Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 20, 2011

PROGRESS FILES 1 – 3 NEW ENGLISH FILE ADVANCED

GRAMMAR

1   Complete the sentences. Use the correct form of the verb in brackets.

Example:    How many CDs have you got (have got) in you collection?

1   ________ he ________ (have to) start work at 7.00?

2   I’m upset because Agatha isn’t here yet and I ________ (wait) for two hours.

3   Karl ________ (be) given a new job in marketing.

4   Betty isn’t very good at DIY, so last year she ________ her house ________ (decorate) by a painter.

5   You ________ (not have) time to go to the cinema tonight – you need to study.

6   I was watching TV when I ________ (hear) a strange noise outside in the garden.

7   Igor ________ (work) for the company for 20 years when he finally received a pay rise.

8   It ________ (say) that getting enough sleep is a very important part of staying healthy.

9   The weather ________ (expect) to be mild and rainy this summer.

10   There are thought ________ (be) tribes living in the Amazon that no one has ever contacted.

11   While my brother ________ (ride) his bike to school, he had a minor accident.

12   If only you ________ (not forget) to close the windows, the rain wouldn’t have come in.

13   I wish I ________ (know) how to help you, but I’m afraid I don’t know how to fix computers.

14   We’d rather you ________ (not borrow) money for university. We’re happy to pay for you to go.

15   Would you rather we ________ (have) Chinese food tonight?

16   If only Ian ________ (be) a bit happier. It makes me sad to know that he doesn’t like his new school.

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2   Underline the correct word(s).

Example:    I lost my wallet, so / because I had to phone the bank and cancel my credit card.

1   He was late for the interview and owing / consequently, he didn’t get the job.

2   We had to work quietly so that / so as not to wake the children.

3   We worked hard to prepare the garden for the party. As a result / Nevertheless, it looked beautiful and everyone enjoyed being outdoors.

4   He’s stopped working due to / since he turned 70 last year.

5   Warren is understood to / understood have driven to Mexico on a motorcycle with a suitcase full of money.

6   It’s seem / It seems that we no longer need to worry about Adam. He got a job and he’s going to marry Louisa.

7   We used / would go skiing in the Alps every winter.

8   Apparently / According Frederick is going to buy a house in Lyon.

9   We’ll probably / probably be go on holiday in Croatia next August.

10   Brian’s sure / bound to come back home when he realizes he’s left his mobile here.

11   Bader can’t / should be in Tunis now. It’s a four-hour flight, and he left about four hours ago.

12   Marsela unlikely / won’t be here until after lunch.

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3   Complete the sentences with the correct word(s).

Example: They say you should get eight hours of sleep every night, but I usually get about six.

They   They’re   Their

1   My brother and I give ________ a box of chocolates every year on our birthdays.

another   each other   by one another

2   I need to spend some time ________ every day. I need time to think and to relax on my own.

ourselves   yourself   by myself

3   ________ can use your computer for video conferencing, and it’s free.

One   Each other   You

4   ________ all have problems remembering things sometimes.

One   We   Ourselves

5   A Did you ever ________ to living away from the seaside?

B Not really. Actually, I really miss walking on the beach every day.

get use   get used   to get use

6   Could you get Mario ________ and see me this afternoon, please?

coming   come   to come

7   It’s ________ late and I need to go home.

get   getting   gets

8   Rarely ________ so happy. The interview went perfectly and they offered me the job!

have been   I have been   have I been

9   ________ we got to the shopping centre than all the shops closed.

As soon   Sooner as   No sooner had

10   I’m afraid my little sister ________ taking some sweets from the shop.

got someone caught   got caught   was got caught

11   Never ________ such a terrible, shocking story.

I have heard   have I heard   I heard

12   Not until someone tells me ________ who wrote the letter.

will I know   do I know   I know

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Grammar total 40

VOCABULARY

4   Underline the odd word out.

Example:    mumble   slam scream   giggle

1   monotonous   tedious   colloquial   repetitive

2   wages   bonus   salary   skills

3   employer   career   profession   job

4   idiom   collocation   metaphor   transcribe

5   rejected   praised   dumped   broke up with

6   affluent   well-off   penniless   loaded

7   creak   sigh   groan   stammer

8   thought-provoking   competitive   gripping   intriguing

9   yell   splash   slurp   drip

10   bang   crash   crunch   whistle

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5   Underline the correct word(s).

Example:    The book made me laugh. The writing was really witty / moving.

1   If you get some qualifications / benefits, then you’ll probably get a better job.

2   I have a new timetable / hours at school. I now start at 7.00 in the morning and finish at 2.00 in the afternoon.

3   I’m lucky to have the prospects / opportunity to travel for my work. I’ve visited China six times.

4   I missed a few days of work and was behind schedule, but now I’ve filled / caught up.

5   Lucia and Rudolf are getting on like a stick / house on fire. They’re really happy together.

6   What’s got on / into Pat? She seems very upset.

7   I’m going to get a new car next month, but for the time being / now I’m taking the bus.

8   You have to teach kids that they can’t always get their own way / together. Sometimes you have to do what someone else wants you to do.

9   I need to get around / back home by midnight. I have an early start tomorrow.

10   It took George a long time to get over / anywhere losing his job, but now that he’s working again, he’s happy.

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6   Complete the sentences with one word.

Example:    Don’t put off going to university. If you wait, it may be too late.

1   I ________ my teeth every time my boss says ‘Will you come into my office, sweetheart?’

2   It’s best to meet your problems ________ on and solve them before they get worse.

3   A ________ is a frequent combination of words. Often they are the only possible combination to express a concept, like light snow.

4   It’s a big ________-off when someone is late for a date.

5   Aldo loves living in Barcelona. He’s having the time of his ________.

6   If you keep trying, it’s only a question of ________ before you find a job.

7   If you spend too much money, you’re living beyond your ________.

8   My kids don’t go to school yet, so we have to pay for ________ while we are at work.

9   A ________-fisted person is not generous with money.

10   When you ______ money, you put it into your bank account.

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7   Complete the words in the sentences.

Example:    A story that makes you feel sad is depressing.

1   Musical ability r________ in my family. My grandmother and my brother both played the piano, and I play the guitar.

2   I’ve entered a c________ to win a holiday in Greece. If I win, I’ll take my whole family with me.

3   When I was 12, I failed an exam. I felt very a________ and so I never failed an exam again.

4   My gut f________ is that everything’s going to be all right.

5   My work day is a b________ of emails, phone calls and meetings. Sometimes I don’t even have time for lunch.

6   The children were s________ for making so much noise. They were quiet after that.

7   My sister and I don’t have the same o________ about a lot of things, but we do have the same taste in music and clothes.

8   He told a really d________ story about losing his job, his girlfriend leaving, and then getting really ill.

9   His translation was very f________ to the original version. I read it in Spanish and in English, and they both had the same feeling.

10   When Lucho saw Beata’s new car, he was s________ with envy. He’s always wanted to own a Porsche.

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Vocabulary total 40

PRONUNCIATION

8   Match the words with the same sound.

mumble profession   trousers   synonym enormous turnover   value experience   screech mortgage   joke

Example:    yell mumble

1   environment _________________

2   planner _________________

3   usually _________________

4   round _________________

5   tedious _________________

6   question _________________

7   gadget _________________

8   giggle _________________

9   sheep _________________

10   makes _________________

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9   Underline the stressed syllable.

Example:    manager

1   dominant

2   adhere

3   transcribe

4   register

5   misery

6   compete

7   gadget

8   nicknamed

9   haunting

10   awkward

10
Pronunciation total 20
Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation total 100

READING

1   Read the article and tick (ü) A, B, or C.

WHO WANTS TO BE RICH?

A It’s very common for people to say ‘Money doesn’t bring you happiness’. They point to the very public problems of wealthy people and the evident misery some of them have. Money, the theory goes, makes them superficial and selfish, their lives often fall apart, and they miss out on the simple pleasures of life. Money is their top priority and because of this, they’ve got it all wrong.

B Attitudes to the rich are also characterized by hatred. Typical images of wealthy people are that they are greedy, cruel people who’ve got what they’ve got by exploiting or abusing other people. The rich are often seen as bad characters whose pursuit of wealth has led them to treat good people with brutal force and whose behaviour has been either morally questionable or completely corrupt. They can’t have got that rich by honourable methods, the thinking goes, they must have done something truly inexcusable.

C Connected with this is a common belief that some of the rich, especially the young ones, don’t deserve their wealth. Some of them are spoilt brats, benefiting from the wealth of their parents and living empty lives of laziness and luxury, with nothing between their ears. Their lives have been all reward and no effort. And then there are the people in sport and the arts whose immense earnings are well-publicized. Surely, people say, no one can be worth such sums. It’s outrageous that these people get such high incomes for doing what they do.

D Even when people aren’t actually rich by most conventional definitions of the word, their lifestyles attract criticism from others. There is among many people a dislike of what they regard as a materialistic attitude to life. When they see people with big houses, luxury cars, and a mass of the top-of-the-range gadgets, they dismiss them as empty, foolish people with the wrong priorities in life. How can they afford these things? Have they got heavily in debt to fund this lifestyle? If so, how silly they are. Of course, some of this feeling can be attributed to envy. Most people have no direct contact with the truly rich, seeing them only via the media, but materialistic people are all around. The truly rich are considered to belong almost to another species, but the materialistic ones might well be in your neighbourhood.

E So there’s a fairly common belief that money is ‘a bad thing’, or at any rate, having lots of it. But I think that in this envy and dislike of the rich, people are missing the point. Money’s a big factor in just about everyone’s life. It’s often the only reason they get up and go to work. If you haven’t got it, life is very difficult. You need to get it for food, clothes and shelter, for yourself and maybe others. It’s the main reason why most people work – not for pleasure but to provide the necessities of life. What they are effectively doing is exchanging their time for money.

F And this brings us to the key point about wealth. It buys freedom, it buys time. If you’re rich, you don’t have to exchange your time for money, you don’t have to give so much time to an employer or dedicate all that time to the business of earning a living. You can use your time in any way you please, in ways that bring you some fulfilment. If you’re wealthy, you don’t have to be materialistic, nor do you have to be superficial and selfish. These are not iron rules. Disliking the rich because of what you read or learn about some of them in the media results from only a partial view of what having wealth means. Getting annoyed with materialistic people is based on a narrow view of what money brings. Some people squander wealth, some people don’t deserve it, some people want it for reasons you might take a dim view of. But the fact is, wealth provides opportunities for the kind of life you would like to have.

G So don’t knock it. Instead, think of ways you might be able to attain it. Focus on the goal of getting yourself into a position where you’re no longer trading your time for money. Take control of your own time by becoming independently wealthy. You might say that’s easier said than done. Well, you might be right, but have you tried yet?

1   What is the writer’s point in section A?

A  People take too much interest in the lives of the wealthy.

B  There is evidence to support a common belief about money.

C  Being wealthy changes people.

2   The writer says in section B that a common view of the wealthy is that they ________.

A  have acquired wealth dishonestly          B  have been exceptionally lucky

C  enjoy feeling superior to others

3   A criticism of rich people mentioned in section C is that ________.

A  they should keep quiet about the amount of money they have

B  the financial rewards in their fields are too great

C  they don’t appreciate the money that they receive

4   In section D, the writer says that many people think that materialistic people ________.

A  don’t care what other people think of them

B  aren’t as rich as they might appear to be

C  don’t really enjoy their lifestyles

5   In section D, the writer suggests that most people ________.

A  are materialistic to some extent

B  have the wrong impression of the truly rich          C  don’t envy the truly rich

6   The writer’s main point in section E is that ________.

A  money is important to everyone, not just the rich

B  the rich give people the wrong ideas about money

C  most people would like to have a lot of money

7   In section F, the writer suggests that wealthy people ________.

A  sometimes dislike other wealthy people

B  often sympathize with people who have little money

C  are able to avoid something that most people do

8   The writer says in section F that common attitudes to rich people ________.

A  fail to take into account a key advantage of wealth

B  are based on a false picture of what wealthy people are like

C  place too much emphasis on one particular group of people

9   The writer’s intention in section G is to ________.

A  emphasize that everybody can become wealthy

B  encourage readers to change their lives          C  regret the importance of wealth

10   What is the writer’s purpose in the article as a whole?

A  To analyse the advantages and disadvantages of wealth

B  To defend wealthy people against criticism

C  To argue against a common belief about money

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2   Answer each question by putting in the correct section of the article (A–G). Which section of the article (A–G) contains the following?

1   a belief that some wealthy people lack intelligence __

2   a reference to something that wealthy people are unable to experience __

3   agreement that an aim may be hard to achieve __

4   the opinion that not all wealthy people have certain attitudes __

5   assumptions about what wealthy people did to get their wealth __

5
Reading total 15

WRITING

Choose one of the titles below and write approximately 250 words:

1   Write an article for an English website about how education has changed in your country over the last 50 years.

2   Write your letter of application for the advertisement below:

Barista required to work every morning in coffee shop in centre of town.

Job description: To serve customers, bake fresh pastries, keep coffee shop clean…

Requirements: You must be aged 16 or over, friendly, polite, and able to work in a demanding atmosphere. You should have a high level of English, and some experience of dealing with the public.

How to apply: Email CV to Charles Combibos (coffeemate@bnet.co.uk).

Writing total 10
Reading and Writing total 25

SPEAKING

Student A

1   Ask your partner these questions.

1   What’s the most successful thing you’ve ever done?

2   Which three personality characteristics do you admire the most?

3   What are you good at remembering and not so good at remembering?

4   How much do you discuss your relationships with other people?

5   What’s your favourite character in a novel you’ve read or film you’ve seen?

2   Now answer your partner’s questions.

3   Now talk about one of these statements, saying if you agree or disagree. Give reasons.

1   ‘Your family are the most important people in your life.’

2   ‘In modern life, people spend too much time on their own.’

3   ‘It is possible to be poor but happy.’

4   Now listen to your partner. Do you agree with him/ her?

Speaking total 15
Listening and Speaking total 25

Student B

1   Answer your partner’s questions.

2   Now ask your partner these questions.

1   What’s your definition of success in life?

2   How important do you think it is to be busy all the time?

3   What’s the first sound you hear when you wake up in the morning?

4   How easy or difficult do you find it to meet new people?

5   Which book or film has had the greatest influence on you?

3   Listen to your partner. Do you agree with him/ her?

4   Now talk about one of these statements, saying if you agree or disagree. Give reasons.

1   ‘There are many things in life that are more important than work.’

2   ‘It is hard to keep the friends you make as a child.’

3   ‘Materialism leads to unhappiness.’

Speaking total 15

KEY

Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation

GRAMMAR

1 1   Does…have to

2   ’ve been waiting

3   has been

4   had…decorated

5   don’t have

6   heard

7   had been working

8   is said

9   is expected

10   to be

11   was riding

12   hadn’t forgotten

13   knew

14   didn’t borrow

15   had

16   were / was

2 1   consequently

2   so as not to

3   As a result

4   since

5   understood to

6   It seems

7   would

8   Apparently

9   probably

10   bound to

11   should

12   won’t

3 1   each other

2   by myself

3   You

4   We

5   get used

6   to come

7   getting

8   have I been

9   No sooner had

10   got caught

11   have I heard

12   will I know

Vocabulary

4 1   colloquial

2   skills

3   employer

4   transcribe

5   praised

6   penniless

7   creak

8   competitive

9   yell

10   whistle

5 1   qualifications

2   timetable

3   opportunity

4   caught

5   house

6   into

7   being

8   own way

9   back

10   over

6 1   grit

2   head

3   collocation

4   turn

5   life

6   time

7   means

8   childcare

9   tight

10   deposit

7 1   runs

2   competition

3   ashamed

4   feeling

5   blizzard

6   scolded

7   opinions

8   depressing

9   faithful

10   sick

Pronunciation

8 1   synonym

2   turnover

3   value

4   trousers

5   enormous

6   screech

7   joke

8   mortgage

9   profession

10   experience

9 1   dominant

2   adhere

3   transcribe

4   register

5   misery

6   compete

7   gadget

8   nicknamed

9   haunting

10   awkward

Reading and Writing

Reading

1 1   B

2   A

3   B

4   B

5   C

6   A

7   C

8   A

9   B

10   C

2 1   C

2   A

3   G

4   F

5   B

WHO WANTS TO BE RICH?

A It’s very common for people to say ‘Money doesn’t bring you happiness’. (1) They point to the very public problems of wealthy people and the evident misery some of them have. Money, the theory goes, makes them superficial and selfish, their lives often fall apart, and they miss out on the simple pleasures of life. Money is their top priority and because of this, they’ve got it all wrong.

B Attitudes to the rich are also characterized by hatred. Typical images of wealthy people are that they are greedy, cruel people who’ve got what they’ve got by exploiting or abusing other people. The rich are often seen as bad characters whose pursuit of wealth has led them to treat good people with brutal force and whose behaviour has been either morally questionable or completely corrupt. (2) They can’t have got that rich by honourable methods, the thinking goes, they must have done something truly inexcusable.

C Connected with this is a common belief that some of the rich, especially the young ones, don’t deserve their wealth. Some of them are spoilt brats, benefiting from the wealth of their parents and living empty lives of laziness and luxury, with nothing between their ears. Their lives have been all reward and no effort. And then there are the people in sport and the arts whose immense earnings are well-publicized. (3) Surely, people say, no one can be worth such sums. It’s outrageous that these people get such high incomes for doing what they do.

D Even when people aren’t actually rich by most conventional definitions of the word, their lifestyles attract criticism from others. There is among many people a dislike of what they regard as a materialistic attitude to life. When they see people with big houses, luxury cars, and a mass of the top-of-the-range gadgets, they dismiss them as empty, foolish people with the wrong priorities in life. (4) How can they afford these things? Have they got heavily in debt to fund this lifestyle? (5) If so, how silly they are. Of course, some of this feeling can be attributed to envy. Most people have no direct contact with the truly rich, seeing them only via the media, but materialistic people are all around. The truly rich are considered to belong almost to another species, but the materialistic ones might well be in your neighbourhood.

E So there’s a fairly common belief that money is ‘a bad thing’, or at any rate, having lots of it. But I think that in this envy and dislike of the rich, people are missing the point. (6) Money’s a big factor in just about everyone’s life. It’s often the only reason they get up and go to work. If you haven’t got it, life is very difficult. You need to get it for food, clothes and shelter, for yourself and maybe others. It’s the main reason why most people work – not for pleasure but to provide the necessities of life. What they are effectively doing is exchanging their time for money.

F And this brings us to the key point about wealth. (7) It buys freedom, it buys time. If you’re rich, you don’t have to exchange your time for money, you don’t have to give so much time to an employer or dedicate all that time to the business of earning a living. You can use your time in any way you please, in ways that bring you some fulfilment. If you’re wealthy, you don’t have to be materialistic, nor do you have to be superficial and selfish. These are not iron rules. Disliking the rich because of what you read or learn about some of them in the media results from only a partial view of what having wealth means. Getting annoyed with materialistic people is based on a narrow view of what money brings. Some people squander wealth, some people don’t deserve it, some people want it for reasons you might take a dim view of. But the fact is, (8) wealth provides opportunities for the kind of life you would like to have.

G So don’t knock it. Instead, think of ways you might be able to attain it. Focus on the goal of getting yourself into a position where you’re no longer trading your time for money. (9) Take control of your own time by becoming independently wealthy. You might say that’s easier said than done. Well, you might be right, but have you tried yet?

Writing

Student’s own answers.

Task completion: The task is fully completed and the answer easy to understand.
(4 marks)

Grammar: The student uses appropriate structures to achieve the task. Minor errors do not obscure the meaning. (3 marks)

Vocabulary: The student uses a sufficient range of words and phrases to communicate the message clearly. (3 marks)

Speaking

Interactive communication and oral production: The student communicates effectively with his / her partner, asking and answering simple questions, and where necessary initiating conversation, and responding. The student uses appropriate strategies to complete the task successfully. (10 marks)

Grammar and Vocabulary: The student uses a sufficient range of vocabulary and structure to communicate clearly. Minor occasional errors do not impede communication. (5 marks)

Pronunciation: The student’s intonation, stress, and articulation of sounds make the message clear and comprehensible. (5 marks)


Responses

  1. ciao,, questo test mi è stato davvero molto utile. Per caso hai altri progress test smpre tratti dal libro new english file advanced. te ne sarei molto grata. attendo una risposta.ciao

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  2. ????

    YOU’LL BE ALBLE TO FIND THE KEY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

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