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TAYTAY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Diagnostic Test in
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES

Name: _________________________________ Grade & Section: ______________________ Date: _______________ Score: _______

I. TRUE OR FALSE: Write T if the statement is correct and F if it is wrong.

_____1. Position paper is sometimes called a point of review paper.


_____2. Unlike a debate, a position paper presents one side of an arguable opinion about an issue.
_____3. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is invalid and defensible.
_____4. Your job is to take two side of the argument and persuade your audience that you have well-founded knowledge of the topic being
presented.
_____5. It is important to support your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims, as well as to refute the claims to show
that you are well informed about both sides.
_____6. In the conclusion, the issue should be identified and the writer’s position should be properly stated.
_____7. In the introduction, the argument should be restated.
_____8. A plan of action or possible solution is presented in the body.
_____9. There is a need to prove the counterclaims to the given argument.
_____10. Supporting information (facts/evidences) for the argument or counterclaims is necessary

II. MULTIPLE CHOICE: Choose the letter of the best answer and write it on the space provided

____11. Concept essays provide a chance to (a. manage b. explore c. defend d. validate) ideas you might previously have taken for
granted.
____12. Writing a concept essay requires careful exploration of (a. a concept, b. a concise c. an interesting thesis d. all of the above)
and a strong overall structure.
____13. Before you begin to write, it may be helpful to engage in some (a. prewriting b. post-writing c. pre-reading d. both a and b)
____14. (a. Word webs b. outlines c. free writing d. all of the above) can help you uncover insights about a topic you might not realize at
first.
____15. After prewriting, develop a working (a. counterclaim b. argument c. thesis d. concept), an interesting introduction, body
paragraphs and a conclusion.
____16. Though a bit persuasive by nature, a concept essay thesis should not be a/an (a. review b. argument c. position d. concept).
____17. (a. Narrative b. Objective c. Persuasive d. Conclusive) introductions often work for positive concepts such as “happiness.”
____18. (a. Introduction b. Conclusions c. Body d. Thesis) in a concept essay typically re-establish a definition of the concept based on
the aspects that you presented.
____19. It also can be helpful to conclude by showing how your definition of the concept can help readers (a. view b. imagine c.
understand d. all of the above) the concept in their lives.
____20. Strong (a. introductions b. thesis c. conclusion d. body) should show why a concept matters in real life and how your essay will
explore the connection between the concept and human experiences.

III. MATCHING TYPE: Match Column A with Column B. Write the letter of your answer on the space provided.

COLUMN A COLUMN B

____21. It is the formal statement of the findings of an investigation. A. Transitions


____22. This format is the conventional “full dress” report which contains all or nearly all the parts. B. Progress Report
____23. It gives the reader enough information for him/her to decide whether or not to read the C. Informal Report
whole report. D. Oral Reports
____24. Most of its parts will be concerned with talking formally to an audience and some attention E. Abstract
also gives to conferences. F. Complex
____25. Its main objective is to present information about a work done on a particular project G. Precise
during a particular period of time. H. Recommendation Report
____26. The primary function of this type of report is to persuade the reader to take a certain I. Objective
course of action. J. Report
____27. It presents the findings of an investigation of a problem which developed from an K. The Research Report
unresolved conflict or situation. L. Formal Report
____28. It is lexically denser and it has a more varied vocabulary.
____29. Facts are given accurately and precisely
____30. It has fewer words that refer to the writer or the reader
____31. The format of report denotes short reports.
____32. These help you establish logical connections between sentences, paragraphs, and
sections of your papers.
IV. FILL IN THE BLANK: Fill in the blank with the correct word from the word bank. Use the context of the sentence to determine which
word should be used.

Word bank :
arctic, government, awful, pamphlet, corner,
quantity, doctor, surprise, further, which

33. As he came around the _______________________________, Josh saw the bank robbers leave the scene of the crime.
34. The student council gave a _______________________________ on school traditions to every new student.
35. My car, ____________________________ was given to me by my grandfather, is very valuable.
36. Democracy is one form of _______________________________.
37. The scientists wanted to _______________________________ the knowledge on the causes of the illness.
38. The student council gave a _______________________________ on school traditions to every new student.
39. Sylvia studied for years to become a medical _______________________________.
40. The weather changed, and an _______________________________ cold front arrived bringing large amounts of snow.
41. It was an ____________ day for him; he had received a news that made her angry.
42. It was Elaine’s birthday, and her friends had planned a ____________________________ party.

Word bank :
in contrast yet thus similarly
however likewise finally therefore
also Instead in summary in fact
actually either … or For instance and
neither… nor In particular

43. My friend speaks Korean and English. She _______________speaks Chinese. (Adding Information)

44. We have seen the movie twice, _______________now we want to see it again. (Adding Information)

45. I love fruit. _______________, I like bananas, pineapple, and berries. (Giving Examples)

46. He often eats strange foods. _______________, he once ate cow brains. (Giving Examples)

47. I am not going out tonight. _______________, I will stay home and watch a video. (Showing a Contrast)

48. Women usually enjoy shopping. _______________, men often dislike it. (Showing a Contrast)

49. There are many benefits to exercising. _______________, you must take some precautions to avoid injury. (Showing a Concession)

50. He knows that he should do his homework, _______________he never does it. (Showing a Concession)

51. Math was hard for me in high school. _______________, it is hard in college. (Showing Similarity)

52. Houseplants require much care and attention. _______________, outdoor plants must be cared for properly. (Showing Similarity)

53. James is not feeling well. _______________, he will not be here today. (Showing a Result)

54. The committee voted against the proposal. _______________, we must consider another idea. (Showing a Result)

55. _______________, I know that she has great potential. (Establishing Sequence)

56. _______________, we should offer her some financial help. (Establishing Sequence)

57. The bookstore sells cards. _______________, they have the best cards around. (Emphasizing)

58. James is _______________the first person I have known who has been to Africa. (Emphasizing)

59. You can _______________ride the bus _______________walk to my apartment. (Giving an Alternative)

60. I like _______________that person _______________his brother. (Giving an Alternative)