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English Language Placement Assessment

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You are about to start a placement test. The purpose of this test is to determine which level is best for you. You cannot ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the test. 

The test has many sections. Each section will have instructions at the top. Please read the instructions before completing the test. 

At any point in the test, if you want to skip the reading part and start the writing test, click on ‘skip’ at the bottom left of the screen.

You cannot return to a section once you leave the page.

You must complete this test by yourself. Do not ask anyone for help. Do not use a dictionary or a translator.

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You have 10 minutes to read and answer the questions in this section.


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Instructions: Read the passage below. There are questions about the reading. Use your mouse to click on the answer. Choose the best answer, based on what you read.

You have 5 minutes to read and answer the questions in this section.


Reading Passage

Sarah moved to a new apartment several months ago. She really likes her new apartment and its location. The location is good because there are important things, such as a post office and a medical clinic, in this area. The post office is a beautiful old building with kind staff.  The post office workers help retired people carry their mail home.

A medical clinic is just one block away on 107 Street and 101 Avenue. The number six bus goes to the clinic, but if Sarah needs to go there, she may just walk. The clinic is small, but the doctors are friendly.  The doctors are accepting new patients right now, so Sarah knows she can go there if she gets sick.

There are two supermarkets near here. The Everfresh and the Economart are both on 118 Street. Shopping at Everfresh is good, but expensive. Economart is much less expensive. Every week the community newspaper has coupons in it for Economart. Sarah usually goes to the Economart because sometimes there is a sale and she can get 30% off her groceries.


Questions:

The post office is:



The medical clinic is:



The number six bus:



The doctors in the city are:



The doctors at the medical clinic Sarah will go to:



The two supermarkets are:



Which supermarket do most people shop at?:



The main idea of this passage is:



Instructions: Read the passage below. There are questions about the reading. Use your mouse to click on the answer. Choose the best answer, based on what you read.

You have 15 minutes to read and answer the questions in this section.


Reading Passage:

Jane Smith is the new student director at Happy Valley College. She started her new job on November 1st of this year. She has many years of professional and personal experience. Jane’s career began in 1990 when she started working as a social worker with adults on welfare who wanted to return to the workforce.

Jane used her knowledge and education while she worked on numerous government projects as a social worker. Her most famous project focused on reducing the number of people on welfare. This project was successful because the number of people on welfare decreased by close to 35 percent. Upon completion of the project, Jane moved south to accept a leadership role at a local college.

Tragically, in 2001, Jane was in a bad car accident which left her paralyzed and in a wheelchair. She spent nearly a year in the hospital getting physical therapy and having numerous operations. Jane re-learned to walk and eventually to run because of her determination and hard work. During this time, she could only focus on getting better.

In 2007, Jane moved to Edmonton and began a career with Happy Valley College. Starting as a counsellor, Jane gradually became familiar with the needs of the students. Jane is also actively involved in other community organizations, including the World Peace Club. The club strongly believes that world peace is essential to our future. Twice a year she travels to different countries, giving speeches about acceptance and co-operation.

We are confident that Jane Smith is the best person for the job of student director, because of her own struggles and her ability to relate to such a wide range of people. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and motivated person at our college. Welcome to your new position Jane!


Questions:

What would be the most appropriate title for this passage?:



At the start of her career what did Jane Smith do?:



As a result of one of Jane’s projects,:



Why did Jane move south?:



How long did Jane spend in hospital undergoing intensive therapy at the University of Hospital to learn to walk again?:



Jane feels that world peace is:



After her accident, Jane:



How did Jane get to know student needs at Happy Valley College?:



Jane is a:



What is the main idea of this passage?:



Instructions: Read the passage below. There are questions about the reading. Use your mouse to click on the answer. Choose the best answer, based on what you read.

You have 15 minutes to read and answer the questions in this section.


Reading Passage:

The Government of Alberta has a service that allows landlords and tenants to resolve serious disputes outside of court. It is called the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) and it is available in Edmonton, Calgary and northern Alberta.

The RTDRS offers landlords and tenants a way to resolve serious disputes outside of court. It is designed to provide services similar to the courts while being faster, more informal and less expensive. Once an application is submitted to RTDRS, it is filed and dated and a time is set for the hearing to take place. The matter is heard before a Tenancy Dispute Officer who is authorized to make binding decisions on claims up to $25,000. All people involved in the dispute have to follow the decisions made by the Tenancy Dispute Officer.

Both landlords and tenants may file an application with the RTDRS. Landlords may file an application with RTDRS for rent owed by the tenant, or for violations of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and/or the tenancy agreement. Landlords may look for compensation when a tenant has stayed in the place after the tenancy has ended or has been terminated, or they may want to terminate the tenancy and take possession of the premises. However, it is the responsibility of the landlord to prove the breach(es) that s/he is accusing the tenant of in the application.

Tenants may file an application with RTDRS for recovery of damages resulting from a breach of the RTA and/or the tenancy agreement or for a rent reduction because the landlord has not kept up their end of the agreement or followed the RTA. Tenants may also look for compensation for the cost of performing the landlord’s obligations. The compensation would be a rent reduction for doing something that should have been done by the landlord. It is the tenant’s responsibility to prove the breach(es) that s/he is accusing the landlord of in the application. A complete list of the solutions available through the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service can be found in the Information Booklet available at http://www.rtdrs.alberta.ca/.


Questions:

If your landlord raises your rent, what can you do?:



The process for filing an application to the RTDRS is:




People who use the RTDRS service:




According to the following passage, which of the above does the landlord have the option of seeking help from the RTDRS?:

Here is a list of possible reasons why a landlord may contact the RTDRS.

i. Rent owed by the tenant.
ii. Tenant has stayed in property longer than the agreement.
iii. Completing repairs that should have been completed by the tenant.




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When the landlord files an application with the RTDRS, whose responsibility is it to provide evidence?:




Which of the following can we infer from reading the passage?:




Which of the following can we infer from reading the passage?:




During the RTDRS hearing all parties must:



What is the main idea of the passage?:




Instructions: Read the passage below. There are questions about the reading. Use your mouse to click on the answer. Choose the best answer, based on what you read.

You have 20 minutes to read and answer the questions in this section.


Reading Passage:

Family therapy is a type of therapy that involves all members of a nuclear family or stepfamily and possibly, members of the extended family. It is based on family systems theory, in which the family is viewed as a living organism rather than just the sum total of its individual members. Family therapy uses systems theory to evaluate family members in terms of their position or role within the system as a whole. Families are treated by changing the way the system works instead of trying to fix a specific member. Typically, families seek therapy as a way to deal with a particular problem, such as a teenager with a psychological disorder or adjusting to a death in the family. However, therapy sessions frequently expose additional problems in the family, such as communication issues. Stepfamilies and families with members comprised of a mixture of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds may also benefit from family therapy.

This type of therapy is conducted by a therapist who is trained and experienced in family and group therapy techniques. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers or counsellors may require multiple sessions, usually lasting at least one hour each and conducted at regular intervals for several months, in order to treat a family. Therapists usually evaluate a family for treatment by scheduling a series of interviews with members of the immediate family, including young children and significant members of the extended family. Through this process, the therapist finds out how each member of the family sees the problem, as well as forms first impressions of how the family functions. During a session, therapists try to analyze the process of the family interaction and communication as a whole and do not take sides with specific family members. Family therapists typically look for the levels and types of emotions expressed, patterns of control and obedience, the roles played by family members, communication styles, and the locations of emotional triangles. Emotional triangles form when two members in the family system are in conflict and bring in a third member as a way of making their own relationship more stable.

Normal results of family therapy differ, but in good circumstances, they include greater insight, improved communication within the family and resolution of the problem that led the family to seek treatment. A risk in intensive family therapy, however, may be that it is difficult and stressful for family members with diagnosed psychological disorders, as well as for children and teenagers who may not fully understand interactions that occur during family therapy. It can be helpful to add individual therapy to family therapy for the family members with the same therapist. Another difficulty is that children, teenagers and even parents may be unwilling to participate in family therapy because they don’t believe it will be successful. In early 2000, home-based family therapy became available as an option for families with severely disturbed teens and family members reluctant to see a therapist. In home-based therapy, a therapist comes directly to the family’s home and conducts therapy sessions there.


Questions:

The underlying theoretical framework of family therapy is family systems theory, which is based on the idea that the family functions:



In addition to the particular problem that leads to the family seeking counselling, family therapy can also highlight:



The following scenario is an example of:

John and his wife Mary have been having financial difficulties. As a result, they are constantly arguing about how to deal with their problems and are, therefore, putting a strain on their relationship. Both Mary and John have been increasingly turning to their mothers for emotional support.




The following scenario is an example of:

Henry's parents have been divorced for many years and his father, whom he lives with, has recently remarried. Henry and his new stepbrother do not get along.




According to this passage, which of the below are part of family dynamics?:

Family therapy considers a number of family dynamics. These may include:

i. levels of emotions
ii. types of emotions
iii. patterns of control and obedience
iv. roles of family members
v. religious backgrounds
vi. race





According to the passage what happens prior to scheduling a series of interviews with the individual members of a family?:




Home-based family therapy is an option for:




From this passage we can infer that family therapy results:



According to this passage, a teenager who is diagnosed with schizophrenia may find intensive family therapy:



One important idea in the passage is:




Break

You have completed the Reading portion of the assessment. You will now begin the Listening section

Instructions:

In this task you will hear a man and a woman talking. After you listen to the audio, you will answer questions below about what they say.

Before listening to the audio, read the questions below before you listen. You can only listen to the lecture once.

You can make notes on a piece of paper if you wish. Use your notes to help you. You have 10 minutes to listen and answer the questions in this section.

Click on the blue play button below to start listening to the audio.

question-F Audio

Questions:

Why is the man at the office?:



What is the man’s name?:



What time is his appointment?:



Does he still live at 454 Jasper Avenue?:



Has his phone number changed?:



What does the woman ask the man to do while he is waiting?:



Instructions:

In this task you will hear a man talking about this photograph. After you listen to the audio, you will answer questions below about what they say.

Before listening to the audio, read the questions below before you listen. You can only listen to the lecture once.

You can make notes on a piece of paper if you wish. Use your notes to help you. You have 15 minutes to listen and answer the questions in this section.

Click on the blue play button below to start listening to the audio.

question-G Audio

Questions:

Who is the person in this picture?:



How old is Angela?:



When did Angela come to the hospital?:



Where is the hospital?:



How did Angela feel when she first came to the hospital?:



Why does she feel this way?:



What does the doctor call Angela?:



What kind of news does Angela get from her doctor?:



Instructions:

In this task you will hear two people, a man Miguel and a women Sarah, talking on the phone. After you listen to the audio, you will answer questions below about what they say.

Before listening to the audio, read the questions below before you listen. You can only listen to the lecture once.

You can make notes on a piece of paper if you wish. Use your notes to help you. You have 20 minutes to listen and answer the questions in this section.

Click on the blue play button below to start listening to the audio.

question-H Audio

Questions:

What is the purpose of this phone call?:




What is the relationship between the people in this phone call?:




Which department does Amanda work in?:




Where do Sarah and Miguel plan to hold the party?:




Where are they planning to order the cake from, and why that bakery?:




What is planned for the party?:



Who will be responsible for calling the bakery?:




Who will be responsible for organizing the games?:




When will Sarah and Miguel meet again to discuss the party planning?:




What time will they meet?:




Instructions:

In this task you will listen to a man giving a lecture in a psychology class. After you listen to the audio, you will answer questions below about what they say.

Before listening to the audio, read the questions below before you listen. You can only listen to the lecture once.

You can make notes on a piece of paper if you wish. Use your notes to help you. You have 25 minutes to listen and answer the questions in this section.

Click on the blue play button below to start listening to the audio.

question-I Audio

Questions:

What is the main idea of this lecture?:



Which of these statements below are the benefits given by the professor for reading the textbook?:

i. The textbook contains advice for students about studying for the exam.
ii. The textbook contains case studies.
iii. The textbook must be cited during the final exam.
iv. The textbook must be cited during in-class presentations.
v. The material from the textbook will be tested in the final exam.




In the scenario described in this lecture, while the wife’s anger may feel reasonable to her, what might be its long-term effect?:



According to the lecture, what reactions do expressions of anger and expressions of vulnerability usually evoke?:



Scenario: Marjorie and her husband have been disagreeing a lot lately. Frequently she verbally lashes out in anger at her husband, who is increasingly emotionally distant. According to this lecture:



Scenario: Martin’s anger at his new wife has been progressively growing. Why would MDFT be a good choice for him?:



31. What happens during EFT after focusing on the relationship between the therapist and client?:



According to this lecture, many people who go to therapy are initially displaying anger as opposed to an emotion that could help the relationship repair. Which emotion from the list below is given as an example of one that could help the relationship repair?:



Look at this possible scenario:



What is the main difference between EFT and MDFT?:



Instructions: Think about what you would like to say about yourself. When you are ready to start talking, click on the record button and start talking. You have one minute to record. When you are finished click on the button again to finish the recording. Your audio will then be uploaded to the server.

record-1 Audio

In this part you will record yourself talking about yourself. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say and then you have one minute to speak.

You can talk about:

  • who you are
  • what you have done in the past
  • what your plans are for the future

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