfort to far-
flung populations who are the much safer in the knowledge that despite the distances involved, help in a
medical emergency in not far away.
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Questions 36 40:
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? Circle the correct
answer.
TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
36) The Royal Flying Doctor Service carters for all Australians.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

37) The first flying doctor was Lieutenant Peel.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

38) The RFDS commenced in May 1928.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

39) Longer flights were undertaken only at the discretion of the pilot.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

40) The RFDS did not own any aircraft when it was founded.

TRUE FALSE NOT GIVEN

Questions 41 60:
Fill in the blanks with the correct word(s) taken from the reading passage. Ensure that the answers are
grammatically correct, in relation to the sentence. No more than three (3) word answers.
(41) from 21 bases throughout Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor 41)
Service (RFDS) has grown since its inception in (42). The 42)
brainchild of (43), it was championed by (44), who was a (45)
43)
working in remote areas of Australia.
44)
After receiving support from his church & government officials 45)
& receiving (46) from the public, the Australian Inland Mission 46)
Aerial Medical Service was established in (47). Approximately
47)
(48) years later, the goldfields of WA officially got its own
section. With the help of philanthropists from (49), the 48)
Kimberly regions also received its own service. 49)
50)
Initially (50) aircraft owners & pilots when needed, the (51)
51)
DH.50A, named (52), was the first contracted for service for the
RFDS until (53), when it was replaced with (54). The RFDS 52)
began (55) its own aircraft in the 1960s & also started (56) 53)
employing their own pilots & engineers. 54)
55)
(57) more than 250,000 people in outback Australia, RFDS (58)
56)
& (59) provide much need medical services which many city-
dwellers (60). 57)
58)
59)
60)
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Questions 61 65:
Answer the following questions based on the previous reading text.

61) What is attributed to the success of the RFDS?

a) Its sophisticated facilities c) Its extensive spread

b) Its competent staffing policy d) None of the above

62) What is the main difference between early RFDS aircraft & modern day RFDS aircraft?

a) Contacts c) Training

b) Facilities & Equipment d) All of the above

63) From where does financial support for the RFDS come?

a) Federal & State Governments c) Private Individuals

b) Corporations d) All of the above

64) What is not a synonym of the word rudimentary?

a) Elementary c) Difficult

b) Primitive d) Vestigial

65) What does The Flying Doctor has been a huge boon for the settlers of the outback mean?
The Flying Doctors has developed the lives of The Flying Doctors has had no effect on the
a) c)
people living in outback. lives of people living in outback.
The Flying Doctors has been detrimental to the The Flying Doctors has been helpful to the lives
b) d)
lives of people living in outback. of people living in outback.

Section 4: Mathematics & Numeracy Part A


Calculate the following:

1) 196 days to weeks


2) 156 weeks to years
3) 84 months to years
4) 74 x 33 =
5) 28 2.5 =
6) 333 + 998 =
7) 7000 - 555 =
8) (39 + 42) x 2 12 =
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Section 4: Mathematics & Numeracy Part B


Answer the following questions.

9) You arrive at work at 3.00pm & leave at 10.15pm. How long have you been at work? Write your answer
in number of hours & number of minutes.

10) If you work for 70 hours a fortnight & earn $18 an hour, what will your earnings per week be before tax
deduction?

11) A cleaning fluid must be diluted to a ratio of 1:5 with water before it can be used. If you have 150mls of
cleaning fluid, how much water will have to be added before you can use the fluid?

12) Vials are to be packed in cartons, each holding 12 vials. If there are 128 vials and as many cartons are
filled as possible, how many vials are left over?

13) Dr Saunders sees an average of 3 patients every hour. If his surgery is open from 8.30am to 5pm every
Monday Friday & Dr Saunders takes an hour lunch break & two (2) 15 minute tea breaks every day,
how many patients will he see in a week?

14) The Department of Education & Training has determined that educator-to-chid rations be as follows:
Birth to 24 24 36 36
Months Months Years
1:4 1:8 1:12

Your facility currently has the following children in each category:


Birth to 24 24 36 36
Months Months Years
15 children 26 children 32 children

What is the minimum number of staff you are required to have rostered on for any given shift?

15) Harold Finckler is a patient in your care. To avoid bedsores, he is required to be turned every 2 hours, on
the hour, from 12noon. Based on your roster below, how many times are you required to turn him
during the week?
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
0700 1200 0700 1500
1500 2300 1500 - 2300 RDO RDO 1200 - 1600
1500 2300 1500 2300