TEXT COMPLETION
TEXTES À COMPLÉTER

ÉNONCÉ:

 

Cet exercice est une des 7 épreuves écrites de la partie reading du TOEIC. Mais qui vous servira pour n'importe quel test de niveau même si vous ne la retrouvez pas telle quelle stricto sensu.
Car il vous faudra acquérir les mêmes réflexes et utiliser les mêmes connaissances pour les autres tests (TOEFL - BULATS - IETLS, etc.)!

 

ATTENTION: respectez bien les consignes ci-dessous et notamment jouez le jeu pour vous exercer en conditions réelles.

Dans cette partie vous avez 4 textes. Pour chacun de ces textes il faut compléter les 4 blancs en choisissant la MEILLEURE des 4 options proposées pour chaque blanc.

Je vous recommande de consacrer environ 30 secondes à 1 minute pour chaque blanc, soit 2 minutes à 4 minutes par texte et donc 8 minutes à 15 minutes pour toute cette partie.

Donc regardez l'heure ou utilisez la fonction chronomètre présente sur 99,5% des smartphones, tablettes!

 

CONSEILS: À mon humble avis, voici quelques conseils précieux :

  • Méfiez-vous du vocabulaire.
    Car parfois les questions sont faites pour vous piéger... donc la clé ici, autant que vos compétences linguistiques, c'est la... concentration.
    Comme pour tout test en fin de compte.
    .
  • Lisez le texte puis les 4 options proposées.
  • Pour certaines questions il y a une part d'interprétation qui est parfois difficile à appréhender.
    Car même si vous comprenez tout (le texte et les 4 options) il faut prendre en compte le contexte et NON pas vous fier à ce que vous écririez dans ce contexte. N'oubliez pas que c'est un test, donc il y a un côté un peu "bête" et "méchant"!

 

Now, let's start and test your comprehension skills!

Let's goooo!

TEXT 5:

Subject: Keynote

 

Dear Jose,

As _____ over the phone, I'm contacting you at the request of Dr Peew, the dean of your Engineering Department in your school to arrange for a speaking engagement in the coming months.

We can bring the best speakers in our field to speak in front of your _____ students.
That would be a great opportunity for them to learn from the bests, do some networking and have _____ professionnal opportunities.
And we hope that you could join _____ too!

If you are interested, please let me know. And I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Best regards,

 

Joe Remotive

 

Question 17:
A/ debated
B/ talked
C/ spoken
D/ discussed

Question 18:
A/ graduated
B/ graduating
C/ grade
D/ graduatedly

Question 19:
A/ precendented
B/ impossible
C/ unprecedented
D/ obvious

Question 20:
A/ at us
B/ with us
C/ to us
D/ us

TEXT 6:

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be really greatful if you would send me a brochure about your cruises in the Mediterranean sea.
Indeeed, my wife and I, are currently planning our next trip and are thinking of going on a cruise next year.
We have a budget of $2,5000 to $3,0000 per person for a week.
Could you also please tell me ______ you accept pets?
We never go anywhere with our ______ dog, Lilo. I'm sure you would understand.

Please note that we are only interested in cruises in the Mediterranean region.
We already went on several cruises with two of your competitors (MakeItCruise and SnoopCruises) in other areas of the world; it was wonderful but a bit too far and long for our ______.

______,

Adam Smith

 

Question 21:
A/ if
B/ whether
C/ should
D/ would

Question 22:
A/ 8-year-old
B/ eight year old
C/ 8-years-old
D/ eight years old

Question 23:
A/ tasting
B/ passion
C/ like
D/ liking

Question 24:
A/ Most sincerely,
B/ Appreciated,
C/ Yours faithfully
D/ Best feelings,

TEXT 7:

 

Dear Mr. Taylor,

We have received your latest order yesterday and it will be shipped later today.
_____.
Moreover, I have included our new brochure and a few leaflets in your _____.

Last but not least, we have just released our new range of seamless pipes.
_____ you wish to have a technical demo of such revolutionary products, feel free to come back to me.
I know that the new pipes could be a perfect addition to the next tender procedures you will take part in.
You won't have to use welding automatic machines anymore. So, you will reduce your assembly costs over the short term and maintenance costs over the medium and long-term.
That's why we are already ouf of stock. So, if you want to test them, come back to me and I will arrange a solution. If you are sure to order, please do it as soon as possible to be sure to have them delivered when needed.

Thanks again for being one of our _____ customers, we appreciate your business.

Adrian Jordan

 

Question 25:
A/ We are going to ship it soon.
B/ You will receive it within 2 working days.
C/ We are waiting for our stocks to be replenished.
D/ We will merge this order with the next one.

Question 26:
A/ deliver
B/ package
C/ cartoons
D/ brochure

Question 27:
A/ Would
B/ Could
C/ Should
D/ Ought

Question 28:
A/ value
B/ values
C/ valued
D/ valuation

TEXT 8:

Subject: Re: Interview Request

Dear Mr. Rogers,

With reference to your cover letter dated June 6th, _______.
With one of our senior developer we have reviewed your _______ and we would be delighted to welcome you for a tour in our offices and a 30-to-45-minute interview with one of our technical staff and myself as HR manager any time next Tuesday morning.
As you know we have been focusing our activities _______ processing online payments for SMEs. That's why we would like a demonstration of your technical abilities in fields such as advanced cryptography, privacy enhancing technologies and machine learning for online payments.
And if you would like to present a particular project of your freelance portfolio, we would greatly appreciate it too!

Finally, feel free to come back to me if you need any information about this interview, the job you're applying for or any other _______ I could help you with.

Best regards,

 

Question 29:
A/ we decline your offer
B/ I would like to thank for your application.
C/ we can a competitive package.
D/ it cannot happen.

Question 30:
A/ curi vitae
B/ process
C/ experience
D/ résumé

Question 31:
A/ on
B/ at
C/ about
D/ onto

Question 32:
A/ problem
B/ solution
C/ matter
D/ difficulty

Cliquez ici pour voir la correction de l'exercice +

Correction rapide :

17/D - 18/B - 19/C - 20/D - 21/B - 22/A - 23/D - 24/C - 25/B - 26/B - 27/C - 28/C - 29/B - 30/D - 31/A - 32/C

 

Correction détaillée :

Les bonnes réponses sont en gras.

 

TEXT 5:

Subject: Keynote

Dear Jose,

As discussed over the phone, I'm contacting you at the request of Dr Peew, the dean of your Engineering Department in your school
to arrange for a speaking engagement in the coming months.

We can bring the best speakers in our field to speak in front of your graduating students.


That would be a great opportunity for them to learn from the bests, do some networking and have unprecedented professionnal opportunities.

And we hope that you could join us too!

If you are interested, please let me know. And I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Best regards,

 


TEXT 6:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would be really greatful if you would send me a brochure about your cruises in the Mediterranean sea.
Indeeed, my wife and I, are currently planning our next trip and are thinking of going on a cruise next year.
We have a budget of $2,5000 to $3,0000 per person for a week.
Could you also please tell me whether you accept pets?


We never go anywhere with our 8-year-old dog, Lilo. I'm sure you would understand.

Please note that we are only interested in cruises in the Mediterranean region.
We already went on several cruises with two of your competitors (MakeItCruise and SnoopCruises) in other areas of the world; it was wonderful but a bit too far and long for our liking.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Smith

 


TEXT 7:

Dear Mr. Taylor,

We have received your latest order yesterday and it will be shipped later today.
You will receive it within 2 working days.


Moreover, I have included our new brochure and a few leaflets in your package.

Last but not least, we have just released our new range of seamless pipes.
Should you wish to have a technical demo of such revolutionary products, feel free to come back to me.
I know that the new pipes could be a perfect addition to the next tender procedures you will take part in.
You won't have to use welding automatic machines anymore. So, you will reduce your assembly costs over the short term and maintenance costs over the medium and long-term.
That's why we are already ouf of stock. So, if you want to test them, come back to me and I will arrange a solution. If you are sure to order, please do it as soon as possible to be sure to have them delivered when needed.

Thanks again for being one of our valued customers, we appreciate your business.

Adrian Jordan

 


TEXT 8:

Subject: Re: Interview Request

Dear Mr. Rogers,

With reference to your cover letter dated June 6th, I would like to thank for your application.


With one of our senior developer we have reviewed your résumé and we would be delighted to welcome you for a tour in our offices and a 30-to-45-minute interview with one of our technical staff and myself as HR manager any time next Tuesday morning.

As you know we have been focusing our activities on processing online payments for SMEs. That's why we would like a demonstration of your technical abilities in fields such as advanced cryptography, privacy enhancing technologies and machine learning for online payments.
And if you would like to present a particular project of your freelance portfolio, we would greatly appreciate it too!

Finally, feel free to come back to me if you need any information about this interview, the job you're applying for or any other matter I could help you with.

Best regards,

 

 

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Laissez-moi vos questions et commentaires dans la zone commentaires ci-dessous :

  • Hi Adrien,

    11 out of 16.
    After seeing the correction, I understood my mistakes.. It was mainly a problem of vocabulary, and therefore of comprehension. Not everything is obvious!
    So, for the text n° 6, I thought that students were already graduated, and not in the process of graduating
    And I was surprised by the word « résumé » with the accents.

    Have a good rest of the day.

    • Hi Christian,

      Indeed, missing some words can lead to confusion.

      Résumé –> was taken from French. Many French words kept their accents when crossing the Channel! Especially foodwise: crêmé brulée / chocolate gâteau / vegetable soufflé

      I hope this helps. 🙂

      Have a great day.

  • I made 6 mistakes and I ve learned a lot with the corrections here under. About valued I haven t found anything about it. I selected valued
    And
    How can you translate j ai fait 3 erreurs DONT/ these kind of small words annoying. Thanks

    • Hey Caroline,

      « I made three mistakes including this kind of small annoying words. »

      Have a great day.

      PS: Beware not to forget apostrophes when writing in English.

      I made 6 mistakes and I’ve learned a lot with the corrections here under. About valued I haven’t found anything about it.
      How can you translate: « J’ai fait 3 erreurs DONT these kind of small annoying words »?.
      Thanks.

  • Hello Adrien,
    Why for the question 21 you can’t put « if » instead of « whether » ?
    What does it mean « it was wonderful but a bit too far and long for our liking » ? I do not understand « liking ».
    thank you

    • Hello Frédérique,

      Thank you for your questions. Let me try to clear things up for you a little:

      – You should use if when you have a conditional sentence and whether when two alternatives are possible. = Tell me whether you want to come or not. If you don’t come, I won’t go either.
      – Liking is a noun that describe the feeling that you like something or someone. = taste

      I hope this was helpful.

      Enjoy the rest of your day.

  • Hello Adrien,

    In the text number 6, any possibility to write if ?
    Also you wrote 8-year-old could you explain it to me why this is the right answer ?
    Text 5 i don’t understand what does the sentence unprecedented professionnal opportunities mean ?
    Text 8 you wrote résumé it’s write word for CV?
    Text 7 you wrote should you wish, could you also explain to me why this choice ?

    Thanks for answer

    Nice afternoon

    • Hello Jamila,

      Thanks a lot for asking.

      1/ In academic English, no. But in reality a lot of native speakers use « if » in such a sentence, but it is considered as a mistake when you take an English exam.
      However, please note that when there are 2 possibilities, (when it is a closed question: yes or no), one has to use « whether »!
      Could you also please tell me ______ you accept pets? => Do you OR do you not? (2 possibilities)

      2/ Unprecedented professionnal opportunities means « des opportunités professionnelles auxquelles on n’a pas eu accès avant ». English is so much shorter, very often!

      3/ Résumé is a synonym of CV in English.

      4/ Should + sujet + verb in an affirmative sentence means = Si/dans la mesure où + vous + verbe conjugué au présent en français.
      For example : Should you want to have more information… = Si vous voulez avoir plus d’informations…
      It can only be formed with the auxiliary verb « should », therefore it is the only solution.

      I hope this helps!

      Have a good rest of the day.

  • Hi Adrien,

    I noticed that the good answer in the text 6 is  »8-year-old »
    I answered 8-years-old.
    Why « year » doesn’t have S? May I have an explanation?

    Have a good rest of the day.

    Marc

    • Hey Marc,

      Thank you for your question!

      There are 2 ways of expressing the age. In the sentence « An 8-year-old dog » (with hyphens ( – )), 8-year-old is considered an adjective and thus invariable as in « a 10-kilo suitcase », « an 8-kilometer-long road ».
      But you could also say « My dog is 8 years old »

      Let me correct a few mistakes in your message if you don’t mind:

      Hi Adrien,

      I noticed that the correct answer in the text 6 is ”8-year-old”
      I answered 8-years-old.
      Why doesn’t “year” have an S? May I have an explanation, please?

      Have a good rest of the day.

      Marc

      I hope it helps.

      Have a nice evening.

  • Hello Adrien,

    In the text number 6, any possibility to write if ?
    Also you wrote 8-year-old could you explain it to me why this is the right answer ?
    Text 5 i don’t understand what does the sentence unprecedented professionnal opportunities mean ?
    Text 8 you wrote résumé it’s write word for CV?
    Text 7 you wrote should you wish, could you also explain to me why this choice ?

    Thanks for answer

    Nice afternoon

  • Je comprends qu’il pourrait y avoir une différence entre graduated et graduating mais le dictionnaire traduit les deux de la même façon : diplômé.
    Je ne sais quoi en penser.

  • Hi,
    horrible : 7/16 !

    please, could you explain :
    1. the difference between « tasting » and « linking » ? I chose « tasting » in Text6.
    2. why « whether » and not « if » in « Could you tell me whether you accept pets? » (Text6)
    3, and finally explain (or maybe in a next youtube video ;-)), the subtle difference between : discussed, spoken and talked. I chose « talked » in Text5

    Best regards
    Xavier

    • Hello Xavier,

      Thanks a lot for asking, it is not « terrible », it’s a good start ;).

      To answer your questions:
      1. Tasting c’est la « dégustation » – liking (et non pas liNking, qui signifie le fait de relier) c’est le « goût » au sens… figuré.
      C’est pour ça que c’est la bonne réponse.
      2. Quand il s’agit de « si x ou y » (vous acceptez les animaux domestiques ou non) alors on utilise whether.
      3. discussed: débattu, au sens de « on en a parlé » – spoken: participe passé de « parler » et talked: participe de « parler » au sens de « converser – bavarder ».
      Ici c’est une expression idiomatique qui revient très, très souvent dans les emails pro et qui signifie « Comme évoqué au téléphone ».

      I hope that helps.

      Have a good rest of the day.