English Foundation e-placement Test
READING TEST 15 MinutesClick to Read Text
MULTIPLE CHOICES (8 QUESTIONS)
- Business applications
Social networks connect people at low cost; this can be beneficial for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to expand their contact base. These networks often act as a customer relationship management tool for companies selling products and services. Companies can also use social networks for advertising in the form of banners and text ads. Since businesses operate globally, social networks can make it easier to keep in touch with contacts around the world.
- Medical applications
Social networks are beginning to be adopted by health care professionals as a means to manage institutional knowledge, disseminate peer to peer knowledge and to highlight individual physicians and institutions. The advantage of using a dedicated medical social networking site is that all the members are screened against the state licensing board list of practitioners. The role of social networks is especially of interest to pharmaceutical companies who spend approximately "32 percent of their marketing dollars" attempting to influence the opinion leaders of social networks.
- Languages, nationalities and academia
Various social networking sites have sprung up catering to different languages and countries. The popular site Facebook has been cloned for various countries and languages and some specializing in connecting students and faculty.
- Social networks for social good
Several websites are beginning to tap into the power of the social networking model for social good. Such models may be highly successful for connecting otherwise fragmented industries and small organizations without the resources to reach a broader audience with interested and passionate users. Users benefit by interacting with a like-minded community and finding a channel for their energy and giving.
- Business model
Few social networks currently charge money for membership. In part, this may be because social networking is a relatively new service, and the value of using them has not been firmly established in customers' minds. Companies such as MySpace and Facebook sell online advertising on their site. Hence, they are seeking large memberships, and charging for membership would be counter productive. Some believe that the deeper information that the sites have on each user will allow much better targeted advertising than any other site can currently provide. Sites are also seeking other ways to make money, such as by creating an online marketplace or by selling professional information and social connections to businesses.
- Privacy issues
On large social networking services, there have been growing concerns about users giving out too much personal information and the threat of sexual predators. Users of these services need to be aware of data theft or viruses. However, large services, such as MySpace, often work with law enforcement to try to prevent such incidents. In addition, there is a perceived privacy threat in relation to placing too much personal information in the hands of large corporations or governmental bodies, allowing a profile to be produced on an individual's behavior on which decisions, detrimental to an individual, may be taken.
Social network services are increasingly being used in legal and criminal investigations. Information posted on sites such as MySpace and Facebook, has been used by police, probation, and university officials to prosecute users of said sites. In some situations, content posted on MySpace has been used in court.
According to the text, social networks ....…
A can damage business reputations.
B are being used by businesses for marketing.
C are about friendships.
D advertise on business web sites.
Why do advertisers like social nework sites?
A They can influence consumer behaviour.
B Detailed information on each user allows targeted ads.
C They are cost-effective to advertise on.
D Most users have high disposable income.
What does the expression 'sprung up' in paragraph 3 mean?
A everybody is trying to copy Facebook
B social networking works in all languages
C there has been rapid development of social networking sites
D the development of social networking is unplanned
What does the word 'Few' at the beginning of paragraph 5 mean?
B Hardly any
D Not any
What should users not do on social networks?
A download viruses
B upload copyrighted music
C be too free with their personal information
D contact predators
What does the word 'deeper' in paragraph 5 mean?
A more spiritual
B more detailed
C more emphatic
D more profound
Personal information on social network sites .......
A is translated into many languages
B gives a good description of the user\'s personality
C is sold to the government
D can be used in court
Social networking is great for ......
A groups of people separated over wide areas
B people who write too much information about themselves
C the law enforcement agencies
D academic organisations
READING TEST 20 MinutesClick to Read Text
FOUNDATION READING TASK 2: Literature Passage
Today was a special day in Ms. Smith’s class. Some of the children were walking around the room, some of them were standing in small groups, and some of them were at their desks, putting finishing touches on cardboard mailboxes. After coloring a cool flame on the side of his racecar mailbox, Johnny hopped off his chair, strutted over to Veronica’s desk, and dropped a small white envelope into her princess castle mailbox. Veronica blushed and played with her hair. While this was happening, Bartleby was frantically trying to put a small white envelope into everyone’s mailbox. After giving one to Ms. Smith, Bartleby pulled out a medium-sized red envelope from his pocket. He blushed and tried to put it in Veronica’s mailbox, but it wouldn’t quite fit. Bartleby struggled with it for a few seconds and then ran off with the envelope. Veronica rolled her eyes and popped her gum.
Anastasia sat by the fountain in the park with her head in her palms. She was weeping mournfully and her clothing was disheveled. In between gasps and sobs, Anastasia cried out a name: “Oh... John…” And then her cell phone beeped. Her hand ran into her purse and her heart fluttered. The text message was from John. She opened up the message and read the few bare words, “I need to get my jacket back from you.” Anastasia threw her head into her arms and continued sobbing.
By Richard Aldington How could I love you more? I try to think of one lovely gift No lover yet in all the world has found; I think: If the cold somber1 gods Were hot with love as I am Could they not endow2 you with a star And fix bright youth forever in your limbs? Could they not give you all things that I lack? You should have loved a god; I am but dust. Yet no god loves as loves this poor frail dust.
- somber: dark, dreary, joyless
- endow: give someone something for free
Why is today a special day?
A Because it is the day that children can exchange their gift
B Because children celebrate the birthday.
C Because the teacher can allow children to have a party and have lunch.
D Because it allows all children to give the present to their peers.
Which boy does Veronica like?
Why did Bartle run?
A He has to go giving others the envelop.
B He is very shy.
C He feels bad that he could not write the letter for Veronica.
D He feels bad that he could not put the letter in Veronica’s mail box.
What relationship do John and Anatasia have?
D Brother and sister
Why is Anatasia sad?
A Because she thinks John may return to her and becomes her boyfriend once again.
B Because she breaks her phone in the park.
C Because she feels sad about something else long before john arrival
D Because she does not think that John will send her a text message
What is this poem about?
A A god who wishes for someone to love and never gives up the hope of love.
B Someone who lost everything finding its beloved one.
C A man who tries to give up his effort of love and feels like he is nothing to her.
D A girl who tries to find her precious item for her beloved one.
What is the tone of the narrator?
WRITING TEST 25 Minutes
Select one of the following question and write an essay at least 2,000 words
You may use your knowledge or experience to answer your chosen question
- Is Artificial Intelligence harmful to the future of humanity? Why?
- How is social media changing parent and child relationships?
- Why is junk food so addictive?
- Does Internet medical information make people healthier? Why?
- Do violent images, music, and games cause people to act out violently? Why?
A How is social media changing parent and child relationships?
B Why is junk food so addictive?
C Do violent images, music, and games cause people to act out violently? Why?
D Does Internet medical information make people healthier? Why?
E Is Artificial Intelligence harmful to the future of humanity? Why?