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ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST - UNIPANAMERICANA 2016  Adapted from  WORLD ENGLISH - CE

 
Instructions: Match the actions to the definitions below.
a.
catch the bus
b.
get up
c.
read the newspaper
d.
take a shower
e.
eat breakfast
f.
watch TV
g.
visit friends
h.
eat out
i.
go to bed
j.
start work
 

 1. 

You do this when you want to get clean. (You need soap and water.) _____
 

 2. 

You do this when you’re hungry. (You’re not at home.) _____
 

 3. 

Most people do this at night because they’re tired. _____
 

 4. 

Most people do this in the morning when they need to leave the bed and do things. _____
 

 5. 

You do this when you want to see people you know. _____
 
 
TRACK 09 P9 Instructions: Listen to the conversation. Then write a complete sentence to answer each question.
 

 6. 

TRACK 28 What does the man do on Saturday afternoons?
 
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 7. 

TRACK 28 Who does the man call on the telephone?
 
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TRACK 33 Instructions: Listen to the conversation. Then choose the correct answer.
 

 8. 

How many bagels does the woman want?
a.
two
b.
four
c.
six
 

 9. 

How much milk do the speakers have?
a.
a little
b.
a lot
c.
a few
 

 10. 

How much breakfast cereal does the woman want?
a.
one box
b.
two boxes
c.
three boxes
 
 
TRACK 32 Instructions: Listen to the conversation. Then complete each sentence with the correct word.
 

 11. 

The boy doesn’t want any ____________________ because he’s not hungry for protein.
 

 

 12. 

They have some fruit. They have two ____________________ and a banana.
 

 
 
Instructions: Write the correct food group next to each food item: drinks, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, protein, or meat.
 

 13. 

eggs _________________________
 

 

 14. 

butter _________________________
 

 

 15. 

juice _________________________
 

 
 
Instructions: Read each sentence. Then answer True or False.
 

 16. 

Your culture is your language and your way of living.
 

 17. 

Something that connects people brings them together.
 

 18. 

We use a greeting when we first see someone.
 

 19. 

We can use our hands to make gestures.
 

 20. 

When people make small talk, it is usually about very important things.
 

 21. 

Customs are the usual activities in a country.
 

 22. 

Sailing around the world requires special skills.
 

 23. 

Good shoes or boots are equipment for hiking.
 

 24. 

Learning a new language is a mental challenge.
 

 25. 

You react to something after it occurs, not before.
 

 26. 

If you know three techniques for making bread, you know three ways to make it.
 

 27. 

Sputnik was a manmade satellite.
 

 28. 

The Earth is part of the solar system.
 

 29. 

There have been manned missions to the moon.
 

 30. 

The moon is a planet.
 
 
Instructions: Fill in each blank with the present perfect form of the verb in parentheses.
 

 31. 

Isabel ____________________ (travel) to Spain several times.
 

 

 32. 

She ____________________ (be) a doctor for 12 years.
 

 

 33. 

They ____________________ (see) that movie three times.
 

 
 
Instructions: Put the words in order to make questions and statements.
 

 34. 

are / what / reading / you /
 
 
 

 35. 

have / lived / we / long / here / a / time
 
 
 

 36. 

crossing challenge ocean was the a
 
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Instructions: Choose the best word or phrase to complete each sentence. Choose Ø if no word or phrase is necessary.
 

 37. 

Tami was texting her friends ____ Roberta was driving the car.
a.
when
b.
while
c.
Ø
 

 38. 

Sam and Miki ____ from high school in 2007.
a.
graduated
b.
was graduating
c.
were graduating
 

 39. 

I jumped out of my chair ____ I heard him at the door.
a.
when
b.
while
c.
Ø
 
 
TRACK 9 Instructions: Listen to the radio show. Then choose the correct answer.
 

 40. 

What are the speakers talking about?
a.
adventure travel
b.
eco-tourism
c.
a trip to the beach
 

 41. 

Where did the woman and her sister go?
a.
Puerto Rico
b.
Barbados
c.
Costa Rica
 
 
TRACK 23 Instructions: Listen to the conversation. Then write the correct word or phrase.
 

 42. 

The woman prefers ____________________(a small group / a large crowd).
 

 

 43. 

TRACK 24 The woman would rather ____________________(lie on a beach / go for a walk).
 

 
 
Instructions: Write questions with Would you rather . . .
 

 44. 

walk a few blocks / ride the bus
 
?
 

 45. 

have a small wedding / invite everyone you know
 
?
 

 46. 

Do you think small parties are as much fun as large parties?
 
 
 

 47. 

Is giving a gift as enjoyable as receiving a gift?
 
 
 

 48. 

Would you rather participate in a parade or watch a parade?
 
 
 
 
Instructions: Read the article. Then choose True or False.

People often look forward to going to an art museum. They hope to see beautiful pieces of art that they might remember for a lifetime, but what about the blind or those who are visually impaired? Is it possible for them to share such a wonderful experience? Most museums don’t allow anyone to touch the exhibits, and there’s rarely anything to taste or smell either. So, out of the five senses that humans have, a visually impaired person would probably only be able to rely on one: hearing. Most museums offer some type of audio programs for rental, or they provide guides who give detailed descriptions of artistic techniques and biographies on the artists’ lives, but is this enough? Can blind people really plan on enjoying visual arts as much as those with sight?

Many museums these days are committed to making every visitor’s experience a memorable one. Several are experimenting with programs for the blind and for people with other disabilities. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has special verbal imaging tours, large print booklets, Braille labels, and a rather large collection of objects that can be touched.

The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco has a similar program, but also includes special courses for the blind where they learn about art through hands-on activities or through touch. According to them, it is the first museum of its kind to offer such a program.

The Blind Museum in Madrid is another example and is beautifully designed for blind and visually impaired people. All of the exhibits there can be touched, and the visitors are encouraged to feel every article on display. Audio programs guide the visitor’s hands over the displays, and the building is designed in such a way that blind people can move around without any problems.
 

 49. 

According to the article, most art museums don’t allow anyone to touch the art.
 

 50. 

The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco is the second museum to offer courses for the blind.
 

 51. 

Only some of the exhibits at the Blind Museum in Madrid can be touched.
 
 
Instructions: Complete each sentence with the gerund form of the verb in parentheses.
 

 52. 

____________________ (visualize) an uncomfortable situation before you’re actually in it is one good way to prepare yourself.
 

 

 53. 

I’m not afraid of ____________________ (meet) new people.
 

 

 54. 

____________________ (react) appropriately in social situations may be difficult for people with certain mental illnesses.
 

 
 
Instructions: Complete each sentence in any correct way. Use your own ideas.
 

 55. 

Scientists think that fear may _________________________________________________.
 

 56. 

I’m not sure what I’ll do next weekend, but I might _________________________________.
 

 57. 

Learning a new language could _______________________________________________.
 
 
Instructions: Read the article. Then choose True or False.

Last week my grandfather told me an interesting story about the time he went to Africa as a young man and visited the people of the Karo Tribes. He showed me many photographs and since I’m an artist, he
knew I would really appreciate the story. 

The Karo, who number only about 3,000 people, mainly live on the banks of the Omo River in southwestern Ethiopia. They are geniuses of body painting, and their bodies, more than six feet tall, are huge living canvases. The Karo are true experts in face and body painting, practiced in preparation for their dances and ceremonies. Their technique is quite unusual. They grind white chalk, yellow mineral rock, red iron ore, and black charcoal to decorate their bodies, often imitating the colors of the birds that live in their lands. They take feathers and put them in their hair to complete the look. The way they paint their faces too is very dramatic and colorful, but beautiful at the same time.

Since the beginning of time, some groups of people have distinguished themselves through body art. Although they may have little in the way of material possessions, they know the natural resources of their land and use these resources to decorate themselves, expressing both their individual style and their closeness to the natural world. In the western world, people usually think of art being in museums, but there are many different forms that art can take: sculpture, drawing, painting, and of course, body art to name a few. How different we all are, and what a strange yet amazing world we live in!
 

 58. 

The Karo are true experts in face and body painting. _____
 

 59. 

Only about 2,000 people actually live in the Karo villages. _____
 

 60. 

Karo body paint is normally white, yellow, blue, and black.. _____
 
 
Instructions: Read each quotation. Then use reported speech to complete each statement.
 

 61. 

A: “Both of my parents painted when they were younger.”
B: He said that ____________________.
 

 

 62. 

A: “Some of the paintings are on wood or metal.”
B: She said that ____________________.
 

 

 63. 

A: “Ms. Alonzo has an art gallery in Vienna.”
B: She said that ____________________.
 

 
 
Instructions: For each sentence, choose the reason why the underlined verb or verb phrase is used.
 

 64. 

The school year ends on March 22nd.
a.
to talk about the future in general
b.
to talk about definite future plans
c.
to talk about a scheduled event in the future
 

 65. 

My parents are visiting next week, so I have to clean the apartment.
a.
to talk about the future in general
b.
to talk about definite future plans
c.
to talk about a scheduled event in the future
 

 66. 

The airline agent will tell you if you need to pay a fee for checked baggage.
a.
to talk about the future in general
b.
to talk about definite future plans
c.
to talk about a scheduled event in the future
 

 67. 

I think it’s going to rain.
a.
to talk about the future in general
b.
to talk about definite future plans
c.
to talk about a scheduled event in the future
 

 68. 

The astronauts can only bring DVDs, computers, books, and family photos on the spaceship.
 
 
Instructions: Read the article. Then match the sentence beginnings to the endings below.

Soon, the hatchway door will shut behind six brave volunteers from France and Russia who will spend the next three months locked away in their tiny spaceship on the first manned space mission to the planet Mars! The journey to Mars takes about nine months, but they will make it there in only three months without even having to launch their rockets.

The astronauts will really be traveling nowhere at all; their mission is actually only a simulation. The goal of the experiment is to imitate what a year-and-a-half round trip space journey to Mars might be like. They will investigate the physiological and psychological effects of being isolated in space and also see what having to live with a group people in a confined space for a long period of time could be like.

The six—all men—will climb into a special facility designed like a small spaceship at Russia’s Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP), and will not come out again for the next three months unless the experiment is cancelled for health or personal reasons.

The astronauts will be allowed to take personal items like DVDs, books, magazines, and their laptops into the spaceship, but will have no other contact with the outside world. As with a real mission, the supplies for the mission were worked out in advance, so no additional items will be allowed to enter the capsule once the experiment starts.

The spaceship is divided into three sections: (1) food storage (2) medical space, and (3) living space. In food storage there are enough food supplies for four months. In medical there is enough medicine for minor illnesses; however, if there is a life-threatening emergency the mission will be cancelled. In the living space each person will have a tiny bedroom with a desk, chair, and a small bed. There is also a gym and even an exercise bicycle.

The experiment is a joint project between the Institute of Molecular Biology and Plants (IBMP) and the European Space Agency (ESA), and will help plan for a more difficult Mars mission simulation later in 2009. The two organizations are planning at the end of the year to send six more crew into the spaceship facility for 520 days—the estimated duration of a round trip to Mars. Scientists are predicting that a real manned space mission to Mars could happen within our lifetime.
a.
The goal of the experiment is
b.
The six astronauts will not come out again for the next three months
c.
The spaceship is made up of three parts:
d.
There is a future plan
e.
Each person will have a bedroom with
 

 69. 

to send six more crew into the spaceship facility for 520 days.
 

 70. 

a desk, chair, and a small bed.
 

 71. 

unless the experiment is canceled for health or personal reasons.
 

 72. 

food storage, medical, and living space.
 
 
Instructions: Match the words to the conversations below.
a.
income
b.
save
c.
if
d.
buy
e.
borrow
f.
will
g.
budget
h.
lend
i.
expenses
j.
won’t
 

 73. 

A: I did it again. I spent more money than I received last month.
B: That’s a bad idea. _____ you overspend, you won’t be able to pay your bills.
 

 74. 

A: I don’t think I’ll buy a new computer this month.
B: Great! If you don’t buy a computer, you _____ have money to go to the movies with me this weekend.
 

 75. 

A: How can you save money every month? Is it difficult?
B: It’s not difficult if you have a _____. That way, you have a plan for spending and saving money.
 

 76. 

A: I’m going to the store. Could you lend me some money?
B: Maybe. What are you going to _____?
 
 
Instructions: Match the vocabulary words to the conversations below.
a.
abstract
b.
painting
c.
style
d.
techniques
e.
sculpture
f.
diverse
g.
aware
h.
depicts
i.
realistic
j.
represent
 

 77. 

A: I don’t understand this painting. Why does it show two big circles?
B: Maybe the circles _____ the sun and the moon, or maybe two people who are in love.
 

 78. 

A: What should I put on this wall? Do you think a mirror would look good?
B: How about a big _____? That would look really good.
 

 79. 

A: Look at this! Is it a Michelangelo?
B: I don’t think so. It’s a metal _____, and Michelangelo always used stone.
 

 80. 

A: What do you think of the art in this museum?
B: It’s very _____! I’m surprised to see so many different styles in one museum.
 



 
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