Level Test – Reading

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