Is ACE Right for You? Self-Assessment
ACE classes are designed to improve students' English
reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills
in order to prepare for college-level coursework. The instruction and teaching materials
are most helpful to those students who have high-beginning to intermediate
English skills. The following is an example
of the level of English taught in ACE classes. To determine if ACE is right for
you, read the passage and answer the questions that follow. If you can answer
the questions correctly, then ACE is the program for you! (The answers are
listed at the bottom of this page.)
Basketball was invented in 1891 by a physical education instructor
in Springfield, Massachusetts, by the name of James Naismith. Because of
the terrible weather in winter, his physical education students were
indoors rather than outdoors. They really did not like the idea of
boring, repetitive exercises and preferred the excitement and challenge of
a game. Naismith figured out a team sport that could be played indoors on
a gymnasium floor that involved a lot of running, that kept all team
members involved, and that did not allow the tackling and physical contact
of American-style football.
(Example from the Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test
by Deborah Phillips.)
What is the main idea of this passage?
(A) The life of
(B) The history of
education and exercise
(D) The origin of
Why were the physical education classes indoors?
(A) The students
thought outdoor exercises were repetitive.
(B) It was easier
to run on the gymnasium floor.
(C) They could not
play outdoors due to bad winter weather.
(D) Outdoor sports
The word preferred in Line 6 is closest in meaning to?
(A) liked better
(C) asked for
Jim Naismith's students did NOT have to do which of the following?
(A) a great deal of
(D) be on a team
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1. (D) The origin of basketball
2. (C) They could not play outdoors because of
the bad winter weather.
3. (A) liked better
4. (B) tackle