Today students are under a lot of pressure
due to the high expectations from their parents and teachers.
Question 20. Don't tell Jane anything about the surprise party for Jack. She has got a big mouth
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the word(s) CLOSEST in meaning
to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
Question 21. The place has rapidly evolved
from a small fishing community into a thriving tourist resort.
Question 22. Many people left early because the film was uninteresting
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the
correct word or phrase that best fits each of the numbered blanks from 23 to 27.
As teenagers approach university level, a decision has to be made on what course to pursue.
In this world of diversity, (23)______ such a choice is not easy for both children and parents. In the
old days, it was not much a problem to do the task because there were not so many diverse learning
areas to choose from. Besides, there were only a few distinctive professional careers like doctor,
engineer, accountant, nurse, teacher, etc. to think about. Most higher learning usually led to a
financially successful life. (24)______, the cost of education was not so high.
Today's world is entirely different from the things (25)______ have just been described. The job
market is constantly changing due to innovative technology and new (26)______. Meanwhile, most
teenagers have difficulty in identifying their own interests. There are a variety of well-organized career
talks and student counseling workshops to guide and help teenagers (27)______ what course to take.
Furthermore, psychological tests are also used. Certain instruments such as surveys, interviews and
computer software can help to find out preferences, interests, or learning styles of the students.
(Source: Essential Reading for IELTS by Humin & John A. Gordon)
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the
correct answer to each of the questions from 28 to 34.
Children all around the world love to read comic books. Maybe they like to read the kind of
comic books that come out once a month, like Spiderman or Batman, or maybe they like mangas-tyle
comic books. That means that publishers who make comic books need to keep in touch with
the things young people like to do. One thing that many young people today are interested in is
technology, so of course kids want to read digital comic books on electronic devices.
Let's take Japanese manga as an example. There are lots of people around the world who enjoy
reading manga. However, in the past, it was difficult to find translated versions of manga in comic
bookstores. But that did not stop manga fans. Some fans who could translate Japanese into their own
language started translating manga themselves. Then they scanned the pages of manga books and
uploaded the scanned pages to the Internet with their translation. This practice has become so
popular. People in the comic book industry made up a name for it. By combining the words scan
and translation, they call it "scanlation", and it is a big problem today. The people who do scanlation
usually share their manga for free, so readers do not buy manga books. Writers, artists, and
publishers all end up losing money because of scanlation. Another problem is piracy in the comic
book industry. Illegal copies of old and brand new comics alike have been hurting comic book sales.
Despite the progress made in converting comics to digital formats, hardcopy comic books are
still by far the most popular format among fans. In the meantime, comic book publishers and stores
will just have to keep an eye on their buyers' habits. As the popularity of digital books for e-readers
and tablets grows, the popularity of digital comic books will grow as well.
(Source: Reading Advantage by Casey Malarcher)
Question 28. What is the passage mainly about?
Question 29. The word "they" in paragraph 1 refers to ______.
Question 30. According to paragraph 1, Spiderman is the name of ______.
Question 31. According to paragraph 2, the practice of "scanlation" mostly involves ______.
Question 32. According to the passage, in the past, some manga fans who knew Japanese
translated manga because ______.
Question 33. According to paragraph 2, who could benefit from scanlation?
Question 34. The word "piracy" in paragraph 2 probably means the act of ______.
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the
correct answer to each of the questions from 35 to 42.
The oceans are so vast and deep that until fairly recently, it was widely assumed that no matter
how much trash and chemicals humans dumped into them, the effects would be negligible.
Proponents of dumping in the oceans even had a catchphrase: "The solution to pollution is dilution."
Today, we need look no further than the New Jersey-size dead zone that forms each summer
in the Mississippi River Delta, or the thousand-mile-wide swath of decomposing plastic in the
northern Pacific Ocean to see that this "dilution" policy has helped place a once flourishing ocean
ecosystem on the brink of collapse.
There is evidence that the oceans have suffered at the hands of mankind for millennia. But recent
studies show that degradation, particularly of shoreline areas, has accelerated dramatically in the past
three centuries as industrial discharge and run-off from farms and coastal cities have increased.
Pollution is the introduction of harmful contaminants that are outside the norm for a given
ecosystem. Common man-made pollutants reaching the oceans include pesticides, herbicides,
chemical fertilizers, detergents, oil, sewage, plastics, and other solids. Many of these pollutants
collect at the ocean's depths, where they are consumed by small marine organisms and introduced
into the global food chain
Many ocean pollutants are released into the environment far upstream from coastlines.
Nitrogen-rich fertilizers applied by farmers inland, for example, end up in local streams, rivers, and
groundwater and are eventually deposited in estuaries, bays, and deltas. These excess nutrients can
spawn massive blooms of algae that rob the water of oxygen, leaving areas where little or no marine
life can exist.
Solid wastes like bags, foam, and other items dumped into the oceans from land or by ships at
sea are frequently consumed, with often fatal effects, by marine mammals, fish, and birds that
mistake them for food. Discarded fishing nets drift for many years, ensnaring fish and mammals. In
certain regions, ocean currents corral trillions of decomposing plastic items and other trash into
gigantic, swirling garbage patches. One in the North Pacific, known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is
estimated to be the size of Texas.
Pollution is not always physical. In large bodies of water, sound waves can carry undiminished for
miles. The increased presence of loud or persistent sounds from ships, sonar devices, oil rigs, and even
from natural sources like earthquakes can disrupt the migration, communication, and reproduction
patterns of many marine animals, particularly aquatic mammals like whales and dolphins.
Question 35. What does the passage mainly discuss?
Question 36. The word "negligible" in paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to ______.
Question 37. It can be inferred from paragraph 2 that the "dilution" policy is related to ______.
Question 38. The word "they" in paragraph 4 refers to ______.
Question 39. The word "spawn" in paragraph 5 can be best replaced by ______.
Question 40. According to the passage, nitrogen-rich fertilizers ______.
Question 41. Which of the following statements is NOT supported in the passage?
Question 42. Whales and dolphins are mentioned in the final paragraph as an example of marine
creatures that ______.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the underlined part that needs
correction in each of the following questions.
Question 43. All (A) the judges paid (B) the dancer compliments on their (C) excellent performance in (A) the competition.
Question 44. The policeman (A) warned the tourists not walking (B) alone in (C) empty streets at night (D).
Question 45. My mother always get (A) up early to prepare (B) breakfast for everyone (C) in the family(D) .
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the sentence that is closest in
meaning to each of the following questions.
Question 46. He last visited London three years ago.
Question 47. They were late for the meeting because of the heavy snow.
Question 48. "We will not leave until we see the manager," said the customers.
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the sentence that best combines
each pair of sentences in the following questions
Question 49. The government have established some wildlife reserves. They want to protect
Question 50. My sister is good at cooking. My brother is bad at it.
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