Пример вступительного теста по английскому языку на программу РЭШ "Магистр финансов"
Masters in Finance
supported by Morgan Stanley
Entrance test on English language (sample)
The test consists of two parts corresponding to Sections 2 and 3 of TOEFL and takes 30 minutes.
Part 1. Structure and Written Expression. The questions in this section consist of
sentences that test knowledge of important structural and grammatical elements of standard written
English. These sentences include a variety of topics and give no particular advantage to individuals
in specific fields of study. When topics have a national context, they are about the United States or
The section includes 30 questions to be answered in (approximately) 20 minutes.
Part 1A. Incomplete Sentences
Fifteen incomplete sentences with four words or phrases listed beneath each sentence. You
must choose the one word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
Part 1B. Incorrect Sentences
Fifteen incorrect sentences with four underlined words or phrases in each sentence. You
must choose the one word or phrase that is not correct in the sentence.
Part 2. Reading comprehension. In this section, the questions measure the ability to
understand various kinds of reading materials, as well as the meanings and uses of words. The
reading passages are similar to those that a university or college student is likely to read in books,
magazines, newspapers, and other printed materials. Answering the questions does not require
independent knowledge of the subject matter.
This section includes one reading passage and 10 questions to be answered in 12 minutes. You
must choose from four possible answers the answer that would be the best response to each question
Part 1: STRUCTURE AND WRITTEN EXPRESSION
40 questions 25 minutes
This section is designed to measure your ability to recognize language that is appropriate for
standard written English. There are two types of questions in this section, with special directions for
Part 1A. Structure
Directions: Questions 1-15 are incomplete sentences. Beneath each sentence you will see four
words or phrases, marked (A), (B), (C), and (D). Choose the one word or phrase that best completes
the sentence. Then, on your answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that
corresponds to the letter of the answer you have chosen. Fill in the space so that the letter inside the
oval cannot be seen.
1. Political demonstrations on American campuses have abated
(A) after 1970
(B) in 1970
(C) for 1970
(D) since 1970
2. Ancient civilizations such as those of the Phoenicians and the Mesopotamians ———---
goods rather than use money.
(A) use to trade
(B) is used to trade
(C) used to trade
(D) was used to trade
3. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was —--------— to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
(A) the woman who first
(B) the first woman
(C) who the first woman
(D) the first and a woman
4. North Carolina is well known not only for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -——
for the Cherokee Indian settlements
(C) but also
(D) because of
5. General Grant had General Lee ——— him at Appomattox to sign the official surrender of the
(A) to meet
6. If a ruby is heated it -——— temporarily lose its color.
7. ——- small specimen of the embryonic fluid is removed from a fetus, it will be possible to
determine whether the baby will be born with birth defects.
(B) That a
(D) When it is a
8. All of the people at the AAME conference are ——— .
(A) mathematic teachers
(B) mathematics teachers
(C) mathematics teacher
(D) mathematic's teachers
9. To generate income, magazine publishers must decide whether to increase the subscription
price or ——— .
(A) to sell advertising
(B) if they should sell advertising
(C) selling advertising
(D) sold advertising
10. If it ——— more humid in the desert of the Southwest, the hot temperatures would be
11. ——— Java Man, who lived before the first Ice Age, is the first manlike animal.
(A) It is generally believed that
(B) Generally believed it is
(C) Believed generally is
(D) That is generally believed
12. For the investor who -— money, silver or bonds are good options.
(A) has so little a
(B) has very little
(C) has so few
(D) has very few
13. —— both men and women have often achieved their career ambitions by midlife, many
people are afflicted by at least a temporary period of dissatisfaction and depression.
14. Of all the cereals, rice is the one——— food for more people than any of the other grain
(A) it provides
(B) that providing
(D) that provides
15. Travelers —— their reservations well in advance if they want to fly during the Christmas
(A) had better to get
(B) had to get better
(C) had better get
(D) had better got
Part 1B. Written Expression
Directions: In questions 16-30, each sentence has four underlined words or phrases. The four
underlined parts of the sentence are marked (A), (B), (C), and (D). Identify the one underlined
word or phrase that must be changed in order for the sentence to be correct. Then, on your
answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the letter
of the answer you have chosen.
16. The duties of the secretary are(A) to take(B) the minutes, mailing(C) the correspondence, and
calling the members before meetings(D).
17. If biennials were planted this year, they will be(A) likely (B) to bloom(C) next year(D).
18. The value of the dollar(A) declines(B) as(C) the rate of inflation raises(D).
19. Even though a member has drank(A) too much(B) the night before(C), the counselors at Alcoholics
Anonymous will try to convince(D) him or her to sober up and stop drinking again.
20. Anthropologists assert that many of the early American Plains Indians did not engage in
planting crops but(A) to hunt(B), living(C) primarily(D) on buffalo meat.
21. The neutron bomb provides the capable(A) of a limited(B) nuclear war in which(С) buildings
would be preserved(D), but people would be destroyed.
22. The differential attractions of the sun and the moon have(A) a direct effect in(B) the rising(C) and
falling of(D) the tides.
23. With special enzymes that are call(A) restriction enzymes, it is possible to split off (B) segments
of DNA from(C) the donor(D) organism.
24. Before TV, the common man seldom never(A) had(B) the opportunity to see and hear(C) his
leaders express their(D) views.
25. If(A) it receives enough(B) rain at the proper time, hay will grow(C) quickly, as(D) grass.
26. Psychology Today is(A) interesting(B), informative, and it is(C) easy to read(D) .
27. Before(A) she died, Andrew Jackson's daughter, who(B) lives(C) in the family mansion, used to(D)
take tourists through her home.
28. It is essential that the temperature is not(A) elevated to a point(B) where the substance formed may
become(C) unstable and decompose into its(D) constituent elements.
29. Two of the players(A) from the Yankees has(B) been chosen(C) to participate(D) in the All Star
30. John Philip Sousa, who(A) many(B) people consider the greatest(C) composer of marches, wrote
his music during the era known as(D) the Gay 90s.
Part 2. READING COMPREHENSION
The section includes 10 questions to be answered in (approximately) 10 minutes.
Directions: In this section you will read a passage, which is followed by a number of questions
about it. You should choose the one best answer, (A), (B), (C), or (D), to each question. Then, on
your answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the
letter of the answer you have chosen. Answer all questions about the information in a passage on
the basis of what is stated or implied in that passage.
Alfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish inventor and philanthropist, bequeathed most of his vast fortune
in trust as a fund from which annual prizes could be awarded to individuals and organizations who
had achieved the greatest benefit to humanity in a particular year. Originally, there were six
classifications for outstanding contributions designated in Nobel's will including chemistry,
physics, physiology or medicine, literature, and international peace.
The prizes are administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. In 1969, a prize for economics
endowed by the Central Bank of Sweden was added. Candidates for the prizes must be nominated
in writing by a qualified authority in the field of competition. Recipients in physics, chemistry, and
economics are selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; in physiology or medicine by
the Caroline Institute; in literature by the Swedish Academy; and in peace by the Norwegian Nobel
Committee appointed by Norway's parliament. The prizes are usually presented in Stockholm on
December 10, with the King of Sweden officiating, an appropriate tribute to Alfred Nobel on the
anniversary of his death. Each one includes a gold medal, a diploma, and a cash award of about
one million dollars.
1. What does this passage mainly discuss?
(A) Alfred Bernhard Nobel
(B) The Nobel prizes
(C) Great contributions to mankind
(D) Swedish philanthropy
2. Why were the prizes named for Alfred Bernhard Nobel?
(A) He left money in his will to establish a fund for the prizes.
(B) He won the first Nobel prize for his work in philanthropy.
(C) He is now living in Sweden.
(D) He serves as chairman of the committee to choose the recipients of the prizes.
3. How often are the Nobel prizes awarded?
(A) Five times a year
(B) Once a year
(C) Twice a year
(D) Once every two years
4. The word "outstanding" in line 4 could best be replaced by
5. The word "will" in line 4 refers to
(A) Nobel's wishes
(B) a legal document
(C) a future intention
(D) a free choice
6. A Nobel prize would NOT be given to
(A) an author who wrote a novel
(B) a doctor who discovered a vaccine
(C) a composer who wrote a symphony
(D) a diplomat who negotiated a peace settlement
7. The word "one" in line 13 refers to
8. Which individual or organization serves as administrator for the trust?
(A) The King of Sweden
(B) The Nobel Foundation
(C) The Central Bank of Sweden
(D) Swedish and Norwegian academies and institutes
9. The word "appropriate" in line 13 is closest in meaning to
10. Why are the awards presented on December 10?
(A) It is a tribute to the King of Sweden.
(B) Alfred Bernhard Nobel died on that day.
(C) That date was established in Alfred Nobel's will.
(D) The Central Bank of Sweden administers the trust.
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