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Business English Level Test


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Use this type of English when speaking to a friend:

  • Formal
  • Informal
  • Polite

'This is Ken' is used when:

  • Answering the telephone
  • Introducing yourself in person
  • Asking who is on the line

'Employment History' means:

  • Which schools you have attended.
  • Which diplomas and certificates you have.
  • Where you have worked.

Which phrase is correct?

  • He's worked at that company for fifteen years.
  • He's working at that company for fifteen years.
  • He works at that company for fifteen years.

2.56 is read:

  • two point fifty six
  • two point five six
  • two dot five six

Which question is used to ask about residential status?

  • Please sign here
  • What's your address?
  • Where are you from?

Which is a postcode?

  • 24 Green Street
  • 044 89 89 76
  • CM1 2XB

Which sentence is incorrect?

  • He lives in London.
  • I arrived at home at 6 o'clock.
  • They drove to San Francisco on Saturday.

I saw him __ school.

  • on
  • to
  • at

Which question asks for advice?

  • What would you like to know?
  • What should I do with my plastic bottles?
  • I'm afraid I don't know where the entrance is.

Which form is correct in most situations?

  • Could you help me?
  • Help me?
  • Excuse me, I was wondering if you could possibly help me?

Which is a correct response to the question: How do you do?

  • I'm fine.
  • I'm a clerk.
  • How do you do?

Which form gives instructions?

  • Open your book and turn to page twenty-five.
  • You open your book and turn to page twenty-five.
  • Do you open your book and turn to page twenty-five.

Which is not correct when answering the phone?

  • Ken speaking
  • This is Ken
  • What do you want?

Which is the most polite?

  • Can I help you?
  • Could I help you?
  • May I help you?

Which signature is the most formal?

  • Love,
  • Yours faithfully,
  • Best wishes,

Which phrase is not correct?

  • I'll put you through.
  • I'm putting you through.
  • I'm going to put you through.

Which phrase is correct?

  • When are you born?
  • When you born?
  • When were you born?

Which letter ending best goes with the opening 'Dear Personnel Director,'?

  • Best wishes,
  • Yours faithfully,
  • Best regards,

The average of 2, 4, 6 is:

  • 12
  • 6
  • 4

Which is good advice when writing a memorandum?

  • Use a polite style for your colleagues. You can contract verbs, but do not be too informal.
  • Provide a detailed employment history.
  • Use a formal register and sign: Your's faithfully,

Which is farthest in the past?

  • last week
  • a day before yesterday
  • a month ago

Which phrase is used during a presentation?

  • Thanks for giving me a hand.
  • Thank you very much for your time today.
  • Thank you for your quick response.

Which phase should a man making a presentation use?

  • Please feel free to interrupt me with questions.
  • Don't disturb me while I'm presenting these statistics.
  • No, you're wrong. We need more staff.

The EU is:

  • The European Union
  • The Europe Union
  • The Equal Union

Complete the question tag: They worked for Kaufman's,

  • did they?
  • haven't they?
  • didn't they?

Complete the phrase: The Chicago Police

  • Institution
  • Staff
  • Force

Prepositions are always followed by:

  • The -ing form of the verb
  • The infinitive form of the verb
  • The verb without 'to'

Which is polite telephone English?

  • Why do you want him?
  • Who's that?
  • Who's calling please?

Which phrasal verb means 'mention'?

  • bring up
  • look into
  • find out

Which phrase is incorrect?

  • I picked up him at the station.
  • I picked him up at the station.
  • I picked up Tom at the station.

Which phrase refers to a future meeting?

  • I look forward to seeing you in March.
  • As you know, the meeting we attended concerned ...
  • I'd like to apply for the position of clerk.

You probably won't find a doctor in:

  • An emergency room
  • An urgent care center
  • An information office

Which phrase is correct?

  • She brought the plan off.
  • She brought off it.
  • She brought the plan into.

To Whom it May Concern:

  • Is an opening from an e-mail
  • Is an opening from an inquiry
  • Is an opening from a letter to a colleague

Which phrase refers to problems with someone outside the office?

  • Staff can resolve simple complaints.
  • Requests can be made before or after your sick leave.
  • Holiday requests can now be filed with your department director.

The personnel office deals with:

  • Clients
  • Management
  • Staff

Which phrase is incorrect?

  • Company reports must be filed electronically.
  • Company reports should be filed electronically.
  • Company reports doesn't have to be filed electronically.

Which does not necessarily need to be included in a report?

  • Terms of Reference
  • Conclusions
  • Requests

Replies to inquiries should include:

  • To Whom it May Concern:
  • I look forward to helping you.
  • Best wishes,

You should:

  • never include the address of the recipient at the top of a letter.
  • always include the address of the recipient at the top of a letter.
  • include the address of the recipient at the bottom of a letter.

Which topic might a memorandum to staff discuss?

  • A reply to an inquiry
  • A partnership
  • Changes in office procedure

Which is incorrect?

  • They'd love to visit your facilities.
  • They asked to visit your facilities.
  • They want visiting your facilities.

Which type of product is intangible?

  • Services
  • Production
  • Manufacturing

Which modal form requires an auxiliary verb (do, did, etc.)?

  • Must
  • Have to
  • Should

Which document is intended to provide clients with information about an organization?

  • Memo
  • Inquiry
  • Catalogue

'Sick leave' refers to:

  • Time off work because of illness.
  • Time off work because of holidays.
  • Time off work because of family problems.

'I would be grateful if you could ... ' means:

  • Thank you for ...
  • I'd appreciate your ...
  • I'd like to invite you to ...

'Please find attached' might be found in:

  • A letter
  • An inquiry
  • An e-mail

'I'm afraid I have a bad line' means:

  • My connection is not good.
  • The extension doesn't work.
  • I didn't understand.
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