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    In a moment you will start our on-line placement test, designed with your needs in mind. It comprises exercises which test particular skills: reading, grammar, writing and listening. During those 60 minutes with us you will have a taste of taking an actual exam. We encourage you to dedicate this time so we can accurately assess your abilities. For the best quality of sound we recommend you use headphones during the listening test.

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    Read the following text and answer the questions below.

     “Wisdom and knowledge reside in Timbuktu”

    (old West African proverb)

    A 900 years ago, in the 12th century, Timbuktu was becoming one of the great centers of learning in the Islamic world. Scholars and students travelled from as far away as Cairo, Baghdad and Persia to study from the noted manuscripts found in the town. Respected scholars who taught in Timbuktu were referred to throughout North Africa as “ambassadors of peace”.

    B An integral part of Timbuktu’s history was always trade – the exchange of salt that came from the hearth of Sahara. To this day, camel caravans laden with salt, also known as “the gold of the desert”, journey to Timbuktu, in present-day Mali, West Africa, where the salt is sold in the markets of Niger River towns of Mopti, Djénné and beyond.

    C Accompanying the camel caravans rode the scholars of Islamic learning, bringing with them over the centuries hundreds of thousands of manuscripts. These bound texts highlighted the great teachings of Islam during the Middle Ages, on an array of subjects: astronomy, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, judicial law, government and Islamic conflict resolution. During this period of human history, when intellectual evolution was virtually at a standstill in most of Europe, within the Muslin world Islamic study was growing, evolving and breaking new grounds in the fields of science, mathematics, astronomy, law and philosophy.

    D By the 1300s, the “ambassadors of peace” centered around the University of Timbuktu created scholastic campuses and religious schools of learning that travelled between the cities of Timbuktu, Gao and Djénné, helping to serve as a model of peaceful governance throughout a region that was often the scene of tribal conflict. At its peak, over 25,000 students attended the University of Timbuktu.

    E By the beginning of 1600s, however, partly because of invasions, the scholars of Timbuktu had slowly begun to drift away and study elsewhere. As a result, the city’s sacred manuscripts started to fall into disrepair. While Islamic teaching there continued for another 300 years, scholastic study fell of sharply with the French colonization of the region in the late 1890s.

    F In mud homes down sand-filled alleyways lie private collections of sacred manuscripts that date back hundreds of years. The Ahmed Baba Research Centre houses the largest collection. Some scholars estimate that there are over 700,000 manuscripts housed in numerous collections in Timbuktu.

    G With the pressures of poverty and a series of droughts, many manuscripts have been sold illegally to private collectors abroad. However, through the efforts of the Timbuktu Heritage Institute, the manuscripts of Timbuktu are beginning to be re-catalogued, preserved and protected against theft.

    H Today, Timbuktu, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), lies at a crossroads. Its rich legacy of sacred manuscripts could possess a treasure chest of African history.

    Which paragraph (A-H) contains the following information? You may use any letter more than once.

    1. The fields of knowledge covered by the manuscripts

    2. A reference to conservation work being carried out on the manuscripts

    3. Where Timbuktu is located

    4. An explanation of why some manuscripts are no longer in Timbuktu

    5. Evidence of the spread of Timbuktu’s fame to a distance

    6. An explanation of Timbuktu’s economic importance


    BICYCLES FOR THE WORLD Questions 11-20 Choose the correct letter A, B, C or A, B, C, D, E, F, G .

    1.1. 11 In 1993 Dan Pearman went to Ecuador

    1.2. 12 Dan’s neighbor was successful in business because he

    1.3. 13 Dan says the charity relies on

    1.4. 14 What does Dan say about the Town of Rivas?

    1.5. 15 What problem did the charity face in August 2000?

    1.6. 16 How much money did the charity receive when it won an award?

    1.7. 17 What is the charity currently hoping to buy?

    1.8. 18-20 Which THREE things can the general public do to help the charity Pedal Power?


    Write about the following topic:

    Why do many countries face water shortages, and what could be done to alleviate problem?

    Give reasons for your answers and include any relevant examples from your own experience. Write at least 250 words.

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