Test your English level

Part 1

For questions 1 - 12, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) in the drop down list best fits each gap.

For John Johnson, the travel bug began with what's called a "gap year". In common with many other Australian teenagers, he chose to take a year out before (1) to study at university. After doing several jobs to (2) some money, he left home to gain some experience of life in different cultures, visiting Europe and Asia. The more adventurous the young person, the (3) the challenge they are likely to (4) themselves for the gap year, and for some, like John, it can (5) in a thirst for adventure.

Now that his university course has (6) to an end, John is just about to leave on a two-year trip that will take him (7) round the world. What's more, he plans to make the whole journey using only means of transport which are (8) by natural energy. In other words, he'll be (9) mostly on bicycles and his own legs; and when there's an ocean to cross, he won't be taking a (10) cut by climbing aboard a plane, he'll be joining the crew of a sailing ship (11)

As well as doing some mountain climbing and other outdoor pursuits along the way, John Johnson hopes to (12) on to the people he meets the environmental message that lies beneath the whole idea.

Part 2

For questions 13 - 24, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Example: 0 = AS

The temple in the lake Lake Titicaca, often known (0) as the "holy lake", is situated in South America on the border between Bolivia and Peru. The lives of the people (13) tools and pottery have (14) found on its shores have long remained a mystery. However, scientists taking (15) in an exploration project at the lake have found what they believe to (16) a 1000-year-old temple under the water.

Divers from the expedition have discovered a 200-metre-long, 50-metre-wide building surrounded by a terrace for crops, a road and a wall. It is thought that the remains (17) those of a temple built by the Tihuanacu people who lived beside Lake Titicaca before it became a part (18) the much later Incan empire.

The scientists have not yet had time to analyse the material sufficiently," says project director, Soraya Aubi. "But some have (19) forward the idea that the remains date from this period (20) to the fact that there are very similar ones elsewhere."

The expedition has so (21) this year made more than 200 dives into water 30 metres deep (22) order to record the ancient remains on film. The film, (23) will later be studied in detail, (24) well provide important information about the region.