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Universitatea din Bucureşti

Facultatea de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine

Centrul de limbi străine Ariel


Strada Pitar Moş, Nr. 7 – 13, Bucureşti
Telefon: +40 21 318 15 86
Fax: +40 21 318 15 85
office@centrulariel.ro
www.centrulariel.ro

PLACEMENT TEST
Level: ADVANCED

NAME OF CANDIDATE (please capitalize)____________________________


Score: ______ out of 80

1. Fill in the blanks with only one appropriate word. (20 points)

The routine for dispensing medicines has long resembled a game of Chinese whispers. The doctor scribbles a
1.___________, the pharmacist makes a stab at interpreting this, then counts 2__________ some pills by hand
into a brown bottle. The bottle is given a tiny 3________ which begins to smudge and fade almost immediately,
and will peal 4________ after a week in the bathroom cabinet. By the time you are half-way 5______ the course
of tablets 6__________the doctor, the pharmacist nor the patient has any idea what medicine is being
7_________. Help is at 8_________ from the EC which is insisting that all drugs 9___________ be dispensed
like contraceptive pills 10___________ , in their own printed packs. Each pack will contain the number of
tablets required for an average course and will 11________ law contain an information sheet about the products,
its effects and side effects. 12__________ kind of patient information has taken a long time 13________. Most
resistance stems 14________ those problems and 15_________ them off taking the tablets. Happily, most
people are actively reassured 16_________ a list of possible side effects they haven’t developed. The evidence
is that patients are more 17___________to carry 18_________taking a product if they have clear information
about it. 19_________, a recent study in America showed that patients are more likely to take an inferior
medicine accompanied by information than a demonstrably superior product with 20___________ information
sheet.

2. Rewrite the following sentences in such a way that the meaning stays the same as in the first sentence.
(20 points)

1. John has just been promoted. He’s delighted.


John is delighted……

2. Harry and Sally have decided to share a flat in the centre of the city. I don’t approve.
I don’t approve……

3. Anna’s mother was annoyed when Anna dropped the plate.


Anna’s mother was annoyed……

4. Martin didn’t set his alarm. He woke up late.


If Martin……

5. Chris had to walk home because he didn’t have enough money for the bus fare.
If Chris……

6. This is the nicest place I’ve ever been.


Nowhere……

7. Tom’s behaviour was far worse than anyone else’s.


No one else……

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Universitatea din Bucureşti
Facultatea de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine

Centrul de limbi străine Ariel


Strada Pitar Moş, Nr. 7 – 13, Bucureşti
Telefon: +40 21 318 15 86
Fax: +40 21 318 15 85
office@centrulariel.ro
www.centrulariel.ro

8. Sheila hardy ever opens her mouth at staff meetings.


Hardly ever…….

9. I will repeat the information only once.


Only once……

10. I didn’t believe Jane’s explanation for one moment.


Not for one moment……

11. I don’t find these old films very interesting anymore.

I’m no longer…

12. Smoking is forbidden in this theatre.

You aren’t…

13. I last saw Mary when I was ten.

I haven’t…

14. The best dancer will be awarded a prize.

A prize…

15. It isn’t really necessary for us to go there together.

We…

16. How difficult it is to answer this question!

This question…

17. He’s an extremely dangerous driver.

He…

18. Are you a good swimmer? Do you…

19. With every minute I know you I like you more and more. The…

20. It’s impossible that he should have married his maths teacher. He…

3. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate particle. (10 points)

1. Suzie is not really ill. If you ask me, she’s just putting it ____.
2. I’ve no idea what the answer is. I give ____. Tell me.
3. Paul was ill in hospital for ten weeks and so he fell _____ with his school work.
4. The actor was making ____ his face before the performance.
5. Frank never studied German. He just picked it ____ on holiday in Germany.
6. It is not a successful group. They don’t get ____ with one another and fall ____ over the slightest thing.

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Facultatea de Limbi şi Literaturi Străine

Centrul de limbi străine Ariel


Strada Pitar Moş, Nr. 7 – 13, Bucureşti
Telefon: +40 21 318 15 86
Fax: +40 21 318 15 85
office@centrulariel.ro
www.centrulariel.ro

7. Mrs Brown no longer takes _____ lodgers.


8. Life very rarely turns _____ as you expect.
9. Danger. Keep ______.
10. Hold _____ please while I see if Mr. Smith is in his office.

4. Put the verbs in brackets in the most appropriate tense. (10 points)

Farmers, as we all 1_______ (know), 2.________ (have) a hard time of it in Britain lately, and 3_______ (turn)
to new ways of earning income from their land. This 4_______ (involve) not only planting new kinds of crops,
but some strange ways of making money, the most unusual of which has got to be sheep racing. Yes, you
5________ (hear) me correctly! A farmer in the West of England now 6________ (hold) sheep races on a
regular basis, and during the past year over 100 000 people 7________ (turn up) to watch the proceedings. ‘I
8________(pass) the farm on my way to the sea for a holiday,’ one punter told me, ‘and I 9______ (think) I’d
have a look. I 10________ (not believe) it was serious, to tell you the truth.’

5. Write a letter to a foreign journalist who has just published an article about Romania. State your
opinions on the current state of affairs in this country. Do not write less than 200 words (20 lines). (20
points)

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