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American Collegiate English

Is ACE Right for You?


ACE classes are appropriate for students who have high-beginning to high-intermediate English skills. ACE does not offer beginning or advanced English courses. ACE instruction and teaching materials are designed to improve students' English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in order to be eligible for Grossmont College admission (TOEFL waiver) and to succeed in college-level courses. 

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 most or all of 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.)

  1. What is the main idea of this passage?
    (A) The life of James Naismith
    (B) The history of sports
    (C) Physical education and exercise
    (D) The origin of basketball
  2. 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 are boring.
  3. The word preferred in Line 6 is closest in meaning to?
    (A) liked better
    (B) chose
    (C) asked for
    (D) needed
  4. Jim Naismith's students did NOT have to do which of the following?
    (A) a great deal of running
    (B) tackle
    (C) actively participate
    (D) be on a team

If you have questions regarding the level of English skills that you should have for success in the ACE Program, be sure to contact us.

American Collegiate English
Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020
Telephone: (619) 644-7293
Fax: (619) 644-7934

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

Last Updated: 01/02/2018


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