Section I-Grammar

English Language Assessment Exam

(Practice Test)

Stage One


Time yourself when doing Sections I and II. You have exactly 60 minutes. The questions cover a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures. You may find some of the questions easier than others. DO NOT spend more than 30 seconds on any one question. DO NOT leave any answers blank. Section III is a 30 minute writing test.

In the actual examination you will be writing your answers on an optic form. For this practice test on the Web you should check your answers at the end by clicking the appropriate buttons.

SECTION I -   GRAMMAR -  TOTAL: 40 Minutes

Actual Exam Instructions

Exercise 1

Read the following sentences carefully. Find the correct answer and mark it on the optic sheet. Do not write on the question booklet.

Internet Instructions

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1.When we _____ at the hotel, the desk clerk informed us that he had given our room to another family.
have arrived
will arrive

2. She _____ that movie four times! I know that she won't want to see it again.
is seeing
was seeing
had seen
has seen

3. Jets travel fast! By the time you have driven home, your uncle _____ 500 miles.
will have flown
will be flying
is flying

4. He _____ the leaves. I'll have him call you after he is finished.
is raking
had raked
had been raking

5. George _____ for five hours in the woods before he was able to call an ambulance for help.
is bleeding
will bleed
had been bleeding

6. When the veterinarian informed Ayþe that her dog _____ a few hours earlier, she became very depressed.
will have died
had died
had been dying
has been dying

7. Hasan _____ the sidewalk when he noticed someone trying to break into the store across the street.
has swept
was sweeping
is weeping

8. Ahmet has already told Cem that everyone ______ at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow in front of Murat's apartment.
will meeting
are meeting
has met
will be meeting

9. You _____ too much money on gasoline. We only have $200 left for rent.
had been spending
have been spending
will have spent
had spent

10. Hilmi and his friend _____ every morning in the park. They're both in excellent health.
had jogged
will have been jogging
had been jogging

11. At 5:00 p.m. next Tuesday, the astronauts _____ one month in space. That's a long time.
will have been working
are working
will be working

12. You _____ problems trying to enter that country without a visa. Please get one before we leave.
had been having
will have
are having
will have had

13. Tom _____ me yesterday for the gift that I had given him at his birthday party last Sunday.
will have thanked
has thanked

14. My foot really _____ . Do you think I should call a doctor?
had hurt
has hurt
will have hurt

15. By tomorrow morning we _____ our bicycles 100 km. My legs will really be tired.
will ride
have ridden
will have ridden

16. The last time they saw Marisa was last night at the discotheque where she _____ with friends.
will have danced
had been dancing
will dance
will have been dancing

17. Sinan _____ with that music group for five years. I remember the day he got the job.
is singing
has been singing
had been singing

18. We _____ asleep for four hours. Go back to bed. It's three o'clock in the morning!
are only
have only been
will have only been
had only been

19. At 9:00 p.m. this evening the team _____ for six hours. All the players will be tired before then.
will have been practicing
has practiced
had practiced
had been practicing

20. Carol _____ about a story that I told. She thinks it's funny.
has laughed
will be laughing
is laughing
had laughed

21. I _____ her next week in Ankara. Do you want me to give her a message?
was seeing
will see
have seen

22. We _____ for three hours. Do you think we'll catch anything today?
have been fishing
had fished
had been fishing

23. Dan _____ tennis when the storm began.
was playing
has been playing
is playing
will be playing

24. Please don't call me tomorrow night. I _____ my television.
was fixing
had fixed
will be fixing
had been fixing

25. Ýbrahim _____ the airport when the bomb went off.
is entering
was entering
had entered
will be entering

26. Füsun usually __________________ at 7:30 a.m. during the week.
is getting up
get up
gets up
getting up

27. You should ____________________ a doctor if you continue feeling sick.
to see
have seen

28. Tokyo is _________________________city in Japan.
the most large
the largest
the larger

29. One day Murat hopes _______________________ to Ankara with his family.
to return
about a return
to returning

30. By the time school started, I ____________________in Istanbul two months.
have been
had been

31. Yesterday Metin _______________ to Izmir to visit his parents.
was driving
was driven

32. __________ Dursun know about the meeting today?

33. If I ____ him, I would tell the truth.
have been

34. She has never worked hard, _____?
has she
she has
hasn't she
she hasn't

35. Over the past two years my computer _____________ four times.
has crahed
will crash

36. During the storm, the couple ____________ in the basement.

37. Until recently my parents ___________ in Istanbul.
were living
is living
has been living

38. Berna told me that she _____________________ leave work early yesterday.
would have
had to
have to
has got to

39. I like potatoes ____________ of all vegetables.
the least
the lesser

40. The cake ____________ good.
is taste

Exercise 2

Read the following sentences carefully. Choose the sentence that has the same meaning as the first one.

EXAMPLE:   You can call me any day except Sunday.

                        a. Sunday is the most suitable day to call me.
                        b. You can only call me on Sunday.
                        c.  Sunday is the only day that you can't call me.
                        d. You can call me even on Sunday.

Here the correct answer is c because it has the same meaning as the first sentence.

41. The project was very complex, so the finish date was postponed.
The project was difficult, but they will finish on time.
The project was complicated, and they finished later than expected.
People did not work as well as they should have.
The project was postponed to make it more difficult.

42. The customs of other cultures often seem bizarre when compared with one's own.
All foreign customs are bizarre.
Our own customs are also bizarre at times.
If one knows a custom it may seem strange at first.
Customs always appear strange to those who do not know them.

43. If I had known you were sleeping, I would not have called.
The man knew he was asleep but called anyway.
He did not call until he knew he was asleep.
The man felt sorry for waking him up.
The man felt sorry for calling him.

44. If I were you, I would not stay late tonight because we are leaving early in the morning.
As we are leaving early it is best you come home early.
You can stay out as long as you want but we are still leaving early.
If you come home late we can always leave late.
It is better to leave later the following day.

45. I have got a terrible stomach ache. I wish I had not eaten so much.
He has a terrible stomach ache and can not eat very much.
He ate so much before he expects to get a stomach ache.
He wishes he had a stomach ache and then he would not have to eat dinner.
He has a stomach ache because he overate.

46. After several long discussions my parents finally decided to move to Istanbul. We had already been living in Izmir for ten years.
Before they moved to Izmir they wanted to live in Istanbul.
They had lived in Istanbul a long time before they moved to Izmir.
Deciding to move to Izmir was a difficult decision.
He persuaded his parents to move from Izmir to Istanbul.

47. The sports hall is not available yet because it is still being built.
Children in school can't play sports.
No one will give them permission to use the sports hall.
The sports hall is not finished yet.
They can use the hall even though it is still being built.

48. Ahmet Akyol, who I knew when I was a child, has just come to live in our street.
Ahmet and the speaker went to the same school.
Ahmet has lived in the same street all his life.
The speaker has lived in the same street all his life.
He knew Ahmet a long time ago.

49. It was crazy to drive like that. You could have killed somebody.
The driver was crazy.
The driver wanted to kill someone and drove like crazy.
Even though he was a bad driver no one was hurt.
Because of the crazy driving, someone was killed.

50. I enjoy teaching, but I wouldn't like to do it all my life.
She used to like to teach but now hates it.
She is about to retire having taught all her life.
She only teaches part time.
She likes teaching but is interested in a change of career.


To successfully complete the next two exercises make sure you read the short passages carefully. The context will give you a clue as to what the missing word may be. For this Web version, you may type each word or cut and paste.

REMEMBER: a word can be used only once.

Actual Exam Instructions

Exercise 3

Passage One

Read the following passage (from an article about technology in the classroom) carefully and fill in the blanks with ONE suitable word from the box. There are more words than you need. DO NOT use a word more than ONCE.


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The advent of the Internet, e-mail, distance learning, and other 51.  technology in the classroom raises a 52.  array of issues for instructors - everything 53.  ethics to on-line etiquette. But perhaps none of those has as great a consequence for teachers as how to come to terms 54.  technological advances that have forever reshaped their relationships with students.

The changes, most experts 55.  , have greatly increased student access to higher education. And that's good. But some professors wonder at what cost? What has been 56.  ? Many instructors who teach on-line courses say they can 57.  devote more time to one 58.  one sessions with their students. But without traditional classroom contact, is something lost? 59.  a class linked by fiber optic cables 60.  than face-to-face contact alter the learning environment for better? Or are there drawbacks to be considered as 61.  ?

It depends on 62.  you ask. "That's the $64,000 question" says Terry Wimberley, a Florida professor who has 63.  and taught distance learning courses. "Every student I've had," he says, "has told me they would 64.  rather be sitting in the classroom."

Passage 2


To successfully complete the next two exercises make sure you read the short passages carefully. The context will give you a clue as to what the missing word may be. REMEMBER a word can be used only ONCE.

Between the Great Rivers: Water in the Heart of the Middle East

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Water has been the 65.  natural-resource issue during the three millennia of recorded history in the Middle East. Some regions of the world are 66.  , and 67.  have higher populations or larger economies, but no 68.  region of the world embraces such a large area, with so many people striving 69.  hard for economic growth on the basis of so little water.

Demand 70.  fresh water in the region exceeds the naturally occurring, renewable supply. Much of the region's 71.  water is being polluted 72.  growing volumes of human, industrial, and agricultural wastes. The same water is desired simultaneously by different sectors in some society or wherever it flows 73.  (or under) an international border.

Water scarcity has been a source of stress 74.  history 75.  , but water quality is a 76.  problem coming to dominate the crisis in many 77.  of the world. In this region, though, the politics of water is probably of greater concern than 78.  else in the world. Moreover, because these three crises are interdependent, any resolution must 79.  with all three - quantity, quality, equity - at the same 80.  if it is to be economically efficient, ecologically sustainable, and politically acceptable.