English Proficiency Exam- Pre Test

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Prepositions, Grammar, Reading Comprehension


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  • 1. 
    When you are making multiple cuts on the same board, it is important to account for the width of the saw blade you use when taking measurements. Often, the width of a saw blade will be 1/16 of an inch, so, if this is not accounted for, your measurements will be off of an inch after four cuts or inch after eight. To correct for the width of the saw blade, simply mark each measurement 1/16 of an inch longer than its exact distance after your first measurement has been marked. This paragraph is about:
    • A. 

      Saw blade varieties

    • B. 

      How to use a tape measure

    • C. 

      Measuring practices

    • D. 

      Working in the construction industry

  • 2. 
    Succulents often grow in arid areas of the planet. They have adapted to harsher climates and are able to store water in order to make it through long periods without rain. In addition, they can also grow in environments without nutrient-rich soil. For example, they are able to grow in cracks in rocks and soil made up of mostly sand. Many are able to grow in extremely high temperatures and can survive in cold temperatures at night in the desert. These hardy plants are often used by gardeners in container gardens because many succulents stay small throughout their live span and most are easy to maintain. This paragraph is about:
    • A. 

      Succulent plants

    • B. 

      The desert environment

    • C. 

      Gardeners' preferences

    • D. 

      Growing plants in sand

  • 3. 
    Waterproofing a flat metal roof for the winter months can be a painful and time-consuming process. First, one has to sweep all of the debris off of the roof and then wash all of the dirt and grime off of the surface of the roof so that the sealant adheres properly. Once all debris is removed and the water has dried, one can began to apply the sealant. It is best to pick a warm, sunny day to seal a roof and it is important to check the weather to make sure rain is not expected in the few days following the sealing process. Most sealants can be applied with a paint roller. The first layer should be applied in one direction; for example, north to south. Once the first layer is completely dry, the second layer can be applied in the opposite direction. Once these layers are dry, more coats can be applied, if necessary. The roof is now ready to make it through the rainy season without any leaks. This paragraph is about:
    • A. 

      How to paint a roof

    • B. 

      Good weather conditions

    • C. 

      How to wash a roof

    • D. 

      Waterproofing a flat, metal roof

  • 4. 
    To make sure a deck, a planter box, or another building project is square, one can do one of two things. The best way is to measure, diagonally, from one corner of the project to another. Next, a measurement of the other diagonal space should be obtained. If the project is square, the two diagonal measurements will be equal. If not, adjust the frame until the two measurements are the same. The next method of checking to see if a project is square is to use a tape measure to measure three inches from one corner up one side of the frame. Mark that point and then measure four inches down the other part of the frame. Mark that point as well. Measure between the two points. If the distance is exactly five inches, your project is square. If not, the frame needs to be adjusted until the diagonal measurement between the two points equals exactly five inches. This paragraph is about:
    • A. 

      How to build a frame

    • B. 

      How to use a tape measure

    • C. 

      How to adjust a window frame

    • D. 

      How to determine if a project is square or not

  • 5. 
    If you want success when painting a deck, you have to prepare beforehand. First, the deck should be inspected for paint that is peeling. If any old, peeling paint is found, it should be sanded off until a spot in the paint is reached in which nothing is peeling up off the deck. Next, the deck should be swept and washed until there is no debris or dirt left on it. These steps help to ensure that the paint will adhere properly to the deck. Next, one should use painter's tape to mask off any area that touches the deck that will not be painted. Once that is complete, you should make sure you have a durable new brush, and, perhaps a paint roller. The paint needs to be thoroughly stirred prior to beginning the job and you should make sure there is no excess paint on the brush or roller that would cause dripping when you begin. Once the painting is completed to satisfaction, the masking tape needs to be removed. If you prepare, by using these steps, your final painted product will look better and more professional, as well as last longer, than if you had gone straight to painting without any preparation. This paragraph is about:
    • A. 

      Using tape to create art

    • B. 

      Preparatory steps that will help you succeed when painting

    • C. 

      Different brush techniques

    • D. 

      Model airplanes

  • 6. 
    No, I'm not going to rob that store with you! It's ......... the law and I'm not willing to do anything illegal just because you need money right now!
  • 7. 
    My aunt suffers ......... diabetes. She has to watch her sugar intake and insulin levels all the time. It's quite a serious disease.
  • 8. 
    Who is Kevin shouting ......... so loudly? He sounds so angry!
  • 9. 
    "Are you still upset about what Matt said to you the other night?" Sheila asked Barb. "Not at all. I was initially upset, but I'm ......... it now. Life's too short to hold any grudges," Barb responded.
  • 10. 
    Nancy is really broken ......... her father's death. They were really close and he died so suddenly of a heart attack. I think I'm going to bring her some supper tonight.
  • 11. 
    He is ......... the opinion that all women should stay home and take care of their kids. He doesn't believe that women should ever work. I totally hate that guy!
  • 12. 
    Trust me. I know ......... experience that disagreeing with the boss is a bad idea. He nearly fired me for just expressing my opinion in the last meeting last month.
  • 13. 
    Sorry Karen. I'm ......... duty now and I want to go home. You'll have to ask someone else to help with the filing because I'm finished for the day.
  • 14. 
    I had no idea about what goes on ......... the scenes of a rock concert until I got back stage passes. It's really like another world back there.
  • 15. 
    I'm so angry at that mechanic. He said everything was OK after my tune-up last week but my car broke ......... again yesterday. I was stranded on the side of the road for about an hour before the car service company arrived.
  • 16. 
    ......... any one object if I turn the heating down?
    • A. 

      Do

    • B. 

      Does

    • C. 

      Did

    • D. 

      Doing

  • 17. 
    ......... come to the conclusion that nowadays nobody cares about anything.
    • A. 

      Will

    • B. 

      Had

    • C. 

      Do

    • D. 

      Have

  • 18. 
    They ......... for 3 hours when the storm suddenly broke.
    • A. 

      Had been running

    • B. 

      Have been running

    • C. 

      Are running

    • D. 

      Will be running

  • 19. 
    I assumed you ......... paying for the repairs until the end of last year.
    • A. 

      Have been

    • B. 

      Was been

    • C. 

      Are being

    • D. 

      Had been

  • 20. 
    ......... get tired of answering the same questions every day?
    • A. 

      Have you ever

    • B. 

      Had you ever

    • C. 

      Do you ever

    • D. 

      Are you ever