CELPIP Reading Practice Test 5 (HARD)

CELPIP [Tough] Reading Practice Test 5 (With Answers)

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Reading Part 1:

10 minutes:

Dear Mr. Jacob, 

The purpose of this is to provide a character reference for Mr. Jeremy Swanson whom I  have known as a classmate, roommate, and friend for a period of five years. 

I first met Jeremy in our freshman year at Adirondack College. We were both studying a general arts program there and became acquainted through a number of common classes that we shared. By the second year, we had become friends and decided to share an off-campus apartment together until we both graduated last year. 

Accordingly, having gotten to know Jeremy so well over the past few years, I believe,  puts me in a position to provide you with a wildly accurate assessment of his character. 

As a student, Jeremy was hard-working and highly committed to his education. I believe that his excellent transcripts will attest to that fact. In addition, he was quite involved in a  number of extra-curricular activities including the track and field team and the school newspaper. In fact, in his last two years, he was Assistant Editor of the “Campus  Inquirer.” Outgoing, and always willing to help someone out. Jeremy was very popular with his fellow students. 

As a roommate, Jeremy was a great choice. He was very neat and tidy at all times and he liked things in the apartment to be kept orderly. He made a point of cleaning his own room and the common living areas on a regular basis. He socialized occasionally at home but was always respectful of my needs, and he and his guests kept the noise down and ended their activities at a reasonable hour. 

As a friend, Jeremy Swanson is a standout. He is a loyal, honest, considerate, and supportive individual who has the ability to see and understand things from another person’s perspective. He is a great direct communicator and knows how to raise and discuss common living issues and problems in a non-threatening manner. He is hyper-sensitive and is always tuned into how another person might “feel” in a given situation.  He likes to have fun too. During our years at school we maintained an ongoing friendly rivalry on the squash courts. 

To tell the truth, I really can’t think of anything of consequence on the negative side of the personality ledger when it comes to Jeremy. All in all, I would have to say that  Jeremy Swanson is a fine, well-balanced person with an abundance of positive qualities.


Charles Farmington 

Choose the best answer from the given multiple  choice questions:  

1. Charles…  

was Jeremy’s best friend 

never had problems with Jeremy 

mostly had a formal relationship with Jeremy 

thinks that Jeremy had a charming personality 


2. Jeremy and Charles… 

took a while to become friends 

had all classes together 

had most classes together 

slept early 


3. Charles is writing this letter because… 

he likes Jeremy too much 

he knows Jeremy well 

he wants to point out all positives about Jeremy 

he wants Jeremy to get the job 


4. Jeremy is probably not offensive to others because… 

he loves having fun 

he socializes 

he cares how people feel

he politely asks his friends to end parties early


5. Jeremy was a neat freak. 

Not enough information is provided regarding this 



Charles was a neat freak and Jeremy was just complying 


6. What is true of Jeremy’s school life? 

he was a bookworm 

he had a broad range of skills 

he was doing way too many things at once 

he had a rivalry with others 


The following is a response letter from Mr. Jacob to  Charles. Choose the best answer from the given  multiple choice questions:  

Dear Charles, 

Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude for all the details you were able to include in your letter. I must say, Jeremy and you 7. (must have been friends for at least a decade/must be close/were very active in school/were men of good character).  

I am just concerned since our work would mostly be regarding calculations and 8. (an arts background/a sports background/a decent personality/co-curricular activities) might not be of  that much use to us; however, if he is 9. (as athletic/as emotionally intelligent/as active/as committed) as you say he is, we can probably work with him. 

Oddly enough, there will be situations where he will need to deal with difficult customers and I  believe 10. (his communication style/his honesty/his ability to be popular/his nonconfrontational style) will take him a long way in steering those conversations in the right direction. That coupled with his 11. (introverted/extroverted/calm/assertive) nature will help him shine at the reception desk, when needed. 

Thanks again, and I will keep you posted on this application. 



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8 minutes


Read the following email about the diagram above and answer the below multiple choice questions within 8  minutes. 

Subject: Possible travel options 

To: Garry Luis 

From: Jason Williams 

Hi Garry, 

I have your itinerary ready as requested; it was a short deadline, but I pulled in some resources last-minute who were able to make it happen. I know you are not a huge fan of 1. (flying/ maintenance/traffic/being unruly) so I would never recommend the 2. (bike/airplane/car/any transport method) over others due to the frequent tire changes. Now, if you want something that you can use when needed, the rental option with cars will suit you on top of the 3. (ease of tire change/cheap gas/low risk/outdoor adventure possibility).

If it comes down to picking one feature between safety and excitement, you are looking at either 4. (the plane or the car/the car or the bike/the plane or the bike/the car or the plane).  Finally, while the plane comes with multiple class selection options, it is missing the 5.  (friendliness/dangers/socialization chances/initial investment) that the car or bike can provide. I  know it can be overwhelming but when I meet you at the start of my shift tomorrow, we can catch up more, i.e. if you decide to be on time. Just kidding!  

See you tomorrow! 


6. What is Jason and Garry’s relationship? 

close friends 

one of them is the boss 




7. Who do you think is more hardworking? 



Garry, since he is traveling 

This information has not been mentioned 


8. How did Jason provide the above info to Garry? 

It was all over the place 

it was too much 

it was well-organized 

it was covering majority of the details



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10 minutes

A. The basic scientific method includes the steps scientists use and follow when trying to  solve a problem or prove or disprove a theory. The methods are used by scientists all over  the world. This is done so scientists can work together to solve some of the same  problems. There are usually five steps which are a part of the scientific method. The steps  can occur in any order, but the first step is usually observation. An observation is the use  of one or more of the five senses, which include seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and  tasting. The five senses are used to learn about or identify an event or object the scientist  wants to study. For example, while observing a spider a scientist may observe the pattern  or size of the spider’s web. 

B. The second step of the scientific method is the question being researched, the hypothesis.  It is the question that is turned into a statement about an event or object the scientist  would like to research. A good hypothesis includes three things: The explanation for the  observations, it is able to be tested by other scientists, and it will usually predict new  outcomes or conclusions. The scientist observing the spider building the web may have a  question about the strength of the web. An example of the hypothesis might be: The  larger the spider, the stronger the web. This hypothesis includes the explanation for the  observation, it can be tested, and new conclusions may be reached. The third step of the  scientific method is the experiment. An experiment is a test which will either challenge or  support the hypothesis.  

C. The hypothesis will then be true or false. Using the spider hypothesis, a scientist may  experiment by measuring spider webs in relation to a spider’s size. Often, even when a  hypothesis is disproved much can still be learned during the experiment. For example,  while measuring the strength of spider webs the scientist may discover something new  about them. The final step in the scientific method is the conclusion. The conclusion will  either clearly support the hypothesis or it will not. If the results support the hypothesis a  conclusion can be written. If it does not support the hypothesis, the scientist may choose  to change the hypothesis or write a new one based on what was learned during the  experiment. In the example, if the scientist proves that larger spiders build stronger webs,  then that is the conclusion. If it was not proven, the scientist may change the hypothesis  to: The size of a spider does have no bearing on the strength of its web.  

D. The scientific method is used for simple experiments students may do in the classroom or  very complex or difficult experiments being done all over the world. The spider  experiment may be done by any scientist in the world. In summary, the scientific  method includes the steps scientists use to solve a problem or to prove or disprove a  theory. There are four basic steps involved with the scientific method. The usual steps  include observation, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion. The steps may not always  be completed in the same order. Following the four steps, the results of the experiment will either support the hypothesis or will not support the hypothesis. Scientists are always  free to change or write a new hypothesis and start the four steps all over again. The  scientific method is used for simple experiments or for more difficult experiments.

E. Not Given.  

Choose which paragraph matches the following statements. Answer A to D next to the statements and if the answer is not given, write E. 


1. A possible objection can be made to the current opinion. Answer: _____

2. An aim is made to reach a plausible conclusion. Answer: _____

3. Self-inflicted punishment is made necessary to reach a conclusion. Answer: _____

4. The scientific methods involve a few main steps. Answer: _____

5. Unexpected outcomes can open new doors. Answer: _____ 

6. Start with observation and always finish with conclusion. Answer: _____

7. A key sense is used to judge the behaviour of an animal. Answer: _____

8. It is proven that larger spiders build stronger webs. Answer: _____

9. Usage applies to a broad range. Answer: _____


12 minutes:

Read the following article from the website:

Read the following article from the website: 

Adam James, director at Zella Motors, is a staunch believer in EVs (electric vehicles).  He is a proponent of a green environment as well as a major activist when it comes to opposing industrialists in their moves towards high plastic usage along with dependence on fossil fuels. “Given the rapid climate change combined with rising sea levels means we are heading into the direction of a complete planetary collapse”, he says.  

Frederick Wendell, the CEO of Wendell Motors and a member of the UN Atmospheric  Bureau, who believes in the benefits of the internal combustion engine strongly opposes this view pointing out to the several flaws in James’s methods and theories.  His first argument relates to the impracticability of such cars which don’t heat enough in winters (especially below -10 degrees celsius), will not even open doors during winters, and have 40%-50% less range in winters. He contends that even during summers, the stated range of these cars is way below what actually is consumed.  “Once you accelerate even slightly, just barely 100 metres, it takes off a complete  kilometre from your range which is completely preposterous.” 

Other than pretty much calling the industry a scam, he further adds how battery production so frequently damages the environment, on top of the electricity needs of  EVs which are produced by coal-burning electric power plants. “How does this help climate change? And don’t even get me started on the child labor allowed in developing countries where these lithium batteries are required to be manufactured”,  he said in a controversial statement. 

Mr. James admits these issues but his engineers have developed a 5-year plan where all the aforementioned issues can be taken care of. The removal of child labor would ultimately push higher prices towards the consumers as Zella continues to upgrade and invest in the labor market; however, the 20% rise in these car prices will be an ethical move. Finally, Mr. James takes pride in the fact that at least his company is making strides in pursuit of a greener climate, despite being a work-in-progress, with hopes of providing added conveniences to customers. He says it’s better to go this route than completely being ignorant towards the changing planet and going about our day.

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Choose the best answer from the given multiple  choice questions:  

1. To what extent does Adam think that electric vehicles will be beneficial?

he strongly agrees with the technology 

he strongly disagrees with the technology 

he partially disagrees with the technology 

he partially agrees with the technology 


2. How did Mr. Wendell approach the matter of child labor? 

he was disgusted by it 

he believes children are required for manufacturing the batteries

he wanted to be controversial 

he didn’t prioritize that 


3. What was Wendell’s main concern regarding EVs? 

They barely accelerate over 100 metres 

problems after hitting minus 10 degree celsius 

Electric vehicles are not actually impacting the environment 

40-50% of EV’s are impractical in the summer 


4. Adam disagrees with Frederick on… 

the car range 

child labor 

climate change 

his direction


5. Frederick does not appreciate… 

the ethical dilemmas with EVs 

Adam’s thinking style 

pragmatic use of EVs 

all of the above 


The following is a comment by a website visitor who  read the article. Choose the best answer from the  given multiple choice questions:  

I am shocked to see that Frederick 6. (can be so contentious/can completely ignore cars  impact on climate change/child labor is allowable/supports coal-burning plants). However, I  drove an EV before and boy was it a nightmare! Not only is Adam being delusional when he  says that 7. (we have a high plastic usage/a price hike is justified/range is not a problem/ industrialists are bad) considering the tough economic climate but also his 8. (positive outlook/ gloomy outlook/future plans/his team’s approach) on the climate is/are very apocalyptic.  Frederick has the 9. (sham concept/power plant conspiracy/winter hypothesis/lithium batteries)  down to a T as I experienced in the months of January and February. Since he 10. (has done  his research/sits on the climate committee/is a CEO/manufactured combustion engines), he  probably has more idea than Adam about how our planet will change in the future.

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Part 1: 

  1. thinks that Jeremy had a charming personality – CORRECT: He mentioned how  Jeremy was popular. Option C is incorrect since they shared a room and played sports together. There is no indication of the term ‘best friend’ being used for  Option A. Option B is incorrect since Jeremy did communicate about his problems even if it was in a ‘non-threatening’ manner. 
  2. took a while to become friends – CORRECT: They had become friends in their second year. 
  3. he knows Jeremy well – CORRECT: The letter mentioned: Accordingly, having  gotten to know Jeremy so well over the past few years, I believe, puts me in a  position to provide you with a wildly accurate assessment of his character.”  
  4. he cares how people feel – CORRECT: The article mentioned: “He is hyper-sensitive and is always tuned into how another person might “feel” in a given situation”. 
  5. Not enough information is provided regarding this – CORRECT: We know he loved  to clean but we don’t know if it was at a level where we need to refer to him as a  ‘neat freak’. 
  6. he had a broad range of skills – CORRECT: He was good in studies and co curricular activities. Option C is subjective. 
  7. must be close – CORRECT: They studied, lived and played together, showing that  they were close. For the other options, we don’t know much about Charles’s personality to choose those answers. 
  8. an arts background – CORRECT: That was Jeremy’s field of study and if Mr. Jacob is criticizing it, it means his education does not match the job needs. 
  9. as committed – CORRECT: Charles described Jeremy as “hard-working and highly committed”. 
  10. his non-confrontational style – CORRECT: Mr. Jacob is mentioning tough customer conversations which would require a style that is non-confrontational. Jeremy was mentioned by Charles as being “non-threatening”. 
  11. extroverted – CORRECT: Charles had mentioned how Jeremy was “outgoing”.



Part 2: 

  1. maintenance (This is referring to the tire replacement needs that the bike has which Garry is  not a fan of). 
  2. bike (same explanation as above). 
  3. outdoor adventure possibility (since the car can be turned into an overnight camp). 4. the plane or the bike (the plane is the safest mode of transport while the bike is the most thrilling option). 
  4. socialization chances (you can go with friends to the bikers’ parade and multiple friends can join your car; nothing like that was mentioned for the plane. Also, initial investment and dangers are indeed provided by the car and bike but the sentence has a positive tone which is why it would not focus on any negatives). 
  5. one of them is the boss (Jason has been getting the itinerary ready for Garry which means  Garry is the boss). 
  6. Jason (Jason is clearly doing his research here and expects himself to be on time tomorrow. He doesn’t expect the same from Garry based on the last sentence). 8. it was too much (Jason mentioned how all of this was “overwhelming”. Option 1 is incorrect since it is subjective and there was no indication made by Jason that he felt it was unorganized). 


Part 3: 


  1. B. “An experiment is a test which will either challenge or support the hypothesis”. 
  2. B. “The explanation for the observations, it is able to be tested by other scientists,  and it will usually predict new outcomes or conclusions”. 
  3. E. 
  4. A. “There are usually five steps which are a part of the scientific method”. 
  5. C. “If the results support the hypothesis a conclusion can be written. If it does not  support the hypothesis, the scientist may choose to change the hypothesis or write a  new one…” 
  6. E. If you answered “D”, it is incorrect since it mentioned no need for a specific sequence. 
  7. A. “For example, while observing a spider a scientist may observe the pattern or size of the spider’s web”. 
  8. E. 
  9. D. “The scientific method is used for simple experiments students may do in the classroom or very complex or difficult experiments being done all over the world”.

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Part 4:  

  1. he strongly agrees with the technology – CORRECT: The first sentence of the article mentions that he is a ‘staunch believer’ in EVs. 
  2. he didn’t prioritize that – CORRECT: He mentioned: “And don’t even get me started on the child labor allowed in developing countries “. 
  3. problems after hitting minus 10 degree celsius – CORRECT: He mentioned how cars stop heating after minus 10. 
  4. his direction – CORRECT: Adam, towards the end, explained how at least he is heading in the right direction rather than not doing anything at all. Option C is incorrect since Frederick didn’t even address the phenomenon of climate change.  He was mainly criticizing the EVs and not talking about how the climate is changing. 
  5. all of the above – CORRECT: He mentioned the ‘impracticability’ of EVs, how he didn’t agree with ‘James’s methods and theories’ and called the industry a ‘scam’. 
  6. can be so contentious – CORRECT: Frederick was mentioned to be saying a  ‘controversial statement’ when talking about child labor. The comment writer’s next sentence is also positive which means this answer has to be something negative. 
  7. a price hike is justified – CORRECT: Adam mentioned a 20% future price increase. 
  8. gloomy outlook – CORRECT: This question was followed by a negative phrase ‘very apocalyptic’. Also, Adam referred to the ongoing phenomenon as a ‘complete planetary collapse’. 
  9. winter hypothesis – CORRECT: Frederick was mentioning how the EVs have less range in winters and how they don’t heat during winters. 
  10. sits on the climate committee – CORRECT: It was mentioned that he was “a member of the UN atmospheric bureau”.


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