UTME CBT FREE Practice Test – Use of English (Set 8)

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2. From the passage, it is obvious that ________

A. motor cars were mere luxuries which any people tried desperately to acquire.
B. the motor car was invented before the express trains.
C. the train was the fastest means of transport before the motor car and the lorry.
D. the motor car and the lorry came to displace the train traffic.

3. The writer seems to suggest that ______

A. the roads that existed were dormant.
B. coachmen and grooms were not mechanically minded.
C. there were no roads before the advent of cars and motor cycles and so people had to be mechanically minded.
D. the volume and speed of traffic on the roads increased with advent of cars, motor cycles and lorries.

4. The writer uses the expression unless mechanically minded to refer to _______

A. coachmen and grooms adaptable to the new technology.
B. coachmen and grooms who chose to become mechanics.
C. town authorities laying down tramlines.
D. those amenable to change and development.

5. The statement: By 1910, the motor car was plainly conquering the highway means that ________

A. by 1910, many people knew how to drive motor cars.
B. the motor car was invented in 1910.
C. highway codes for motor cars came into effect by 1910.
D. by 1910, motor cars became a common sight on the highways

In some cases, it may be possible to correct any discovered shortcomings. When it is not possible to carry out these …7…[A. plans B. possibilities C. corrections D. expectations] a visit to the field may even be necessary. It should however be realized that it is not very often that a revisit is possible.

In most scientific …8… [A. experiments B. data C. conclusion D. questionnaires] such revisits are clearly impossible. This is true of many surveys too.

A road traffic survey …9…[A. conducted B. experimented C. classified D. precoded] to find out the amount and frequency of daily traffic between two towns

cannot be expected to be …10… [A. reproducible B. undertaken C. observed D. produced].

There is no way of going back to check whether the number of vehicles reported for any particular hour is correct or not. With open-ended questions, the …11…[A. methods B responses C. errors D. conclusions] have to be classified into relatively small number of groups.

The process of classifying answers and of sometimes identifying them by number and letter is called …12… [A. recording B. recoding C. encoding D. coding].

When close-ended questions are used, it is possible to code all the possible answers before they are actually received. This is called …13… [A. precoding B. coding C. coding D. recoding].

Collected data will eventually have to be used in drawing …15… [A. references B. examples C. conclusions D. analogies] and writing a report about the population from which it came.

Adapted from Rachel Carson: The Advent of the Motor Car.

Lexis and Structure (Synonyms)

In each of questions 16 to 20, choose the option nearest in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in Italics.

 16. I cannot understand why Ali should serve in that moribund administration.

A. oppressive
B. prodigal
C. crumbling
D. purposeless

18. The coalescence of the groups created additional problems.

A. proscription
B. fighting
C. disbandment
D. union

19. As the triumphant rebels were returning to their base, they met with a serious reverse.

A. a defeat
B. an enemy
C. an army
D. a victory

20. The village girl wore sumptuous clothes.

A. faded-looking
B. cheap
C. expensive
D. loose-fitting

In each of questions 21 to 25, select the option that best explains the information conveyed in the sentence. (Sentence Interpretation)

21. Oche’s chief idiosyncrasy is a passion for pounded yam.

A. Oche’s chief hates pounded yam.
B. Oche hates pounded yam.
C. Oche has a penchant for pounded yam.
D. Oche’s chief likes pounded yam.

22. You must not attend the end-of-year party

A. It is not necessary that you attend the party.
B. It is necessary that you do not attend the party.
C. You do not have to decide whether to attend the party or not.
D. You have to decide whether to attend the party or not.

23. The man reasoned that there ought to be a limit to sycophancy.

A. There can be no favour beyond a reasonable point.
B. Sycophants need not talk all the time.
C. People should know when not to use flattery.
D. Sycophants should know when to grant people’s requests.

24. Adawo is an imp.

A. Adawo behaves queerly.
B. Adawo behaves decently.
C. Adawo behaves differently.
D. Adawo behaves badly.

25. The solution lies in choosing between various negative alternatives.

A. The solution can be found in one of the negative options.
B. The solution lies in choosing between the positive and the negative.
C. The solutions are many.
D. The solution is a negative one.

Lexis and Structure (Antonyms)
In each of questions 26 to 30, choose the option opposite in meaning to the word(s) or phrase in italics.

26. The lecture seemed interminable.

A. unending
B. boring
C . interesting
D. brief

27. Had I known about their plan much earlier, I would have nipped it in the bud.

A. stopped it
B. initiated it
C. squashed it
D. promoted it

28. What a harmless thought he has!

A. pernicious
B. pertinent
C. pleasant
D. perfect

29. The town was all agog at his unexpected return.

A. on fire
B. excited
C. unexcited
D. surprised

30. The teacher taught the rudiments of Chemistry to the first grade.

A. elements
B. theories
C. fundamentals
D. basics

32. Neither Agbo nor his parents _______ the meetings now.

A. attended
B. attend
C. has attended
D. attends

33. Modern dancing has become rather scientific and so requires ______

A. bizarre costuming
B. some choreographic skill
C. immense instrumentation
D. a rapping voice.

34. Had he considered his public image carefully, he ______ for his opponent in the election.

A. might have stood aside
B. would have stepped aside
C. should have stepped down
D. would have stood down

35. The government which _______ recruiting _____ workers suddenly stopped doing so.

A. are/its
B. was/its
C. is/their
D. were/their

36. Of course we all saw the culprit _____ and hit the man on the head.

A. approached
B. approaching
C. approach
D. approaches

37. A child that shows mature characteristics at an early age may be described as _____ .

A. preconceived
B. premature
C. ingenuous
D. precocious

39. ______ you come early to the new house, clean up my flat.

A. While
B. By chance
C. Should
D. Should in case

40. This imposing edifice ______ a fortune to build.

A. had costed
B. have cost
C. costed
D. cost

Orals Forms
In each of questions 41 - 42, identify the word that has a different stress pattern from the others.


A. classroom
B. programme
C. July
D. brother


A. temperamental
B. administrative
C. circulation
D. consideration

In each of question 43 - 44, choose from the options the word that has the same constant sound as the one represented by the letter(s) underlined.

43. Church

A. feature
B. chauffeur
C. ocean
D. machine

44. Sure

A. cheer
B. cheap
C. charlatan
D. church

In each of the question 45 - 46, identify the word that has the stress on the first syllable.


A. resist
B. salon
C. confirm
D. intact


A. competent
B. misread
C. resign
D. compel

In each of question 47 to 48, choose the word that does not have the same vowel sound as the others.


A. toil
B. rejoice
C. enjoy
D. log


A. key
B. wind
C. even
D. people

In each of question 49 to 50, the word in capital letters has an emphatic stress. Choose the option that best fits the expression in the sentence.

49. YOUR sister should come with us tomorrow.

A. Should your brother come with us tomorrow?
B.Should our brother come with us tomorrow?
C. Should Ado’s sister come with us tomorrow?
D. Should my sister come with us tomorrow?

50. My neighbour BRUISED his thigh while playing football.

A. Did your neighbour break his leg while playing tennis?
B. Did your neighbour fracture his thigh while playing football?
C. Was your neighbour involved in an accident?
D. Did your neighbour play football yesterday?

Questions 50 – 60 are on the Reading Text – The Life Changer

51. “What?” The teacher jerked his head off *as if stung by a bee*.

The figure of speech represented by the underlined words is ______

A. metaphor
B. simile
C. hyperbole
D. personification

52. How do you say that’s very good in French?

A. Bonjour
B. au reviour
C. C’est tres bien
D. le frances

53. Who is Jamila?

A. Bint's friend
B. Bint's immediate younger sister
C. Bint's immediate senior sister
D. Bint's immediate senior brother

54. What is the name of Bint's Social Studies teacher?

A. Mr. Omar
B. Mrs. Jamila
C. Mallam Salihu
D. Mrs. Ummi

55. ‘goodbye until we meet again’ in French is ______

A. Bonjour
B. au reviour
C. C’est tres bien
D. le frances

56. What is the name of the second child of Ummi?

A. Omar
B. Jamila
C. Bint
D. Teemah

57. ‘They screamed and shouted and ululated. Another word for ululated is ______

A. danced
B. singed
C. roared
D. talked

58. Omar was given admission to study _______.

A. Mechanical Engineering
B. Medicine and Surgery
C. Chemistry
D. Law

59. Omar was given admission to study aw at ABU at the the age of ______

A. 18
B. 17
C. 16
D. 19

60. Omar was given admission to study Law at the _______

A. University of Nigeria Nsukka
B. University of Ibadan
C. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
D. University of Lagos



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