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Michigan English Test

(MET)
Sample Questions

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GENERAL INFORMATION

1. What is the MET? It is an international exam of


English.

2. What levels is it for? From Basic to Advanced (A2 – C1


based on the Common European
Framework)

3. What is it for? It certifies the candidate’s English


level and it is accepted by most public
and private universities in Peru.

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Test Format
• You will take a written test (paper-and-
pencil).
• You will find135 multiple-choice
questions divided in two major sections:
o (1) Listening (45 minutes)
o (2) Reading and Grammar (90 minutes)

Develop task awareness: Knowing what the test format is


can be very helpful (sections, number of items, etc.)
Additional information can be found here.

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Section 1: Listening
PART 1
Short conversations (approx. 20 items in total)
In this section of
the test, you will
PART 2
show your ability Longer conversations (approx. 20 items total)
to understand
spoken English. PART 3
Short talks (approx. 20 items total)

• If possible, read all of the questions before you listen.

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Sample Listening Questions: Part 1
You will hear short conversations between two people. After
each conversation, you will hear a question about it. Choose
the best answer to the question from the choices in your test
booklet.

AUDIO

Woman: I’m looking for the textbook for my


physics course, but you’re all out of the one I
need. Could you order a copy for me?
Man: Sure! That usually takes 5 business
days. Unless I have it sent by express mail,
but that’s going to cost you an extra 10
dollars.
Woman: No problem. Class starts next
week.

Listen and mark your answers on your answer sheet quickly.


You will not have enough time to transfer them later.

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Sample Listening Questions: Part 2
You will hear longer conversations between two people. After
each conversation, you will answer some questions about it.
Choose the best answer to the question from the choices in
your test booklet.

AUDIO

Man: Hi! I’m Steve Walters. I called earlier about


seeing the apartment.
Woman: Oh hi, Steve! I’m Nancy. Come on in!
Oh- sorry for the mess. I’m in the middle of
packing everything up, as you can probably tell
from all the boxes.
Man: Oh, no problem! Wow, this place is a lot
bigger than I imagined… (continues)

Identify the number of questions related to each dialog.


Remember, these audios are a little longer and you may take notes if needed.

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Sample Listening Questions: Part 3
You will hear some short talks. After each talk, you will answer some
questions about it. Choose the best answer to the question from the
choices in your test booklet.

AUDIO

Man: I want to share with you a study we did on


how teens use the Internet to find about music.
We interviewed over 18 hundred teens to ask
them about their Internet use, especially how they
use the Internet with regard to music. We spoke
to all these young people face-to-face. What we
learned is that teenage girls… (continues)

In Part 3, there is room to take notes. Use keywords, acronyms,


symbols, etc. to help you while you are note-taking.

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Main Listening Skills

1. Listening for main ideas


2. Listening for specific information / details
3. Inferencing

Make sure you practice. These skills are common in many


International exams.

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Question stems per skill
Listening for main ideas

• Why is the man visiting the woman?


• What are the speakers mainly discussing?
• What is the student discussing with the professor?
• What are the speakers talking about?
• What was the research study about?
• What is the speaker’s main purpose?

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Question stems per skill
Listening for specific information / details
• What problem does the woman have?
• Why did the man talk to the professor?
Focus on
• What does the man suggest the woman do? question words,
• How has the man helped the woman? such as “what,
when, where,
• What does the man want to know? how,” etc.
• What was John’s concern?
• What is not included in the monthly rent?
• What does the man tell the woman about the delivery?
• What does the man say he wants to do?
• How was the information for the study collected?
• When will the employees swipe their cards?

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Question stems per skill
Inferencing (meaning/content)

• What will the woman probably do?


• What can be inferred about the man?
• How does the man feel?
• What does the woman say about the figures?
• According to the woman, what will happen soon?
• What does the woman mean when she says: ?
• Why does the woman say:

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Section 2: Grammar
In this section of the test, you will show your ability to use
English grammar.

MET grammar items focus on a variety of grammatical


features observed in written American English.
Approx. 25 items total

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Sample Grammar Questions
Each question has only one correct answer. Choose the best
answer to the question from the choices printed in your test
booklet. You should mark A, B, C or D. If you are not sure about
an answer, you may guess.

Don’t spend too much time on a given item. If you are not sure
about an answer, make an educated guess.

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Section 2: Reading
Section A
Short message, announcement, advertisement, etc.
(80 words long)
In this section of
Section B
the test, you will Short text: segment of a glossary, memo, letter, etc.
show your ability (160 words long)
to understand
Section C
written English. 3-to-5 paragraph text: academic articles. (290 words
(Approx. 50 items long)
total)
Cross-Text Items
Items that require test takers to synthesize information

Do not stop if you do not know a word. Remember, you are


reading for a purpose.

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Sample Reading Questions
Each question has only one correct answer. Choose the best answer to the
question from the choices printed in your test booklet. You should mark A,
B, C or D. If you are not sure about an answer, you may guess.

Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of


the text; all the answers can be found in the text.

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Main Reading Skills

1. Reading for main ideas


2. Reading for specific information / details
3. Inferencing
4. Recognizing function and discourse patterns

Make sure you practice. These skills are common in many


International exams.

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Question stems per skill
Reading for main ideas

• What is the purpose of the advertisment?


• What is the main purpose of the article?

Question stems will help you anticipate the type of


information required to answer the question.

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Question stems per skill
Reading for specific information / details
• According to the article, what is one health benefit of flavanols?
• What does the coupon say about the exhibit?
• According to the article, how does gecko tape differ from natural gecko adhesive?
• What kind of evidence in gecko research would be needed to support a secretion
theory?
• What are the limitations with the friction and suction theories?
• According to the article, why is research about geckos useful?
• According to the advertisement, what is the advantage of the CopyPro’s ink
cartridge system?
• What does Alan think about the CopyPro?
• What does Alan ask Jane to do?
• Why does the reviewer mention mailing labels?
• Where did the men want to land their balloon?

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Question stems per skill
Inferencing (vocabulary/meaning)

• In the first sentence of paragraph 3, which word can replace


regulate?
• In the first sentence, why does the author refer to the health
benefits of eating chocolate as purpoted?
• In the last sentence, which phrase is closest in meaning to
confirmed?
• What does the word valid mean as used in the coupon?
• In the first sentence of paragraph 2, what does scaled mean?

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Question stems per skill
Inferencing (information/content)
• What is implied about milk chocolate?
• According to the article, what problem is associated with research
on cocoa?
• Why are soy farmers mentioned in the article?
• What can be inferred about the studies on flavanols in cocoa?
• The articles mention people who might use “gecko gloves.” How
are these people similar?
• What does the reviewer imply about printers that use single
multiple-color ink cartridges?
• What do the authors of the memo and the review agree on about
CopyPro?
• Based on the information in the passage, how could the men be
described?

Be sure you are familiar with all of the words in the stem
questions. (What does “imply” mean?)

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Question stems per skill
Recognizing function and discourse patterns

• In the last line of paragraph 2, what does it refer to?


• Why did the author begin the article with a question?

Referents can be found before or after the


pronoun in question.

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Final Recommendations
• Remember to bring your ID on
exam day
• Be on time
• Use a 2B pencil to record your
answers
• Work diligently and don’t spend
too much time on a given ítem
• Read instructions carefully

For further practice, click here! (MET sample test)

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