DIAGNOSTIC TESTS OF ENGLISH SKILLS
NAME______________________________________________SCORE__________________ ENGLISH SKILLS TEST A The following choices apply to items 1–10. Write in each blank the letter of the choice that best describes the problem with each sentence. A. sentence incomplete B. too many phrases/clauses strung together C. modifyingelements misplaced (dangling) ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 1. Stop here. 2. Your duties are interviewing, hiring, and also to fire employees. 3. After their presentation, I was still undecided. 4. Speaking freely, the stock was considered a bargain. 5. Margaret, pressed for time, turned in unusually sloppy work. 6. Typing and filing, routine office chores. 7. With care, edit thereport. 8. When Paul came to work here, he brought some outmoded ideas, now he has accepted our modern methods. 9. To plan is better than improvising. 10. Hoping to improve performance, practice is advisable. D. structure not parallel E. nothing wrong
The following choices apply to items 11–20. Write in each blank the letter of the choice that identifies the underlined word(s) in each sentence.A. subject B. predicate (verb) C. object ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 11. Take his memo upstairs. 12. Before leaving, he repaired the photocopier. 13. Velnor, Inc. will soon introduce a new product line. 14. We must hire only qualified, ambitious graduates. 15. They are having trouble with their quality control systems. 16. After she wrote the report, Jill waited eagerly for a response. 17.The route to the plant isn’t paved yet. D. modifier E. conjunction/preposition
Diagnostic Tests of English Skills
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18. See me after the meeting. 19. Your new home is ready and waiting. 20. BFL is large but caring.
The following choices apply to items 21–30. Write in each blank the letter of the choice that best describes each sentence. A. all punctuation usedcorrectly B. some punctuation used incorrectly or incorrectly omitted ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 21. The president who rarely gave interviews, agreed to write an article for the company newsletter. 22. Give the assignment to Karen Schiff, the new technical writer. 23. Could you please send a replacement for Item No. 2-302. 24. Debbie said that, “technicians must have technicaldegrees.” 25. We’ll have branches in Bakersfield, California, Reno, Nevada, and Medford, Oregon. 26. Before leaving her secretary finished typing the memo. 27. How many of you consider yourselves “computer literate?” 28. This, then, is our goal: to increase market share by 50 percent. 29. They plan to move soon, however, they still should be invited. 30. Health, wealth, and happiness—those are mypersonal goals.
The following choices apply to items 31–40. Write in each blank the letter of the choice that best describes the problem with each sentence. A. error in punctuation B. error in use of abbreviations or symbols C. error in use of numbers ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 31. Most of last year’s sales came from the midwest. 32. We can provide the items you are lookingfor @ $2 each. 33. Alex noted: “few of our competitors have tried this approach.” 34. Address the letter to professor Elliott Barker, Psychology Department, North Dakota State University. 35. They’ve recorded 22 complaints since yesterday, all of them from long-time employees. 36. Leslie’s presentation—“New Markets for the Nineties”—was well organized. 37. We’re having a sale in the childrens’department, beginning Wednesday, August 15. 38. About 50 of the newly inducted members will be present. 39. Mister Spencer has asked me to find ten volunteers. 40. Let’s meet in Beth and Larry’s office at one o’clock. D. error in capitalization E. no errors
Diagnostic Tests of English Skills
In items 41–50, write in each blank the letter of the word that best completes each sentence....