Пробна матура по английски език 2016



Пробната матура по английски език съдържа Част Слушане, Част Четене, Част Граматика и Част Писане в последователност, каквато е на матурата.

Времетраенето на ДЗИ по английски е четири астрономически часа.

Пробна матура по АЕ: Listening Comprehension

Get the Listening Comprehension part, together with the audio and answers, in pdf.

Listening comprehension directions: You will hear an excerpt about the Refugee Crisis twice. You have 2 (two) minutes to read the questions before listening and three minutes to answer them. After the second reading/listening you have one minute to check your answers.

Download audio for questions 1-10 in mp3.

1. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Europe may become a target of terrorist attacks because of the refugee crisis.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

2. Refugees and migrants in the Balkans are not aware of the fact that there are restrictions on their migration in European countries.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

3. Macedonian police forces tried to prevent the refugees from entering the country through peaceful measures.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

4. The number of refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean in 2016 is about half the number of those in 2015.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

5. Greece is the first destination of landing for all refugees who have crosses the Mediterranean.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

6. EU countries have implemented stricter border control measures to prevent refugees and migrants from invading Europe.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

7. EU states have breached their commitments to ensure places for the refugees and migrants.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

8. It is the responsibility of Greece alone to ensure decent living conditions and food for the refugees.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

9. Terrorists are unlikely to penetrate EU borders through the refugees.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

10. The NATO official views the refugee crisis as a geopolitical manoeuvre of Russia and Syria to destabilize Europe.
A) TRUE B) FALSE C) NO INFO IN THE TEXT

Listening comprehension directions: You will hear an excerpt about Tattoos twice. You have (1) one minute to read the questions before listening. While listening you CANNOT jot down notes. After the first reading/listening you have (3) three minutes to answer the questions. After the second reading/listening you have one minute to check your answers.

Download audio for questions 11-15 in mp3.

11. David Beckham has:
A) a star with blue swallows as a tattoo.
B) the sexiest-man-alive tattoo.
C) 14 tattoos.
D) 40 tattoos.

12. At least one tattoo have
A) the majority of people.
B) the majority of young people.
C) men in the 26-40 age group.
D) 40 percent of men and women aged 26-40.

13. Tattoos show:
A) a search for a new identity.
B) one's expression of his/her own individuality.
C) how one defines his/her identity.
D) one's lack of self-confidence and security.

14. Throughout the ages tattoos have been used:
A) to show one's financial status and social rank.
B) for religious and ritualistic purposes.
C) as a decoration, in rituals, and as status mark.
D) to help people reunite in after-life.

15. Native Americans used tattoos:
A) to prevent desertions.
B) as a punishment.
C) as a mark of courage.
D) to be fashionable.


Пробна матура по АЕ: Reading


Download the Matura AE Reading Comprehension test, together with the answers, in pdf.

Directions: Read the texts and choose one answer.

Accounts of the life of St. George, the patron saint of England, hold that he was a Cappadocian Christian who joined the Roman army, under whose auspices he may have visited Britain. In the early fourth century, George of Cappadocia is said to have been imprisoned and subjected to horrible tortures before finally being martyred at the order of the emperor Diocletian for declaring himself a Christian. There are a number of variations on this tale but precious little evidence to show that such a man ever actually lived. The popular legend maintained that the people of the Libyan city of Silene were threatened by a dragon that lived in a nearby pond. To placate the beast they fed it first their sheep and then local children. Finally, the last child, the young princess of Libya, was offered to the ferocious creature, to the great sorrow of her father. As the dragon was about to consume her, George of Cappadocia chanced to ride by on his horse. He saw the princess's distress and "drew out his sword and garnished him with the sign of the cross, and rode hardily against the dragon which came toward him, and smote him with his spear and hurt him sore and threw him to the ground." He directed the princess to tie her girdle around the dragon's neck, after which the dragon followed her back into the city. Once there, the future Saint George decapitated the dragon, saving the princess and the people of the city.

Despite his tenuous connection with England, Saint George became a celebrated figure in Britain during the Middle Ages. His legend may have become known to England as early as the end of the sixth century, brought by missionaries from Rome. The Venerable Bede included Saint George in the list of martyrs that he wrote in the eighth century, and the earliest known church dedicated to the saint was mentioned in the will of Alfred the Great at the beginning of the tenth century. The crusades seem to have solidified Saint George's role as the special protector of soldiers, and chivalric orders in Aragon, Genoa, the Holy Roman Empire, and Hungary adopted him as their patron.

16. There is exhaustive evidence that St. George visited England as a Roman soldier.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

17. St. George was persecuted for treason against emperor Diocletian.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

18. The legend maintains that St. George decapitated the dragon in Cappadocia.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

19. Not before the early 6 century was the legend of St. George brought to England.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

20. The crusaders chose St. George as their protector for his bravery and valiance.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

The stereotypical picture of Vikings is that of savages running berserk who looted and plundered the European coasts, pillaged towns, burned churches, raped women, killed innocents and just generally created havoc and mayhem before eventually celebrating their feats by gorging and drinking day and night. This colourful view of the Vikings seems to be at odds with the one held by historians.

One popular explanations offered for the Viking phenomenon is that overpopulation created a need for more land and thus the Vikings were largely motivated by a desire to colonise. Others see the Viking ship which undoubtedly facilitated 'viking' as the cause of the Nordic expansion. While Marxist and cultural theorists see the Viking phenomenon as the result of the grand matetrialist laws of history or as isolated events understandable in their own context, a new entrepreneurial approach seems to provide fresh insights into the business model of these barbarian warriors.

The study investigates the number of raids and the amount of wealth extorted by the Vikings and concludes that, first, roving banditry has reached a point where profits approached zero because of over-plundering and competition. Second, Viking rulers with a relative advantage in the use of coercion had an economic incentive to move to stationary banditry where they would increase profits by settling down and taxing local people rather than by roving and looting. Third, by settling the Vikings were able to build organizations that could offer solutions to public good problems. They did so by accumulating revenue from a number or sources, ranging from simple plunder to extortion of tribute and taxes, as well as by selling their services. Consequently, they produced protection and law enforcement, engaged in public works, supported the growth of trade, while simultaneously reaping rents for themselves. Increased production increased their tax collections.

21. According to the text the popular imagination sees the Viking as
A) merciless warriors.
B) ancient capitalists.
C) ruthless mercenaries and drunkards.
D) ancient seafarers.

22. The entrepreneurial approach to the Viking phenomenon:
A) coincides with that of historians.
B) is similar to that of Marxists.
C) accepts that the Viking ship caused the expansion.
D) contradicts the historical perspective.

23. According to the authors of the study Viking profits from roving banditry decreased because:
A) there was too much resistance.
B) the Vikings couldn't pool their plundered resources.
C) of rivalry and the finite plunder targets.
D) there was no coordination in the raids.

24. Stationary Nordic banditry allowed for:
A) easier looting and taxation.
B) higher and continuous profits.
C) hiring the Vikings as mercenaries.
D) the centralization of power.

25. Increased profits from sedentary settlements:
A) facilitated the development of science and technology.
B) resulted in the establishment of public organizations.
C) boosted trade and navigation.
D) encouraged the centralization of power.





Thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations turned to the heavens, marveling at their wonders. The ancient people honoured various gods and often linked their gods with the 'wandering stars' - the planets in the sky.

Mercury derives its name from the winged messenger of the gods, the god of thievery, commerce, and travel. Probably the planet got its name from the rate at which it spins. Venus was the Roman counterpart of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, so it is an appropriate name for the brightest planet. The only objects in our Solar System brighter than Venus are the Sun and the Moon. The ancient people thought that Venus was two different celestial objects – the Morning Star and the Evening Star. The Babylonians called the planet Ishtar after their goddess of womanhood and love. Earth is the only planet which is not named after a Roman god, but is associated with the goddess Terra Mater - Gaea to the Greeks. In mythology, she was the first goddess on Earth and the mother of Uranus. Mars is named after the Roman god of war. The planet got its name from the fact that it has the color of blood. Jupiter was the Roman king of the gods. Haning in mind that Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System, it makes sense that the planet was named after the most important god. Saturn was named after the Roman god of agriculture and harvest during his reign, known as the Golden Age, plenty and peace triumphed. The golden color associated with wheat and harvest gave the planet its name, but it also had to do with its position in the sky. Saturn stole the position of king of the gods from his father Uranus and afterwards the throne was stolen by Jupiter. Uranus was not discovered until the 1800’s, but the astronomers in that time followed the tradition of naming planets after Roman gods. In mythology, Uranus was the father of Saturn and was at one time the supreme king of the gods. While Neptune almost ended up being named after one of the astronomers credited with discovering it – Verrier – that was greatly disputed, so it was named after the god of the sea. The name was probably inspired by its blue color. Pluto no longer fits the definition of a planet, but it used to be. In classical mythology Pluto was the god of the underworld (Hades, not cosa nostra). The first two letters of Pluto are also the initials of the man who predicted its existence - Percival Lowell.

26. Mercury spins at a higher rate than Jupiter does.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

27. Venus is NOT the brightest planet in the Solar system.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

28. Uranus was discovered in 1800.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

29. The phrase 'that was greatly disputed' refers to the naming of Neptune after a man rather than a Roman god.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

30. Pluto is now considered to be a star.
A) True B) False C) No information in the text.

Пробна матура по АЕ: Use of English

Cloze Test

Directions: Read the text and choose A, B, C, or D.

Can laughter cure? A recent study conducted by a Californian psychologist has revealed that laughter-from genuine bursts of laughter to mild smiles or even fake giggles - does not only provide a workout for the facial muscles, but also improves the cardiovascular system, relieves stress and anxiety, and kills pain. In the long run our facial muscles have (31) …......... to become a remarkable channel of communication. We use our faces to (32) …......... a wide range of emotions and attitudes – happiness, love, rage, wrath, sorrow, jealousy. (33) …......... we typically associate smiles with happiness, we can distinguish several kinds of smiles.

The 'Duchenne smile', introduced by Paul Ekman, a psychologist, refers to the true smile of joy and happiness. In (34) …......... to the upturned corners of the mouth, which stereotypically are associated with a smile, the Duchenne smile is recognized by the narrowed, happy eyes that leave (35) …........., or 'crow’s feet.'

The 'fake smile' lacks the eye involvement of the Duchenne smile and suggests that the person is (36) …......... true happiness. When we are told to 'smile' for the camera, (37) ….........are that we engage in a fake smile.

When people feel uncomfortable, for example when someone says something (38) …........., they may engage in an uncomfortable smile that is designed to cover up their true feeling of discomfort and confusion. In one (39) …........., women in a job interview were asked an inappropriate sexual question, and most of them displayed an uncomfortable smile.

Research on seduction reveals that when people try to be seductive, tempting, and lustful, they typically display positive (40) …......... – a faint smile that accompanies direct eye contact, with a slow glance away, but still holding the smile. Interestingly, the seductive smile could be accompanied by submissive behavior (tilting the head downward), or (41) …......... behavior – proudly and slowly glancing away.

The sarcastic smile suggests a positive emotion, but the eyes can often (42) …......... – there is a look of disdain or condescension. Sometimes, a sarcastic smile can look crooked, demonstrating the (43) …......... emotions of amusement and dislike.

In everyday social situations, we smile dozens, perhaps even (44) ….........per day. The naïve nonverbal decoder assumes that they are all meant to convey happiness and positive affect, but smiles, like all aspects of facial expressions, are complex and can display (45) …......... messages. Because of the complexity of emotions locked in a smile the therapeutic effect of smiling, unlike laughter, is not well established.


31. __________
A) grown B) evolved C) developed D) grown up

32.__________
A) render B) convey C) express D) show

33.__________
A) Although B) Despite C) In spite of D No matter

34. __________
A) plus B) supplement C) addition D) contrast

35. __________
A) scars B) folds C) cripples D) wrinkles

36. __________
A) feigning B) faking C) mimicking D) playing

37. __________
A) chances B) odds C) possibilities D) abilities

38. __________
A) inadequate B) inappropriate C) intolerable D) innocent

39. __________
A) test B) trial C) attempt D) experiment

40. __________
A) affectation D) affection C) effect D) affect

41. __________
A) dominating B) domineering C) predominant D) dominant

42. __________
A) carry it away B) give it away C) turn it away D) get it away

43. __________
A) incompatible B) divergent C) fighting D) conflicting

44. __________
A) hundred times B) hundreds of times C) hundred of times D) hundreds times

45. __________
A) convoluted B) complicated C) diluted D) mixed

Sentence Completion

Directions: Choose A, B, C, or D.

46. It's high time you _____________ to business.
A) get down B) got down C) roll up your sleeves D) rollen up your sleeves

47. In May the lilacs in the backyard look so fluffy and smell so_____________.
A) well B) good C) real good D) nicely

48. I wish I _____________before the matriculation exam in English that the past form of 'strike' is 'struck', not 'stroke'.
A) have known B) knew C) had known D) know

49. My biology teacher, together with the school master and the librarian, _____________ to meet my parents.
A) are B) is C) will be D) are going

50. My biology teacher hates me so much that he accused me _____________ at the term exam.
A) in cheating B) for cheating C) about cheating D) of cheating

Sentence Transformations

Directions: Paraphrase the sentences.

51. The accused boy never expressed regret for punching his classmate in the face.
At __________________________________________________________________ the accused boy express regret for punching his classmate in the face.

52. It was only when I tripped over that I realized that a hairy tarantula was greeting me jubilantly with an innocent worm in her fangs.
Only ____________________________________________________________________ I realize that a hairy tarantula was greeting me jubilantly with an innocent worm in her fangs.

53. I hate it when other people take photos of me when I am drunk.
I hate being ____________________________________________________________________ when I am drunk.

54. They believe that the golden crown has been looted from a Thracian tomb.
The golden crown is believed______________________________________ from a Thracian tomb.

55. 'What do you find so fascinating about this medieval fantasy of kings, night watches, and dragons?' my mom asked me with a reproach.
My mom asked me _____________________________________________________________ medieval fantasy of kings, night watches, and dragons.

56. To the consternation of my new girlfriend, the waitress cheerfully announced that I had forgotten the bunch of flowers the night before.
'I _________________________________________ brought my new girlfriend to this place,” I thought. (Use a modal verb.)

57. I would rather immerse into quiet intellectual activities than rage in wild parties.
I prefer ________________________________________________________ in wild parties.

58. I loved her unconditionally, so naturally I bought a star and named it after her.
Unless _____________________________________________ , I wouldn't have bought and named a star after her.

59. 'Don't let me down,' said the fox to the crow.
The fox warned __________________________________________________________________ .

60. Though the matriculation exam in English (Matura po angliiski ezik) is a high-stake examination, I shall make it.
In spite ______________________________________ I shall make it.

Пробна матура по АЕ: Writing

Directions: Write a composition of about 140-170 words on ONE of the following topics:

1. Why have gyms recently gained such popularity among young people? What do you usually do in a gym in the course of an hour? Why are there so many mirrors? Do you prefer to socialize in a gym rather than in a pub or in a disco?

2. Describe the unrequited love of a dinosaur towards a snail. Where did you fall in love with him/her? What does your beloved look like? How did global warming affect your relationship?

Резултатът от пробната матура може да изчислите сами, като имате предвид максималния брой точки, разпределeни по следния начин:


Слушане Listening 15 въпроса - масимален брой точки 15.

Четене Reading 15 въпроса - масимален брой точки 15.
Примерен тест Reading

Граматика Use of English - масимален брой точки общо 40:

- Section One: Cloze test - 15 въпроса - масимален брой точки 15.
- Section Two: Sentence completion - 5 въпроса - масимален брой точки 5.
- Section Three: Sentence Transformations - 10 въпроса - масимален брой точки 20.

Част Писане - масимален брой точки 30.
__________________________________________________________________________ Максимален брой точки за Пълен Отличен 6.00 - 100 точки.

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