Level Test – Reading

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Reading Level Test

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Question 1
Sarah decided to train as an English teacher because ________
A
She wanted to travel
B
She thought she could get a good job
C
It was the only thing she was really interested in
D
She didn't know what else to do
Question 1 Explanation: 
"She was determined to do it—she simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else."
Question 2
At weekends, Sarah and Nathan often ________
A
go to a village
B
work long hours
C
stay in the city
D
get out of the city
Question 2 Explanation: 
"At weekends, they often go driving or walking in the countryside."
Question 3
When Sarah was at school, she ________ learning English
A
didn't like
B
hated
C
didn't mind
D
liked
Question 3 Explanation: 
"When she was growing up, she was really interested in English...She spent a lot of time listening to songs and watching TV shows and films in English."
Question 4
Sarah thinks that she has ________ since coming to Canada
A
lost touch with her own country
B
learned to speak English better
C
changed a lot
D
not changed very much
Question 4 Explanation: 
"When she thinks back to her first few months in Canada, she can scarcely recognise herself."
Question 5
Sarah's feelings about her first job were ________
A
negative
B
positive
C
mixed
D
unclear
Question 5 Explanation: 
"She enjoyed the work, although it was often challenging."
Question 6
Nathan and Sarah ________
A
were born in different years
B
were born in the same year
C
were born in different countries
D
were born in the same country
Question 6 Explanation: 
"Nathan was born in Canada, but Sarah wasn't. She was born in Argentina."
Question 7
Nathan works ________
A
in a school
B
long hours
C
in a factory
D
at home
Question 7 Explanation: 
"Nathan's job is very busy, so he often comes home late."
Question 8
Nathan is ________
A
Sarah's manager
B
Sarah's father
C
Sarah's boyfriend
D
Sarah's husband
Question 8 Explanation: 
"Her husband's name is Nathan"
Question 9
Which sentence best describes Sarah's attitude now towards her decision to stay in Canada?
A
She regrets her decision, because she feels homesick and misses her family all the time
B
She isn't sure. She thinks that it's impossible to say whether it was the right choice for her or not
C
She wishes she had come to Canada earlier, because she doesn't feel that there was anything for her in Argentina
D
She wouldn't change her decision, although she still finds it hard to be so far from her family
Question 9 Explanation: 
"When she thinks back to her first few months in Canada, she can scarcely recognise herself. In some ways, she wishes she weren’t so far away from her family, but at the same time, she feels that she’s learned many things which she never would have experienced had she stayed in Argentina."
Question 10
The children in Sarah's first job ________
A
didn't learn anything
B
were often rude to her
C
didn't always behave well in class
D
didn't understand what she was saying
Question 10 Explanation: 
"...the children were not always well-disciplined"
Question 11
Because of Nathan, Sarah initially decided to stay in Canada ________
A
for another year
B
for a few more months
C
for ever
D
until Nathan asked her to marry him
Question 11 Explanation: 
"She told herself that she would give it one more year and see how things went."
Question 12
It took Sarah ________ to get used to living in Canada
A
a few weeks
B
about one month
C
several years
D
several months
Question 12 Explanation: 
We know that she was homesick for at least the first three months, because she spent most of her time in her room, dreaming of going back to Argentina.We also know that when she met Nathan, before she decided to stay, she was enjoying life in Canada. So while we can't say exactly how long it took, 'several months' is right.
Question 13
Sarah has lived in Canada ________
A
since she was 36
B
for one year
C
for ten years
D
since she was born
Question 13 Explanation: 
Sarah is 36 now, and she moved to Canada when she was 26.
Question 14
Sarah and Nathan have ________
A
two girls
B
no children
C
one boy and one girl
D
two boys
Question 14 Explanation: 
"She has two young daughters" = two girls
Question 15
During her first few months in Canada, Sarah ________
A
made lots of new friends
B
met Nathan
C
had to work very hard
D
didn't socialise much
Question 15 Explanation: 
"For the first three months she was there, she spent most of her free time in her room."
Question 16
In her first job, she ________
A
worked with another teacher to teach young children
B
taught young children by herself
C
taught older children by herself
D
worked with another teacher to teach older children
Question 16 Explanation: 
"...she found work as a teaching assistant in a local primary school."
Question 17
When Sarah went to Canada, she thought ________
A
she would come back to Argentina again after a short stay
B
she would stay in Canada for a long time
C
she would find a job as a high school teacher
D
she would enjoy living in Canada
Question 17 Explanation: 
"When she first went to Canada, she never would have imagined that she would end up staying there."
Question 18
When she left school, her English was ________
A
perfect
B
not very good
C
very bad
D
very good
Question 18 Explanation: 
"When she finished school she could already speak quite fluently."
Question 19
When Sarah met Nathan for the first time ________
A
she decided to stay another year
B
she told him that she was planning to leave
C
she liked him, but she didn't want to have a relationship with him
D
she didn't like him very much
Question 20
Sarah thought that living in Canada ________
A
would make her feel homesick
B
would be more difficult than it was
C
would be easier than it was
D
would be very different to living in Argentina
Question 20 Explanation: 
"...she found living overseas much more difficult than she had expected"
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Sarah is 36 years old, and she lives in Canada. She has two young daughters. She works two days a week as a teacher. Her husband’s name is Nathan, and he’s a sales manager. Nathan’s job is very busy, so he often comes home late. At weekends, they often go driving or walking in the countryside.

Nathan was born in Canada, but Sarah wasn’t. She was born in Argentina, and she moved to Canada when she was 26. When she was growing up, she was really interested in English. At first, she thought it was difficult, but when she finished school she could already speak quite fluently, and understand almost everything she heard or read. She spent a lot of time listening to songs and watching TV shows and films in English.

After she graduated from university, she decided to train as an English teacher. The certificate she needed was quite expensive, and competition for places was intense, but she was determined to do it—she simply couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She finished the course with a distinction, which was the highest grade possible. Soon, she found work as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. She enjoyed the work, although it was often challenging—the children were not always well-disciplined, and she didn’t think that the classroom teacher had enough understanding of teaching methods.

When she first went to Canada, she never would have imagined that she would end up staying there. It was supposed to be a short-term placement in a high school. She thought that she would be able to see a different part of the world and gain some useful experience, which could help her to find a better teaching position when she came back to Argentina. At first, she found living overseas much more difficult than she had expected. She felt homesick, and she had problems getting used to everything which was different in Canada—the interpersonal culture, the climate, the food… For the first three months she was there, she spent most of her free time in her room, dreaming of going back to Argentina and seeing her family again.

Over time, she adjusted to life in Canada, and even started to enjoy herself a bit more. One day, she met Nathan at a party. She liked his sense of humour, and how kind he was, but she was reluctant to get involved, knowing that she was planning to leave in the near future. When her placement finished, he convinced her to apply for a permanent job in another school.  She told herself that she would give it one more year and see how things went.

Now, Sarah is settled, although she still misses Argentina. She tries to make it back at least yearly, and she is bringing up her daughters to be bilingual, so that they can talk to their Argentinian relatives in Spanish. When she thinks back to her first few months in Canada, she can scarcely recognise herself. In some ways, she wishes she weren’t so far away from her family, but at the same time, she feels that she’s learned many things which she never would have experienced had she stayed in Argentina. She wants to give her daughters the chance to travel and experience life in other countries as soon as she can, although of course she hopes they don’t move too far away!

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