Test of Written Comprehension
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1. A dog is bigger than a mouse, but smaller than an elephant.
A) A dog is smaller than a mouse.
B) A dog is very big.
C) A dog is the biggest.
D) An elephant is bigger than a dog.
2. Susanna is English but Teresa isn’t; she’s American.
A) Teresa is English.
B) Susanna isn’t English.
C) Susanna isn’t American.
D) Teresa and Susanna aren’t English.
3. He is the oldest man in the world.
A) He is not as old as my grandmother.
B) Many men are older.
C) There are no older men anywhere.
D) He’s older than some other men.
4. You can’t come without a ticket.
A) You can come if you have a ticket.
B) You mustn’t go with a ticket.
C) You don’t need a ticket to come.
D) You cannot buy a ticket outside.
5. Andrea is looking after the children.
A) She can see the children.
B) She is taking care of the children
C) She is looking at the children.
D) The children are in front of her.
6. They only have one car for the family.
A) They only like cars.
B) They do not like any other cars.
C) They do not have two cars.
D) They have a big family.
7. What does Veronica like?
A) What are her favourite things?
B) How is she?
C) Does she look like Veronica?
D) Does he like Veronica?
8. He hopes to go home, but he may go to work.
A) He’ll be at home before the office.
B) It is possible that he will go to work.
C) He’s allowed to go to work.
D) He always goes home after work.
9. I want you to clean the car when you come back.
A) You want to clean it.
B) We will clean it together.
C) I don’t want you to forget to clean it.
D) I want to clean the car.
10. She used to smoke cigarettes.
A) She is used to cigarettes.
B) She smoked before, but she doesn’t now.
C) She usually smokes cigarettes.
D) She used two cigarettes.
11. Shall I take you to the station?
A) Would you like me to take you to the station?
B) Must I take you?
C) Will it be necessary to take you there?
D) Did I take you before?
12. They should talk more slowly.
A) They talk too quickly.
B) They would like to talk more slowly.
C) They might have slower talks.
D) Talking is not fast.
13. Miranda remembered to phone the doctor.
A) She remembered phoning the doctor.
B) Miranda forgot to remember to phone.
C) She didn’t forget to phone the doctor.
D) She remembered that she phoned her.
14. Madame Taylor has lived nearly 115 years.
A) She was very old.
B) She is very old.
C) She died when she was nearly 115.
D) Madame Taylor has many more years.
15. She can hardly see it.
A) She sees very hard.
B) She is hard with it.
C) She cannot see it very well.
D) It is hard to see her.
16. Becky Lynch had her house painted white yesterday.
A) She had to paint her house white yesterday.
B) Her house was not blue last week.
C) They painted her house white for her yesterday.
D) She painted her house yesterday.
17. Either teacher knows the answer.
A) No teachers know the answer.
B) Both teachers know the answer.
C) All the teachers know the answer.
D) Any teacher can answer.
18. I’d rather be a millionaire.
A) I’ve been a millionaire.
B) I’d better be a millionaire.
C) I’d prefer to be a millionaire.
D) You have more millions than me.
19. You don’t have to do this test.
A) You can choose not to do this test.
B) You mustn’t do it.
C) You can’t do this test.
D) You have no desire to do it.
20. If Maria had come, she would have won.
A) If she hadn’t won, she’d have come.
B) Maria didn’t win because she didn’t come.
C) When Maria came she always won.
D) She didn’t come, but she won anyway.
CORRECT ANSWERS TO TEST
1) D (5%)
2) C (5%)
3) C (5%)
4) A (5%)
5) B (5%)
6) C (5%)
7) A (5%)
8) B (5%)
9) C (5%)
10) B (5%)
11) A (5%)
12) A (5%)
13) C (5%)
14) B (5%)
15) C (5%)
16) C (5%)
17) B (5%)
18) C (5%)
19) A (5%)
20) B (5%)
Results by Level
|If your score was:||Your level in Written Comprehension is:|
|80-95%||C1||Effective Operational Proficiency|
|CEF band||CEF level||Level descriptor (ability at this level)|
|Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.|
Effective Operational Proficiency
|Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him-/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.|
|Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.|
|Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.|
|Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.|
|Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.|