Level Test – Reading

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Reading Level Test

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