Preparing for English

ENGLISH SECTION INSTRUCTIONS

  • All tasks (except longer writing tasks and speaking interview) are in multiple-choice format.
  • The remaining time will be shown on the screen for each part. Once you complete the sections, you may jump to the next part.
  • This is a computer-based test. Candidates are expected to know how to use a computer keyboard.
  • You will be provided with pen and paper. You are allowed to take notes while doing the listening test.
  • You should get your headset ready before the interview part. The questions will be asked by an animation character; you should press the button on the screen when you are ready to answer, and your answer will be recorded. Click submit when you finish speaking. You have the chance to repeat the question in three different ways, the question will be asked more slowly and easier to understand. Please also bear in mind that for each request of question repeating, 1 point will be deducted from your total score.

LONGER WRITING TASKS

This is a computer-based test. Candidates are expected to know how to use a computer keyboard. Candidates should note that when typed answers are required (longer writing tasks), it is important to write the same way you would by hand. Paragraphing, punctuation, capitalisation, etc. are all graded. If candidates are not familiar with using a computer keyboard, they should practise before the test.

As part of the test, candidates are required to answer two longer writing tasks. Candidates could be asked to write a short story, a procedure, an argumentative essay, etc. Tasks will be appropriate to Stage. It is important that candidates read the instructions for this part of the test carefully in order to achieve high marks. Take note of how long the text is expected to be, and make sure that the answer is written in paragraph form. See note above regarding typed answers.

ENGLISH QUESTION TYPES

Many of the multiple-choice questions in all stages will contain some of the following instructions.

Being familiar with the following question types and the sample questions will help students prepare for the test.

  • Fill in the blank
  • Which sentence is correct?
  • Correct the underlined word(s)
QUESTION TYPE
  • Identify a noun or naming word in this sentence.
  • Complete the word.
  • What is the correct spelling of this word?
  • Which pair of words has the same sound underlined?
  • What is the first sound in these words?
  • What is the final sound in these words?
  • Which sentence uses capital letters correctly?
  • What is missing from the end of the sentence?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Which sentence is correct?

A. The boy short on that lives street.
B. The short boy lives on that street.
C. Boy lives on street the short that.
D. That street boy the lives short on.

Answer: B

QUESTION TYPE
  • Proper/Common noun.
  • Choose the correct beginning for the word.
  • Choose the correct ending to make a noun or naming word.
  • Choose the correct ending to make an adjective or describing word.
  • Which sentence is written correctly?
  • What does the underlined word mean?
  • What is the best definition of the root word “______”?
  • Which word rhymes with “______”?
  • Which word contains the underlined sound?
  • Which sentence uses apostrophes correctly?
  • Which sentence correctly punctuates direct speech?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Fill in the blank:

Every afternoon Sam ______ his dog for a walk.
A. goes
B. drinks
C. takes
D. speaks

Answer: C

QUESTION TYPE
  • Pronouns
  • Active/Passive voice
  • Which affix means “______”?
  • Choose the correct form of the word in (brackets) to complete the sentence.
  • What does this saying mean?
  • Which part of this sentence is a noun phrase?
  • Which of these options orders the words from most happy to least happy? (Words in bold will change depending on question.)
  • Which word is close in meaning to the underlined word but is a stronger emotion?
  • Which word is closest in meaning to the underlined word but is a weaker adjective?
  • Choose the word that is a synonym of the underlined word.
  • Which indirect speech sentence is punctuated correctly and has the same meaning as the sentence below?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Change the sentence from active to passive voice:

The teacher gave the students their report cards to show to their parents/guardians.
The students ______ their report cards to show to their parents/guardians.

A. were given
B. were gave
C. were giving
D. was give

Answer: A

QUESTION TYPE
  • Active/Passive voice.
  • Decide if the underlined word has a positive, negative or neutral connotation.
  • Decide if the overall tone of this sentence is positive, negative or neutral.
  • Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Change the sentence from active to passive voice:

Decide if the overall tone of this sentence is positive, negative or neutral:

She had a wonderful life and was always surrounded by friends and family.

A. Positive
B. Neutral
C. Negative

Answer: A

QUESTION TYPE
  • Transitional words/phrases.
  • What part of speech is the underlined word?
  • Which is not a word?
  • What does the underlined euphemism mean?
  • Choose the word that is a synonym of the underlined word.
  • Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Fill in the blank:

The test will cover chapters 5-8. ______, it is very important that you look back over those specific chapters.

A. Since
B. Because
C. Therefore
D. On the other hand

Answer: C

QUESTION TYPE
  • Active/Passive voice.
  • Choose the word that is a synonym of the underlined word.
  • What part of speech is the underlined word?
  • Which is not a word?
  • Which word could replace the underlined word without changing its meaning?
  • Which two words could fill in the blank without changing the meaning of the sentence?
  • Which word does not have a similar meaning to the underlined word?
SAMPLE QUESTION

Choose the word that is a synonym of the underlined word.

While your apology doesn’t vindicate your action, it may help to provide some comfort for the people who were harmed by it.

A. damage
B. exemplify
C. realise
D. justify

Answer: D

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