English Language Skills Test B - 2N

Language: English
Subject: English language > Writing
Age: 15 - 16

English Language Skills Test

Reading Part 1

[questions 1-5]

Read the messages and, for each question, choose the correct answer.


Frank needs Edward to complete the group of 8.

Simon has invited eight friends for a meal.

There could be eight people having dinner together tomorrow.


You can’t read books here.

You have to sit if you want to read.

You have to spend some money to read here.


If you want to go on the trip, you must

phone or send an email to John.

meet and pay John.

pay £12.


The students will get bad marks if they hand in their essays later than Tuesday.

The students won’t get any marks if they hand in their work on Wednesday.

The teacher wants all the essays before Tuesday.


They grow their own vegetables at this shop.

This shop only sells to local people.

The vegetables that are sold here don’t travel long distances.

Reading Part 2

[questions 6-10]

Read the text and, for each question, choose the correct answer.


Milu was born in a small village in the north of India, and never had the chance of going to school, because her family needed her to work. So she grew up never having learned to read or write. She was a little sad about it, but she didn't let it upset her too much, and tried to think about other things.
She went through life, never being able to do what she wanted, because she felt that if she couldn't read, then she was somehow less than everybody else. This meant that she didn't make many friends and didn't go out much. She thought people would think she was stupid, and she didn't want them to laugh at her.
When she was fifty-six, she got a job cleaning a school and when she had finished her work, she used to sit and watch the little kids do their lessons. She didn't realise that one of the teachers watched her while she watched the kids, and one day, as she was about to leave, the teacher asked her to sit in the class. The kids thought it was very funny, but the teacher patiently started Milu on her first lesson to learn to read.
That was a few years ago, and now Milu can read and write as well as any of the other kids. She still cleans the school because she likes her job, but she doesn't feel less than everybody else anymore. The teacher, who is now her friend, sometimes gives her a book to read and she learns about people living in other parts of the world.
She has a granddaughter who studies at the same school, and sometimes she helps her with her homework. Being able to do that makes her feel so happy that when she is alone she cries a bit. When she was in her little village as a child, she couldn’t imagine that one day she would be able to help her granddaughter with her homework. She is really grateful to her teacher friend for the gift she has given her.

The Tribune


Milu couldn’t go to school because

her family was very poor.
it was too far away.
she didn t like studying.
she wasn t old enough.


Because she couldn't read or write Milu felt

very angry.
very sad.
very worried .


When Milu joined the class for the first time

the other kids got angry.
the other kids ignored her.
the other kids wanted to play with her.
the other kids laughed at her.


After helping her granddaughter, Milu sometimes cries because

she feels tired.
she feels sad.
she feels happy.
the work was too difficult for her.


Which of these would be a good introduction to this article?

Some areas of India have very high unemployment and so schoolteachers are finding work as cleaners in many schools. They actually end up combining their cleaning responsibilities with teaching classes.

Dreams do come true, and not all dreams are big ones. Milu dreamt of being able to read and write, and the generosity of a school teacher, now her friend, made that possible.

The schools had a problem because the cleaners couldn’t follow instructions because they couldn’t read and write. The solution was a simple programme to teach them, and it has been very successful.

Schoolchildren in villages in India have started to teach their grandparents how to read and write, to help them connect better with the modern world. The initiative is working out very well.

Reading Part 3

[questions 11-20]

Complete the text with the correct words. Write one word in each space,

Five Reasons Why the Internet is Bad!

Almost everyone agrees that the internet is a good thing. We use the internet in many

ways. We can go online and play games,

new friends, and learn new things.

More than 4 billion people in the world

the internet. However, not everything

about the internet is good. Here are five bad things about the internet.

First, many people use the Internet too much. In the United States, for


it is common for people to use the Internet 24 hours

week. In Europe, many


that the internet is more important

watching TV,

having a car, or even getting washed. Some people may not even have the time to use

their brains to think for themselves. Second, some people use the Internet, at work, for

personal reasons. Their boss may fire them for this. Third, when people use the internet

so much, they may not be healthy because they don’t

much exercise. Fourth,

many people have “friends”

Facebook, but these may not be real friends. Real friends


usually people you can see face to face. Two or three real friends are

better than two or three hundred Facebook “friends” that you hardly ever see. Finally, some people are criminals, and they use the internet to try to take control of your computer and steal your money. They may also tell you lies to try to scam you.
Sure, the internet is a great tool, and it’s something that we can’t live without. However,

it's very important

know the bad things about it, not just the good things. Stay

safe, and stay happy, while you stay connected.

Listening Part 1

[questions 1-5]

School Photography Competition

You will hear a teacher talking about a photography competition. The text is divided into paragraphs. You can listen to each paragraph more than once.

Complete the sentences. Write ONE word in each space.

The topic of this year’s competition is the


The photos must show some


A famous

will judge the competition.

The first prize is a photography


Participants must send their pictures on or before 15th


Listening Part 2

[questions 6-10]

The Zookeeper

You will hear a woman called Mary Porter talking about her job. the text has been divided into paragraphs. You can listen to each paragraph more than once.

For each question, choose the correct answer.

1) Mary is trying to

explain how peole can protect animals.
describe one typical day at work.
tell about the people who work with her.
encourage people to get a job with wildlife

2) Which of the following information can you get from Mary's speech?

That she had to learn a new subject to get a better job.
How many hours a day she has to work.
Which animals she takes care of in the zoo.
Where you can find the best sea-life centres

3) What does Mary say about her current job?

It allows her to do a variety of things.
It was quite difficult to get.
It is better paid than his last job.
It gives him time off work to go diving.

4) How does Mary feel about visitors to the zoo?

Nervous that a fish might hurt them.
Annoyed when they don't behave well.
Upset when they take the fish out of the water.
Disappointed when they don't ask questions.

5) What could Mary write in her diary today?

I performed an operation on a sick fish that had eaten a sweet wrapper.
I spent all day in the research laboratory again today doing boring experiments.
I gave a talk to a group of schoolchildren about looking after animals.
I watched my boss go swimming with sharks - I wish I was allowed to do that too!

Writing - An email to a friend

Read this email from your English friend and the notes you have made.

Write your email to Katie using all the notes.
Write about 100 words.