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Posted by dadangiskandar on February 17, 2010


PASSAGE ONE (Questions 1-2)

Most of the ice on the Earth, close to 90 percent of it, is covering the surface of the continent Antarctica. It does not snow very much in Antarctica, but whatever snow does fall remains and grows deeper and deeper. In some areas of Antarctica, the ice has perhaps been around for as much as a million years and now is more than two miles deep.

1. The main idea of the passage is that

(A)   the Earth is a cold planet

(B)   most of the Earth’s ice is found in Antarctica

(C)   it snows more in Antarctica than in any other place on Earth

(D)   Antarctica is only two miles wide but is 90 percent ice

  1. The best title for the passage is

(A)   Snowfall in Antarctica

(B)   The Icy Earth

(C)   The Cold, Cold Snow

(D)   The Causes of Antarctica’s Ice Pack

PASSAGE TWO (Questions 3-4)



The extremely hot and humid weather that occurs in the United States in July and August is commonly called the “dogs days” of summer. This name comes from the star Sirius, which is known as the Dog Star. Sirius is the brightest visible star, and in the hot summer months it rises in the east at approximately the same time as the Sun. As ancient people   saw this star rising with the Sun when the weather was at its hottest, they believed that Sirius was the cause of the additional heat; they believed that this bright star added its heat to the heat of the Sun, and these two together made summer weather so unbearably hot.
3. The topic of this passage is

(A)   how dogs like to play during the summer

(B)   the causes of hot and humid weather

(C)   why the hot summer days are known as the “dogs days”

(D)   the days that dogs prefer

4.  The main idea of this passage is that

(A)   the name for the summer days came from Sirius, the Dog   Star

(B)   dogs generally prefer hot summer days

(C)   the hottest days occur in the summer because of the movements of the Sun and stars

(D)   Sirius rises at almost the same time as the Sun during the summer months

PASSAGE THREE (Questions 5-6)




The term “primitive art” has been used in a variety of ways to describe works and     styles of art. One way that this term has been used is to describe the early period within      the development of a certain style of art. Another way that this term has been used is to describe artists who have received little professional training and who demonstrate a nontraditional naiveté in their work.

A wonderful example of this second type of primitive artist is Grandma Moses, who    spent all her life living on a farm and working at tasks normally associated with farm life.

She did not begin painting until she reached the age of seventy-six, when she switched to painting from embroidery because the arthritis in her hands made embroidery too   difficult. Totally without formal education in art, she began creating panoramic images of everyday life on the farm that have achieved international fame

5. The subject of this passage is

(A)   an example of one of the types of primitive art

(B)   Grandma Moses’s life on the farm

(C)   how primitive art differs from formal art

(D)   Grandma Moses’s primitive life-style

6.   Which of the following best expresses the main idea of the passage?

(A)   Grandma Moses spent her life on a farm

(B)   Art critics cannot come to any agreement on a definition of primitive art.

(C)   Grandma Moses is one type of primitive artist because of her lack of formal training.

(D)   Many artists receive little professional training.

PASSAGE FOUR (Questions 7-9)



A new hearing device is now available for some hearing-impaired people. This device uses a magnet to hold the detachable sound-processing portion in place. Like other aids, it converts sound into vibrations, but it is unique in that it can transmit the vibrations directly to the magnet, and then to the inner ear, producing a clearer sound. The new device will not help all hearing-impaired people, only those with a hearing loss caused by infection or other problem in the middle ear. It will probably help no more than 20 percent of all people with hearing problems. Those people, however, who often have persistent ear infections should find relief and restored hearing with the new device.
7. What is the author’s main purpose?

(A)   to describe a new cure for ear infections

(B)   to inform medical personnel of a new device

(C)   to urge doctors to use the new device

(D)   to explain the use of the magnet

8. It can be inferred from the passage that

(A)   this use of magnets is new

(B)   infections are in the inner ear

(C)   magnets can be dangerous for 80 percent of the people

(D)   the new device is smaller than old ones

9.   According to the passage, what does the device NOT do?

(A)   transmit sound to the inner ear

(B)   help all hearing-impaired people

(C)   produce clear sound

(D)   change sound into vibrations

PASSAGE FIVE (Questions 10-13)



After two decades of growing student enrollments and economic prosperity, business schools in the Unites States have started to face harder times. Only Harvard’s MBA School showed a substantial increase in enrollment in the 1993 school year. Both Princeton and Stanford have seen decrease in their enrollments. Since 1990, the number of people receiving Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees, has dropped about 3 percent to 75,000, and the trend of lower enrollment rates is expected to continue.

There are two factors causing this decrease in students seeking an MBA degree. The first one is that many graduates of four-year colleges are finding that an MBA degree is not a guarantee for a plush job on Wall Street, or in other financial districts of major American cities. Many of the entry-level management jobs are going to students graduating with Master of Arts degrees in English and the humanities as well as those holding MMBA degrees. Students have asked the questions, “Is an MBA degree really what I need to be best prepared for getting a good job?” The second major factor has been the cutting of American payrolls and the lower number of entry-level jobs being offered. Business needs are changing, and MBA schools are struggling to meet the new demands.

10. What is the main focus of this passage?

(A)   Jobs on Wall Street

(B)   Types of graduate degrees

(C) Changes in enrollment for MBA schools

(D) How schools are changing to reflect the economy

11. Which of the following university’s business schools has not shown a decrease in enrollment?

(A)   Princeton

(B)   Harvard

(C)   Stanford

(D)   Yale

12. Which of the following descriptions most likely applies to Wall Street?

(A)   A center for international affairs

(B)   A major financial center

(C)   A shopping district

(D)   A neighborhood in New York

13. According to the passage, what are two causes of declining business school enrollments?

(A)   Lack of necessity for an MBA and an economic recession

(B)   Low salary and foreign competition

(C)   Fewer MBA schools and fewer entry-level jobs

(D)  Declining population and economic prosperity

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