General English

Welcome to Sydney College of English’s English Test.

What is your name?
Email address
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.
5. My cousin _____
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.
1. MAX:  How are you? 
   JANE:  _________
2. ROB: What is that?
    Mark: _________
3. Is he English ____ American?
4. What's your phone ______?


Read the following text and choose the correct answer 

The Australia Gold Rush

Even though gold was discovered in Australia as early as 1823, it remained a  secret. Government and business were worried that if workers knew they could find gold they should leave their jobs and rush to the gold fields, and this would also lead to an increase in crime.

In 1849, gold was found in California, and people rushed to the USA from all over the world to try and make their fortunes.  In fact, so many Australians left that some people thought the colony might collapse due to the dwindling population.  To try and overcome this problem, the New South Wales government offered a $20,000 reward to the first person to find gold in its territory.

Edward Hammond Hargraves returned to Australia from the Californian gold field and immediately set out to earn the reward.  He travelled west of Sydney, over the mountains, to a small place called Summer Hill Creek.  He realised that the land in this area was similar to that around the rich goldfields of California.  He used his pick to scratch the gravel and when he had a pan full, he washed it in the waterhole.   He found little pieces of gold at his first attempt.

Within months other gold strikes were reported and gold fever swept the land. People flocked to the goldfields. Some Australia cities and towns began to look deserted. Businesses came to a standstill, houses were left and some schools were even closed. All members of society felt the impact of the gold rush.
As news of the first discovery spread, people from all over the world came to Australia seeking gold. In Victoria alone, 67,000 people arrived in the last six months of 1852. To begin with, these miners lived in tents or simple huts.  Eventually,  however, towns built up around the goldfields and life became more comfortable for the more successful miners and their families. By the 1850s, Ballarat in Victoria became the richest goldfield in the world.

Adapted from: Discovering Australian History, 1996, Eshuys, guest and Phelan, Macmillan, South Melbourne.

Grammar and Vocabulary

Choose the option that best complete

The Australian gold rush __________ .
6. This is my girlfriend ____ from Brazil.
7. My father is ____ engineer

Read the passage below and decide whether the sentence are True or False.

Microwave popcorn is a convenience food intended to be heated in a microwave. In addition to the dried corn, the bags contain cooking oil, salt, and other flavorings. The folded bag is placed in the microwave, and, because of pressure from the heated kernels, it inflates. The design of the microwave popcorn bag was patented by General Mills in 1981. Although microwave popcorn may be a convenient way to enjoy a salty, tasty snack, popcorn is far more fresh and crunchy when popped the old-fashioned way—in a pot on the stovetop. 

Microwave popcorn is fresher than the old fashioned pot on a stovetop.

8. My teacher's from Scotland, and ___ name's Adam.

9. That __ a nice photograph.


10. This is __ book.
Why have you chosen Australia as your study destination and what are your future study plans? (Write 70 words)
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