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PART 1VOCABULARYRead the texts below and choose the correct word for each space. Tom Cruise Tom Cruise is one of the (0) __A__ successful actors in cinema history. However, life hasn’t always been easy for him. As a young boy, Tom was shy and had (1) _____ in making friends, although he really enjoyed (2) _____ part in school plays. (3) _____ he had finished high school, Tom went to New York to look for work. He found work as a porter and at the same time (4) _____ drama classes.0 (example).a) mostb) morec) bestd) better1.a) worryb) problemc) feard) difficulty2.a) makingb) holdingc) takingd)finding3.a) Whileb) Duringc) Afterd) Until4.a) preparedb) waitedc) attendedd) happened Adriano’s story Adriano was (5) _____ up in a small town in northern Italy. Although his family worked in the clothing industry, he had no (6) _____ in this, and even when very young, he (7) _____ cooking to be better than sewing. The aroma of freshly roasted garlic and homemade tomato sauce (8) _____ more to him than the finest fabrics.5.a) gotb) pickedc) camed) brought6.a) ambitionb) interestc) desired) aim7.a) consideredb) concludedc) preferredd) chose8.a) meantb) statedc) expressedd) indicated Jacqueline Wilson Jacqueline Wilson has written dozens of novels, nearly all of them for children, and her fans give her a rock-star (9) _____ whenever she visits a bookshop to sign copies of her books. Her success as a novelist has been (10) _____ on often painful stories about young teenagers, which are written with humour and a strong (11) _____ that children are smart. Girls, in particular adore her books because she (12) _____ all their feelings about being teenagers, even the bad ones, without ever moralising.9.a) acceptanceb) welcomec) entertainmentd) admission10.a) builtb) formedc) assembledd) compiled11.a) persuasionb) opinionc) convictiond) sincerity12.a) advocatesb) legitimisesc) creditsd) grantsPART 2MISSING WORDSIn this part, read the text and write the word which best fits each gap. Use only ONE word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0). Juggling Enrico Rastelli was probably the greatest juggler the world has ever known. Juggling involves throwing (0) number of objects up into the air and catching them (1) dropping a single one. Rastelli was able to juggle (2) many as eight balls at the same time. However, (3) made him a genius was his perfect style, rather (4) the number of objects which he (5) juggle. He was also the first person to start using rubber balls, (6) of the cotton balls that were used at the time. Dangerous Sports Psychologists say the desire to experience danger (7) normal and healthy, imprinted by the lifestyle of our prehistoric ancestors. (8) to a researcher at Sheffield University, when we faced real dangers almost daily (9) satisfy the basic needs of hunger and thirst, there were challenges which required (10) to stretch ourselves or we would not have survived. Although now we live in a world that is far (11) advanced, we feel compelled to seek new challenges in (12) to feel good about ourselves. PART 3WORD FORMATIONFor this part, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to write a word that fits in the gap in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0). Pizza Italian pizza is arguably better (0) in the world today than any other type of food. It was (1) a meal for the poor, but now it can be found in restaurants all over the world, enjoying universal (2) . Italians are still very fond of pizza, and it is often their (3) of meal when they go out to eat with family or friends.Pizza is in many ways the perfect main dish: it’s (4) and so it looks great on your plate; it’s always fun to eat and, best of all, it’s wonderfully (5) . On top of all this, it’s also an extremely (6) meal because it makes you feel pleasantly full. 0. KNOW 1. ORIGIN 2. POPULAR 3. CHOOSE 4. COLOUR 5. TASTE 6. SATISFY The Victoria Falls The Victoria Falls in Africa are neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, but they are generally regarded as the largest. The (7) for this view is that their width of 1.7 kms and height of 108 metres form the largest sheet of (8) water in the world. Furthermore, the Victoria Falls come out well if a (9) is made between their flow rate and that of other falls. For a (10) distance above the falls, the Zambezi River flows over a level sheet of basalt. Dotted along its course are tree-covered islands which become more (11) as the river approaches the falls. The falls are formed as the river drops into a chasm 60 metres wide. The (12) of the chasm is about 100 metres. 7. BASE 8. CASCADE 9. COMPARE 10. CONSIDER 11. NUMBER 12. DEEP PART 4SENTENCE TRANSFORMATIONSIn this part, complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the given words. Here is an example: First sentence: This hotel has very small rooms Second sentence: The rooms in this hotel are very small. 1. He took this photo. This photo 2. My teacher said I should learn the violin. My teacher encouraged 3. I haven’t seen Joe for two years. The last time 4. Susie cooks well. Susie is 5. He missed the bus and therefore arrived late. If he 6. Simon found the instructions hard to follow. Simon had 7. “Where were you last night, John?” She asked 8. This is the first time I have eaten such spicy food. I am not 9. Larisa is the best student in the class. No other PART 5WRITINGYour friend Sarah is an Australian university student who is planning to spend two weeks travelling around your country in the summer. Write an email to Sarah. Recommend places to go and things to do in your country. Write 120 – 150 words in an appropriate style. PART 6READING 1Read this text and decide if each sentence below is true (T) or false (F). INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB Have you ever thought of joining a book club and buying new books from the convenience of your home? Then join the International Book Club. To join: You just need to send us your first order from our book list. Immediate benefits: • As a special offer, you may choose any reduced-price books from our new members’ book list, to the value of $10 in total. By doing this, you will save large amounts on the publisher’s prices. • Tick the box on your form to order a free fit-band. • If you reply within seven days, we will send you another free gift carefully chosen from our book list by our staff. • Order a DVD from the many on offer in our list, at half the recommended retail price. When you’ve joined As a member, you’ll enjoy savings of between 30% and 50% off the publisher’s price on every book you buy, and they’ll come straight to your door. Your free club magazine arrives once a month, to keep you up to date with the latest best-sellers. This means that every year we offer over 1,000 books to choose from. On the Internet, you can find all our titles for the year on our exclusive members’ website. In each of our monthly magazines, our staff choose a Club Choice book – one which they feel is particularly worth buying, and which is offered at an extra-special price.1. By ordering a book, you qualify to become a member of the book club. TF2. Every new member can request a fit-band from the book club. TF3. You can buy a DVD more cheaply when you join. TF4. All club books cost half the publisher’s price. TF5. Each club magazine gives you a choice of over 1,000 books. TF6. You get a different choice of books if you order from the website. TF7. One special book is recommended every month. TF PART 7READING 2Here is an article about the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. Seven sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A-H the sentence which fits each gap (1-7). There is one extra sentence which you don’t need to use. Women storm the sumo ring Thea Jordan explains how a once male-only sport is now helping women to improve their fitness and confidence. “Hakkyoi!” At this signal, two crouching sumo wrestlers rush towards each other and the contest starts. Loud grunts fill the air as the opponents collide and, less than a minute later, it’s all over. The loser, a 140-kilo man, lies flat on his back. The winner, 60-kilo Chantal Freebury, bows to her fallen rival. This dojo, or sumo ring, is in Australia, and Freebury is not a typical sumo wrestler. Sumo has been a male-only sport since it first began in Japan 1,300 years ago. No longer. 1 According to the International Sumo Federation, female wrestlers are now represented in 17 countries. “I started doing sumo because I wanted to get in shape in a fun and exciting way”, says Freebury, who trains with other female sumo enthusiasts in her area. “I’ve actually lost weight since I started three years ago and it has really toned up my muscles.” 2 “I can come to a session and get rid of it fighting an opponent” she says. “It makes me feel great. I can forget everything when I come to the sumo ring.” Sumo master Steve Pateman, Freebury’s coach for the past three years, says the sport is ideally suited to women. “it is not just about brute force”, he says. “Anyone can win through technique and tactics.” 3 “Stability is everything in sumo”, he says, “and women benefit because they have shorter legs, so their centre of balance is closer to the ground.” The risk of injury is minimal, too, as sumo is one of the more straightforward martial arts. The idea is to push your partner out of a ring, or force him or her to touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet. 4 As Pateman says, “Kick-boxing and karate are much more violent.” Freebury trains twice a week, and each session starts with a warm-up. The shiko, or leg-stamping exercise, involves a crab-like movement where each leg is raised in turn and stamped back down on the floor. But collision training is the most demanding. 5 According to Pateman, 90% of a sumo contest has been won before it begins. 6 He encourages Freebury to adopt a frightening manner, and smiling is forbidden. Freebury says she feels mentally stronger since taking up sumo. “You learn to give an impression of strength,” she says. Freebury clearly loves doing her sport. 7 Freebury is not convinced. “A lot of girls would like it if they tried it, but they are put off by the look of it,” she says. A. Women are even at an advantage because of their body shape. B. There are 48 legitimate techniques for doing this, but kicking, punching and hair-pulling are not allowed. C. Each contest may last only seconds, but high levels of physical effort are required. D. So what is the likelihood of it becoming popular among women? E. Physical preparation is important but psychological toughness is key to winning sumo contests. F. Despite some protests from traditionalists, there are numerous women-only sumo contests and a female world champion. G. This involves charging and pushing another wrestler across the ring until both parties are red-faced and sweating. H. The Japanese art is also a great way to deal with stress.End of TestThank you for doing the test.If you have any comments about the test, or any questions about the Cambridge course or SELC, please write them here:When you've finished writing, or if you have no comments or questions, please click "Submit".