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VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HO CHI MINH CITY

ENGLISH TESTING CENTER

VNU ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST

SECTION 1: LISTENING
The listening section, consisted of conversations and lectures, tests your English listening skills.
There are four passages and 32 questions, which are based on either stated or implied information
in the passages.

Each passage will be played twice. The questions will follow each passage. Each question has
four answer choices. Select the best answer for each question.

You may take notes while you listen and use your notes to answer the questions.

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Listening Section
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PART 1 (20 pts)


Direction: In Part 1 you will hear ten conversations between two people. After the second listening
of each conversation, you will hear a question and there are four possible answers provided.
1. (A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

Carla is never fair to anyone.


Carlas comment is unjust.
He does not fear what people say.
Carla is fairly rude to him.

2. (A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

She thinks it has better quality.


Its not as good as the first one.
It is her favorite.
It is the best she has ever seen.

6. (A) He does not have enough books to


study.
(B) There is no bookstore near where he
lives.
(C) He cannot find the book yet.
(D) He cannot find the right bookstore.
7. (A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

3. (A) He is the last person in his class to


graduate.

It
It
It
It

was interesting.
finished on time.
never interested him.
took too much time.

8. (A) She asks if the man can lend her his


notes.
(B) Yesterdays physics class was quite
boring.
(C) She wants to borrow the mans
physics book.
(D) She would like to lend the man her
notes.

(B) He is the only one in his family to


graduate.
(C) He doesnt believe he can graduate.
(D) He is excited that studies has
finished.
4. (A) Hes surprised the woman bought
five dresses.
(B) The dress is much cheaper than he
thinks.
(C) He does not have five dollars for the
dress.
(D) The cheap dress looks nice on the
woman.

9. (A) Her birthday is coming soon.


(B) Shes looking for a birthday present.
(C) She wants to go out with her dad on
her birthday.
(D) She wants a new wallet for her
boyfriend Jack.

5. (A) Never leave the car in the wrong


place.
(B) Have another parking meter.
(C) Add more money to the meter.
(D) Find another parking lot.

10. (A) He liked the cold water in the pool.


(B) His toe went numb in the cold.
(C) The pool was warm though the
weather was cold.
(D) He didnt swim in the pool.

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Listening Section
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PART 2 (20 pts)


Direction: In Part 2 you will hear a conversation or a discussion. After the second listening, there
are six incomplete sentences and four possible options provided for each gap. Select the best
option to complete the sentence.
14. Julie probably tells herself _____ if she

11. The topic of the radio program probably is


_____.

learns to ride a bicycle.

(A) Never think about past mistakes


(B) How to be optimistic
(C) Be positive in failures

(A) It will take me too much time.


(B) Ill fail again.
(C) Ill never try again if I fail now.

(D) Always use positive language

(D) I can ride it soon.


15. Miriam says that we should _____ to
improve our bad feelings.

12. For Andy, _____ is very important.


(A) living for today

(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

(B) keeping past memories


(C) arranging for the future
(D) avoiding mistakes
13. Julie says people have negative thoughts
_____.
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

do good things to other people


list all the things for a good future
keep a list of good memories at hand
try to have a good time every week

16. Michael doesnt want to say Im sorry


because he thinks _____.

if they fail in love


every time they fail
now and then
when they stop working

(A) its not good to admit a mistake


(B) action is more important than words
(C) its better to say I know my mistake
(D) positive language can encourage
people better

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PART 3 (28 pts)


Direction: In Part 3 you will hear a talk or a discussion. After the second listening, there are eight
questions. Select the best answer to each question.
21. What did his wife do for him before she
left?

17. What is the conversation mainly about?


(A) Why and how a man lost his memory.
(B) Things turn worse with a loss of
memory.
(C) Life of a man who lost his memory.
(D) A lost memory: a broken family.

(A) She did charity and prayed for him.


(B) She took care of him for a long time.
(C) She worked in a new center to take
care of him.
(D) She got good treatment for him in the
U.S.

18. Why did the man lose his memory?


(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

He had an accident.
He has a virulent disease.
Hes getting old.
He has a genetic brain disease.

22. What happens when he meets his


children?
(A) Sometimes he calls their names.
(B) They talk to him about their
company.
(C) Hes happy to see them.
(D) He tells them they do not need to
come again.

19. What is a result of his problem?


(A) Everything continually gets refreshed
to him.
(B) He lives a sad life in a hospital.
(C) He often gets lost and hurt.
(D) His wife left him and remarried in the
U.S.

23. What is
program?
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

20. If he says hello to a person at 8:00, when


will he probably say hello again?
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

8:07
8:05:07
8:30
8:00:07

probably

his

favorite

TV

A football match.
A game show.
A comedy.
A movie.

24. What will the female speaker probably


do?
(A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

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Visit the sick man.


Bring the sick man a piano.
Playing the piano for the sick man.
Wait to see the sick man on TV.

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PART 4 (32 pts)


Direction: In Part 4 you will hear (part of) a lecture or a talk. After the second listening, there is a
summary of the lecture or the talk with eight gaps. Select the best option for each gap to complete
the summary.
The professor gives a/an (25) _____ of globalization, which 25. (A) explanation
emphasizes the acceleration and intensification of economic
(B)
transactions among people, companies and governments of
(C)
different nations. He then cites the U.S., the International
(D)
Monetary Fund and the World Bank as the examples of
26. (A)
(26) _____ and two big international organizations that first
(B)
involve globalization.
(C)
(D)
First, the professor indicates that critics object to
globalization because poor countries are often (27) _____
27. (A)
by international organizations to (i) adjust currency, (ii)
(B)
eliminate tariffs, (iii) respect patents and copyright laws, (iv)
(C)
privatize (28) _____, and (v) not subsidize domestic goods.
(D)
However, supporters of globalization justify these rules
because they are also implemented to some extent in rich 28. (A)
(B)
countries, and poor countries which do not follow trade rules
(C)
will not receive (29) _____ from rich countries.
(D)
Second, the professor asserted that countries can also
achieve economic growth without following the tough rules 29. (A)
(B)
set by rich countries because they get integrated into the
(C)
world economy in their own way. He gives the examples of
(D)
four non-Western countries, including China, Taiwan, India,
and (30) _____.
30. (A)
Third, the professor mentions two issues constantly brought
up by critics of globalization: (i) sweatshops and (ii) child

capitalism
imperialism
culturalism
popularism
supported
directed
advised
financed
large corporations
all public businesses
the business sector
industries and banks
investments
nonrefundable aids
technology transfer
economic counseling

Vietnam
(B) South Africa
(C) South Korea
(D) North Korea

labor. He further cites an article which argues that these


issues are caused by (31) _____, not by globalization.
31. (A)
(B)
The professor ends the lecture with a quotation, which
(C)
means economic integration (32) _____ economic and
(D)
social development, not the other way round.

32. (A)
(B)
(C)
(D)

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definition
clarification
argument

local governments
working people themselves
competitive businesses
poverty
results in
results from
necessitates
requires

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