Mock Exam (HODs)
State of Kuwait
Ministry Of Education
E.L.T. General Supervision
Model exam for the Nominees for the Position of a "Head of Department" 2016-2017
Reading Comprehension Read the following passage then answer the questions below: Most people can remember a phone number for up to thirty seconds. When this short amount of time elapses, however, the numbers are erased from the memory. How did the information get there in the first place? Information that makes its way to the short-term memory (STM) does so via the sensory storage area. The brain has a filter which only allows stimuli that are of immediate interest to pass on to the STM, also known as the working memory. There is much debate about the capacity and duration of the short-term memory. The most accepted theory comes from George A. Miller, a cognitive psychologist who suggested that humans can remember approximately seven chunks of information. A chunk is defined as a meaningful unit of information, such as a word or name rather than just a letter or number. Modern theorists suggest that one can increase the capacity of the short-term memory by chunking, or classifying similar information together. By organizing information, one can optimize the STM, and improve the chances of a memory being passed on to long-term storage. When making a conscious effort to memorize something, such as information for an exam, many people engage in "rote rehearsal". By repeating something over and over again, one is able to keep a memory alive. Unfortunately, this type of memory maintenance only succeeds if there are no interruptions. As soon as a person stops rehearsing the information, it has the tendency to disappear. When a pen and paper are not handy, people often attempt to remember a phone number by repeating it aloud. If the doorbell rings or the dog barks to come in before a person has the opportunity to make a phone call, he will likely forget the number instantly. Therefore, rote rehearsal is not an efficient way to pass information from the short term to long term memory. A better way is to practise "elaborate rehearsal". This involves assigning semantic meaning to a piece of information so that it can be filed along with other per-existing long-term memories. Encoding information semantically also makes it more retrievable. Retrieving information can be done by recognition or recall. Humans can easily recall memories that are stored in the long-term memory and used often; however, if a memory seems to be forgotten, it may eventually be retrieved by prompting. The more cues a person is given (such as pictures), the more likely a memory can be retrieved. This is why multiple-choice tests are often used for subjects that require a lot of memorization. 1. The word "elapses" in paragraph 1 is closest in meaning to: *
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2. How do theorists believe a person can remember more information in a short time? *
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3. All of the following are mentioned as places in which memories are stored EXCEPT the ........................ *
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4. According to the passage, how do memories get transferred to the STM? *
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5. Why does the author mention a dog's bark? *
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6. Look at the four stars * (in the third paragraph) that indicate where this sentence can be added to the passage. Where would the following sentence fit best?"For example, a reader engages in elaborate rehearsal when he brings prior knowledge of a subject to a text." *
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7. Which of the following best provides the important information in the highlighted sentence in the fourth paragraph?Incorrect answer choices leave out essential information or change the meaning of it. *
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8. The author believes that rote rotation is …………….. *
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9. Which of the following is NOT supported by the passage? *
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Grammar Choose the correct answer from a, b, c and d. 1- You missed a great party last night. You ……………………. Why didn't you? a- must have come *
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2- …………………………appeared to be coming from the science lab next door. *
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3- Khaled…………….to reach the finals, so he………….by the result. *
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4- Please fill ………………..this online application form. *
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5- I remember .......................to the circus by my grandfather when I was a child. *
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In such a complex situation as this, mistakes are bound to happen ………………… *
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7- By the time the UN task force ………., the rebel forces ………………the province. *
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8- Having such a famous man for a father ..................... had an effect on Jason's childhood. *
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9- With ………………. 5,000 tigers remaining in the world, time is quickly running out of this beautiful animal. *
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10- I can reassure you that everything …………….as quickly as possible. *
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11-By the time the guests arrive, we …………………everything for the party. *
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12. Many a time ………………………. plan to meet her friend, but she never did. *
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13. It's about time we ………….... it's nearly midnight. *
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14. ……………….your help things would have been a disaster. *
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III- Educational Questions 1. The observer should ……………..…during classroom observation. *
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2. After a technical meeting, an HOD must ……................….. *
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3. Good leaders / managers should …………….……. *
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4. Criterion-Referenced Tests are tests which ……………….……. *
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5. Good planning is characterized by the following except ……………….. *
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6. The continuous professional development cycle enables you to update, maintain and develop your capabilities by: *
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7. As a HOD you must develop a …………….….. *
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8. The teaching of thinking skills can be grouped into three broad categories:
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