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English Diagnostic Test at Upper Intermediate Level

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 
 
Instructions: Choose the correct option (a–c).
 

 1. 

It’s not just the workers who suffer! _____ the senior managers have had to face a pay cut this year.
a.
Even
b.
Only
c.
Just
 

 2. 

I hate my job – it isn’t _____ the slightest bit fun anymore.
a.
only
b.
even
c.
just
 

 3. 

_____ imagine! This time next week we’ll be on holiday!
a.
Even
b.
Only
c.
Just
 

 4. 

We had _____ sat down to enjoy the picnic when it suddenly started raining really hard.
a.
just
b.
only
c.
even
 

 5. 

_____ very polluted days result in such wonderful purple sunsets.
a.
Just
b.
Only
c.
Even
 

 6. 

Someone has cut a big slice from the cake I had baked for the party. _____ my greedy brother would have done such a thing!
a.
Even
b.
Just
c.
Only
 

 7. 

In some salons you can _____ and styled for about £10.
a.
have your hair cut
b.
had your hair cut
c.
cut your hair
 

 8. 

They got their house _____by three estate agents.
a.
valuing
b.
valued
c.
was valued
 

 9. 

My sister isn’t _____for her; she’s making it herself.
a.
to get her wedding dress made
b.
get her wedding dress made
c.
getting her wedding dress made
 

 10. 

We were burgled twice last year so now we _____ an alarm installed.
a.
have had
b.
did have
c.
having got
 

Completion
Complete each statement.
 
 
Instructions: Complete the sentence with one of these expressions with hard.

drove a hard bargainhard done byhard-headed
hard upno hard feelingswere hard on us
 

 1. 

The man _________________________ but we finally agreed on a price for the car that satisfied us both.
 

 

 2. 

I’m tired of always being so _________________________ . I’d love to have some money just to spend on silly things.
 

 

 3. 

My brother is always being picked on by his teacher and I know he feels _________________________ in class.
 

 

 4. 

It’s no use telling Mr Andrews how difficult your life is, you know how _________________________ he can be. He just doesn’t care.
 

 

 5. 

Our parents _________________________ when we were young but I’m glad because it’s made us tough and strong adults.
 

 

 6. 

To show there were _________________________ , the boss even admitted he was also responsible for the bad sales figures.
 

 
 
Instructions: Complete the sentence with one of these money words.

debtsdepositgrantinvestment
loansalaryspending 
 

 7. 

Although the ____________________ for my new job isn’t brilliant, it’s good to be earning money again regularly.
 

 

 8. 

My cousin bought a seventeenth-century cottage and was lucky enough to get a government ____________________ to restore it properly.
 

 

 9. 

My parents are thinking about applying for a bank ____________________ to start up a new business.
 

 

 10. 

Luckily my grandmother gets a regular income from a good ____________________ she made twenty years ago.
 

 

 11. 

You are lucky these days if you don’t owe anyone money. Having ____________________ is quite stressful.
 

 

 12. 

When my grandfather was young, the first thing he did when he had been paid was to go to the bank and make a ____________________ into his savings account.
 

 

 13. 

We wanted to save money for a cruise but to do this we had to find a way to decrease our ____________________ on unnecessary items.
 

 
 
Instructions: Complete the second sentence with the causative form. Use have or get as given in brackets.
 

 14. 

A retired gardener looks after Mrs Smith’s garden. (have)
Mrs Smith ________________________________________ by retired a gardener.
 

 

 15. 

A local girl came in once a week to do the heavy cleaning for my grandmother. (get)
My grandmother ________________________________________ by a local girl.
 

 

 16. 

Our house is being decorated at the moment. (have)
We ________________________________________ at the moment.
 

 

 17. 

Is someone coming in to water your plants while you’re away? (get)
Are ________________________________________ while you’re away?
 

 

Matching
 
 
Instructions: Match the expressions in bold (1–7) with the synonyms (a–g).
a.
hard up
b.
comfortable
c.
loaded
d.
reasonable
e.
income
f.
pricey
g.
can afford
 

 1. 

Nobody I know has enough money to go on holiday this year.
 

 2. 

Some of our friends are so poor, they are even selling their furniture.
 

 3. 

You will be in debt if your spending is more than your earnings.
 

 4. 

That man is so rich that he doesn’t know what to do with his money.
 

 5. 

We wanted a new sofa but all the ones we like are too expensive.
 

 6. 

You should go to the new supermarket in town – their prices are quite cheap.
 

 7. 

My grandparents are surprisingly well off now they’ve retired.
 

Essay
 

 1. 

Read the situation below and write a report.
You are a teacher at a language school in your country. The school’s director wants to organise a two-week trip to a residential language school in the UK for the students. You have been asked to research three possible schools and to write a report for the director. Write your report, making sure:
·    the report is concise and clear
·    it is broken down into sub-headings and bullet points
·    it ends with a clear recommendation
 



 
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