Directions: You will see single and double reading passages followed by several questions. Each question has four answers. Choose the best answer question and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer sheet.

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Question 1 of 24

Talar and Steve, a financial planning company based in Lakeview, has opened a branch office in downtown Salem in the building owned by the Salem Office Properties real estate company. Talar and Steve is taking over office space formerly occupied by the law offices of Lay Lawson. The space had been vacant for a year and a half. The new Talar and Steve office was open for business as of yesterday. Talar Ormond, president of Talar and Steve, says that her company chose the Salem location because of a rising demand for financial planning services in the area. "Salem is a growing community," she explained, " and the town's citizens are becoming more affluent. It is just the type of community where services such as ours are needed." Talar and Steve closed its branch offices in Johnstown and Freeburg at the end of last year. These coomunities are close enough to Lakeview to be served by the main office there, Ms. Talar explained, but having an office in Salem will facilitate expanding services to the entire eastern part of the state. The branch's opening comes just a few months after the opening of the PD Miller stock brokerage firm at the Salem Center office complex
What kind of a business is Talar and Steve

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Question 2 of 24

Talar and Steve, a financial planning company based in Lakeview, has opend a branch office in downtown Salem in the building owned by the Salem Office Properties real estate company. Talar and Steve is taking over office space formerly occupied by the law offices of Lay Lawson. The space had been vacant for a year and a half. The new Talar and Steve office was open for business as of yesterday. Talar Ormond, president of Talar and Steve, says that her company chose the Salem location because of a rising demand for financial planning services in the area. "Salem is a growing community," she explained, " and the town's citizens are becoming more affluent. It is just the type of community where services such as ours are needed." Talar and Steve closed its branch offices in Johnstown and Freeburg at the end of last year. These coomunities are close enough to Lakeview to be served by the main office there, Ms. Talar explained, but having an office in Salem will facilitate expanding services to the entire eastern part of the state. The branch's opening comes just a few months after the opening of the PD Miller stock brokerage firm at the Salem Center office complex
When did Talar and Steve open its branch office in Salem ?

Question 2 of 24

Question 3 of 24

Talar and Steve, a financial planning company based in Lakeview, has opend a branch office in downtown Salem in the building owned by the Salem Office Properties real estate company. Talar and Steve is taking over office space formerly occupied by the law offices of Lay Lawson. The space had been vacant for a year and a half. The new Talar and Steve office was open for business as of yesterday. Talar Ormond, president of Talar and Steve, says that her company chose the Salem location because of a rising demand for financial planning services in the area. "Salem is a growing community," she explained, " and the town's citizens are becoming more affluent. It is just the type of community where services such as ours are needed." Talar and Steve closed its branch offices in Johnstown and Freeburg at the end of last year. These coomunities are close enough to Lakeview to be served by the main office there, Ms. Talar explained, but having an office in Salem will facilitate expanding services to the entire eastern part of the state. The branch's opening comes just a few months after the opening of the PD Miller stock brokerage firm at the Salem Center office complex
Why did Talar and Steve open a branch office in Salem ?

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Question 4 of 24

Talar and Steve, a financial planning company based in Lakeview, has opend a branch office in downtown Salem in the building owned by the Salem Office Properties real estate company. Talar and Steve is taking over office space formerly occupied by the law offices of Lay Lawson. The space had been vacant for a year and a half. The new Talar and Steve office was open for business as of yesterday. Talar Ormond, president of Talar and Steve, says that her company chose the Salem location because of a rising demand for financial planning services in the area. "Salem is a growing community," she explained, " and the town's citizens are becoming more affluent. It is just the type of community where services such as ours are needed." Talar and Steve closed its branch offices in Johnstown and Freeburg at the end of last year. These coomunities are close enough to Lakeview to be served by the main office there, Ms. Talar explained, but having an office in Salem will facilitate expanding services to the entire eastern part of the state. The branch's opening comes just a few months after the opening of the PD Miller stock brokerage firm at the Salem Center office complex
The word facilitate in line 9 is closest in meaning to

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Question 5 of 24

Dexter Voo of Greenfield recently won the Good Citizen Prize for service to the local community. The prize is given annually at the Greenfield Bank to a bank employee who has demonstrated good citizens ship by contributing to community projects in some way. The purpose is to promote community goodwill and acknowledge bank employees' contributions to the greater Greenfield community. Voo, a teller at the Simsbury Village branch of the bank, received the honor from his bank coworkers. "Dexter has always given generously of his time community group," explained his supervisor, Toby Addison. "We thought it was about time his contributions were acknowledged. We at the bank are all so pleased that he is this year's winner." This is the second year the prize has been given. Last year the honor went to Albina Goldy, assistant to the bank's president.
What did Dexter Voo ?

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Question 6 of 24

Dexter Voo of Greenfield recently won the Good Citizen Prize for service to the local community. The prize is given annually at the Greenfield Bank to a bank employee who has demonstrated good citizens ship by contributing to community projects in some way. The purpose is to promote community goodwill and acknowledge bank employees' contributions to the greater Greenfield community. Voo, a teller at the Simsbury Village branch of the bank, received the honor from his bank coworkers. "Dexter has always given generously of his time community group," explained his supervisor, Toby Addison. "We thought it was about time his contributions were acknowledged. We at the bank are all so pleased that he is this year's winner." This is the second year the prize has been given. Last year the honor went to Albina Goldy, assistant to the bank's president.
What is Dexter Voo ?

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Question 7 of 24

Dexter Voo of Greenfield recently won the Good Citizen Prize for service to the local community. The prize is given annually at the Greenfield Bank to a bank employee who has demonstrated good citizens ship by contributing to community projects in some way. The purpose is to promote community goodwill and acknowledge bank employees' contributions to the greater Greenfield community. Voo, a teller at the Simsbury Village branch of the bank, received the honor from his bank coworkers. "Dexter has always given generously of his time community group," explained his supervisor, Toby Addison. "We thought it was about time his contributions were acknowledged. We at the bank are all so pleased that he is this year's winner." This is the second year the prize has been given. Last year the honor went to Albina Goldy, assistant to the bank's president.
How do Dexter Voo coworks feel about him ?

Question 7 of 24

Question 8 of 24

To the Editor :

I read with great concern the report in your newspaper this morning about the plans of the Holbrook Manufacturing Company to build a factory in this city. The project has received strong support from the city council, based on their belief that Holbrook will bring a significant number of jobs to our area and boost the local economy. Apparently, they are blind to the reality. Holbrook is well known for its innovative manufacturing methods, which are largely automated. Because of this, very little manual labor is required. Holbrook's system generally requires highly skilled technicians, who would likely come here from other places to work at the factory. There will be few, if any, jobs for local citizens. what do we get in return for this ? A large, unsightly building that will require the destruction of natural areas and throw pollution into our air and water. The city council must approve Holbrook's project before they begin construction of the factory. Holbrook's board of directors, eager to break ground on the project as early as next month, have urged the city council to move forward with their vote, and it will take place tomorrow night rather than two weeks from now, as originally planned. This gives even less time for council members to develop an informed opinion. I strongly urge them not to bow to the pressure of Holbrook and to vote against the proposed project.

Sincerely,

Hadon Karen
Why did Hadon Karen write this letter ?

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Question 9 of 24

To the Editor :

I read with great concern the report in your newspaper this morning about the plans of the Holbrook Manufacturing Company to build a factory in this city. The project has received strong support from the city council, based on their belief that Holbrook will bring a significant number of jobs to our area and boost the local economy. Apparently, they are blind to the reality. Holbrook is well known for its innovative manufacturing methods, which are largely automated. Because of this, very little manual labor is required. Holbrook's system generally requires highly skilled technicians, who would likely come here from other places to work at the factory. There will be few, if any, jobs for local citizens. what do we get in return for this ? A large, unsightly building that will require the destruction of natural areas and throw pollution into our air and water. The city council must approve Holbrook's project before they begin construction of the factory. Holbrook's board of directors, eager to break ground on the project as early as next month, have urged the city council to move forward with their vote, and it will take place tomorrow night rather than two weeks from now, as originally planned. This gives even less time for council members to develop an informed opinion. I strongly urge them not to bow to the pressure of Holbrook and to vote against the proposed project.

Sincerely,

Hadon Karen
What kind of people generally work at Holbrook ?

Question 9 of 24

Question 10 of 24

To the Editor :

I read with great concern the report in your newspaper this morning about the plans of the Holbrook Manufacturing Company to build a factory in this city. The project has received strong support from the city council, based on their belief that Holbrook will bring a significant number of jobs to our area and boost the local economy. Apparently, they are blind to the reality. Holbrook is well known for its innovative manufacturing methods, which are largely automated. Because of this, very little manual labor is required. Holbrook's system generally requires highly skilled technicians, who would likely come here from other places to work at the factory. There will be few, if any, jobs for local citizens. what do we get in return for this ? A large, unsightly building that will require the destruction of natural areas and throw pollution into our air and water. The city council must approve Holbrook's project before they begin construction of the factory. Holbrook's board of directors, eager to break ground on the project as early as next month, have urged the city council to move forward with their vote, and it will take place tomorrow night rather than two weeks from now, as originally planned. This gives even less time for council members to develop an informed opinion. I strongly urge them not to bow to the pressure of Holbrook and to vote against the proposed project.

Sincerely,

Hadon Karen
When will the city council vote on the Holbrook project ?

Question 10 of 24

Question 11 of 24

To the Editor :

I read with great concern the report in your newspaper this morning about the plans of the Holbrook Manufacturing Company to build a factory in this city. The project has received strong support from the city council, based on their belief that Holbrook will bring a significant number of jobs to our area and boost the local economy. Apparently, they are blind to the reality. Holbrook is well known for its innovative manufacturing methods, which are largely automated. Because of this, very little manual labor is required. Holbrook's system generally requires highly skilled technicians, who would likely come here from other places to work at the factory. There will be few, if any, jobs for local citizens. what do we get in return for this ? A large, unsightly building that will require the destruction of natural areas and throw pollution into our air and water. The city council must approve Holbrook's project before they begin construction of the factory. Holbrook's board of directors, eager to break ground on the project as early as next month, have urged the city council to move forward with their vote, and it will take place tomorrow night rather than two weeks from now, as originally planned. This gives even less time for council members to develop an informed opinion. I strongly urge them not to bow to the pressure of Holbrook and to vote against the proposed project.

Sincerely,

Hadon Karen
The word unsightly in line 11 is closest in meaning to

Question 11 of 24

Question 12 of 24

Hungry Marie, Inc.

You work hard, and you deserve good food. Hungry's Marie, Inc. provides everything from snacks to four-course dinners for your conference, meeting, office party, or any other business occasion. We deliver to most downtown locations.

Menu choices can be viewed on our website : www.hungrymarie.com. Our plannig consultants can help you plan your next event and will explain our pricing system. Simply call 988-6767 or stop by our office during normal business hours.
What kind of business is advertised ?

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Question 13 of 24

Hungry Marie, Inc.

You work hard, and you deserve good food. Hungry's Marie, Inc. provides everything from snacks to four-course dinners for your conference, meeting, office party, or any other business occasion. We deliver to most downtown locations.

Menu choices can be viewed on our website : www.hungrymarie.com. Our plannig consultants can help you plan your next event and will explain our pricing system. Simply call 988-6767 or stop by our office during normal business hours.
How can someone planning an event get prices for food ?

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Question 14 of 24

ATTENTION !

Dabblock is now hiring for positions in a variety of locations. We have fantastic opportunities available for writers, editors, and proofreaders. See below for a partial list of currently available positions.

Visit the Careers page on our website to find out more and to apply for any of these positions. To access a particular job posting, copy and paste the job number into the search field on the Careers page. Or, browse through the list of available positions. When you find a positions for which you are qualified, complete the online job application. You may also attach your résumé. Letters of recommendation are not required at this point. Please do not call the office. All job application information is included on the website.

Now hiring :
Proofreader. Job #4992
Requires two years' experience OR proof relevant training.

Assistant Editor. Job #7985
No previous experience required. Must have a degree in English, journalism, or a related field.

Editorial Intern. Job #6933
No previous experience required. Current college student preferred.

Staff Writer. Job #6884
Requires minimum of three years' experience in a similar position.
What kind of business is Dabblock probably engaged in ?

Question 14 of 24

Question 15 of 24

ATTENTION !

Dabblock is now hiring for positions in a variety of locations. We have fantastic opportunities available for writers, editors, and proofreaders. See below for a partial list of currently available positions.

Visit the Careers page on our website to find out more and to apply for any of these positions. To access a particular job posting, copy and paste the job number into the search field on the Careers page. Or, browse through the list of available positions. When you find a positions for which you are qualified, complete the online job application. You may also attach your résumé. Letters of recommendation are not required at this point. Please do not call the office. All job application information is included on the website.

Now hiring :
Proofreader. Job #4992
Requires two years' experience OR proof relevant training.

Assistant Editor. Job #7985
No previous experience required. Must have a degree in English, journalism, or a related field.

Editorial Intern. Job #6933
No previous experience required. Current college student preferred.

Staff Writer. Job #6884
Requires minimum of three years' experience in a similar position.
How can someone apply for a job at Dabblock ?

Question 15 of 24

Question 16 of 24

ATTENTION !

Dabblock is now hiring for positions in a variety of locations. We have fantastic opportunities available for writers, editors, and proofreaders. See below for a partial list of currently available positions.

Visit the Careers page on our website to find out more and to apply for any of these positions. To access a particular job posting, copy and paste the job number into the search field on the Careers page. Or, browse through the list of available positions. When you find a positions for which you are qualified, complete the online job application. You may also attach your résumé. Letters of recommendation are not required at this point. Please do not call the office. All job application information is included on the website.

Now hiring :
Proofreader. Job #4992
Requires two years' experience OR proof relevant training.

Assistant Editor. Job #7985
No previous experience required. Must have a degree in English, journalism, or a related field.

Editorial Intern. Job #6933
No previous experience required. Current college student preferred.

Staff Writer. Job #6884
Requires minimum of three years' experience in a similar position.
Which of the advertised jobs requires previous experience ?

Question 16 of 24

Question 17 of 24

WTF Office Renovators

P.O. Box 16

Newforth, MA 01253

November 17, 2011

Invoice #004

Client name:

Kenneth and Smith Law Offices

34 Highland Ave, Suite 5

Newforth, MA 01253

Painting, 2 rooms:                                        $650

Carpentry repair work:                              $950

Total due:                                                    $1,600

Previous account balance: $700

Paid in full. Thank you!

The work describe herein covers work completed during the month of October. Please pay the entire amount by the end of next month

 

What does $700 represent on this invoice?

Question 17 of 24

Question 18 of 24

WTF Office Renovators

P.O. Box 16

Newforth, MA 01253

November 17, 2011

Invoice #004

Client name:

Kenneth and Smith Law Offices

34 Highland Ave, Suite 5

Newforth, MA 01253

Painting, 2 rooms:                                        $650

Carpentry repair work:                              $950

Total due:                                                    $1,600

Previous account balance: $700

Paid in full. Thank you!

The work describe herein covers work completed during the month of October Please pay the entire amount by the end of next month.

 

When is the bill due?

Question 18 of 24

Question 19 of 24

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

To avoid personal injury property damage, follow these safety instructions when using this product:
  • Keep product away from radiators and other heat sources and ina a place where air can circulate freely around it.
  • Do not make of receive calls while standing in or near water, such as a sink, bathtub, or swimming pool.
  • Do not place furniture or other items on top of the power cord.
  • Do not apply excess force when dialing. This could result in permanent damage to the buttons.
  • Disconnect product from electrical storm.
  • If repair work is required, contact the manufacturer at the phone number listed on the front cover of this manual.
What kind of product are these instructions

Question 19 of 24

Question 20 of 24

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

To avoid personal injury property damage, follow these safety instructions when using this product:
  • Keep product away from radiators and other heat sources and ina a place where air can circulate freely around it.
  • Do not make of receive calls while standing in or near water, such as a sink, bathtub, or swimming pool.
  • Do not place furniture or other items on top of the power cord.
  • Do not apply excess force when dialing. This could result in permanent damage to the buttons.
  • Disconnect product from electrical storm.
  • If repair work is required, contact the manufacturer at the phone number listed on the front cover of this manual.
What should the customer do if the product stops working property?

Question 20 of 24

Question 21 of 24

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

To avoid personal injury property damage, follow these safety instructions when using this product:
  • Keep product away from radiators and other heat sources and ina a place where air can circulate freely around it.
  • Do not make of receive calls while standing in or near water, such as a sink, bathtub, or swimming pool.
  • Do not place furniture or other items on top of the power cord.
  • Do not apply excess force when dialing. This could result in permanent damage to the buttons.
  • Disconnect product from electrical storm.
  • If repair work is required, contact the manufacturer at the phone number listed on the front cover of this manual.
When should the product not be used?

Question 21 of 24

Question 22 of 24

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

To avoid personal injury property damage, follow these safety instructions when using this product:
  • Keep product away from radiators and other heat sources and ina a place where air can circulate freely around it.
  • Do not make of receive calls while standing in or near water, such as a sink, bathtub, or swimming pool.
  • Do not place furniture or other items on top of the power cord.
  • Do not apply excess force when dialing. This could result in permanent damage to the buttons.
  • Disconnect product from electrical storm.
  • If repair work is required, contact the manufacturer at the phone number listed on the front cover of this manual.
What do the instructions say about cleaning the product?

Question 22 of 24

Question 23 of 24

Paul Jackson, president of the Mount Auburn Bank, announced yesterday afternoon that Joel Diana has been appointed as the bank's new directory of human resources. Ms. Diana has more than 25 year's experience in the banking industry. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for Halt and Levin, a local accounting firm. She left the firm after several years and started her banking career as teller at the Windsor Bank. She eventually worked her way up to a position as branch manager at the Riverside branch of that institution. Two years ago, she left that job to pursue a master's degree in human resource management at state University, which she completed last month. "She comes to us highly recommended both by her previous employers and by her instructors at the university, "says Mr. Jackson. Ms. Diana will begin her new job at the beginning of next year.

What was Ms. Diana's most recent job?

Question 23 of 24

Question 24 of 24

Paul Jackson, president of the Mount Auburn Bank, announced yesterday afternoon that Joel Diana has been appointed as the bank's new directory of human resources. Ms. Diana has more than 25 year's experience in the banking industry. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for Halt and Levin, a local accounting firm. She left the firm after several years and started her banking career as teller at the Windsor Bank. She eventually worked her way up to a position as branch manager at the Riverside branch of that institution. Two years ago, she left that job to pursue a master's degree in human resource management at state University, which she completed last month. "She comes to us highly recommended both by her previous employers and by her instructors at the university, "says Mr. Jackson. Ms. Diana will begin her new job at the beginning of next year.

Where did Ms. Diana work as a teller?

Question 24 of 24