BA I&P English Placement Test A BookAnyone Staff Welcome to the BA I&P English Placement Test A Student Name Parent/Guardian Name (If Applicable) Email Phone Placement EssayDirections: Please write about one of the following topics. Do not write about all three. Write a well-organized essay about the topic you choose. When you finish your essay, read it over and correct any mistakes you find.Topic 1: Describe a person that you know well. Why is that person special to you?Topic 2: What foreign languages have you learned? Based on your experience, what advice would you give to someone who wants to learn a foreign language?Topic 3: What are the advantages and disadvantages of marrying someone from another country? 1 out of 24 Section I: Listening(Instructions and Example)NOTE: You will only get to hear the audio once. Do not click "play" until you are ready, and listen carefully to the entire audio clip.--CLICK PLAY TO START THE AUDIO-- https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Example-conversation.mp3In this section of the test, you will hear conversations and answer some questions about them. For each conversation, first read the situation and the question or questions. Then listen to the conversation. Answer the questions after you hear the conversation. Respond to the questions by marking the correct answer (a, b, c, or d).Read the example situation and question.ExampleSituation: Bill Sanchez calls Dr. Stockton’s office to make an appointment.Bill is going to see the doctor on _________.a. Tuesday at 10:00b. Tuesday at 4:00c. Wednesday at 10:00d. Wednesday at 4:00Now listen to the example conversation.[EXAMPLE CONVERSATION]Now answer the example question.The answer for the example is d, Wednesday at 4:00. The answer d should be selected.Now go on to the next page. 2 out of 24 Situation 1: David is talking with Tomomi when Monica comes into the room.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-1.mp3 1. ______ are meeting for the first time. a. David and Monica b. David and Tomomi c. Tomomi and Monica d. David, Monica, and Tomomi 3 out of 24 Situation 2: Ken and Nancy are at a restaurant.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-2.mp3 2. Ken _______. a. is having steak tonight b. stopped eating steak c. eats steak a lot d. prefers chicken to steak 4 out of 24 Situation 3: Karen calls Jason’s home. Jason’s father answers the telephone.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-3.mp3 3. Karen is going to _________. a. speak with Jason at work b. call back in an hour c. wait for Jason to call d. send a written message 5 out of 24 Situation 4: A reporter is giving today’s weather forecast.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-4.mp3 4. It will be clear in _______. a. the Northeast b. Seattle c. Boston d. Miami 5. In Seattle, the weather is ______. a. hot b. snowy c. cool d. rainy 6 out of 24 Situation 5: Bill invites Jennifer to go to dinner and a movie.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-5.mp3 6. Jennifer doesn’t accept right away because she can’t _______. a. eat a late lunch b. leave work early c. go to dinner d. see the movie 7. They’re going to ________. a. leave work a little early b. go to the movie before dinner c. see the movie tomorrow d. have dinner at 7:00 7 out of 24 Situation 6: Linda is asking Jim about his plans for the summer.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-6.mp3 8. In the summer, Jim usually ________. a. stays in the mountains b. takes trips with his family c. visits his parents d. goes to the beach 9. This summer he’s planning to _______. a. stay at home b. go to the beach c. fish with his dad d. hike in the mountains 8 out of 24 Situation 7: Phil is talking with Susie about money.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-7.mp3 10. Phil is upset because ______. a. Susie can’t lend him any money b. his parents won’t give him money c. Albert hasn’t returned his money d. his friends never lend him money 11. Albert _________. a. didn’t borrow $100 b. isn’t working now c. doesn’t need the money d. can’t return the money yet 12. Susie doesn’t lend money to friends because _______. a. she has just enough for herself b. lending money can change a friendship c. people won’t lend her money d. her friends don’t need it 9 out of 24 Situation 8: Natalie and Chuck are talking about their experiences abroad.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-8.mp3 13. Chuck went backpacking __________. a. in Brazil b. by himself c. after high school d. with his father 14. Chuck says he “would have liked to have seen Portugal.” He means that he ________. a. went there, and he liked it b. didn’t go there, but he wanted to c. went there, but he didn’t like it d. didn’t go there, and he didn’t want to 15. While Natalie was in Japan, she _______. a. traveled all over the country b. lived with a Japanese family c. learned Japanese quickly d. got very homesick 16. Chuck doesn’t want to ________. a. travel anymore b. learn a foreign language c. stay at home d. live abroad 10 out of 24 Situation 9: Diane and Conrad are talking about their careers.https://www.bookanyone.com/support/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Test-A-Conversation-9.mp3 17. Conrad got into advertising because he _______. a. studied advertising in college b. heard about a job opening c. liked to help people d. was tired of his old job 18. When he was young, Conrad wanted to ________. a. work in advertising b. become a doctor c. stay in school d. go into business 19. Diane’s parents didn’t want her to _______. a. start her own business b. finish college c. be too successful d. change her career 20. Conrad _______. a. owns his own company b. enjoys working in advertising c. thinks his job is boring d. wants to leave his job 11 out of 24 Section II: ReadingIn this section of the Objective Placement Test, you will read some short passages and answer questions about them. Choose the word or words that best complete the sentence. You will have 20 minutes to complete this section (20 Questions). 12 out of 24 Passage 1: What are you doing today? Betty Chan: I usually stay home on Sundays and take it easy – read, clean the house, do stuff like that. But today I’m at the mall. I’m buying some things for my kids. 21. Betty is _______ today. a. shopping b. reading c. cleaning d. resting 13 out of 24 Passage 2: What do you do? Tony Perez: I’m a flight attendant with a major airline. Flying isn’t dangerous, but it can be stressful. When I’m up in the air working, I always have something to do. I like it because I meet a lot of interesting people. 22. Tony’s job is ________. a. busy b. easy c. relaxing d. boring 14 out of 24 Passage 3: A vacation postcard Dear Sal,Greetings from France – it’s so good to be back here again! We left the kids with their grandparents in Chicago, and we’re biking across the French countryside by ourselves. We brought a tent and sleeping bags, so we can camp out if we want to, but we’re really enjoying the small hotels we find along the way.Love,Michael and Paula 23. Michael and Paula _______. a. have been to France before b. took their children with them c. are visiting their grandparents d. prefer to sleep outside 15 out of 24 Passage 4: The “zone” You’re deeply involved in a task and can ignore everything around you – ringing telephones, your neighbor’s TV, even your own hunger – and still do things in record time. This is similar to what athletes call the “zone”: the power to concentrate so hard that you can ignore everything else. This ability can bring success in any field, but in athletics it can mean all the difference between winning and losing a game or event. 24. In this reading, the “zone” refers to a person’s _______. a. state of mind b. neighborhood c. physical condition d. intelligence 25. Athletes in the “zone” are more likely to _______. a. fall b. compete c. win d. relax 16 out of 24 Passage 5: Henry Ford and the Model-T Henry Ford became famous and rich because he found a better, faster way to build cars. This is shown in the history of the Model-T. When the Model-T was first introduced in 1908, it took 14 hours to build and cost $850. After Ford introduced into his own factory the mass-production techniques that he saw in a meat-packing plant, the time for building a Model-T was reduced to less than two hours. As a result, Ford was able to drop the price of the car to $265. By 1927, he had sold over 15 million Model-Ts. 26. The first Model-T was expensive because it ________. a. was new b. was very popular c. took a long time to build d. was built in a factory 27. The Model-T became so popular because it was ________ than other cars. a. newer b. faster c. better d. cheaper 17 out of 24 Passage 6: It’s a big country! When it comes to body weight, Americans stand out. Most visitors to the United States, no matter where they go across this vast country, comment on the size of many Americans. In fact, these impressions are backed by numerous statistics. For example, the average 5' 4" American weighs 162 pounds, or 15 pounds more than the average person of the same height from Western or Central Europe. Another comparison: At 150 pounds, the average 5’ 4” American woman is 24 pounds heavier than her Japanese counterpart. Why are Americans so heavy? Some blame the American diet. Certainly it’s true that Americans eat more high-fat foods – meat, dairy products, and processed food – and fewer grains and vegetables than people in other countries. But fat isn’t the whole story. Lifestyle factors – including the tendency for Americans to drive rather than walk or ride a bicycle to work, to snack throughout the day, and to have so many labor-saving devices in the home – appear to contribute to the problem. 28. According to the article, visitors to the United States often comment on the size ofthe _______. a. population b. cities c. country d. people 29. According to the article, the average Western European weighs ________. a. more than an American b. more than a Central European c. less than an American d. less than a Japanese person 30. In comparison with Americans, people in other countries eat more ______. a. meat b. dairy products c. processed food d. grains 31. The article implies that Americans would lose weight if they ______. a. snacked more often b. rode bicycles to work c. stayed at home more d. ate fewer vegetables 18 out of 24 Passage 7: Small talk isn’t so “small” Small talk may not be about serious issues; nevertheless, researchers into the subject have concluded that it’s important. That’s because small talk keeps us connected to one another and can lead to bigger things, such as a job or a new friendship. Yet people who find themselves alone with another person often don’t know what to say. Here are a few tips to help you start a conversation,and to keep the conversational ball rolling: Start with the obvious. If you have something in common with another person (your job,hobbies, a person you both know, etc.), begin with that. If you don’t know the person, it’s always acceptable to bring up a neutral topic such as the weather or a recent news event. It isn’t necessary to be clever – all that’s required is to show interest in the other person and to be willing to talk. Compliment where appropriate. If the other person has done something you like or is wearing something attractive, it’s always appropriate to compliment. But avoid talking about the specifics of a person’s physical appearance (people can’t usually change how they look) and keep your compliments short and to the point (“What a great tie!” or “You look great tonight!”) and continue with another topic. Talk about yourself – then return to your partner. It’s perfectly OK to talk about your own interests for a while, but keep your conversation from becoming a monolog. It’s only polite, for example, that after talking about your own children, you turn the conversation back to your partner by asking about his or her children. 32. According to the article, the main function of small talk is to _______. a. show our own importance b. get valuable information c. relate to other people d. talk about major issues 33. “Start with the obvious” means that you should talk about things that you _____. a. have in common b. enjoy doing c. want to understand d. know everything about 34. You need to be careful when complimenting someone because most people ______. a. don’t like compliments b. can’t change how they look c. don’t dress very well d. haven’t done anything interesting 35. You should avoid monologs because other people ________. a. have no interest in what you say b. already know a lot about you c. like to talk about themselves, too d. prefer to discuss neutral subjects 19 out of 24 Passage 8: Headaches Everyone has experienced headaches, but only recently have medical researchers begun to learn more specifically about the causes and possible treatments for different types of headache pain. The most common type of headache is the simple tension headache. Tension headaches are usually mild and short-lasting and can result from various factors, such as stress caused by worry or noise. Tension headaches are caused by a tightening of the neck or back muscles, which slows the flow of blood and, therefore, oxygen to the brain. It is the lack of oxygen that causes the pain. Most headaches can be relieved by taking a mild analgesic such as aspirin. Analgesics expand the blood vessels and restore the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. A more serious type of headache is the migraine. Migraine headaches are often extremely painful and can last for hours or days. Like tension headaches, they can be the result of different factors, including stress, hormonal changes, and allergies. Unlike tension headaches, however, they are caused by an abnormal expansion or swelling (rather than a contraction) of the blood vessels within the head. Medicines that shrink swollen blood vessels can be used to treat migraine headaches. A tiny minority of headaches can be linked to severe physical problems such as head injury or brain tumors. For these types of headaches, there are medicines to treat the symptoms, but there is no cure unless the underlying problem is removed. 36. This article discusses the ________. a. tiny minority of people who have headaches b. history of medical research into headaches c. causes and remedies for headaches d. physical problems caused by headaches 37. A tension headache can result when _______. a. the neck and back muscles relax b. people get injured in an accident c. the flow of blood is restricted d. too much oxygen goes to the brain 38. Migraine headaches ________. a. are the most common kind of headache b. usually last only a few minutes c. can cause extreme pain d. have one main cause 39. Medicines for migraines ______. a. relax the head and neck b. generally relieve tension c. increase the flow of blood d. cause blood vessels to contract 40. Headaches caused by serious physical problems ________. a. can’t be treated b. don’t cause much pain c. have no symptoms d. are not very common 20 out of 24 Section III: Language UseIn this section, you will answer questions about the use of English. Choose the word or words that best complete the sentence. You will have 15 minutes to complete this section (30 Questions). 21 out of 24 41. _____ several good restaurants in our neighborhood. a. There b. They’re c. There are d. Their 42. The gas station is _______ Main Street. a. on b. at c. next d. close 43. “I can’t swim very well.” “I can’t _______.” a. too b. either c. so d. neither 44. I enjoy _____ out two or three times a week. a. to eat b. eating c. eat d. I eat 45. These days, _______ women keep working after they get married. a. most b. most of c. almost d. the most 46. My new job is very _______. a. excitement b. excited c. exciting d. excite 47. After finishing college, I hope ______ married. a. get b. that get c. getting d. to get 48. Mt. Everest is ______ mountain in the world. a. the high b. high as c. higher than d. the highest 49. Bob’s never been bungee jumping, ______ he? a. is b. has c. does d. was 50. I’ve run out of money. I wish I ______ more. a. am saving b. have saved c. had saved d. will save 22 out of 24 51. Could you tell me where _______? a. is the post office b. the post office is c. is it the post office d. it is the post office 52. If I had known about the accident, I ______ it to the police. a. reported b. would have reported c. was reporting d. have been reporting 53. Yolanda ______ part time for several years now. a. has been working b. is working c. works d. was working 54. The Taj Mahal is really worth _______. a. to see it b. seeing c. you see it d. see 55. If I went to live in a foreign country, _______ my friends. a. I’d miss b. I’m missing c. I missed d. I miss 56. Would you mind _______ the window? a. open b. opening c. to open d. I open 57. I was interested ______ the violin. a. to study b. study c. in studying d. studied 58. Before a film is finished, it needs ______. a. they edit it b. to edit c. to be edited d. being edited 59. By 2030, scientists ______ a cure for cancer. a. had found b. will have found c. are finding d. have been finding 60. “What happened to Kate?” “She must ______ about our appointment.” a. forget b. be forgetting c. forgot d. have forgotten 23 out of 24 61. We’re not used ______ our own meals. a. cook b. to cook c. cooking d. to cooking 62. Chicago, _______ is nicknamed the Windy City, is the largest city in Illinois. a. it b. which c. what d. that 63. ______ John, I like to cook. a. Unless b. Except c. Instead d. Unlike 64. Before _______ breakfast, I usually take a shower. a. eat b. to eat c. eating d. that eat 65. I’m taking a class ______ learn more about my computer. a. so that b. in order c. in order to d. that 66. For me, mathematics is ______ difficult than biology. a. more b. the more c. most d. the most 67. I would rather ______ evening classes. a. don’t take b. not take c. no taking d. not taking 68. I feel sick. I shouldn’t ______ so much. a. to eat b. eaten c. have eaten d. eating 69. Jim’s boss demanded that he ______ to work earlier. a. has come b. coming c. is come d. come 70. The earlier children learn to read, ______ for their education. a. good b. the good c. the better d. the best 24 out of 24 Time is Up!