Level Test Ages 16+

    Level Test Ages 16+


    1. Choose the correct word. x= no word needed

         1. do you live?

         2. What you like to do in your free time?

         3. What is your colour?

         4. Juan like cheese.

         5. This is big orange.

         6. Do you have time?

         7. This isn´t umbrella it´s yours.

         8. I haven´t a pen.

         9. I sing. I´m very bad.

         10. How much it cost?

         11. This bag is bigger my bag.

         12. I don´t have brothers or sisters.

         13. I always shopping on Saturday morning.

         14. Look there´s John! He a blue T-shirt.

    Pre-Intermediate Low

    2. Complete the letter using the following verbs in the past tense. Use each verb only once.

    a.Be b.Find c.Have d.Play e.Go f.Say g.Eat h.Buy i.Drink j.Take k.See l.Lose

    Hi Mary!,

    I a very busy weekend, last weekend. First, I a big breakfast and I a lot of orange juice. Then I football with my friends in the park. Then my Dad me in the car to the zoo. I lots of animals. My favourite animals the lions because they are the kings of the Savannah. My friend his phone so we had to look all around the zoo. We it underneath the picnic table where we ate lunch. Before we went home, we to the gift shop I a toy dolphin for my sister. When I gave it to her, she “thank you”.


    3. Fill in the gaps with an appropriate word/s

        1.You eat lots of unhealthy food.

        2. There isn´t cheese in the fridge.

        3. 1945 the Second World War ended.

        4. While I my breakfast, my phone rang.

        5. There were only people at the party.

        6.The river goes the town.

        7. The bank is the music shop and the bakery.

    Pre-Intermediate High

    4.Fill in the gap with an appropriate word/s

        1.I have lived in London 2 years.

        2.The cake in time for the party.

        3.I haven´t finished my homework

        4.You wear a helmet in the cave.

        5. you been to Scotland?

        6.My mum, is a doctor, is 35 today.

        7.I have been learning English 1990.

    Intermediate Low

    5.Fill in the gap with an appropriate word/s

        1.If you be the president for 1 day what you do?

        2.How long have you football?

        3. My mum me to clean my room before lunch.

        4. Sarah isn´t here. She to the shops. She´ll be back soon.

        5. Medicine humans to live to the age of 1000.


    6.Use a verb in the correct tense to fill in the spaces. Use each word only once.

    a.go b.become c.ask d.happen e.edit f.behave g.do h.care i.give

        1.I never to Italy.

        2.Wild animals aren´t dangerous if people sensibly.

        3.If politicians about the rainforests, they would do more to protect them.

        4.Mary if he had seen her glasses.

        5.If I had followed my parent´s advice I a doctor.

        6.The school blog by a group of senior students.


    7.Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. DO NOT CHANGE THE WORD GIVEN, you must use between TWO and FIVE words including the word given.

    There is one example: Prizes are given out when the school year finishes. PLACE Prize-giving……………………………… end of each school year. Answer: Prize-giving TAKES PLACE AT THE end of each school year.

        1. You must do exactly what the teacher tells you. CARRY You must instructions exactly.

        2. So that Susan would be fit for the skiing, she went to the gym three times a week. ORDER Susan went to the gym three times a week fit for the skiing.

        3. It´s not worth inviting her to the party. She will never come. POINT There inviting her to the party. She will never come.

        4. She had to finish her homework before she went out. UNTIL She had to stay in hom


    8. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.

    There is an example at the beginning.

    Second Language Learning

    There has been much debate in recent times about when young people should take up a second language.

    This has been especially fuelled in recent times by the increasing IMPORTANCE (IMPORTANT) placed on the the English language.

    It is now commonplace to see parents providing a substantial amount of (FUNDING) on additional tuition on language lessons to give their children every (COMPETITION) edge. In the past decade, language institutes have sprung up in (NUMBER) urban centres, all claiming to provide rapid (ADVANCED) in English.

    There has been a push by many parents to expose their children to English in their (FORMATION) years.

    This, many claim, will make the language more (INSTINCT) and ensure that all pronunciation errors can be avoided. There is some evidence which points to youngsters who have been raised in (LANGUAGE) families, where the language spoken at home is different to the one that they (CONVERSATION) with in their external environment. While these children can switch between two languages with greater , (EASY) it remains to be seen whether this is (ADVANTAGE) when learning additional languages.


    9. Fill the word with an appropriate word. There is one example.

    Men and women are often considered to be completely at odds with each other, in terms (0) __0f___ their attitudes and behaviour. Not so when they are in love, new research has discovered. As far as their hormone levels are (1) , when men and women are in love, they are more similar to each other (2) at any other time.

    It has (3) been known that love can (4) havoc with hormone levels. For example the hormone cortisol, (5) is known for its calming effect on the body, dips dramatically when one person is attracted to (6) , putting the love-struck on a par with sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder.

    But a new study has found that the hormone testosterone, commonly associated with male aggression, also falls when he is in love. In women, it's quite the (7) . Testosterone levels, which (8) to be lower among females, rise towards (9) of the male.

    Donatella Marazziti of the University of Pisa, Italy, (10) this down to nature attempting to eliminate the differences between the sexes. (11) doing so, they can concentrate fully (12) reproduction.

    This suggestion seems to be supported by the fact that (13) couples in a long (14) relationship, nor participants in the study who were single at the time of the experiment, exhibited such changes.



    The Sahara Film Festival

    After a bumpy 225km drive from a meagre airstrip in Tindouf, south western Algeria, a sprawling single-story town begins to emerge from the desert’s dust. As the sun climbs in the cloudless sky, visitors are rewarded with their first glimpse of Dakhla refugee camp. It isn’t the most obvious setting for a film festival, but for seven years, just before the glitz and glamour of Cannes, the Sahrawi people of Dakhla have hosted actors and film-makers from around the world for this six-day event. This year, for the first time, direct flights were laid on from London, giving the opportunity for overseas visitors to play a part in this extraordinary occasion. But despite the energy and excitement, the background to the film festival is a serious one, as the Sahrawi people have been living for thirty years in this isolated desert outpost, having been forced to flee their native Western Sahara.

    Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony, was taken over by Morocco when the Spanish withdrew in 1976, despite a ruling from the International Court of Justice. This was followed by a brutal 16-year war, during which time tens of thousands of Sahrawis fled across the Algerian border to refugee camps. In 1991, a ceasefire agreement was drawn up, in which a referendum on self-determination was promised to decide the fate of the country and its people. However, almost twenty years later, the gears of diplomacy have turned slowly, and nothing has happened. Meanwhile the refugees have been left stranded in five refugee camps dotted around the vast, inhospitable desert.

    Dakhla, home to nearly 30,000 of these refugees, is the most remote of these camps, being located 175 km from the nearest city. Unlike its namesake, the beautiful coastal city in Western Sahara, this Dakhla has no paved roads and is entirely dependent on outside supplies for food and water. Temperatures regularly top 120 degrees, there is minimal vegetation and there are frequent sandstorms. Locally it is known as the Devil’s Garden. Despite these obvious setbacks, the town is clean and well organised, with wide sandy streets. Houses and tents are grouped in neat family compounds. There are hospitals, funded by aid agencies, and a good standard of education. For the duration of the festival, an articulated lorry is parked in the central compound, and a multiplex-sized screen is mounted on its side. Around it are stalls and tents housing workshops and exhibitions.

    The aim of the festival is to raise international awareness on the plight of the refugees. However, it also offers a rare chance for the refugees to go to the movies and experience some educational opportunities. It is hoped that it might foster a new generation of Sahrawi film-makers, especially as this year, the festival also celebrated the opening of a permanent film, radio and television school in a neighbouring camp.

    The program of films for this year included over forty films from around the world. Films range from international blockbusters to various works on and by the Sahrawi people. The themes mostly centre on experiences of struggle and hope, but there were lighter moments, such as an animated film for the children. However, the runaway favourite was ‘a Victime’, a documentary about Ibrahim Leibeit, a 19-year-old Sahrawi who lost his leg to a land mine last year.

    Films are screened at night, so the daytime is taken up with exhibitions, camel races and football matches. One afternoon the London-based charity ‘Sandblast’ put on a joint workshop with a film-maker, giving refugees the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and create their own video messages. These were put online so that their extended families in Western Sahara, from whom they have been separated for more than 33 years, could watch them. Helen Whitehead, a film-maker from London said, ‘Working together really broke down language and cultural barriers. It was very rewarding, and we came across some real talent.’

    More than 500 visitors flew into Tindouf on charter planes and braved the rough drive to the settlement. All the visitors to the festival stay with Sahrawi families, sharing their homes and partaking of their food. Living with these displaced people gives overseas participants an invaluable insight into the conditions in which the refugees live. Alongside the film buffs there are real celebrities such as actors Victoria Demayo and Helena Olano. They are mostly B and C listers from the Spanish film industry, although the real stars do take an interest. Director Javier Cardozo was a visitor last year, and Penelope Cruz is a long-term supporter, but pulled out of attending the festival this year at the last minute. Will the celebrity backing make a difference to the plight of the refugees? Possibly. Cardozo’s suggestion that the Spanish, as the ex-colonial masters of Western Sahara, were responsible for the situation received significant coverage in the Spanish Media and put some pressure on the government to take some action. However, although the campaign in Spain is growing steadily, the focus of attention cannot only be on the Spanish government.

    On the final day of the gathering, there is a dusty red-carpet ceremony in which the White Camel award for best picture is presented to Jordi Ferrer and Paul Vidal for ‘El Problema’, their 2009 film about Western Sahara. Actors, activists and festival organisers gather on stage in high spirits to show their solidarity with the refugees. But as the stalls are dismantled and the trucks are driven away, the thoughts of the visitors turn to the people they are leaving behind. They may never get the chance to see the world or fulfil their dreams of becoming actors or film-makers. For them, there is nowhere to go. Dakhla is essentially a desert prison.


    Answer the questions looking at the text.

        1. How long was the journey to the festival from the airport? (Para 1)

        2. How long have the Sahrawi people been living in the desert? (Para 1)

        3. How many refugees live in Dakhla? (Para 3)

        4. How many movies were shown in the festival? (Para 5)

        5. Where do the visitors stay?

        6. What is the objective of the festival?

        7. In the first paragraph, the writer emphasises:

        8. According to the writer, the refugees have been in the desert for so long because:

        9. What does the writer say about the original city of Dakhla?

        10. What is said about the films shown at the festival?

        11. What was the British visitors’ response to the workshops?

        12. What point does the writer highlight in the final paragraph?

        13.Who does Carazo say is to blame for the situation?

        14.Does the writer give a positive or negative impression of the film festival? Explain your reason.


    Write an email to your friend. Say what you like and don´t like. Say what you normally do at the weekends, who with and where. Say what you did last weekend. Ask them a question. Recommend something. Write as much detail as you can.