Intermediate Level Practice Test - Tenses and Vocabulary

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The following is a practice test for intermediate levels testing tense usage and vocabulary accuracy. Feel free to use this test in class and/or share with your friends and colleagues. Follow the directions below and check your answers at the bottom of the page once you have finished both exercises.

Exercise 1: Tenses

Put the verb in parentheses () into the correct tense. For some questions, there is more than one correct answer.

John always (get up) __________ late on Sunday.
gets up

  1. I'm new to this job. What exactly (I/have to) __________ do?
  2. While I (wait) __________ for my train this morning I (meet) __________an old school friend.
  3. (I/fly)  __________for the first time last year when I went to Brazil.
  4. Next week we are leaving on our honeymoon. As soon as (we/arrive)  __________ at our hotel in Paris (we/order) __________ some champagne to celebrate.
  5. If he comes to the concert it (be) __________ the first time he has heard James Brown live.
  6. I've got the tickets. Next week __________ (we/visit) to London.
  7. Mr. Jones (be) __________ our managing director since 1985.
  8. It was the most frightening film (I/ever/see) __________.
  9. You seem worried. What (you/think) __________ about?
  10. I (study) __________ English for three years now.

Exercise 2: Important Vocabulary

I've got a house __________ the mountains
a. at b. on c. in

1. When you see Jason can you __________ him that I have a book for him, please?
a. say b. tell c. explain

2. What was Laura __________ at the party?
a. putting on b. wearing c. dressing

3. I'm extremely __________ learning about computers I think they are important for work.
a. interested in b. interesting in c. interested for

4. Would you like a coffee? No thanks, I've __________ had one.
a. yet b. already c. again

5. I must fill in this form. Could you __________ me your pen please?
a. borrow b. lend c. let

6. My greatest desire...? Well I would love __________ the world cup final.
a. seeing see c. to see

7. I've lived in Seattle __________ four years.
a. from b. for c. since

8. When you were young did you __________ climb trees?
a. use to b. used to c. use

9. This is the __________ section of the exam.
a. easiest b. most easy c. easier

10. It's a beautiful scooter but I can't afford to buy it. It's __________ expensive.
a. much b. enough c. too


Exercise 1 Tenses

  1. What do I have to do? - Use the present simple to discuss daily responsibilities.
  2. I was was waiting ... I met - Use the past continuous together with the past simple to indicate an action that was interrupted.
  3. I flew - Use the past simple to speak about something that happened at a specific time in the past. 
  4. we arrive ... we will order - Use the present simple in time clauses when speaking about the future.
  5. it will be - Use the future with 'will' in conditional sentences with 'if' to show a result.
  6. We are going to visit - Use the future with going to to speak about future plans.
  7. Mr. Jones has been - Use the present perfect to  speak about something that started in the past and is still true in the present.
  8. I have ever seen - Use the present perfect to speak about experience.
  9. What are you thinking about - Use the present continuous to ask what someone is doing at that moment.
  10. I have studied / have been studying - Use the present perfect, or the present perfect continuous to speak about how long something has been going on. 

    Exercise 2 Vocabulary

    1. b. tell - Use tell with an object (Tell him I say "Hi!"), say (Say hello!) without an object or "explain to someone".
    2. b. wearing - Use 'wearing' with clothes, 'dressing' or 'putting on' with specific clothes.
    3. a. interested in - Use adjectives with 'ed' (interested, excited, bored) to express how you feel about something.
    4. b. already - Use 'already' to express that something has taken place before the moment of speaking.
    5. a. borrow - Use 'borrow' when you take something, 'lend' when you give something that should be returned.
    6. c. to see - Use the infinitive form of the verb (to see) after 'would like / love / hate'. 
    7. b. for - Use 'for' with present perfect to express the length of an action up to the present.
    8. a. use to - 'Used to' expresses what was true as a habit in the past. It often indicates that the situation is no longer true.
    9. a. easiest - For the superlative form add 'iest' to adjectives ending in 'y'.
    10. c. too - 'Too' expresses the idea that there is too much of a quality. In the case, the scooter costs too much money.