Welcome to Test Your English!

Practice Test 3

Top score: 56


Part 1

  • Look at the sign in each question.

  • Someone asks you what it means.

  • Mark the letter next to the correct explanation - , , or D.


A The next phone is four miles away.
There are four phones on this motorway.
There is a phone every four miles.
D This motorway phone is number four.



A Children pay half price to see this exhibition.
Children must wait outside for their parents.
Children can go into the exhibition in groups.
D Children cannot go alone to this exhibition.

A You can stay here as long as you wish.
This table is reserved for special passengers.
You are asked to go when your meal is over.
D This table is for people who do not smoke.

A Reservations can be made through a travel agency.
The reservation desk is open 24 hours a day.
Reservations must be booked through the hotel.
D The hotel reception does not handle group reservations.

A You can cross when the lights are on.
It is unsafe to cross by these lights.
You cannot cross here without a ticket.
D It is safe to cross when the lights are off.

A You must use a trolley in the store.
You may help yourself to a trolley.
Please take your trolley with you.
D Please leave your trolley at the store.

Part 2

  • Look at the statements below about post services.

  • Read the text on the opposite page to decide if each statement is correct or incorrect.

  • If it is correct, mark A.

  • If it is not correct, mark .


Royal Mail Parcels has got a bright new name. Royal Mail Parcelforce.
But we have much more than a new name to offer you. We're now a separate organisation, with our own way of doing things.

And we give you the choice about how fast you want your parcel delivered and how much you want to pay. Our services are listed opposite - choose the one that's right for you.
To find out more about how we can help you, just ask at a post office counter.
It's your choice.
Trust Royal Mail Parcelforce to deliver your parcels. We call at every single UK address, and you know you're in safe and friendly hands.
Nationwide delivery normally takes up to 3 days. And when you're sending parcels abroad, you can choose the service that suits your budget best.
But if it can't wait... choose Datapost. We'll rush your parcel across the country by the very next day - and to the other side of the world faster than you'd ever think possible.

Details of our services are listed below. And remember, only Royal Mail
Parcelforce can offer you all this choice.

Royal Mail Parcelforce
Standard Service Delivery normally within 3 days to every address in the UK. Saturday delivery at no extra charge.
Guaranteed 10am next-day delivery to all major UK towns, and by noon to almost everywhere else.

Royal Mail Parcelforce International

Parcelforce has access to the world's largest delivery network - reaching over 214 different countries and territories. Parcelforce gives you a choice of 3 international services:
For all urgent parcels and documents...
 International Datapost
* Guaranteed express deliveries to over 170 countries
and territories. For less urgent deliveries ...
International Standard Service
* Europe from five working days, the rest of the world
from seven working days;
International Economy Service
* Europe from 10 working days, the rest of the world
from 20 working days.
At Parcelforce we always try to keep paperwork to a minimum.
You no longer have to fill in a customs form about the weight and value of a parcel's contents for any EC country.
For more information on delivery times you can call us free on 0800 246 246. If you would like copies of Parcelforce guides to International services - or any other advice call us free on 0800 641 146.

  1. For more information you can write to RMP.
    A B
  2. RMP will only deliver in certain special areas.
    A B
  3. The RMP delivery service usually takes four days in the UK.
    A B
  4. Standard Service offers the fastest delivery time.
    A B
  5. Weekend delivery costs are the same as weekday.
    A B
  6. Datapost promise that mail posted one day will arrive the next.
    A B
  7. International Parcelforce offers three different services.
    A B
  8. International Standard Service is faster than the Economy Service.
    A B
  9. Completing customs forms applies to all countries.
    A B
  10. There are two phone numbers to ring for more information on when parcels are delivered.
    A B

Part 3

  • Read the text and questions below.
  • For each question, mark the letter next to the correct answer - , , or D.

Consulates exist to help citizens abroad to help themselves. Every year millions of people go abroad for pleasure or profit. There are consular officers ready to do what they can to help if people get into difficulties, but for all sorts of reasons there are limits to what they can do. Most times things go well for travellers abroad but occasionally things go wrong.
So, whether you are an experienced traveller or a first timer, going by yourself, with the family or a group there are things you should do before you go. Think about money and tickets well in advance. Take enough money including enough to pay your return fare, and hold on to it. Better still, buy return tickets in the first place. In an emergency a consul will contact relatives or friends and ask them to help you with money or tickets. But there's no law that says a consul has to lend you money and if he eventually does (and it will have to be repaid) he will want to be satisfied first that you really do have no money and there is no one else you know who can help.
It is also important to take out proper insurance for everything from car breakdowns to loss of life. A consul cannot pay your medical or any other bills, nor can he do the work of local travel representatives or motoring organisations.

16. What is the author trying to do in the text?
A inform people about laws abroad describe an international problem explain how to visit a consulate D give advice about consulates
17. Why would somebody read the text?
A to know how to contact a consul to find out how to make a complaint to know when to contact a consul D to find out where a consul lives
18. Travellers should try and buy a return ticket in case they
A become short of money. get into difficulties. lose their documents. D become seriously ill.
19. You can borrow money from a consul if you
A need to stay abroad longer. have to help a relative. have no other financial means. D need to have your car repaired.
20. Which of the following notices would you see in a Consular Office?





Part 4

  • Read the text below and choose the correct word for each space.

  • For each question, mark the letter next to the correct word - , , or D.


It was in 1819, in Vevey, (1)....................................Francois-Louis Cailler set up a small business making and selling cocoa and chocolate (2)....................................eventually became the first Swiss chocolate factory.
Handmade chocolate was (3).................................... made in other countries (4) .......................... Cailler was the first to (5).................................... the idea of making chocolate by machine. The business developed and in 1898, Alexander Cailler, (6) ....................................grandson, left Vevey and built a new factory at Broc in the heart (7)....................................the Gruyere district, an area well-known (8)....................................the richness of its milk.
The following year (9)....................................were 120 workers at the factory and by 1906 over a thousand people (10)....................................employed there. By this time the chocolate industry had (11).................................... an important part of the Swiss economy.

21. A that while as D when
22. A who which it D what
23. A yet now already D even
24. A but because so D for
25. A think have put D show
26. A its their his D whose
27. A at by up D of
28. A for with in D to
29. A it there they D those
30. A had been were D was
31. A turned grown found D become



Part 1

  • There are seven questions in this part.

  • For each question there are four images/pictures and a short recording.

  • You will hear each recording twice.

  • For each question, look at the images/pictures and listen to the recording.

  • Mark the correct letter.

Example:    What time is the film?


1.    What did the man buy?


2.   Where will the man wait?


3.   How did they spend their holiday?


4.   Which is the woman's luggage?


5.   Which picture shows where the man was sitting?


6.   Which watch does the girl ask for?


7.   Where is the bank?


Part 2

  • Look at the questions for this part.

  • You will hear part of a radio programme about travel and weather.

  • Mark the correct letter.


8. Queues on the motorway are due to A a road crash.
bad weather.
a plane crash.
D road works.

9.  Some passengers flying from Heathrow have

A spent the night at the airport.
decided to return home.
had to use another airport.
D been sent to a nearby hotel.

10. Trains from London to Edinburgh are

A delayed by fog.
extremely busy.
fully booked.
D running late.

11. Passengers using the ferry can sail at

A 11.00am.
D 3.30pm.
12. For information on sailings ring
A 057 4191.
075 4914.
057 4419.
D 075 4491.

13. There are fewer coaches because of

A poor weather.
drivers being ill.
engine breakdowns.
D crowded motorways.

Part 3

  • Look at the notes about a public meeting.

  • Some information is missing.

  • You will hear a person talking about saving a local hospital.

  • For each question, fill in the missing information in the numbered space.

14. A money moneys
15. A T-shirts Tea shirts
16. A disco disk
17. A consert concert
18. A festival food festival
19. A famous people to invite really famous to invite

Part 4

  • Look at the six statements for this part.

  • You will hear a conversation between a man and a woman about moving house.

  • Decide if you think each statement is correct or incorrect.

  • If it is correct, mark A. If it is not correct, mark .


  1. The woman is keen on moving.
    A B

  2. The man has been reading while she's been talking.
    A B

  3. The man agrees that their flat is small.
    A B

  4. The man likes their flat because it's quiet.
    A B

  5. The woman persuades the man to look at a house.
    A B

  6. The man changes his mind about moving.
    A B