SECTION A (8 points)
Mark the better A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose underlined part differs from the other three in pronunciation in each of the following questions.
Question 1: A. illegal B. intervention C. inflation D. islander
Question 2: A. education B. productive C. individual D. procedure
Mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word whose stress is placed differently from that of the others in each of the following questions.
Question 3: A. capture B. eject C. defend D. dissolve
Question 4: A. environment B. inhabitant C. community D. difficulty
Question 5: A. fascinating B. incredible C. exceptional D. contemporary
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.
Question 6: __________he missed the first bus, he came ten minutes late.
- Although B. Because C. However D. Therefore
Question 7: I suggest ______________ outside the cinema tomorrow at 8:30.
- met B. meet C. will meet D. meeting
Question 8: A: I’m sorry. I was stuck in a traffic jam.
- It’s ok. We’ve just started. B. Never mind. Thanks.
- Don’t apologize. It’s all my fault. D. My pleasure
Question 9: ______ from outer space, our earth looks like a “blue planet”.
A Be seen B Seeing C Seen D Having seen
Question 10: John: “I’ve passed my final exam.” Tom: “____”
- Good luck. B. It’s nice of you to say so.
- That’s a good idea. D. Congratulation!
Question 11: She likes meeting people and travelling so she wants to apply for a _______ of a receptionist or tourist guide.
- location B. position C. site D. Word
Question 12: The aquarium _________ we wanted to visit was shut when we got there.
- that B. where C. what D. at which
Question 13: The development of wildlife habitat reserves is a good conservation measure _____.
- to prevent endangered species B. to feed endangered species
C . to benefit from endangered species D. to save endangered species
Question 14: _______ , he would have been able to pass the exam.
- Studying more B. Had he studied more
- If he studied more D. If he were studying more
Question 15: Most children nowadays prefer watching TV ___________ reading books.
- over B. from C. than D. to
Question 16: You can _____ the meaning of the new words in the dictionary.
A look after B look at C look up D look for
Question 17: The waiter was not very nice, ________, the food was delicious.
- however B. but C. so D. therefore
Question 18: Although being _________ satisfied with the contract, the officials hesitatingly agreed to sign it.
- complete B. completed C. completion D. completely
Question 19: Army said Jim had made a card for her ______.
A yesterday B the day C the following day D the day before
Question 20: Michael’s score on the test is the highest in the class; he _____ hard last night.
- should have studied B. may have to study C. must have studied D. could have studied
Question 21: He ______ from university before he started his business abroad.
- has graduated B. was going to graduate C. had graduated D. will graduate
Question 22: If you ______ to me, you wouldn’t have got so much trouble.
A had listened B. listened C. would D. would have listened
Question 23: Let’s go out for dinner, _______?
- don’t we B. shall we C. will you D. won’t you
Question 24: You _______ forget to pay the rent tomorrow. The landlord is very strict about paying on time.
- needn’t B. mustn’t C. do not have to D. may not
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) SIMILAR in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
Question 25: The organization was established in 1950 in the USA.
- come around B. made out C. put on D. set up
Question 26: The ASEAN Para-Games are hosted by the same country where the SEA Games took place.
- defended B. impressed C. participated D. organized
Question 27: You ought to send two hours as a minimum in the fresh air every day.
- at ease B. at all C. at least D. at most
Mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) OPPOSITE in meaning to the underlined word(s) in each of the following questions.
Question 28: Schooling is compulsory for all Vietnamese children from the age of 6 to 14.
A obeyed B required C obligatory D optional
Question 29: An optimistic person always sees things on the bright sides.
A intelligent B pesimistic C comfortable D difficult
Mark the letter A, B C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the underlined part that needs correction in each of the following questions.
Question 30: My father used to giving me some good advice whenever I had a problem
A B C D
Question 31: The woman of whom red car is parked in front of the bank is a famous pop star.
A B C D
Question 32: The better you are at English, more chance you have to get a job with
A B C D
Question 33: There are differences and similarities between Vietnamese and American culture.
A B C D
Question 34: The two versions of the text are like in many ways.
A B C D
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C, or D on your answer sheet to indicate the word(s) that best fits each of the numbered blanks from 35 to 44.
It can take a long time to become successful in your chosen field, however talented you are. One thing you have to be (35)_____ of is that you will face criticism along the way. The world is (36)_____ of people who would rather say something negative than positive. If you’ve made up your (37)_____ to achieve a certain goal, such as writing a novel, (38)_____ the negative criticism of others prevent you from reaching your target, and let the constructive criticism have a positive effect on your work. If someone says you’re totally in the (39)_____ of talent, ignore them. That’s negative criticism. If (40),_____, someone advises you to revise your work and gives you a good reason for doing so, you should consider their suggestions carefully. There are many film stars (41)_____ were once out of work . There are many famous novelists who made a complete mess of their first novel – or who didn’t, but had to keep on approaching hundreds of publishers before they could get it (42)_____ . Being successful does depend on luck, to a (43)_____ extent. But things are more likely to (44)_____ well if you persevere and stay positive.
Question 35: A. alert B. clever C. intelligent D. aware
Question 36: A. overflowing B. full C. filled D. packed
Question 37: A. mind B. brain C. thought D. idea
Question 38: A. shouldn’t let B. don’t let C. didn’t let D. won’t let
Question 39: A. lack B. shortage C. missing D. absentee
Question 40: A. hence B. whereas C. otherwise D. however
Question 41: A. who B. whom C. they D. which
Question 42: A. publish B. to publish C. published D. publishes
Question 43: A. plenty B. numerous C. certain D. definite
Question 44: A. sail through B. come into C. deal with D. turn out
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B , C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 45 to 54.
MOBILE PHONES: ARE THEY ABOUT TO TRANSFORM OUR LIVES?
We love them so much that some of us sleep with them under the pillow, yet we are increasingly concerned that we cannot escape their electronic reach. We use them to convey our most intimate secrets, yet we worry that they are a threat to our privacy. We rely on them more than the Internet to cope with modern life, yet many of us don’t believe advertisements saying we need more advanced services.
Sweeping aside the doubts that many people feel about the benefits of new third generation phones and fears over the health effects of phone masts, a recent report claims that the long-term effects of new mobile technologies will be entirely positive so long as the public can be convinced to make use of them. Research about users of mobile phones reveals that the mobile has already moved beyond being a mere practical communications tool to become the backbone of modern social life, from love affairs to friendship to work.
The close relationship between user and phone is most pronounced among teenagers, the report says, who regard their mobiles as an expression of their identity. This is partly because mobiles are seen as being beyond the control of parents. But the researchers suggest that another reason may be that mobiles, especially text messaging, were seen as a way of overcoming shyness. The impact of phones, however, has been local rather than global, supporting existing friendship and networks, rather than opening users to a new broader community. Even the language of texting in one area can be incomprehensible to anybody from another area.
Among the most important benefits of using mobile phones, the report claims, will be a vastly improved mobile infrastructure, providing gains throughout the economy, and the provision of a more sophisticated location-based services for users. The report calls on government to put more effort into the delivery of services by mobile phone, with suggestion including public transport and traffic information and doctors’ text messages to remind patients of appointments. There are many possibilities. At a recent trade fair in Sweden, a mobile navigation product was launched. When the user enters a destination, a route is automatically downloaded to their mobile and presented by voices, pictures and maps as they drive. In future, these devices will also be able to plan around congestion and road works in real time. Third generation phones will also allow for remote monitoring of patients by doctors. In Britain, scientists are developing an asthma management solution using mobiles to detect early signs of an attack.
Mobile phones can be used in education. A group of teachers in Britain use third generation phones to provide fast internet service to children who live beyond the reach of terrestrial broadband services and can have no access to online information. ‘As the new generation of mobile technologies takes off, the social potential will vastly increase,’ the report argues.
Question 45: What does the writer suggest in the first paragraph about our attitudes to mobile phones?
- We need them more than anything else to deal with modern life.
- We are worried about using them so much.
- We cannot live without them.
- We have contradictory feelings about them.
Question 46: What does “them” in paragraph 2 refer to?
- long-term effects B. new mobile technologies
- benefits D. doubts
Question 47: What is the connection between social life and mobile phones?
- Mobile phones enable people to communicate while moving around.
- Modern social life relies significantly on the use of mobile phones.
- Mobile phones encourage people to make friends.
- Mobile phones make romantic communication easier.
Question 48: Why do teenagers have such a close relationship with their mobile phones?
- They feel independent when they use them.
- They tend to feel uncomfortable in many situations.
- They use text messages more than any other group.
- They are more inclined to be late than older people.
Question 49: Which of the following is NOT true?
- Mobile phone is considered as a means for the youth to show their characters.
- Mobile phones are playing a wide range of roles in people’s life.
- People can overcome shyness by using texting to communicate things that make them uncomfortable.
- There is no need to suspect the harmfulness of mobile phones.
Question 50: In what sense has the impact of phones been “local” in paragraph 3?
- People tend to communicate with people they already know.
- It depends on local dialects.
- Users generally phone people who live in the same neighbourhood.
- The phone networks use different systems.
Question 51: How might mobile phones be used in the future?
- To show bus and train timetables
- To cure diseases
- To arrange deliveries
- To give the address of the nearest doctor’s surgery
Question 52: The navigation product launched in Sweden is helpful for drivers because _____.
- it tells them which roads are congested B. it shows them how to avoid road works
- it can suggest the best way to get to a place D. it provides directions orally
Question 53: What is the general attitude of the report described here?
- The government should take over the mobile phone networks.
- Mobile phones can have a variety of very useful applications.
- There are problems with mobile phones that cannot be overcome.
- Manufacturers need to produce better equipment.
Question 54: The word “pronounced” in paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to _____.
- overwhelmed B. serious C. obvious D. voiced
Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions from 55 to 64.
It is commonly believed in the United States that school is where people go to get an education. Nevertheless, it has been said that today children interrupt their education to go to school. The distinction between schooling and education implied by this remark is important.
Education is much more open-ended and all-inclusive than schooling. Education knows no bounds. It can take place anywhere, whether in the shower or on the job, whether in a kitchen or on a tractor. It includes both the formal learning that takes place in schools and the whole universe of informal learning. The agents of education can range from a revered grandparent to the people debating politics on the radio, from a child to a distinguished scientist. Whereas schooling has a certain predictability, education quite often produces surprises. A chance conversation with a stranger may lead a person to discover how little is known of other religions. People are engaged in education from infancy on. Education, then, is a very broad, inclusive term. It is a lifelong process, a process that starts long before the start of school and one that should be an integral part of one’s entire life.
Schooling, on the other hand, is a specific, formalized process, whose general pattern varies little from one setting to the next. Throughout a country, children arrive at school at approximately the same time, take assigned seats, are taught by an adult, use similar textbooks, do homework, take exams, and so on. The slices of reality that are to be learned, whether they are the alphabet or an understanding of the workings of government, have usually been limited by the boundaries of the subject being taught. For example, high school students know that they are not likely to find out in their classes the truth about political problems in their communities or what the newest filmmakers are experimenting with. There are definite conditions surrounding the formalized process of schooling.
Question 55: According to the passage, the doers of education are ______.
- mainly politicians B. almost all people
- only respected grandparents. D. mostly famous scientists
Question 56: The word “they” in the last paragraph refers to ______.
- workings of government B. newest filmmakers
- political problems D. high school students
Question57: From the passage, we can infer that a high school teacher ______.
- is free to choose anything to teach B. is not allowed to teach political issues
- is bound to teach programmed subjects D. has to teach social issues to all classes
Question 58: Which of the following would the writer support?
- Our education system needs to be changed as soon as possible.
- Going to school is only part of how people become educated.
- Without formal education, people won’t be able to read and write.
- Schooling is of no use because students do similar things every day.
Question 59: What does the writer mean by saying “education quite often produces surprises”?
- Educators often produce surprises.
- Success of informal learning is predictable.
- Informal learning often brings about unexpected results.
- It’s surprising that we know little about other religions.
Question 60: In the passage, the expression “children interrupt their education to go to school” mostly implies that ______.
- education is totally ruined by schooling B. all of life is an education
- schooling prevents people discovering things D. schooling takes place everywhere
Question 61: The word “all-inclusive” in the passage mostly means ______.
- involving many school subjects B. including everything or everyone
- going in many directions D. allowing no exceptions
Question 62: Because the general pattern of schooling varies little from one setting to the next, school children throughout the country ______.
- do similar things B. have similar study conditions
- are taught by the same teachers D. have the same abilities
Question 63: Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
- Education and schooling are quite different experience.
- The more years students go to school, the better their education is.
- The best schools teach a variety of subjects.
- Students benefit from schools, which require long hours and homework.
Question 64: This passage is mainly aimed at ______.
- telling the difference between the meanings of two related words
- telling a story about excellent teachers
- listing and discussing several educational problems
- giving examples of different schools
SECTION B (2 points)
- Finish each of the following sentences in such a way that it means the same as the sentence printed before it. Write your answers on your answer sheet.
Question 1: The film was so interesting that we couldn’t miss it.
It was such……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….
Question 2: New Zealand was the first country which gave women the vote.
New Zealand ………………………………………………………………………………….
Question 3: How many people are there in your family?”, he asked Lan.
He asked ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….
Question 4: People can pick tomatoes before they are completely ripe.
Question 5: Here’s my phone number, because you might need it.
In case ………………………………………………………………………………………..………
- In about 140 words, write a paragraph about benefits of children’s doing housework. Write your paragraph on your answer sheet.
The following prompts might be helpful to you.
– Building skills.
– Forming responsibility.
– Having a happy family.
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