CELPIP Reading Test 2

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Reading Correspondence: “Our New Place in Costa Rica”

Read the following letter.
Hello Juan: How are you doing? All’s well in St. John’s. I have some exciting news to tell you! Do you remember that real estate opportunity I was telling you about in Costa Rica? Well, I have decided to take the plunge! May and I will be buying a house somewhere along the Pacific Ocean side. Sounds great, right? On our last trip there, sometime in November, we found a realtor, with the same first name as you by the way, who had some excellent leads for us. Not only that, his English is much better than our Spanish, so that helped! We told him that we were looking for a smaller, cheaper bungalow, not too far from the beach, but also that it didn’t necessarily need to be beachfront (which would have driven the price right up). So he found a few listings that were within a few kilometres of the beach, but that were also within our very limited budget. We checked out three places on the first day. Unfortunately, the jet lag hit me hard after seeing the third place, so we decided to call it a day. By the way, none of the first three houses really caught our eye. The next day, we continued our search. Juan showed us another three houses. After considering all six, May and I decided to put in an offer for the fifth one that we had seen. The offer was not accepted, but the owner countered, and by the end of the day we had a place to call our second home. It’s a bigger and more expensive bungalow than what we had actually hoped for. It’s just over 1,000 square feet. It has two bedrooms at the front of the house. Then at the back of the house, there’s another smaller bedroom. The really nice thing about the property is that it’s pretty big, and there’s actually a small guest house included, with another two bedrooms. There are also two bathrooms in the main house, and one in the guest house. And of course there’s a kitchen (but none in the guest house, so the guests would have to borrow the cooking facilities in the main house), and each house has a living room as well. The reason I keep mentioning the guest house is that May and I would love to see you and Carla there. How far is Costa Rica from Mexico anyway? Well, I will let you know when we’re ready to move in, which should be soon, and then maybe we can plan for you to visit. Take care Juan, Stephen
Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above letter.
  1. Stephen is writing this letter to_____.
  2. his friend.
  3. his realtor.
  4. his wife.
  5. his real estate agency.
  6. Stephen lives _____.
  7. in Costa Rica.
  8. in Mexico.
  9. in St. John’s.
  10. along the Pacific Ocean.
  11. Stephen and May were hoping for _____.
  12. a smaller beachfront bungalow.
  13. a smaller, cheaper bungalow.
  14. a pretty big property with a guest house.
  15. a main house with three bedrooms and two baths.
  16. The house that Stephen and May decided on was _____.
  17. the second one they had seen.
  18. the third one they had seen.
  19. the fifth one they had seen.
  20. the sixth one they had seen.
  21. The property has _____.
  22. two bedrooms.
  23. three bedrooms.
  24. four bedrooms.
  25. five bedrooms.
  26. On the property, there is only one _____.
  27. building.
  28. house.
  29. kitchen.
  30. living room.
  31. Stephen mentions the guest house multiple times because _____.
  32. he has invited Juan to stay there.
  33. he loves to see Juan and Carla there.
  34. he needs to plan for Juan and Carla to visit there.
  35. he wants Juan and Carla to visit there.
Read the response to the above letter. Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above letter when necessary. Hi Stephen: Thanks for the great news! I (8. know / knew / heard / wish) that you and May would finally buy (9. a houses / big homes / something / small homes) over there. When do you (10. plan / think / anticipate / guys) on moving in there? Carla and I would love to see you and May there (11. once / if / by the time / afterward) you’ve settled in. By the way, Mexico’s not all that (12. close to / close from / far as / far from) Costa Rica. I think it’s only an hour or so by plane. Talk to you again soon, Juan [thrive_leads id=’91’]

Reading to Apply a Diagram: “A Special Birthday Present”

Read the e-mail about the diagram. Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the diagram when necessary. Subject: Birthday Present Ideas for Jennifer To: Marisa (mpatrick@notmail.com) From: Samantha Hi Marisa: Thanks for offering to help pick out a pet for Jennifer’s 10th birthday. Sometimes I think an (1. relative / friend / sister / aunt) is better at picking out a birthday present than a mother. So I’ve attached some ideas for us to think over. I have three ideas that I think I should be able to (2. afford / care / get / adapt). I just don’t know which of the (3. animal / choice / three / idea) Jennifer would be happiest with though. If I get her a (4. pet / cat / bird / rabbit), Jennifer might end up getting (5. excited / bored / used / along) with it if it just sits in its cage staring at her, swinging back and forth and possibly chirping. A rabbit or a (6. pet / cat / bird / dogs) would be more playful and interactive for Jennifer, don’t you think? Especially a cat. The thing I like about a bird though, is that I don’t have to worry about it (7. cleaning / disturbing / running / messing) up the house while I’m out. I guess I could also keep the rabbit in some (8. sort / kinds / part / place) of cage. I’ll phone you later tonight to talk more about this. Bye for now, Samantha   Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the diagram and to the e-mail when necessary.
  1. Jennifer’s birthday is _____.
  2. going to be a pet.
  3. going to get a pet.
  4. coming up.
  5. going to be a surprise party.
  6. Samantha feels that _____.
  7. she may be the best at selecting something.
  8. she wants to select something alone.
  9. a cat should be in a cage.
  10. her sister can help her with something.
  11. Marisa and Samantha will _____.
  12. choose a rabbit.
  13. discuss this topic further.
  14. get a pet for Jennifer.
  15. get a cage for the pet.
  16. Samantha provides a clear advantage and disadvantage of having _____.
  17. many pets.
  18. a cat.
  19. a bird.
  20. a rabbit.
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Reading for Information: “The Chinook Wind”

Read the following passage. A. Around the world, there are various weather phenomena, each with their own special names. There is the haboob in desert areas, the foehn in Europe, and the typhoon in Japan. In Canada, one kind of wind is called a “Chinook”. A Chinook wind is a warm wind that blows over the Rocky Mountains. Chinook winds occur in southern Alberta, mostly in winter. While winters in that part of the country can be quite cold, a Chinook can bring relief in terms of milder temperatures. B. A Chinook wind originates over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of British Columbia. Basically, it starts as a warm, wet wind that blows from west to east off the coast of B.C. The wind approaches the mainland in the southeast part of the province. It then travels inland over southern B.C. for several hundred kilometers. Because it originates over the ocean, the wind carries a lot of moisture with it. The wind blows towards the Rockies, and it slows down as it blows against the mountains. As it slows down and moves upwards against the west side of the Rockies, the wind cools down. C. At the same time, the wind continues to blow from behind. That causes the rising, cooling wind in front to continue blowing eastward, over the tops of the Rockies. When this happens, the cool wind in front rolls down the east side of the Rockies. As it picks up speed, it warms up and rushes across southern Alberta. Cities in the path of Chinook winds include Calgary, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat. Interestingly, the phenomenon of Chinook winds is limited to quite a small area of Canada. Those who live in that part of the country know when a Chinook event is happening by the distinct cloud pattern in the sky. D. Chinook winds can cause temperatures to rise by 30 or 40 degrees in a matter of hours, melting snow and ice. It is not uncommon for southern Albertans to go to bed when the outside temperature is -20 degrees, and to wake up the next morning to a balmy 10 degrees. That is how much the temperatures can fluctuate during a Chinook. Unfortunately, many people also experience migraine headaches, which are thought to be brought on by a sudden change in air pressure that the Chinook wind brings with it. All in all though, most southern Albertans are probably grateful for the respite that Chinooks offer from the cold winter temperatures. E. (not mentioned) Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements. If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.
  1. The wind increases in speed on the east side of the mountains.
A B C D E
  1. The wind originates in the west.
A B C D E
  1. The wind can increase temperatures drastically.
A B C D E
  1. Some people go to the doctor during a Chinook.
A B C D E
  1. The wind starts over a body of water.
A B C D E
  1. Examples of locations outside Canada are given.
A B C D E
  1. The wind increases in temperature.
A B C D E
  1. Headaches cause a change in air pressure.
A B C D E
  1. Chinook winds generally occur in one season.
A B C D E
  1. Something is pushed.
A B C D E
  1. There is a downside to the Chinook wind.
A B C D E
  1. The wind moves across the first of two provinces.
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Reading for Viewpoints: “Adapting to a New Country”

Read the following passage. Moving to a new country is never easy. I should know. I learned first-hand how challenging it can be to arrive in an unfamiliar place, not knowing much about the people, the language, the weather, and the way things work. There were things I went through that would make me the person that I am today. The experience of leaving my homeland was in itself emotional; I had never been abroad before. That was about 14 years ago. I arrived in Canada with my parents, my brother, and my sister. At the time, none of us spoke much English, so we had a variety of language issues right from the start. I was put into Grade 10, and although I understood most of what was being said, I really couldn’t respond. So I probably came across as less than friendly, although I was desperate to make friends in my new country. I remember having to stand up in front of the class while my classmates bombarded me with questions. “Where are you from?”; “When’s your birthday?”; “What kind of music do you like?”; “Do you guys speak English in your country?” It was agonizing, being able to understand the questions, yet not being able to answer with any fluency. Well, luckily, the teacher asked everyone to slow down, and to give me a chance to respond. I think I gave one-word answers for every single question, with the exception of “When’s your birthday?”, to which I gave a one-word and a one-number response. Although it was quite a painful experience, it also gave me the incentive to pick up the language as fast as possible. I started watching English TV for about an hour every day; I listened to the radio every night before bed, and I read as much English as I could lay my hands on. But the most significant thing I did was to embrace my opportunity to immerse myself in the culture; I made friends with several of my classmates, and I greeted and chatted with my neighbours on a daily basis. Within only a few months, my spoken English had really improved. I was no longer tongue-tied when I conversed with Canadians. Looking back, I have learned that a lot of challenges can be overcome by having a positive outlook. For anyone thinking about immigrating to another country, I would definitely recommend staying positive, and doing your best to embrace your new opportunity.   Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the passage when necessary.
  1. The writer _____.
  2. never moved to a new country easily.
  3. moved to a new country not knowing it would be easy.
  4. never found it easy to move to new countries.
  5. found some difficulties adjusting to a new country.
  6. According to the writer, _____.
  7. unfamiliar places can be learned first-hand.
  8. there is a challenge to a specific situation.
  9. arriving first-hand can be a challenge.
  10. it can be a challenge to know a lot about something.
  11. The writer arrived from abroad _____.
  12. knowing little about the new country.
  13. with no knowledge of the new country.
  14. not knowing anything about the new country.
  15. knowing a lot about the new country.
  16. Shortly after their arrival, the family _____.
  17. issued a variety of languages.
  18. started with a variety of languages.
  19. had some problems.
  20. issued some language problems.
  21. In Grade 10, the writer wanted to _____.
  22. come across more than friendly.
  23. be desperate.
  24. understand what was being said.
  25. meet new people.
  26. The writer’s classmates _____.
  27. were curious.
  28. answered many questions.
  29. stood up in front of the class.
  30. were already friends with the writer.
  31. The writer used a negative experience _____.
  32. to improve.
  33. to give an incentive.
  34. to feel pain.
  35. to watch TV.
  36. In the writer’s opinion, the most important thing he did was to _____.
  37. watch TV.
  38. listen to the radio.
  39. try to adapt to the society.
  40. improve his spoken English.
Read someone’s comment about the above passage. Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above passage when necessary. I can totally relate to what you went through. I came here as a teenager from Eastern Europe. It was (9. pleasant / painful / precious / possible) for me to go to school every day, because I didn’t know a word of English. Everyone just looked at me at first, (10. expecting / allowing / hoping / considering) me to be able to speak English. It was pretty awkward. I just smiled back at everyone…at least I was able to (11. speak / smile / solve / answer). I made friends pretty fast, and after hanging out with them for a few (12. minutes / months / years / decades), I caught on to the language pretty fast. [thrive_leads id=’91’]

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