Proficiency Test

Check your own answer.

1. If you don't take exercise you ___ the risk of getting ill

a. stand
b. face
c. run
d. suffer

2. He was ___ with embezzlement and sentenced to three years in prison.

a. accused
b. convicted
c. charged
d. arrested

3. If you are ___ with this test, perhaps you should attempt an easier one.

a. stumbling
b. stressed
c. struggling
d. straining

4. Insulation was fitted to ___ further heat loss from the building.

a. guard
b. protect
c. save
d. prevent

5. We are all ___ the opinion that hydrocarbons in the atmosphere contribute to global warming.

a. in
b. on
c. of
d. with
e. at

6. ___ had we sold out our stock when the markets crashed.

a. If only
b. Just
c. Seldom
d. Hardly
e. No sooner

7. I can't ___ thinking that we made a mistake in our calculations -- the total is too high.

a. help
b. bear
c. stand
d. be

8. I dread ___ what would have happened if there'd been an accident.

a. thinking
b. to think
c. to thinking
d. the thought

9. Can you wait thirty seconds while I ___ in to the Post Office for some stamps?

a. saunter
b. breeze
c. break
d. pop
e. go

10. The chess players tried very hard to ___ each other with every move in the tournament.

a. outnumber
b. outclass
c. outweigh
d. outcome
e. outwit