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1. The test comprises of 10 questions. You should complete the test within 10 minutes.
2. Select the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
3. There is only one correct answer to each question.
4. All questions carry four marks each.
5. Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one mark.

Question Number 1. A. Davis was in his second year with the Blue Angels, the team known for its high-speed, aerobatic, non-combat demonstrations.
B. Investigators are sifting through wreckage for clues to what caused a US Navy Blue Angel jet to crash into homes during an air show in South Carolinaash.
C. A sombre crowd watched yesterday as six jets flew overhead in formation near the site of Saturday’s crash.
D. The military identified the pilot, who was killed in the crash, as a 32-year-old Lt Cmdr Kevin Davis, who was performing in one of his first shows with the team.
  • a. BDAC
  • b. BDAC
  • c. DACB
  • d. BADC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 2. A. he Social Security numbers of up to 63,000 people who received Agriculture Department grants have been posted on a government Web site since 1996, but they were taken down last week.
B.The security breach was only noticed last week and promptly closed, the Agriculture Department and Census Bureau announced Friday.
C.The Agriculture data that included Social Security numbers were removed from the Web on April 13 and similar data from 32 other agencies were taken down April 17 as a precaution, said Agriculture spokeswoman Terri Teuber.
D. Free credit monitoring is being offered to those affected.
  • a. ABCD
  • b. BADC
  • c. ADBC
  • d. CDAB
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 3. A. The British airline said this morning that it had held talks with a string of private equity companies over the possible creation of a bidding vehicle.
B. British Airways (BA) is considering forming a consortium to launch a takeover bid for Iberia, the Spanish flag carrier in which it has a 10 per cent stake.
C.Texas Pacific Group (TPG), the private equity firm, has joined with unnamed Spanish partners to offer €3.4 billion (£2.3 billion) to buy Iberia.
D. BA has a 10 per cent holding in Iberia but has the right to increase its stake to 30 per cent.
  • a. BACD
  • b. BADC
  • c. DCBA
  • d. DACB
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 4. A. Some consumer outreach groups are adding staff to handle the influx.
B.The chaos left by the recent back-to-back hurricanes has spawned warnings that identity thieves and scam artists will exploit the situation.
C.Relief officials already have accused some people of using stolen identities to get disaster aid checks.
D. Federal and state consumer agencies saw a steady rise in complaints after hurricanes Katrina and Rita and expect even more identity-theft complaints in the coming weeks.
  • a. BDCA
  • b. DCAB
  • c. BDAC
  • d. DCBA
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 5. A. Sarkozy has the advantage heading into the May 6 run-off.
B. Results from the interior ministry early today, based on all polling stations except those French voting in embassies overseas, had Sarkozy in the lead with 31.1%, followed by Royal with 25.8%.
C.Turnout was huge at 84.6%.
D. Either way, France will get its first president with no memory of the Second World War to replace 74-year-old Jacques Chirac, who is stepping down after 12 years to usher in a new generation of candidates.
  • a. ADCB
  • b. ABDC
  • c. DCBA
  • d. ABCD
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 6. A. Gone are the days when the city resounded to terrorist explosions; now it is the chatter about house prices that fills busy coffee shops.
B. The average price of a home in Northern Ireland has breached the £200,000 mark.
C.What on earth is going on?
D. It is the sound of a “boom” that Belfast never thought it would hear.
  • a. DABC
  • b. DACB
  • c. DBAC
  • d. BCDA
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 7. A. A rising number of cyberattacks are taking aim at specific individuals at critical government agencies and corporations — enticing them to unwittingly open a corrupted Word, Excel or PowerPoint file sent as an e-mail attachment.
B. The attacker then uses the compromised PC as a base from which to roam the organization's internal network.
C.cyberspies have a new secret weapon: tainted Microsoft Office files.
D. Clicking on the file relinquishes control of the PC without the user's knowledge.
  • a. DACB
  • b. DCBA
  • c. CABD
  • d. CADB
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 8. A. Breaking the cycle of poverty is not an easy task.
B. But the real definition of poverty for children goes far beyond income statistics.
C. a family of four making less than $20,650 is considered living in poverty in 2007.
D. It's those children who go to bed at night hungry and go to school in the morning hungry.
E. It's those children with chronic medical conditions and toothaches brought on by a lack of medical and dental health care.
  • a. BECDA
  • b. EDCBA
  • c. CBDEA
  • d. ADEBC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 9. A. his series was years in the making, and every minute is stunning.
B. The best television show in years is full of life and death and drama and sex and beauty and awe -- but there are no human cast members.
C. I'm talking about "Planet Earth," which is on the Discovery Channel.
D. This stunning series has 11 episodes that take you to the arctic to the tropics to the deserts to the jungles to the deep ocean to the world's great rivers.
  • a. BCAD
  • b. BCDA
  • c. DACB
  • d. DABC
  • e.Not Attempted

Question Number 10. A. The law-abiding, not criminals, are obeying the rules.
B. Disarming the victims simply means that the killers have less to fear.
C. Most people understand guns deter criminals.
D. As last week's attack demonstrated, police can't always be there: Unarmed students and faculty met the killer before police could arrive.
  • a. ABDC
  • b. CABD
  • c. DABC
  • d. BCAD
  • e.Not Attempted

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