English Speaking Skills Test

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English Speaking Skills Test - Quiz


Prepare yourself for the English Speaking Skills Test ahead! When inquiring about language learners' goals, one common response is, "enhance my speaking abilities." As you navigate the journey of acquiring a foreign language, interactions with native speakers like teachers, restaurant servers, taxi drivers, and landlords become commonplace. Hence, it's essential to cultivate a sense of ease and confidence in such exchanges.

Similar to refining writing, listening, or other skills, there exist specific techniques to enhance your spoken English. This test invites you to engage in a focused manner, aiming to fortify your spoken language proficiency. Whether your aspirations revolve Read morearound effective communication or developing fluency, this test serves as a valuable tool.

Are you prepared to embark on this linguistic endeavor? Embrace the challenge, apply the techniques, and witness your English-speaking skills evolve in a targeted and meaningful manner. Good luck on your journey towards becoming a confident English speaker!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    _____ the two brothers, Peter is the better painter.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      Between

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      Among

    Correct Answer
    B. Between
    Explanation
    This sentence is comparing two brothers, Peter and another brother, in terms of their painting skills. The word "between" is used to indicate a comparison between two things. Therefore, the correct answer is "between."

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  • 2. 

     They left at midnight ____ their village.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    A. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it indicates the direction or destination of their departure.

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  • 3. 

    Why did she give it _____ you?

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      To

    Correct Answer
    D. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it is used to indicate the recipient or destination of something being given.

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  • 4. 

    Mary has been living in Hyderabad ___ten years.

    • A.

      Since

    • B.

      Among

    • C.

      For

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    C. For
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "for" because it indicates the duration of time that Mary has been living in Hyderabad. "Since" is used to indicate a specific point in time, "among" is used to show inclusion within a group, and "on" is used to indicate a specific day or date.

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  • 5. 

    The girl sat down ___ the lake.

    • A.

      Besides

    • B.

      Beside

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    B. Beside
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "beside.” This is because "beside" means next to or by the side of something, which is the most appropriate preposition to describe the girl's location in relation to the lake. "Besides" means in addition to, "among" means surrounded by, and "in" means inside, and these words do not accurately convey the girl's position next to the lake.

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  • 6. 

    Put the book ____ the table.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when we put something "on" a surface, it means that the object is physically resting or positioned on top of that surface. In this case, the book is being placed on the table, indicating that it is being placed on top of the table surface.

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  • 7. 

    Do not interfere __ my personal affairs.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in." This preposition is used to show that someone should not interfere with someone's personal affairs. It indicates the location or position of something or someone. In this context, "in" is the most appropriate preposition to convey the meaning that personal affairs should not be meddled with.

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  • 8. 

    I drove _____ Seattle last weekend.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      To

    • D.

      It

    Correct Answer
    C. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it indicates the direction or destination of the action "drove." In this sentence, the speaker is stating that they drove to Seattle last weekend, implying that Seattle was their destination.

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  • 9. 

    We insisted __ going for a walk.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      Upon

    Correct Answer
    C. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when we insist on doing something, We use “on” to show it is an organized event. We could also use “for” if it is a casual stroll by ourselves.

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  • 10. 

    The Mega Mall is _____ the building, isn't it?

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      Upon

    • C.

      In

    • D.

      Among

    Correct Answer
    C. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in” because a mall would be found inside or within the walls of the building

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  • 11. 

    The woman __ the car was my sister.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      Between

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    D. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because it indicates that the woman was inside the car.

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  • 12. 

    The old building was full __ pigeons and mice.

    • A.

      Except for

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      Upon

    Correct Answer
    A. Except for
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "except for”. This shows that nothing else was there, only the pigeons and mice. 

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  • 13. 

    I met my old classmate _____ the university.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      Upon

    • C.

      Among

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    A. At
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because it is used to indicate a location or position within a place. In this case, the sentence refers to meeting an old classmate within the university.

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  • 14. 

    The baby slept peacefully __________ the telephone ring.

    • A.

      Yet

    • B.

      In spite of

    • C.

      With

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    B. In spite of
    Explanation
    The phrase "in spite of" is the correct answer because it shows a contrast between the baby sleeping peacefully and the telephone ringing. Despite the noise and disturbance of the telephone, the baby remains undisturbed and continues to sleep peacefully.

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  • 15. 

    They are sorry _________having teased you.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      For

    • D.

      To

    Correct Answer
    C. For
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "for " because the phrase "sorry for" is used to express regret or apologize for something that has been done, and in this case, the subject is sorry for having teased someone. The preposition "for " is commonly used after the verb "sorry" to indicate the action or behavior for which the apology is being made.

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  • 16. 

    The clients of the lawyer were happy ____________ his work. 

    • A.

      With

    • B.

      For

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    A. With
    Explanation
    The clients of the lawyer were happy with his work, indicating that the clients were satisfied and pleased with the lawyer's performance or the outcomes of his work. The word "with" is commonly used to express satisfaction or approval, making it the appropriate preposition in this context.

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  • 17. 

    They could swim  __________ the river when they were young.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      Into

    • C.

      Across

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    C. Across
    Explanation
    The word "across" is the correct answer because it indicates movement from one side of the river to the other. The phrase "swim across the river" implies that they were able to swim from one bank to the opposite bank of the river when they were young.

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  • 18. 

    His allegation was based  ___________ the incident that he witnessed.

    • A.

      With

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      For

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    B. On
    Explanation
    The word "based" is commonly followed by the preposition "on" when referring to the foundation or justification of something. In this context, the correct answer is "on" because it indicates that the allegation was formed or supported by the incident that the person witnessed.

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  • 19. 

    The company formed new rules which are acceptable ________ all workers.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      For

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    A. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because the phrase "acceptable to" is commonly used to indicate that something is approved or agreed upon by someone. In this case, the company formed new rules that are acceptable to all workers, meaning that the rules have been agreed upon and are considered suitable by all employees.

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  • 20. 

    Did you read my article _____cellular microbiology?

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      For

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      With

    Correct Answer
    C. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is “on.” In this context, "on" is used to indicate that the article was read in relation to the topic of cellular microbiology. It suggests that the article is specifically about or focuses on cellular microbiology.

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  • 21. 

    I come _____Italy.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      From

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    B. From
    Explanation
    The word “from" is the correct answer because it indicates the origin or source of the speaker. In this case, the speaker is indicating that they come from Italy.

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  • 22. 

    Hi Ann, how are you?

    • A.

      I am a nurse.

    • B.

      I am fine, thanks, and you?

    • C.

      You are good.

    • D.

      I am looking for an answer.

    Correct Answer
    B. I am fine, thanks, and you?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I am fine, thanks, and you?" because it is the appropriate response to the question "How are you?" It shows that the person is in good health and also asks about the well-being of the other person.

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  • 23. 

    'You have never been to Africa.'  '_________ have I.’

    • A.

      Either

    • B.

      Neither

    • C.

      So

    • D.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. Neither
    Explanation
    The correct answer is “neither" because it completes the sentence in a grammatically correct way. The sentence "Neither have I" is used to express agreement with a negative statement.

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  • 24. 

    'Have you visited Birmingham?'    '__________'

    • A.

      Not

    • B.

      Ever

    • C.

      Already

    • D.

      Not yet

    Correct Answer
    D. Not yet
    Explanation
    The phrase "Not yet" is the correct answer because it indicates that the person being asked has not visited Birmingham at the present time, but there is a possibility that they may visit in the future.

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  • 25. 

    My mother _________ the carpet when I got home yesterday afternoon.

    • A.

      Is hoovering

    • B.

      Was hoovering

    • C.

      Were hoovering

    • D.

      Has been hoovering

    Correct Answer
    B. Was hoovering
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was hoovering." This is because the sentence indicates that the action was happening yesterday when the speaker arrived home, which means the verb needs to be in the past tense. 

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  • 26. 

    My aunt _______ come to our wedding reception next month.

    • A.

      Aren’t going to

    • B.

      Isn’t going

    • C.

      Isn’t

    • D.

      Will

    Correct Answer
    D. Will
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "willI" because it indicates a future action and is properly conjugated to suit the subject “My aunt.” In this case, the speaker's aunt will come to their wedding reception next month.

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  • 27. 

    I promise I _________ study harder.

    • A.

      Do

    • B.

      Am going to

    • C.

      May

    • D.

      Must

    Correct Answer
    B. Am going to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am going to”  because it indicates a future plan or intention to study harder. " "may" suggest possibilities or uncertainties, while "must" implies a requirement or obligation, which may not be the case here. Therefore, "am going to " is the most appropriate choice to express the speaker's determination to study harder in the future.

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  • 28. 

    Is Emma _________ Carla?

    • A.

      Tall as

    • B.

      As tall as

    • C.

      Taller

    • D.

      More tall

    Correct Answer
    B. As tall as
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "as tall as" because it correctly completes the question, "Is Emma as tall as Carla?" This answer choice indicates that Emma and Carla may have the same height and is the only choice that fits grammatically.

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  • 29. 

    Where is __________ pharmacy, please?

    • A.

      The nearest

    • B.

      Nearer

    • C.

      The most near

    • D.

      More near

    Correct Answer
    A. The nearest
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "the nearest " because it is the superlative form of the adjective "near," indicating the closest or most immediate location. The other options, "nearer," "the most near," and "more near," are comparative forms and do not accurately convey the intended meaning of finding the closest chemist.

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  • 30. 

    Is that a purse?

    • A.

      To you

    • B.

      You

    • C.

      Yours

    • D.

      Your

    Correct Answer
    C. Yours
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "yours " because it is the possessive form of "you" and matches with the question "Is that purse  ________?" to indicate possession.

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  • 31. 

    I _________ my mobile phone since 2009.

    • A.

      Have had

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Had

    • D.

      Am having

    Correct Answer
    A. Have had
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have had " because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an ongoing action. The phrase "since 2009" suggests that the speaker has been continuously using their mobile phone from that year until the present. Therefore, "have had " accurately conveys this ongoing action.

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  • 32. 

    How long ________ English?

    • A.

      Are you learning

    • B.

      Have you been learning

    • C.

      Do you learn

    • D.

      You learn

    Correct Answer
    B. Have you been learning
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have you been learning" because the question is asking about the duration of time the person has been learning English. The present perfect continuous tense "have you been learning" is used to talk about an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
K-12 English Expert
Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.
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