SCE Students

English Placement Test

Welcome to Sydney College of English’s English Test.

What is your name?
Email address
Where can you see these message?

"Please leave your room key at Reception"
Where can you see these notice?

"Foreign Money Exchanged Here"
Where can you see this notice?

"Afternoon show begins at 2PM"
Where can you see this notice?

"Closed for holidays! Lessons start again on 8th January"
Where can you see this notice?

"Price per night: $10 a tent, $5 a person"
In this section you must choose the word which best fits each space in the text.

Scotland

Scotland is the north part of the island of Great Britain. The Atlantic Ocean is on the west and the North Sea is 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.
In this section you must choose the word which best fits each space in the texts.

Alice Guy Blache

Alice Guy Blache 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 f 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.
In this section you must choose the word which best fits each space in the text.

UFOs – Do they exist?

UFO is short for ‘unidentified flying object’. UFOs are popularly known as flying saucers, (16) ………… that is often the (17) ………… they are reported to be. The (18) ………… ‘flying saucers’ were seen in 1947 by an American pilot, but experts who studied his claim decided it had been a trick of the light. Even people experienced at watching the sky, (19) ………… as pilots, report seeing UFOs.

In 1978 a pilot reported a collection of UFOs off the coast of New Zealand. A television (20) ………… went up with the pilot and filmed the UFOs. Scientists studying this phenomenon later discovered that in this case they were simply lights on boats out fishing.
The teacher encouraged her students ............ to an English pen-friend.
They spent a lot of time ............ at the pictures in the museum.
Shirley enjoys science, but all her experiments seem to ......... wrong.
............ from Michael, all the group arrived on time.
She ............ her neighbour’s children for the broken window.
As I had missed the lesson, my friend went ............ the homework with me.
Whether she’s a good actress or not is a ............ of opinion.
The decorated roof of the ancient palace was ............ up by four columns.
Would it ............ you if we came on Thursday?
This form ............ be handed in until the end of the week.
If you make a mistake when you are writing, just ......... it out with your pen.
Although our opinions on many things ............, we’re good friends.
This product must be eaten ............ two days of purchase.
The newspaper report contained ............ important information.
Have you considered ............ to London?
It can be a good idea for people who lead an active life to increase their ............ of vitamins.
I thought there was a ............ of jealousy in his reaction to my good fortune.
Why didn’t you ............ that you were feeling ill?
James was not sure exactly where his best interests ............ .
He’s still getting ............. the shock of losing his job.