Oxford Placement Test Part 1

I got a new English teacher to help me polish my English writing skills.
She gave me this test to get to know my current state of English in order to prepare me the best way possible for the future endeavors which might require the level of English that is above my current one.

I will be doing this in parts, as the test is split as well. Since I don’t have a way to circle the correct answer, I will strike it through with great vengeance and furious anger 😀

This test is divided into three parts:
Part One (Questions 1 – 40)
Part Two (Questions 41 – 60)
Part Three (Writing section)

Questions 1 – 5

  • Where can you see these notices?
  • For questions 1 to 5, mark one letter A, B or C on your Answer Sheet.

1. Cross bridge for trains to Edinburgh

A: In a bank B: In a garage C: In a station

2. Please leave your room key at the Reception

A: In a shop B: In a hotel C: In a taxi

3. You can look, but don’t touch the pictures.

A: In an office B: In a cinema C: In a museum

4. Closed for holidays
Lessons start again on the 8th January

A: At a restaurant B: At a travel agent’s C: At a music school

5. Price per night:
$10 a tent $5 a person

A: In a hotel B: At a cinema C: On a camp-site

Questions 6 – 10

  • In this section you must choose the word which best fits each space in the text below.
  • For questions 6 to 10, mark one letter A, B or C on your Answer Sheet.

Scotland is the north part of the island of Great Britain. The Atlantic Ocean is on the west and the
North Sea on the east. Some people (6) ……………… Scotland speak a different language called Gaelic.
There are (7) ……………… five million people in Scotland, and Edinburgh is (8) ……………… most
famous city.
Scotland has many mountains; the highest one is called ‘Ben Nevis’. In the south of Scotland, there are
a lot of sheep. A long time ago, there (9) ……………… many forests, but now there are only a
(10) ………………. .
Scotland is only a small country, but it is quite beautiful.

Scotland

6.

A: in

7.

A: among

8.

A: your

9.

A: is

10.

A: little

B: on

C: at

B: between

C: about

B: his

C: its

B: was

C: were

B: few

C: lot

Questions 11 – 20

  • In this section you must choose the word which best fits each space in the texts.
  • For questions 11 to 20, mark one letter A, B, C or D on your Answer Sheet.

Alice Guy Blaché

Alice Guy Blaché was the first female film director. She first became involved in cinema whilst
working for the Gaumont Film Company in the late 1890s. This was a period of great change in
the cinema and Alice was the first to use many new inventions, (11) ……………… sound and colour.
In 1907 Alice (12) ………………. to New York where she started her own film company. She was
(13) ……………… successful, but, when Hollywood became the centre of the film world, the best
days of the independent New York film companies were (14) ………………. . When Alice died in
1968, hardly anybody (15) ……………… her name.

11.

A: including

B: bringing

C: containing

D: supporting

12.

A: ran

B: moved

C: entered

D: transported

13.

A: next

B: immediately

C: once

D: recently

14.

A: after

B: down

C: over

D: behind

15.

A: realised

B: remembered

C: reminded

D: repeated

Christopher Columbus and the New World

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain to find a new route to India,
China and Japan. At this time most people thought you would fall off the edge of the world if
you sailed too far. Yet sailors such as Columbus had seen how a ship appeared to get lower and
lower on the horizon as it sailed away. For Columbus this (16) …………….. that the world was
round. He (17) …………….. to his men about the distance travelled each day. He did not want them
to think that he did not (18) …………….. exactly where they were going. (19) …………….. , on
October 12, 1492, Columbus and his men landed on a small island he named San Salvador. Columbus
believed he was in Asia, (20) …………….. he was actually in the Caribbean.

16.

A: was

B: pointed

C: made

D: proved

17.

A: asked

B: told

C: cheated

D: lied

18.

A: find

B: know

C: expect

D: think

19.

A: Once

B: Secondly

C: Finally

D: Next

20.

A: as

B: but

C: because

D: if

Questions 21 – 40

  • In this section you must choose the word or phrase which best completes each sentence.
  • For questions 21 to 40, mark one letter A, B, C or D on your Answer Sheet.

21. I suggest we ………………… outside the stadium tomorrow at 8.30.

A: meeting

B: meet

C: met

D: will meet

22. They spent a lot of time ……………….. at the pictures in the museum.

A: looking

B: for looking

C: to look

D: to looking

23. He spent a long time looking for a tie which ……………….. with his new shirt.

A: fixed

B: made

C: went

D: wore

24. Fortunately, ……………….. from a bump on the head, she suffered no serious injuries from her fall.

A: other

B: except

C: besides

D: apart

25. I’ve always ……………….. you as my best friend.

A: regarded

B: thought

C: meant

D: supposed

26. The singer ended the concert ……………….. her most popular song.

A: by

B: with

C: in

D: as

27. Whether she’s a good actress or not is a ……………….. of opinion.

A: matter

B: subject

C: point

D: case

28. The decorated roof of the ancient palace was ……………….. up by four thin columns.

A: built

B: carried

C: held

D: supported

29. Don’t make such a ………………..! The dentist is only going to look at your teeth.

A: fuss

B: trouble

C: worry

D: reaction

30. This form ……………….. be handed in until the end of the week.

A: doesn’t need

B: doesn’t have

C: needn’t

D: hasn’t got

31. The newspaper report contained ……………….. important information.

A: many

B: another

C: an

D: a lot of

32. Although our opinions on many things ……………….. , we’re good friends.

A: differ

B: oppose

C: disagree

D: divide

33. She came to live here ……………….. a month ago.

A: quite

B: beyond

C: already

D: almost

34. If you make a mistake when you are writing, just ……………….. it out with your pen.

A: cross

B: clear

C: do

D: wipe

35. Have you considered ……………….. to London?

A: move

B: to move

C: to be moving

D: moving

36. It can be a good idea for people who lead an active life to increase their ……………….. of vitamins.

A: upturn

B: input

C: upkeep

D: intake

37. You ought to take up swimming for the ………………… of your health.

A: concern

B: relief

C: sake

D: cause

38. James was not sure exactly where his best interests ………………… .

A: stood

B: rested

C: lay

D: centred

39. Why didn’t you ………………… that you were feeling ill?

A: advise

B: mention

C: remark

D: tell

40. He’s still getting ……………….. the shock of losing his job.

A: across

B: by

C: over

D: through

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