Matrix Upper-Intermediate Tests
Achievement Test 1
Achievement Test 2
1 Choose from sentences a-h the one which fits each gap 1-7. There is one sentence you do not need.
b There, every object larger than 60 metres has been located.
c Until recently, all maps were two-dimensional.
d The oldest known examples date back over 4000 years, but the idea may be far older
e And we still have better maps of other planets than we do of our own.
f Even now, cartographers are still busy mapping the world.
g More recently, there was a near disaster during the Apollo 11 space mission.
h For it's almost impossible to look at a map without wondering what is happening in the places upon it.
Images of the world - the history of mapsNo one knows who invented maps, or when or even where.
1 ______________. These earliest maps are 4300-year-old clay tablets showing various regions of Persia (now Iran).
It is not surprising that maps have inspired so many to great achievement.
2______________. Countless explorers have been inspired by maps, to test the truth of what they describe and explore their frontiers.
3______________. The lack of accurate maps almost led to a murderous mutiny aboard Columbus' ship in 1492.
4______________. Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin came frighteningly close to crashing into a huge crater that lunar cartographers had somehow failed to chart.
5______________. Some jungle-covered areas of South and Central America and the polar regions have yet to be mapped in full detail.
6_____________. For example, it will be many years before we have an atlas of the Earth as good as the one we have for the Moon.
7______________. To produce a world map with that much detail would be a huge challenge even with modern-day technology.
2 Choose the best answer, a, b, c, or d, to complete the sentences.1 Most young people today are very interested in their___________ .
b stand out
c stand in
d stand up
3 Complete the text with the correct form of these phrasal verbs.
2 Jean______________on the first day of her skiing holiday, and broke her leg.
3 If you want____________ in the pop world, you will need a good agent.
4 My uncle ______________college after six months, now he wishes he had finished the course.
5 According to the travel agency, the images in their current advertisement ______________adventure and change, as well as environmental responsibility.
4 Add one of these prefixes or suffixes to the words in brackets to complete the sentences.
2 If you want to have an__________ (expensive) meal on holiday, ask local people where they eat.
3 I found that book very________ (help) when I was writing my project.
4 John thought his china plate was very valuable, but he was told it was_________ (worth).
5 These days it is______________ (common) to see horses in a big city.
5 Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the present perfect.1 Last week, I ________ (start) tennis lessons, and this week I _________(do) two hours of practice.
2 Alan_________ (not / see) his cousin for ages, as she________(move) abroad last year.
3 My grandmother__________ (live) in this country for 40 years, but she ________ (never / return) to visit the country where she spent her childhood.
4 Dad________ (learn) to ski in 1990, techniques ______________ (change) a bit since then.
6 Complete the sentences using when, if or until.1 ________you haven't finished your homework by six o'clock, it will be too late to go to the cinema.
2 Mark can't leave his job_________he has found another one.
3 I'll phone you ________I've found out the time of the train.
4 _________I have collected my photographs, you can see them.
5 I can't get on the train________I've bought a ticket.
6 ________ you've got Sally's email address with you, we can send her an email now.
7 I'll lend you this book________ I have finished reading it.
Write a report (200-250 words) on popular culture in your country.Include:
• examples from at least 2 different areas, such as films, music, etc.
• examples of famous personalities
• why you feel these people are important to your country's popular culture
Exchanging information: in a photography shop