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ENGLISH READING TEST 1
Here is a mini test designed for ESL learners interested in testing their reading skills.
Read the passages below
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The following are letters to the editor of a school newspaper.
Students should be allowed to study without worrying about grades. Fortunately, most educators are becoming aware of the fact that students have different interests and abilities. However, the regimentation resulting from grades still exists. Grades often stifle creativity. Competing for better grades causes many students to turn down opportunities to pursue music, dramatics and sports. Grades impose an arbitrary standard of success on everyone. I do not demand as some extremists do, that grades be abolished immediately. However, I do believe that less emphasis should be placed on grades. I hope that someday grades will become optional at Village High School.
Let's face the facts about grades. Grades perform three basic functions. First, grades motivate students to work at their highest level of competence. Second, they act as a reward for hardworking students and as a reprimand to students who do not work hard. Finally, grades are used as an effective standard by which to measure student achievement. Good grades help students to get jobs and to get into university. I've spoken with a number of students who have jobs, and most of them say that they were hired primarily on the basis of their grades. My grades helped me land a part-time job and will help me get into university next year. I think grades are extremely important at Village High School.
Simon Harper, Member,
1. Simon Harper writes from the viewpoint of someone who
wants business to hire more students
2. Magdalena Smith thinks it is important for
students to get good jobs
3. Which of the following states a fact about grades at Village High School?
are not useful
4. Which of the following is NOT an opinion expressed by Magdalena Smith?
Grades should be abolished.