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Môn: Tiếng Anh (dành cho thí sinh chuyên Tiếng Anh) Thời gian làm bài: 150 phút (không kể thời gian giao đề) 

Thí sinh làm bài trên tờ giấy thi 

Họ và tên thí sinh:............................................................... Số báo danh:.................................... 


I. Margaret is telephoning Bob. Before you listen to the conversation, read the Applicant enquiry  carefully, then listen and complete each gap with ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER. (10 points) Example: 

Name: Margaret Smith 

Cycle tour leader: Applicant enquiry 

About the applicant: 

• wants a (1) ______________ job 

• will soon start work as a (2) ______________ 

• has led cycle trips in (3) ______________ 

• interested in being a leader of a cycling trip for families 

• is currently doing voluntary work with members of a (4) ______________ club • available for five months from the 1st of (5) ______________ 

• can’t eat (6) ______________ 

Contact details: 

• address: 27 (7) ______________ Place, Dumfries 

• postcode: (8) ______________ 


• interview at 2.30 pm on (9) ______________ 

• will plan a short (10) ______________ about being a tour guide

II. You will hear a woman, Vanessa, talking about a journey she made with her husband, Robert, and  her baby, Ben. Listen and choose the best answer A, B, or C for each of the following questions. (5.0  points) 

1. What did Vanessa and Robert decide to do last year? 

A. Get married. 

B. Travel to England by boat. 

C. Travel to Hong Kong by boat. 

2. Vanessa was worried that ______. 

A. they wouldn’t be prepared 

B. the living space would be too small 

C. the baby would get ill 

3. How did Vanessa feel when they reached Singapore? 

A. She wondered if she should fly home. 

B. She was worried about the boat. 

C. She enjoyed the break from travelling. 

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4. Why was Vanessa’s father-in-law particularly helpful? 

A. He was a good cook. 

B. He looked after the baby. 

C. He helped to sail the boat. 

5. Because of spending so much time on the boat, the baby ______. 

A. learnt to walk late 

B. doesn’t play by himself 

C. only likes a certain kind of food 

III. You will hear a woman talking to a doctor at a clinic about her medical problem. Listen carefully  and decide whether the following statements are TRUE (I) or FALSE (F). (5.0 points) 1. Julie’s exact date of birth is October 10th, 1991. 

2. Julie is working as a manager in Cawley Life Insurance Company. 

3. Julie’s been on medication for the pain in her knee. 

4. Julie has taken Tylenol as a painkiller and applied both heat and ice to deal with the pain. 5. Her legs are getting quite a pounding after an accident. 


I. Choose the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the word whose underlined part differs from the other  three in pronunciation in each of the following questions. (2.0 points) 

1. A. chaos B. chalet C. chauffeur D. champagne 2. A. adventure B. future C. mature D. figure 

II. Choose the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the word that differs from the other three in the position  of primary stress in each of the following questions. (3.0 points) 

1. A. confide B. purchase C. prefer D. maintain 2. A. imprison B. endanger C. horrify D. develop 3. A. establishment B. amphibian C. magnificence D. astrophysics 


I. Choose the best answer A, B, C, or D to complete the sentence in each of the following questions. (10.0 points) 

1. ______ precipitation events have produced more rain and become more common since the 1950s in  many regions of the world, including much of the United States. 

A. Extreme B. Supreme C. Utmost D. Drastic 2. ______ one after another, parallel computers perform a group of operations at the same time. A. Conventional computers, by handling tasks 

B. Since tasks being handled by conventional computers 

C. Whereas conventional computers handle tasks 

D. While tasks handled by conventional computers 

3. The storm ______ havoc on trains and highways, making it unlikely thousands of investors and traders  would arrive at work. 

A. made B. executed C. wreaked D. exercised 4. He was a great athlete when he was younger. He now still ______ had it not been for that accident. A. would have been B. had been C. will be D. would be

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5. Your ______ depends on such things as your genes, behaviors, attitudes, environment, and a little bit  of luck. 

A. expectancy B. longevity C. endurance D. durability 6. More and more investors are pouring ______ money into food and beverage start-ups. A. an B. the C. no article D. a 7. Giving up smoking is just one of the ways to ______ heart disease. 

A. push off B. put off C. ward off D. brush off 8. Only by reducing its brightness and shutting down apps ______ running in the background in 20  hours. 

A. you can prevent this iPhone from going dead 

B. can you prevent this iPhone from going dead 

C. you prevent this iPhone going dead 

D. can you prevent this iPhone from not going dead 

9. Fixed term employment, also known as contract work, is used for single projects or to replace workers  on ______. 

A. permission B. leave C. break D. absence 10. Uneducated people, the kind ______ lack information about life, themselves, and the world, make  poor choices in their life. 

A. who B. whose C. which D. whom 11. ______, they remained optimistic. 

A. Though fairly unsure about the final outcome of the trial his lawyers were 

B. Fairly unsure about the final outcome of the trial as his lawyers were 

C. Fairly unsure about the final outcome of the trial as were his lawyers 

D. Despite fairly unsure about the final outcome of the trial his lawyers were 

12. Emma: “I love your gardens. The plants are well taken care of!” 

Dennis: “Thanks. Yes, I suppose I’ve always ______.” 

A. had a good root round B. had green fingers 

C. been up a gum tree D. taken leave of my senses 13. Some teachers have a tendency to ______ preference to students with disadvantaged backgrounds  such as poor and handicapped students. 

A. lend B. give C. deliver D. send 14. The residents living in this area were warned not to be extravagant with water, ______ the low  rainfall this year. 

A. in view of B. with a view to C. regardless of D. for fear that 15. I will never forget the look of ______ joy on her face at the time her boyfriend gave her his proposal. A. deep B. steep C. high D. sheer 16. The skyscraper, ______ with multi-colored light, looked incredible. 

A. illuminating B. illuminated C. was illuminated D. was illuminating 17. ______ a parent, I think that more should be done to protect our children. 

A. Like B. As C. Unlike D. Alike 18. Christine is inviting Gillian to dinner. 

Christine: “I’m having some friends over for dinner this Saturday. Would you like to join us?” Gillian: “______” 

A. Can I take a rain check? B. Come on. It’s your turn. 

C. Thanks, but I mustn’t. D. As a matter of fact, I do.

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19. Joyce wants to talk to Mr. Smith, but he is not in the office at the moment. She is talking to his  secretary instead. 

Joyce: “May I leave a message for Mr. Smith?” 

Secretary: “______” 

A. Not a chance. B. That’s very kind of you. 

C. I can’t agree more. D. Yes, I’ll make sure he gets it. 20. People should not have children unless they are ______ to being responsible parents. A. allowed B. involved C. committed D. promised 

II. Give the correct tense/form of the verb in brackets to complete the sentence in each of the following  questions. (5.0 points) 

1. There (be) ___________ several questions still to be answered, we will continue this discussion some other time. 

2. I knew that he didn’t have much money, but he has just bought a new car. He (borrow) ___________  money from someone. 

3. (Collapse) ___________ as a result of water damage, some parts of the floor are now being  painstakingly reconstructed by master builders. 

4. It is strongly recommended that your brakes (check) ___________ before you go on a long drive. 5. By the time we finish our ninth grade this summer, my brother (graduate) ___________ from his university. 

6. The dawn redwood appears (flourish) ___________ some 100 million years ago in northern forests  in California. 

7. I could tell at a glance that the pile of the letters on my desk (disturb) ___________ while I (be) ___________ out. 

8. Not once in my life I (experience) ___________ such a luxury cruise. 

9. You promised to have a day off and go camping with us and you were at work until midnight this  Sunday. I would rather you (keep) ___________ your words. 

III. Give the correct form of the word in brackets to complete each of the following sentences. (5.0  points) 

1. The __________ of the education system in Finland is famous all over Europe. 2. A(n) __________ boom in tourism brought sudden prosperity to the town. 3. The talks were totally __________. We didn’t reach agreement on anything. 4. Police are trained to be __________ and to remember details. 5. Bullying among school children can cause __________ of school, which can impact their academic development. 

6. He quit his job at Cornell, ending a(n) __________ academic career. 7. During the 18th century, land was cheap, grain was plentiful, and meat was __________. 

8. Her contribution to the overall success of the project was __________ important. 9. He won the discus event at the Olympic Games but was later __________ when a medical check proved that he had been taking drugs. 

10. The truth is that __________ recycling protects markets as well as the  environment. 









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IV. The passage below contains FIVE mistakes. Identify the mistakes and give the corrections on your  answer sheet. (5.0 points) 

Example: Line 1: in → of 




Many in us thought the world had four oceans - the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Arctic Oceans.  That’s which we were taught in school. Moreover, a search on the Internet will show that there  is also a “Southern Ocean” around the South Pole and Antarctica. The National Geographic  Society has now officially accepted that this body of water around Antarctica is a real ocean.  Geography teachers will now have to teach their students that the world has five oceans.  

National Geographic said its recognition of the world to have a fifth ocean would have an  impact on how children see the world. Alex Tait, a geographer and cartographer at National  Geographic said that realizing the Southern Ocean would help students understand more about  climate change. National Geographic added that: “The Southern Ocean has unique and fragile  marine ecosystems that are home for wonderful marine life such as whales, penguins and seals.”


I. Read the text below and fill each blank with ONE suitable word. (10.0 points) The air above our head is becoming cleaner. A (1) __________ of fresh air has been running right  round the planet for the past five years. The planet is apparently purging itself of pollution. Paul Novell  of the University of Colorado, the co-author of a report on this phenomenon says, “It seems as if the  planet’s own cleaning service has suddenly got a new lease of (2) __________. Suddenly, there are a lot  of changes going on up there”. 

Estimates of the death (3) __________ from urban smog have been steadily rising, so the new cleaner  trend could have significant consequences for life expectancy in cities as well as for the planet itself.  The sudden and unexpected reversal of several decades of worsening pollution (4) __________ from the  air in city streets to the remotest mid-Pacific Ocean and Antarctica. 

(5) __________ the pollutants which have begun to disappear from the atmosphere are carbon  monoxide, from car exhaust and burning rain forests, and methane from the guts of cattle, paddy fields,  and gas fields. Even carbon dioxide, the main gas behind global warning, has fallen slightly. 

There are two theories about why pollution is disappearing. First that there is (6) __________ pollution to start with due to laws to cut down urban smogs and acid rain starting to have a global impact.  Second, that the planet may be becoming more efficient at cleaning up. 

The main planetary clean-up agent is a chemical (7) __________ hydroxyl. It is present throughout  the atmosphere in tiny quantities and removes most pollutants from the air by oxidizing (8) __________.  The amount of hydroxyl in the air has fallen (9) __________ a quarter in 1980s. Now it may be reviving  for two reasons: ironically, because the ozone hole has expanded, letting in more ultraviolet radiation  into the lower atmosphere, where it manufactures hydroxyl. Then the stricter controls on vehicle exhausts  in America and Europe may have cut global carbon monoxide emissions, (10) __________ allowing  more hydroxyl to clean up other pollutants. 

I1. Read the text below and choose the word that best fits each of the blanks in the following passage.  (5.0 points) 

It is (1) _______ hot in the Eldorado Valley in Nevada, USA. In midsummer, temperatures regularly  (2) _______ 45 degrees centigrade. That’s why farmers have no choice but to wake up early. To get a  day’s work done before the heat becomes (3) _______, they have to be out in the fields soon after dawn. 

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The heat also explains why this is the perfect place to construct a solar power plant. Concentrated solar  power (CSP) works by using special mirrors (4) _______ focus the rays of the sun onto a chamber full  of oil. This oil then (5) _______ up to a temperature of almost 400 degrees centigrade. Steam from the  hot oil is then used to (6) _______ electricity. Although the technology works, it has been difficult to get 

people interested in it because this is a relatively expensive way of producing electricity. This situation  (7) _______ fast, however, thanks to the rising cost of traditional methods of producing electricity. As a  result, some people now (8) _______ CSP as the best type of renewable energy for the future. CSP works  best where the sun is constantly very hot, (9) _______ deserts where very few people live. Compared 

with alternatives such as wind and wave energy, (10) _______, it has less impact on people’s lives, on  wildlife or on the environment. 

1. A. hospitably B. extremely C. moderately D. violently 2. A. fetch B. access C. meet D. reach 3. A. improper B. inevitable C. unbearable D. impassable 4. A. what B. that C. who D. where 5. A. burns B. goes C. heats D. develop 6. A. generate B. supply C. assemble D. rises 7. A. will have changed B. had changed C. changed D. deliver 8. A. refer B. believe C. regard D. is changing 9. A. nearly B. almost C. most D. mostly 10. A. however B. therefore C. nonetheless D. wheareas 

III. Read the following passage and choose the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to  each of the following questions. (10.0 points) 

We live in a world of tired, sleep deprived people. In his book Counting Sheep, Paul Martin – a  behavioural biologist – describes a society which is just too busy to sleep and which does not give  sleeping the importance it deserves.  

Modern society has invented reasons not to sleep. We are now a 24/7 society where shops and services  must be available all hours. We spend longer hours at work than we used to, and more time getting to  work. Mobile phones and email allow us to stay in touch round the clock and late-night TV and the  Internet tempt us away from our beds. When we need more time for work or pleasure, the easy solution  is to sleep less. The average adult sleeps only 6.2 hours a night during the week, whereas research shows  that most people need eight or even eight and a half hours’ sleep to feel at their best. Nowadays, many  people have got used to sleeping less than they need and they live in an almost permanent state of “sleep  debt”.  

Until the invention of the electric light in 1879 our daily cycle of sleep used to depend on the hours  of daylight. People would get up with the sun and go to bed at nightfall. But nowadays our hours of sleep  are mainly determined by our working hours (or our social life) and most people are woken up artificially  by an alarm clock. During the day caffeine, the world’s most popular drug, helps to keep us awake. 75%  of the world’s population habitually consume caffeine, which up to a point masks the symptoms of sleep  deprivation.  

What does a chronic lack of sleep do to us? As well as making us irritable and unhappy as humans, it  also reduces our motivation and ability to work. This has serious implications for society in general.  Doctors, for example, are often chronically sleep deprived, especially when they are on “night call” and  may get less than three hours’ sleep. Lack of sleep can seriously impair their mood, judgment, and ability  to take decisions. Tired engineers, in the early hours of the morning, made a series of mistakes with 

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catastrophic results. On our roads and motorways lack of sleep kills thousands of people every year.  Tests show that a tired driver can be just as dangerous as a drunken driver. However, driving when drunk  is against the law but driving when exhausted isn’t. As Paul Martin says, it is very ironic that we admire  people who function on very little sleep instead of criticizing them for being irresponsible. Our world  would be a much safer, happier place if everyone, whatever their job, slept eight hours a night. 

1. Which of the following could best serve as the title of the passage? 

A. Accident Prevention: Urgent! B. Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Effects  C. A Society of Sleepless People D. A 24/7 Society and “Sleep Debt” 2. The phrase “round the clock” in second paragraph is similar in meaning to ______.  A. surrounded with clocks B. having a round clock 

C. during the daytime D. all day and night 

3. The writer mentions the Internet in the passage as ______. 

A. a temptation that prevents us from sleeping 

B. an easy solution to sleep deprivation 

C. an ineffective means of communication  

D. a factor that is not related to sleep deprivation 

4. According to the third paragraph, which of the following is NOT TRUE?  

A. Our social life has no influence on our hours of sleep. 

B. The sun obviously determined our daily routines. 

C. The electric light was invented in the 19th century. 

D. The electric light has changed our daily cycle of sleep. 

5. The word “which” in the third paragraph refers to ______. 

A. reaching a point B. masking the symptoms  

C. the world’s population D. caffeine consumption 

6. Which of the following is TRUE, according to the last paragraph?  

A. Doctors ‘on night call’ do not need more than three hours of sleep a day.  

B. Our motivation decreases with the bigger number of hours we sleep. 

C. Sleep deprivation has negative effects on both individuals and society. 

D. Thousands of people are killed every day by drunken drivers. 

7. The word “catastrophic” in the last paragraph probably means ______. 

A. bound to bring satisfaction B. becoming more noticeable C. causing serious damage or loss D. likely to become worthless 8. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage? 

A. Driving when exhausted is against the law. 

B. Both drunken drivers and sleep-deprived people should be criticized.  

C. There is no point in criticizing irresponsible people in our society. 

D. We certainly can function well even when we hardly sleep. 

9. All of the following are mentioned as those whose performance is affected by ‘sleep debt’ EXCEPT  ______. 

A. doctors B. drivers C. biologists D. engineers 10. According to the passage, which of the following statements is TRUE about Paul Martin?  A. He shows his concern for sleep deprivation in modern society. 

B. He gives an interesting account of a sleepless society. 

C. He is a scientist who is chronically deprived of sleep. 

D. He describes the modern world as a place without insomnia.

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1. Complete each of the following sentences in such a way that it has the similar meaning to the  sentence printed before. (5.0 points) 

1. They produce a lot of paper, so they need a lot of wood pulp. 

🖎 The more ________________________________________________________________________ 2. If anyone succeeds in solving the problem, it will probably be him. 

🖎 He is the most ____________________________________________________________________ 3. Our science correspondence sees this new invention as the answer to many of our problems. 🖎 According to _____________________________________________________________________ 4. It was difficult to understand her colleagues’ open hostility towards her proposal. 🖎 That her colleagues ________________________________________________________________ 5. He was so enthusiastic that he apparently ignored any warning signs. 

🖎 Such ___________________________________________________________________________ 

II. Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word  in bold given in brackets. DO NOT change the word given. (5.0 points) 

1. I didn’t follow the speech exactly, but I understood the general meaning of what was being said.  (DRIFT) 

🖎 I _______________________________________________________________________________ 2. Don’t you remember anything about your lifetime in London as a child? (RECOLLECTION) 🖎 Haven’t _________________________________________________________________________ 3. Any correspondence from the Canberra office must be dealt with before other matters. (PRIORITY) 🖎 Any ____________________________________________________________________________ 4. It was the Olympic Games that really made Seoul famous. (MAP) 

🖎 It ______________________________________________________________________________ 5. She is determined to become a professional dancer. (HEART) 

🖎 She ____________________________________________________________________________ 

III. Essay Writing (15.0 points) 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the idea that “AI (Artificial Intelligence) may pose a  threat to human beings.”? 

Write an essay of about 250 words to express your opinion, using specific details and examples to support  your answer. 

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