Seen fireworks before? Pre-intermediate Unit 7 / Intermediate Unit 2

Straightforward Quick Placement & Diagnostic test

The Straightforward Quick Placement & Diagnostic test has been designed to help you decide which of the five levels of the Straightforward series is the most appropriate for you.

The Straightforward test has 50 questions, each worth one point. The first 40 are grammar questions and the final 10 are vocabulary questions. To decide your level, use the conversion chart below. Please note that these bandings are a guide.

Total score Level
0 - 15 Beginner
16 - 24 Elementary
25 - 32 Pre-intermediate
33 - 39 Intermediate
40 - 45 Upper Intermediate
46 - 50 Advanced

This test can also be used to diagnose grammar that you need clarification on. Please consult the relevant level and unit of the course for more information.


1.I ________________ from France. Beginner Unit 1

a) is

b) are

c) am

d) be

2.This is my friend. _____________ name is Peter. Beginner Unit 1

a) Her

b) Our

c) Yours

d) His

3.Mike is ______________. Beginner Unit 4

a) my sister’s friend

b) friend my sister

c) friend from my sister

d) my sister friend’s

4.My brother is ______________ artist. Beginner Unit 2 / Elementary Basics 2

a) the

b) an

c) a

d) ¾

5._______________ 20 desks in the classroom. Beginner Unit 7 / Elementary Unit 3

a) This is

b) There is

c) They are

d) There are

6.Paul ________________ romantic films. Beginner Unit 5

a) likes not

b) don’t like

c) doesn’t like

d) isn’t likes

7.Sorry, I can’t talk. I _____________ right now. Beginner Unit 11

a) driving

b) ‘m driving

c) drives

d) drive

8.She _________________ at school last week. Beginner Unit 8 / Elementary Unit 5

a) didn't be

b) weren’t

c) wasn’t

d) isn’t

9.I _________________ the film last night. Beginner Unit 9 / Elementary Unit 5

a) like

b) likes

c) liking

d) liked

10.__________________ a piece of cake? No, thank you. Elementary Unit 1

a) Do you like

b) Would you like

c) Want you

d) Are you like

11.The living room is ___________________ than the bedroom. Elementary Unit 10 / Pre-int Unit 6

a) more big

b) more bigger

c) biggest

d) bigger

12.The car is very old. We’re going ____________________ a new car soon. Beginner Unit 12 / Elementary Unit 11

a) to buy

b) buying

c) to will buy

d) buy

13.Jane is a vegetarian. She ____________________ meat. Beginner Unit 6 / Elementary Unit 4

a) sometimes eats

b) never eats

c) often eats

d) usually eats

14.There aren’t ________________ buses late in the evening. Elementary Unit 3 / Pre-int Unit 3

a) some

b) any

c) no

d) a

15.The car park is _________________ to the restaurant. Elementary Unit 3 / Pre-int Unit 3

a) next

b) opposite

c) behind

d) in front

16.Sue ________________ shopping every day. Elementary Unit 8 / Pre-int Unit 4

a) is going

b) go

c) going

d) goes

17.They _________________ in the park when it started to rain heavily. Intermediate Unit 4

a) walked

b) were walking

c) were walk

d) are walking

seen fireworks before? Pre-intermediate Unit 7 / Intermediate Unit 2

a) Did you ever

b) Are you ever

c) Have you ever

d) Do you ever

19.We’ve been friends ____________________ many years. Pre-intermediate Unit 10 / Intermediate Unit 2

a) since

b) from

c) during

d) for

20.You _________________ pay for the tickets. They’re free. Intermediate Unit 3

a) have to

b) don’t have

c) don’t need to

d) doesn’t have to

21.Jeff was ill last week and he _________________ go out. Pre-intermediate Unit 11

a) needn't

b) can’t

c) mustn’t

d) couldn’t

22.These are the photos ________________ I took on holiday. Pre-intermediate Unit 12

a) which

b) who

c) what

d) where

23.We’ll stay at home if it _______________ this afternoon. Pre-intermediate Unit 8

a) raining

b) rains

c) will rain

d) rain

24.He doesn’t smoke now, but he __________________ a lot when he was young. Pre-intermediate Unit 2

a) has smoked

b) smokes

c) used to smoke

d) was smoked

25.Mark plays football ___________________ anyone else I know. Pre-intermediate Unit 6 / Intermediate Unit 5

a) more good than

b) as better as

c) best than

d) better than

26.I promise I __________________ you as soon as I’ve finished this cleaning.
Pre-intermediate Unit 5 / Intermediate Unit 6

a) will help

b) am helping

c) going to help

d) have helped

27.This town ___________________ by lots of tourists during the summer.
Pre-intermediate Unit 9 / Intermediate Unit 11

a) visits

b) visited

c) is visiting

d) is visited

28.He said that his friends ____________ to speak to him after they lost the football match.
Intermediate Unit 12 / Upper-intermediate Unit 10

a) not want

b) weren’t

c) didn’t want

d) aren’t wanting

29.How about _________________ to the cinema tonight? Pre-intermediate Unit 4

a) going

b) go

c) to go

d) for going

30.Excuse me, can you ___________________ me the way to the station, please? Pre-intermediate Unit 3

a) give

b) take

c) tell

d) say

31.I wasn’t interested in the performance very much. ________________.
Intermediate Unit 4

a) I didn’t, too.

b) Neither was I.

c) Nor I did.

d) So I wasn’t.

32.Take a warm coat, _______________ you might get very cold outside.
Upper Intermediate Unit 4

a) otherwise

b) in case

c) so that

d) in order to

33.__________________ this great book and I can’t wait to see how it ends.
Intermediate Unit 7 / Upper Intermediate Unit 4

a) I don’t read

b) I’ve read

c) I’ve been reading

d) I read

34.What I like more than anything else ___________________ at weekends.
Upper Intermediate Unit 1

a) playing golf

b) to play golf

c) is playing golf

d) is play golf

35.She ________________ for her cat for two days when she finally found it in the garage. Upper Intermediate Unit 5

a) looked

b) had been looked

c) had been looking

d) were looking

36.We won’t catch the plane _________________ we leave home now! Please hurry up! Upper Intermediate Unit 6

a) if

b) providing that

c) except

d) unless

37.If I hadn’t replied to your email, I___________________ here with you now. Upper Intermediate Unit 6

a) can’t be

b) wouldn’t be

c) won’t be

d) haven’t been

38.Do you think you ___________________ with my mobile phone soon? I need to make a call. Upper Intermediate Unit 7

a) finish

b) are finishing

c) will have finished

d) are finished

39.I don’t remember mentioning __________________ dinner together tonight. Upper Intermediate Unit 10

a) go for

b) you going to

c) to go for

d) going for

40.Was it Captain Cook ______________ New Zealand? Upper Intermediate Unit 12

a) who discovered

b) discovered

c) that discover

d) who was discovering


41.You may not like the cold weather here, but you’ll have to ________________, I’m afraid.

a) tell it off

b) sort itself out

c) put up with it

d) put it off

42.It’s cold so you should __________________ on a warm jacket.

a) put

b) wear

c) dress

d) take

43.Paul will look ______________ our dogs while we’re on holiday.

a) at

b) for

c) into

d) after

44.She ___________________ a lot of her free time reading.

a) does

b) spends

c) has

d) makes

45.Hello, this is Simon. Could I ___________________ to Jane, please?

a) say

b) tell

c) call

d) speak

46.They’re coming to our house ___________________ Saturday.

a) in

b) at

c) on

d) with

47.I think it’s very easy to ___________ debt these days.

a) go into

b) become

c) go down to

d) get into

48.Come on! Quick! Let’s get _____________!

a) highlight

b) cracking

c) massive

d) with immediate effect

49.I phoned her ____________ I heard the news.

a) minute

b) during

c) by the time

d) the moment

50.I feel very ____________. I’m going to go to bed!

a) nap

b) asleep

c) sleepy

d) sleeper

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