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The Ghana Education Service has issued index numbers to qualified applicants for the 2021 promotion aptitude test, and text messages with their index numbers and examination locations have been sent to candidates.

Requirements For GES Promotion Exams

Teachers seeking promotion to higher levels should take the promotion aptitude test before the end of the year to allow for salary upgrades and adjustments for successful applicants. The promotion aptitude test will be administered in two batches.

Qualified applicants have received index numbers; applicants who do not have index numbers will not be permitted to take the aptitude test.

Applicants who have not received their index numbers should check with their district and regional education directors, according to the Ghana Education Service.

Qualified applicants must present their certificates, last promotion letter, and a valid National Identification card for verification.

Applicants who do not present their certificates, last promotion letter and a valid National Identification card will be denied the opportunity to write the examination.

Date For GES Promotion Exams

The first batch consists of teaching staff seeking promotion to Principal Superintendent and Assistant Director II, while the second batch consists of aptitude test candidates seeking promotion to Assistant Director I and Deputy Director.

Following the aptitude test, candidates for Deputy Director promotion will be required to attend a face-to-face interview. The promotion aptitude test for the rank of Principal Superintendent and Assistant Director II has been scheduled for November 25th. The promotion to the ranks of Assistant Director I and Deputy Director will take place on November 26th, 2021.

GES Promotion Exams Aptitude Test

Candidates for the 2021 aptitude test are the third batch of GES promotion exams. Teachers will be tested in the following areas: classroom management techniques, knowledge of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, policy formulation in education, general knowledge, teaching methodologies, and current affairs.

There are 75 multiple-choice questions and ten True/False questions. The overall examination will be graded on a scale of 75%, while staff appraisal forms will be graded on a scale of 25%.

Why GES Promotion Exams Is Important?

Teachers are advised to take the promotion exams seriously because they are the only way a teacher can be promoted to a higher rank. The majority of teachers who took the 2020 aptitude test failed, and they are expected to take the upcoming promotion exams.

The examination results are expected to be released in January 2022, with the successful applicants being placed on a scale as the government plans to avoid payment of arrears.


GES Promotion Exams Past Questions And Answers




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  • Date and venue 
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  • Personalities involved 
  1. Economic, Social and Political Issues 
  • Date and Venue 
  • Events, Pronouncements, Policies 
  • Personalities involved 
  1. Crisis zones 
  • Famous crisis zones in the world 
  • Causes of the conflicts with dates 
  • Rebel groups and personalities 
  1. Sports and Games 
  • Date, Venue, Event 
  • Special features and personalities 
  1. Names of some personalities 
  • Chairmen and secretaries of political parties, political unions, trade unions, etc Leaders of educational units, departments 
  • Women in Ministerial and presidential positions. 
  • Celebrities and their activities


1 The Arab spring started in ……….., at ………………… 

 Ans : North African, 2011 

2 During the Arab spring, president Morsi Mohammed was accused of promoting ……… Ans : Moslem Brotherhood 

3 South Sudan became the newest country in the world in …………. With her first president  as ……. 

Ans : July, 2011, Salva Klir.  

4 The original Sudan was divided into North and South as a result of ………. Ans : Tribal marginalization 

5 The two major ethnic groups in Sudan are ………. 

Ans : Dinka and Nuer 

6 Activities to cause fear in people by threats or acts of violence is called ………  Ans : Terrorism 

7 AL Qaeda movement is common in ………. 

Ans : Saudi Arabia, Northern Nigeria 

8 Boko Haram is from which language? 

Ans : Hausa 

9 Boko Haram means what?  

Ans : Western Education Is sacrilege 

10 The mandate of Boko Haram is to establish……. in Nigeria. 

Ans : Sharia 

11 The election petition case in Ghana’s Supreme Court, Accra took place in ……… between  NPP and NDC with ………. Judges in attendance. 

Ans : 2013, 9 

12 During the election petition case, the NPP raised ………. Petitions and the leader of the  judges was ………… 

13 NAM (Non – Aligned Movement) which was formed in 1961 means what? Ans : taking an independent stand in international affairs. 

14 The rebel group operating in Ukraine is called the …….. 

Ans : Separatist 

15 Petroleum drilling in Ghana started in ……. and 9% of the oil fund is to be reserved for  ………. 

Ans : March, 2011, Heritage Fund 

16 The Tweneboa, Enyira and Ntome oil fields in Ghana are referred to as ……….. Ten  

17 Having sexuall intercourse by force on female adult without her consent is called …………  while …… refers to having sexual intercourse with a girl child under 16 years Ans : Rape, Defilement

18 Persistent actions made on the opposite sex that make him/her embarrassed is referred  to as …. 

Ans : sexual harassment. 

19 What is the full name of the following acronyms? 

  1. a) SEIP – Secondary Education Improvement Project 
  2. b) ADEOP – Annual District Education Operational Plan 
  3. c) UTTDBE – Untrained Teachers Diploma in Basic Education 
  4. d) ARIC – Audit Report Implementation Committee  
  5. e) GIFMIS – Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System f) IPPD – Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database 

20 Civic Ghana and enterprise Ghana programs were introduced in which year? Ans : 2018 

21 what should ECOWAS do before it can admit a state or country from East Africa as an  Affiliate member? 

Ans : Amend its constitution 

22 Through technology, nations have closed proximity with one another. This statement can  be an explanation for ……… 

Ans : Globalization 

23 Which two countries held opposite views in the recent political crisis in Syria? Ans : Russia and U.S.A. 

24 In the 2013 election petition case, NPP claimed that voting took place in how many  unknown locations? 

Ans : 22 

25 What is the full name of the Controller and Accountant General?


1) policy and reform explained

What is policy? 

 It is a set of ideas or plan of what to do in a particular situation that has been  agreed upon officially by a group of people, business entity or government.  

  1. a) What is an educational policy? 

 A plan to solve educational problems or a plan to promote desired education  objectives. 

  1. b) What is educational reform? 

A public policy that brings about major changes and guides the decisions and  actions of government on education. 

  1. c) Three (3) main types of educational reforms 
  • Radical: Breaking away completely from the past. Eg JSS replacing MSLC in 1987 Moderate: Not breaking away completely from the past. eg 2007 educational  reform that changed the JSS and SSS to JHS and SHS respectively. 
  • Adhoc : bringing a policy to solve a problem and withdraw it after solving the  problem. eg fee – free rewriting of SSSCE in 1993. 

2) Policy formulation and implementation

(a) Factors considered in policy formulation.  

The needs of the society. 

The needs of the individual. 

The resources for implementation 

The strategies to be adopted for implementation. 

The support of the public. 

Whether the policy is feasible. 

Its impact on the people. 

(b) Stages in educational policy formulation. 

Identification of a problem at the grass root level 

Agenda setting (objectives) 

Developing policy proposals 

Lobbying for political support 

Legislation processes 

Providing agency for implementation 

Allocation of resources for monitoring and supervision. 

Evaluating policy performance to assess its impact on the people. (c) Find out about the following topics 

  • The stages in the implementation of educational policies / reforms. 
  • How the MOE assists the GES in policy / reforms implementation. The role of the teacher in implementing MOE policies/ reforms. 

3) Educational systems and outcomes 

  1. d) Main types of educational systems 

Universal : education for all 

Compulsory : mandatory for all 

Inclusive : equal access to education 

Democratic : satisfies the people’s need 

Minimum Universal : minimum level for all. 

 (b) Four main components of Educational system 

The people : pupils, teachers, etc 

The content : the curriculum 

The structure : KG, Primary, JHS, etc 

The physical structure ; classroom, libraries, etc 

 (c) Explain educational outcomes 

  • Refers to achievements in terms of knowledge, skills and values acquired at the end of  schooling. 
  • May also be referred to as quality of education.  
  1. d) Explain the externalities of education 

o Refers to benefits that individuals and society derive from education /schooling. (e) The four (4) Ps that affect educational outcomes. 

Politics of the country. 

Educational policies of the country. 

Educational programmes. 

Educational process 

(f) Find out about the following topics: 

  • The three (3) indicators used to measure educational outcomes. 
  • Measures Government has put in place to promote inclusive education system in Ghana. Cost sharing in Education. 
  • Pattern of funding Education in Education. 

 4 Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education 

  1. The main objectives 

o Increasing access and participation. 

o Improving quality of teaching and learning. 

o Improving management efficiency.

  1. Find out about the activities outlined to achieve the objectives above. 5 Social interventions 
  2. During President J.A. Kuffour’s regime 

Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty. (LEAP) 

School Feeding Programme 

Capitation Grant 

Supply of laptop computers to some schools 

TV sets for distance learning in some schools.  

  1. During President Pro. J.E. Attah – Mills’s regime 

o Supply of school uniforms to some pupils. 

o Supply of exercise books to some pupils. 

o Supply of laptop computers to some schools 

  1. Find out about the challenges associated with the interventions. 6. Capitation Grant 
  2. It takes care of the following: 

Music, culture and sports fees. 

Provision of teaching and learning materials. 

Maintenance of office and classroom furniture. 

General minor repair works 

In-service education and training. 

Provision of assistance to brilliant but needy pupils.  Enrolment drive 

Management services. 

  1. Find out about the areas: 
  • The aims of the introduction of the grant 
  • The current amount per head in a year. 
  • How the grant is disbursed to schools? 
  • Its positive impact on education. 
  • Challenges facing implementation 
  1. Major educational reforms 

(a) The 1951 Accelerated Development Plan for Education o The 1987 Education Reform (JSS Concept) 

o The 2008 Educational Reforms (of Act 778) 

(b) Main Features (Components of Educational reforms) 

  • The Act that established it.  
  • The structure of Educational and its duration. 
  • The content 
  • Teacher Education element 
  • Education management issues
  • Other special provisions 
  1. 2008 Educational Reforms (some High lights) 
  • kg was made part of the mainstream to start from age four (4)  
  • provides for five (5) level structure. Eg kg – 2years, primary – 6years, JHS – 3years, SHS – 4years and tertiary – 3 -4years. Note that the four years SHS changed to 3years the  following year by the NDC Government. 
  • TTC was upgraded to colleges of Education to award DBE certificate One-year apprenticeship for JHS three products who would not be able to proceed to SHS. GES to be responsible for coordinating educational policies and programmes at the pre tertiary level  
  • District Assemblies to manage all pre-tertiary schools in their respective districts.  Establishment of three autonomous bodies which are: NTC, NIB,NaCCA. d. Find out about the following topics/areas 
  • The divisions which were replaced by NTC, NIB and NaCCA and their functions. The main differences between the middle school and the JSS Education Programme.  The major features of the 1951 and 1987 Educational reform. 
  • Special contributions of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to the development of Education in Ghana. Free SHS Education Policy (Sept 2017) 
  • Double Track Education System (Sept 2018) 
  • Why pupils in private schools generally perform better than those in public schools. Should the GOG give the mission schools back to the churches to manage? Should the GOG invest in the infrastructural facilities of private universities? Should students in private SHS enjoy the Free SHS Education Policy? 8. The four corners/centers of the kindergarten classroom. 

(a) The four corners/centers 

Sandy corner/center 

Shopping corner/center 

Make belief corner/center 

Nature corner/center 

(b) Find out about the following areas. 

  • The meaning of kindergarten. 
  • The aim of designing the four corner /centers 
  • What teaching and learning activities should take place at these corners/centers Why is the four corners/centers absent in some Kg classrooms today? 9. Some conditions of service in the GES 

(a) Find out and make personal notes on the policy guidelines on the  application/implementation of the following terms and conditions of service in GES: Leaves of absence 

  • Secondment 
  • Incapacitation
  • Allowances 
  • Re-engagement 
  • Re-instatement 
  • Replacement 
  • Re-activation 

(b) Transfer 


Inter – district 

Intra – district 

Inter – regional 

Mandatory (for teachers who stay at one school or station for 10years or more.) Punitive (disciplinary) 

Request by the teacher  

In the interest of the service 

There is no transfer benefits for punitive transfer and transfer requested by the teacher. See the HR officer at your District Education office to know requirements for processing  transfer grants

English  Grammar 


  1. There ………. two alligators at the edge of the  swamp this morning. 

(a) was  

(b) were  

(c) is 

(d) have been 

True Answer : were 

  1. Mrs. Abafum teaches in the Akropong School for the …………. 

(a) dead 

(b) deaf

(c) death 

(d) deafs 

True Answer : deaf 

  1. After graduating, he had to choose a careerin business and working for his  father. 

(a) among 

(b) between 

(c) for 

(d) from 

True Answer : between 

  1. He was posted to the police ………… to deal with administrative issues. 

(a) headquarters  

(b) headquarter  

(c) headquarters’  

(d) headquarter’s 

True Answer : headquarters 

  1. A teacher referred to a dead person as

the departed. This is an example of a/an 

(a) euphemism 

(b) hyperbole 

(c) idiom 

(d) simile 

True Answer : euphemism 

  1. This car is not mine but ………………… . (a) your’s 

(b) your own 

(c) yours 

(d) yours’ 

True Answer : yours 

  1. Our professor is always saying, “Let’s go into that _” 

(a) farther  

(b) father  

(c) feather 

(d) (d) further 

True Answer : further

  1. The Agric students report that if it does not  rain today all the crops …………. perish. (a) would 

(b) would have to 

(c) will 

(d) may have to 

True Answer : will 

  1. Ask them ………….. car was run over by the armour car.  

(a) whose  

(b) whom 

(c) who 

(d) whoever 

True Answer : whose 

  1. The new teacher …………… was expected to arrive yesterday has still not yet come. (a) whom  

(b) who  

(c) which

(d) whose 

True Answer : who 

  1. Even though most Christians would prefer  the gospel tunes, a lot of them would dance to  the ……… music as well. 

(a) foreign  

(b) secular  

(c) circular  

(d) local 

True Answer : secular 

  1. This is a special program for ………… (a) marriage couples  

(b) married couple  

(c) married couples  

(d) marry couples 

True Answer : married couples 

  1. I went home …………… my mother was not there. 

(a) also

(b) so 

(c) accordingly 

(d) but 

True Answer : but 

  1. Be careful, Peter, I can’t ……….. with your rude manners any more. 

(a) put off  

(b) put on  

(c) put by  

(d) put up 

True Answer : put up 

  1. ………………… the policeman left the cell, the inmates started smoking again. 

(a) As soon as 

(b) No sooner had 

(c) Soon 

(d) Pretty soon 

True Answer : As soon as

  1. I agreed to his marriage proposal …………  he was not very attractive. 

(a) but 

(b) hence 

(c) although 

(d) when 

True Answer : although 

  1. The chief of my village had …………. for more than fifty years before independence. (a) reigned  

(b) reined  

(c) ruined  

(d) rained 

True Answer : reigned 

  1. Joseph had constantly ……….. the truth in Adelaide’s explanation. 

(a) afforded  

(b) arranged  

(c) affirmed

(d) told 

True Answer : affirmed 

  1. The felling of trees and the indiscriminate  burning of the forest contributes to  

environmental …………. 

(a) discrimination 

(b) degradation  

(c) sanitation  

(d) digression 

True Answer : degradation 

  1. There has been some ………… in the media that the price of petroleum products is likely to  go up. 

(a) theories 

(b) visions 

(c) speculations 

(d) desires 

True Answer : speculations

  1. The …………… of the waiter was that we eat  fried rice and chicken but since that was very  expensive, we were……………with the fried  plantain and beans stew. 

(a) recommendation…..content 

(b) suggestions…..hungry  

(c) interdiction…..happy  

(d) relish…..okay 

True Answer : recommendation…..content 

  1. …………… you like it or not, Akwasi will drive the car today. 

(a) wither  

(b) weather  

(c) whether  

(d) wether 

True Answer : whether 

  1. Kwofie and his children ………… here to swim yesterday. 

(a) are

(b) is 

(c) was 

(d) were 

True Answer : were 

  1. The police had assured all the teaming fans that they had put in place ……………. measures  to check …………. at the Accra Sports Stadium.  (a) spectators……disturbances 

(b) possible……alarming 

(c) stringent……hooliganism 

(d) hooliganism……rioting 

True Answer : stringent……hooliganism 

  1. A baby alligator is usually only seven to nine inches long at birth. An adult, 

……………. , can grow to lengths from six to  sixteen feet. 

(a) therefore 

(b) however 

(c) so

(d) hence 

True Answer : however 

  1. ……………. snow was too deep for cars and buses to travel on the roads, the schools were  closed for one week. 

(a) Because 

(b) For 

(c) Although 

(d) So 

True Answer : Because 

  1. The examiners promised that the examinations were going to be very easy …………….. ? 

(a) Isn’t it 

(b) Wasn’t they  

(c) Hadn’t she  

(d) Didn’t they 

True Answer : Didn’t they

  1. ………….. burdens were laid on the altar. (a) Their  

(b) There  

(c) Dear 

(d) They’re 

True Answer : Their 

  1. …………… he was wealthy man by the time he was 40 years old, he still enjoyed the simple  things of life. 

(a) Although 

(b) Since 

(c) Therefore 

(d) Whilst 

True Answer : Although 

  1. The students came on ………… knees to apologize to the teachers. 

(a) bended  

(b) crooked  

(c) broken

(d) disguised 

True Answer : bended 

  1. It was ……………….. boring film that I fell  asleep. 

(a) as 

(b) so 

(c) such 

(d) such a 

True Answer : such a 

  1. ………………….. the better team, we lost the match. 

(a) despite being 

(b) despite of being 

(c) although 

(d) despite the fact 

True Answer : despite being 

  1. You …………… to use your mobile so there’s no point in leaving it on. 

(a) are allowed

(b) have 

(c) aren’t allowed 

(d) can’t 

True Answer : aren’t allowed 

  1. They have put speed bumps on the road to ………………… accidents. 

(a) prohibit  

(b) prevent  

(c) avoid 

(d) forbid 

True Answer : prevent 

  1. If they ……………… next to each other on the plane, they wouldn’t have got married. (a) hadn’t sat 

(b) had sat 

(c) sat 

(d) didn’t sit 

True Answer : hadn’t sat

  1. Drive …………….. otherwise you’ll have an  accident. 

(a) more careful 

(b) less carefully 

(c) more carefully 

(d) much more careful 

True Answer : more carefully 

  1. She has been ……………. of murdering her husband.  

(a) charged  

(b) arrested  

(c) blamed  

(d) accused 

True Answer : accused 

  1. When I got home, someone ……………. the window. 

(a) broke 

(b) brokes 

(c) had broken

(d) hadn’t broken 

True Answer : had broken 

  1. I am fed up ……………… this exercise. (a) to do 

(b) to doing 

(c) with doing 

(d) for doing 

True Answer : with doing 

  1. By this time next year, I …………………… all my exams. 

(a) will take 

(b) will have taken 

(c) have taken 

(d) take 

True Answer : will have taken 

  1. Do you know the athlete ………….. can lead  the team to victory? 

(a) who 

(b) which

(c) by whom 

(d) whether 

True Answer : who 

  1. If I were to go to the moon, I …………. see many things. 

(a) shall 

(b) will 

(c) would 

(d) would have 

True Answer : would 

  1. The whole class agreed …………… the suggestion of the teacher. 

(a) for 

(b) to 

(c) about 

(d) on 

True Answer : to 

  1. If you had sent the telegram, he …………… here by now.

(a) would have been 

(b) will have been 

(c) would be 

(d) will be 

True Answer : would have been 

  1. If you trust me, you …………… take my advice. 

(a) will 

(b) would 

(c) will have 

(d) would have 

True Answer : will 

  1. If kwesi had run very fast, he …………. first. 

(a) would have been 

(b) will be 

(c) would be 

(d) was 

True Answer : would have been

  1. The boys …………… football when the teacher  arrived. 

(a) would be playing  

(b) would have played  

(c) played 

(d) were playing 

True Answer : were playing 

  1. Mama, …………… I eat this food? 

(a) ought 

(b) will  

(c) may  

(d) might 

True Answer : may 

  1. ……………… I do not know you, I cannot speak. 

(a) Although 

(b) Since 

(c) However 

(d) Even

True Answer : Since 

  1. I do not know ……………. the teacher did not turn up for work today. 

(a) what  

(b) how  

(c) why 

(d) although 

True Answer : why 

  1. At seven o’clock in the night, the boys agreed  that it was …………. dark for them to go out. (a) too  

(b) so  

(c) very 

(d) quite 

True Answer : too 

  1. Whenever a decision is taken it ………….. to be carried out. 

(a) had 

(b) must

(c) has 

(d) should 

True Answer : has 

  1. It is not known whether Esi is the ………… girl in the school. (a) 


(b) tallest 

(c) taller 

(d) very tall 

True Answer : tallest 

  1. Abena was given a prize for being the best student in class …………. she least deserved it. (a) even 

(b) despite  

(c) because  

(d) although 

True Answer : although 

  1. The fishermen spent one week …………… sea until help finally came to them.

(a) in 

(b) on 

(c) from 

(d) at 

True Answer : at 

  1. ………………… hockey is one of his best  games. 

(a) Playing 

(b) To be playing  

(c) To have played  

(d) By playing 

True Answer : Playing 

  1. Kofi is …………… older than his sister Akosua.  

(a) most  

(b) much  

(c) more 

(d) much more 

True Answer : much

  1. I know that his wife is ………….. a good driver. (a) very  

(b) so  

(c) too 

(d) quite 

True Answer : quite 

  1. The workers were so tired…………… they decided to rest a little. 

(a) because 

(b) that  

(c) when  

(d) then 

True Answer : that 

  1. Philip has been promoted to the next grade in his employment ……………. he is a diligent  worker. 

(a) though 

(b) but 

(c) because

(d) so 

True Answer : because 

  1. The food became so bad ……….. the students  refused to eat it. 

(a) that 

(b) which 

(c) but(d) yet 

True Answer : that 

  1. The two cars ………….. which collided are on fire (a) who  

(b) whose  

(c) which  

(d) whom 

True Answer : which 

  1. I have observed that there isn’t ……………. in the school on Saturdays. 

(a) no one  

(b) someone  

(c) anyone

(d) somebody 

True Answer : anyone 

  1. One of the studentsstaying outside the school …………….. always late for classes. 

(a) is (b)  

are (c)  

was (d)  


True Answer : is 

  1. You believe that you have a stronger team, ………………… ? 

(a) isn’t it 

(b) don’t you  

(c) aren’t you  

(d) do you 

True Answer : don’t you 

  1. Do you remember that …………….. some pencils?

(a) I promised you 

(b) I will promise you 

(c) I promise to you 

(d) I promised them to you 

True Answer : I promised you 

  1. John is a friend of ……………. and visits them very often. 

(a) him  

(b) theirs  

(c) them  

(d) me 

True Answer : theirs 

  1. It is certain that, that book is 

…………………. . 

(a) Josephine’s 

(b) the Josephine’s 

(c) Josephines 

(d) of Josephine’s 

True Answer : Josephine’s

  1. Since his ability was below average, he  couldn’t fit …………… the next class. 

(a) into 

(b) at 

(c) with 

(d) over 

True Answer : into 

  1. Kojo was not promoted because he was not as intelligent ……….. his brother. (a) than 

(b) as 

(c) such as 

(d) like 

True Answer : as 

  1. Football is a ……………… entertaining game. (a) too  

(b) very  

(c) such  

(d) quite

True Answer : very 

  1. The twin brothers have joined the Army; ……………… of them are quite tall. 

(a) neither 

(b) both  

(c) either  

(d) none 

True Answer : both 

  1. These two men are …………… the richest people in Ghana. 

(a) in 

(b) out of (c)  

among (d)  


True Answer : among 

  1. I live in a house ……….. has no supply of water. (a) which 

(b) whose

(c) who 

(d) and which 

True Answer : which 

  1. This is the lady …………… car got burned. (a) of whom  

(b) of whose  

(c) which 

(d) whose 

True Answer : whose 

  1. The day is …………… hot to play basketball. (a) so 

(b) very  

(c) quite  

(d) too 

True Answer : too 

  1. The book …………….. I bought from the shop is very interesting. 

(a) which

(b) who  

(c) whom  

(d) what 

True Answer : which 

  1. Abedi Pele is ……………. footballer than his brother. 

(a) the best 

(b) the better of 

(c) a better 

(d) the better 

True Answer : a better 

  1. The soup is not tasty; “Can you add ………….. salt, please?” 

(a) little 

(b) few 

(c) a little 

(d) a few 

True Answer : a little

  1. Jim is easily the …………… boy in the whole  school. 

(a) taller 

(b) tall 

(c) tallest 

(d) most tall 

True Answer : tallest 

  1. Aba worked ……………. hard that she was  able to complete her assignment. 

(a) too 

(b) so 

(c) too much 

(d) such 

True Answer : so 

  1. “Do you have any handkerchiefs, 

please?” “Yes, I have ……………….. ” 

(a) few  

(b) little  

(c) a little

(d) a few 

True Answer : a few 

  1. It is …………….. hot to go out for a picnic. (a) too  

(b) quite  

(c) very  

(d) so 

True Answer : too 

  1. In Geography we learn that Mount Everest is the ………….. mountain in the world. 

(a) higher 

(b) high 

(c) highest 

(d) most highest 

True Answer : highest 

  1. When I got the message, I communicated at once to both the Headmaster ………….. the Assistant headmaster about the problem.

(a) and  

(b) also  

(c) or  

(d) with 

True Answer : and 

  1. Since he has been dismissed from school, he will not …………. to visit his friends. (a) dared  

(b) dares  

(c) dare  

(d) daring 

True Answer : dare 

  1. This wrist-watch which I bought is …………. than yours. 

(a) the better 

(b) better 

(c) the better of 

(d) the best 

True Answer : better

  1. He fought ………….. well that he easily  defeated his opponent. 

(a) much 

(b) very 

(c) so 

(d) quite 

True Answer : so 

  1. ……………….. Kojo failed in the test, he was given a driving license. 

(a) Even (b)  

Before (c)  


(d) Although 

True Answer : Although 

  1. Can you add …………. sugar to the tea, please?  

(a) a few  

(b) a little  

(c) few

(d) little 

True Answer : a little 

  1. This car is not mine but ………………… . (a) your’s 

(b) your own 

(c) yours 

(d) yours’ 

True Answer : yours 

  1. Nobody thought that the thief would be ……………. as to wish to jump over that high wall. (a) more foolish 

(b) so foolish 

(c) enough foolish 

(d) much foolish 

True Answer : so foolish 

  1. You want to buy a new ball for this game, …………….. ?  

(a) don’t you  

(b) isn’t it

(c) is it 

(d) do you 

True Answer : don’t you 

  1. The report, copies …………… have been made for all students, has been pasted on the Notice Board. 

(a) whose  

(b) which  

(c) that 

(d) of which 

True Answer : of which 

  1. The Chief advised the villagers that each should make a farm which he could call ……………….  

(a) their own  

(b) of his 

(c) his own 

(d) of his own 

True Answer : his own

  1. The Agric students report that if it does not  rain today all the crops …………. perish. (a) would 

(b) would have to 

(c) will 

(d) may have to 

True Answer : will 

  1. We must ensure that we do every homework ………….. 

(a) by ourselves 

(b) ourselves 

(c) ourself 

(d) ourselve’s 

True Answer : ourselves 

  1. Agnes was anxious …………… the work but she found that she was not strong enough. (a) to have done 

(b) doing 

(c) to do

(d) to be doing 

True Answer : to do 

  1. Last year, for my hobby, I ………….. lawn tennis, but I now play basketball 

(a) use to play 

(b) used to play 

(c) have been used to play 

(d) am used to playing 

True Answer : used to play 

  1. The new teacher …………… was expected to arrive yesterday has still not yet come. (a) whom  

(b) who  

(c) which 

(d) whose 

True Answer : who 

Subject / Verb Agreement

  1. Inside the room (stands, stand) severely  undernourished kittens. 

(a) stand 

(b) stands 



True Answer : stand 

  1. The length of these boats (are, is) twenty feet.  

(a) is  

(b) are  



True Answer : is 

  1. Everyone in the class ( was, were) to give a report  

(a) was  

(b) were  



True Answer : was 

  1. (Does, Do) Allen or the girls in the class know why radium glows in the dark? (a) Does 

(b) Do 



True Answer : Does 

  1. Either Felicia or Ellen (is, are) planning a hobo party. 

(a) is  

(b) are  



True Answer : is 

  1. One of the players (is, are) hurt. (a) is

(b) are 



True Answer : is 

  1. In the last few months, everyone in the courses (has, have) had to fill out an additional  form. 

(a) has 

(b) have 



True Answer : has 

  1. The number of immigrants in the United States (is, are) astounding. 

(a) is  

(b) are  



True Answer : is

  1. (Does, Do) either of them know how to  swim? 

(a) Does 

(b) Do 



True Answer : Does 

  1. Around the corner (sits, sit) among a group of strangers three frightened children. (a) sit  

(b) sits  



True Answer : sit 

  1. The infantry, which fights with portable  weapons, (constitutes, constitute) the largest  division. 

(a) constitutes 

(b) constitute



True Answer : constitutes 

  1. Either Jerry or his brothers (ask, asks) more questions than is necessary. 

(a) ask  

(b) asks  



True Answer : ask 

  1. Every one of these planes(carries, carry) fifty passengers. (a) carries 

(b) carry 



True Answer : carries 

  1. Each of the organizations (has, have) a faculty sponsor.

(a) has  

(b) have  



True Answer : has 

  1. Each of those jackets (costs, cost) too much. (a) costs  

(b) cost  



True Answer : costs 

  1. Either the orchestra or the choir (gives, give) two free concerts a year. 

(a) gives  

(b) give  



True Answer : gives

  1. Judy, along with the rest of the girls, (has,  have) already gone to the banquet. 

(a) has 

(b) have 



True Answer : has 

  1. (Do, Does) either of the girls own a bicycle? (a) Does 

(b) Do 



True Answer : Does 

  1. The students in the algebra class (have, has) finished taking the exam. 

(a) has  

(b) have  



True Answer : have 

  1. If you sit quietly, there (is, are) a greater possibility of seeing the rare bird. 

(a) is  

(b) are  



True Answer : is 

  1. Even though the boys do not place bets on the horses, each one of them (have, has) fun watching  the races to see which horse will win. 

(a) has  

(b) have  



True Answer : has 

  1. Several of the horses in the race (is , are) there for the first time.

(a) are  

(b) is  



True Answer : are 

  1. My neighbor and closest friend (is, are) Susan Willis.  

(a) is 

(b) are 



True Answer : is 

  1. Kim, Chris, and my brother Edward (think, thinks) that the Steelers will win.  

(a) think 

(b) thinks 



True Answer : think 

  1. Under the old boards (was, were) a frightened mouse.  

(a) was  

(b) were  



True Answer : was 

  1. Nobody in our class (wants, want) to be the moderator of the meeting.  

(a) wants 

(b) want 



True Answer : wants 

  1. Every one of my friends (has, have) read this fascinating book about planets.  

(a) has

(b) have 



True Answer : has 

  1. Standing at the edge of the fence that separates the track from the spectators, neither of the boys  (takes, take) his eyes off the long line of horses as  they walk past. 

(a) takes  

(b) take  



True Answer : takes 

  1. Neither the mechanic nor his workers (was, were) able to get the car running again.  (a) were 

(b) was 



True Answer : were 

  1. Along the road (sits, sit) hidden among the bushes two newborn puppies.  

(a) sit 

(b) sits 



True Answer : sit 

  1. Either the cat or her kittens (has, have) turned over the milk.  

(a) have 

(b) has 



True Answer : have 

  1. None of the witnesses could tell whether the man driving the blue car or the ladies in the red  suburban (was, were) guilty of running the light.

(a) were  

(b) was  



True Answer : were 

  1. Nothing in the report indicates that either the ladies from the office or the men from the health  club (is, are) in line for a promotion. 

(a) are  

(b) is  



True Answer : are 

  1. The principal or her assistant (attends, attend) every game.  

(a) attends  

(b) attend  



True Answer : attends 

  1. We tried to tell the teacher that either Bob or his three friends taking the same class (was, were) responsible for the broken desk. (a) was (b) were 



True Answer : were 

  1. Neither Jerry nor his parents (is, are) willing to accept responsibility for the broken window.  (a) are 

(b) is 



True Answer : are

  1. The woman knew that either the brakes or the  steering column of her car (was, were) broken. (a) was  

(b) were  



True Answer : was 

  1. Neither the manager nor the employee handling all the outstanding accounts (has, have) been successful in reconciling the financials.  (a) has 

(b) have 



True Answer : has 

  1. Every time the teacher enters that classroom, either Bob or one of the other students (erase,  erases) the board.

(a) erases  

(b) erase  



True Answer : erases 

  1. Either Samson or his opposing candidate in the elections (speak, speaks) tonight.  

(a) speaks 

(b) speak 



True Answer : speaks 

  1. Neither the boys nor the girl (ask, asks) many  questions before the test. 

(a) asks  

(b) ask  



True Answer : asks

  1. Either Jerry or his brothers (ask, asks) more questions than is necessary.  

(a) ask 

(b) asks 



True Answer : ask 

  1. Neither Trisha nor her friends (is, are) going to visit the ruins of ancient Rome.  

(a) are 

(b) is 



True Answer : are 

  1. Either Jeremy or the boys from the hiking club (was, were) responsible for losing the backpack.  (a) were

(b) was 



True Answer : were 

  1. Neither the manager nor the customers (were, was) aware of the storm 

(a) were  

(b) was  



True Answer : were 

  1. We were surprised to learn that neither Jeremy nor the twins (has, have) been tardy all year. (a) have  

(b) has  



True Answer : have

  1. We offered them advice, but neither the  girls nor the boy (was, were) interested in our  opinions. 

(a) was 

(b) were 



True Answer : was 

  1. We were told that either Jim or his friends (has, have) decided to buy the car. 

(a) have  

(b) has  



True Answer : have 

  1. Neither Dorothy nor Gladys (has, have) suggested that we read this book. 

(a) has 

(b) have



True Answer : has 

  1. Either the boys or their father (was, were) talking excitedly about the event. 

(a) was  

(b) were  



True Answer : was 

Modal Verbs / Function 

  1. That story ………………. be true – who  knows! (Possibility) 

(a) could 

(b) ought to 

(c) has to 

(d) should

True Answer : could 

  1. They take the examination after seeing the Assistant Headmaster, 


(a) would 

(b) can 

(c) must 

(d) ought to 

True Answer : can 

  1. The accents in the listening test ………… be British or American. (Possibility) 

(a) might 

(b) ought to  

(c) should  

(d) Have to 

True Answer : might 

  1. The sky i overcast; It evening. (Probability) 

rain this

(a) will 

(b) would  

(c) may 

(d) shall 

True Answer : may 

  1. Julie ………… swim (Ability) 

(a) can (b)  

must (c)  

should (d)  

has to 

True Answer : can 

  1. ……………….. I borrow your dictionary? (Permission) 

(a) May 

(b) Should  

(c) Have  

(d) Will 

True Answer : May

  1. The President …………. come to visit our  offices tomorrow if the meeting finishes before 5pm. (Possibility) 

(a) may  

(b) might  

(c) should  

(d) must 

True Answer : may 

  1. Candidates write their names and index numbers on their answer booklets. (Obligation) 

(a) may  

(b) must  

(c) could  

(d) can 

True Answer : must 

  1. You ………. take an umbrella. It’s starting to rain. (Advice) 

(a) should

(b) could  

(c) can  

(d) may 

True Answer : should 

  1. You ………… improve your grammar to get higher score in the literacy exam.  


(a) must 

(b) can  

(c) may  

(d) could 

True Answer : must 

Idioms / Phrases Meaning 161. To fish in troubled waters 

(a) to make the most in a bad situation (b) to disturb others 

(c) to do something silly

(d) to try to find out an impossible  

objectTrue Answer : to make the most 

in a bad situation 

  1. We kept our fingers crossed till the final results are declared  

(a) waited expectantly  

(b) kept praying 

(c) felt scared 

(d) kept hopeful 

True Answer : kept hopeful 

  1. Victor is so naughty; he is fond of pulling people’s legs. This means Victor 

(a) is a tease 

(b) is friendly 

(c) is dangerous 

(d) likes fighting 

True Answer : is a tease

  1. It is very dangerous to turn a deaf ear to the  truth. This means it is dangerous 

(a) to be deaf 

(b) not to listen to the truth 

(c) to keep quite 

(d) to live among the deaf 

True Answer : not to listen to the truth 

  1. He threw cold water over the project that the secretary had prepared 

(a) rejected 

(b) encouraged 

(c) cleared 

(d) discouraged 

True Answer : discouraged 

  1. His dealings are all above board 

(a) simple  

(b) decent  

(c) open 

(d) friendly

True Answer : open 

  1. My father did not know that his brother would tread on his heels 

(a) follow closely after 

(b) stab him in the back 

(c) oppose him immediately 

(d) support him blindly 

True Answer : follow closely after 

  1. The prices are going up by leaps and bounds (a) irregularly  

(b) gradually  

(c) rapidly 

(d) systematically 

True Answer : rapidly 

  1. Albert could not put up with his younger brother’s uncouth behavior. This means Albert 

(a) could not house his brother

(b) travelled and left his brother  

(c) could not tolerate his brother  

(d) loves his brother 

True Answer : could not tolerate his brother 

  1. Last weekend’s win was a feather in the cap of Accra Hearts of Oak. This means 

Accra Hearts of Oak 

(a) has feather in their cap  

(b) won a big honour 

(c) failed to score 

(d) has a poultry farm 

True Answer : won a big honour 

  1. My mother and I don’t see eye to eye on  the way I dress. 

(a) look each other in the eye 

(b) look from one eye to the other 

(c) agree with each other 

(d) have different eye color 

True Answer : agree with each other

  1. I thought I was going to fail the test, but it  turned out to be a piece of cake. 

(a) it is very easy 

(b) it is very hard  

(c) it is very sweet  

(d) it is very few 

True Answer : it is very easy 

  1. The demonstration was getting out of hand (a) getting the hands out.  

(b) separating the hands.  

(c) getting out of control.  

(d) releasing the hands. 

True Answer : getting out of control. 

  1. Bob and Jane decided to tie the knot. This means they decided to…. 

(a) get married 

(b) break up 

(c) travel together 

(d) tie their cloth

True Answer : get married 

  1. It was raining cats and dogs when I walked to school this morning. 

(a) raining heavily 

(b) cats and dogs falling from the sky 

(c) a lot of animals on the road  

(d) cats and dogs were running  

True Answer : raining heavily 

  1. Leila said the new restaurant was nothing to write home about. She thought it was ……. (a) excellent 

(b) just average  

(c) really terrible  

(d) very beautiful 

True Answer : really terrible 

  1. Kofi let the cat out of the bag. 

(a) reveal a secret 

(b) pretend to be someone

(c) create a problem 

(d) allow the cat to escape 

True Answer : reveal a secret 

  1. That bag over there costs an arm and a leg. (a) it is extremely cheap 

(b) it is not worth the money 

(c) it is very expensive 

(d) it is free 

True Answer : it is very expensive 

  1. My computer shut down unexpectedly  while I was writing that essay, and I had to start  again from scratch. 

(a) from where the computer was scratched (b) from the beginning 

(c) from where the cat scratched me 

(d) from where the computer was shut downTrue Answer : from the beginning 

  1. My mom threw a wet blanket on my plans for the party.

(a) put cold blanket on the party  

(b) threw a wet blanket on me  

(c) discouraged me 

(d) encouraged me 

True Answer : discouraged me 

  1. If you want to make the grade and qualify  for the university, it is necessary to look out. This  means 

(a) you should be patient 

(b) you should always look at your books (c) you should be careful 

(d) you should try to understand 

True Answer : you should be careful 

  1. Kofi’s bicycle is his most prized possession. This means that  

(a) he very much values the bike  

(b) the bike costs a lot 

(c) it was difficult to get the bike

(d) he will keep the bike because of its prizeTrue Answer : he very much values the bike 

  1. After trying many measures in a futile effort to solve the problem, the management came to  its wits’ end. This means the management (a) was telling a lie 

(b) was very hesitant 

(c) was very sure of the facts 

(d) was utterly confused 

True Answer : was utterly confused 

  1. The secretary of the party told the electorate an incredible story which they  swallowed hook, line and sinker. 

(a) the people did not understand it 

(b) the people tried hard to accept it 

(c) the people accepted the story completely  (d) the people did not believe a word of itTrue Answer : the people accepted the story completely

  1. He should not become the chairman of the  committee as he has too many axes of his own  to grind. This means he has 

(a) a private reason to serve 

(b) to fail to arouse interest 

(c) nothing to show 

(d) motive to work for both sides 

True Answer : a private reason to serve 

  1. Mr. Kusi was advised to take the bull by the horns instead of dilly-dallying with the problem.  This means that Mr. Kusi 

(a) should hold the horns of the bull firmly (b) should kill the bull 

(c) should hold on the horns of the bull 

(d) should face the problem squarelyTrue Answer : should face the problem squarely 

  1. The Managing Director hit the nail on the head when he said that punctuality is the soul of  business. This means that the

Managing Director 

(a) spoke what everybody knew 

(b) spoke the exact truth 

(c) exaggerated the situation 

(d) put nails in the head of the workersTrue Answer : spoke the exact truth 

  1. After many days of hard work and toil the workers see light at the end of the tunnel. (a) have reached the end of the tunnel 

(b) are going to have electricity 

(c) have almost reached the end of the journey (d) can see a solution to their problemTrue Answer : can see a solution to their problem 

  1. After sweating copiously, the pregnant woman gave birth in the nick of time to a  beautiful baby with plump cheeks. This means  the woman gave birth 

(a) too early 

(b) very late

(c) at the right moment 

(d) was sweating 

True Answer : at the right moment 

  1. According to what he was saying it was possible that the accused had gone off the rails.  This means that 

(a) the accused had stopped working on therailway 

(b) the accused was behaving strangely (c) the accused has left for unknown destination  (d) the accused has stopped travelling by rail True Answer : the accused was behaving strangely 191. In order to resist arrest, the armedrobber  kept the people at bay with a dangerous  weapon. 

(a) prevent them from coming close 

(b) kept them running here and there 

(c) the people displayed great courage 

(d) they did not know what to doTrue Answer : prevent them from coming close

  1. It would be wrong jump to conclusion  about the durability of this fragile piece. (a) to rush into decision  

(b) to rush into argument  

(c) to lose one’s temper  

(d) to falsely conclude 

True Answer : to rush into decision 

  1. After the accident Kojo became very ill, but now he is holding his own. 

(a) not getting worse 

(b) in excellent spirits 

(c) refusing to obey orders 

(d) talking ceaselessly 

True Answer : not getting worse 

  1. The date for the commencement of the project is not clear because the contractor has  not laid his cards on the table. 

(a) made his position clear

(b) completed the negotiations 

(c) begun the foundation 

(d) advised about what to do 

True Answer : made his position clear 

  1. The industrial action embarked upon by the workers has blown over. 

(a) ceased 

(b) been renewed 

(c) become unbearable 

(d) deteriorated 

True Answer : ceased 

  1. The terms of the agreement between the government and the rebels are all cut and dried. (a) already decided upon and not likely to  bechanged 

(b) ready for criticism 

(c) tested and found to be true 

(d) open to discussion

True Answer : already decided upon and not likely to be changed 

  1. He is like a bear with a sore head. This means that 

(a) he has become irritable  

(b) he behaves like a bear  

(c) he is having a headache 

(d) he has become aggressive 

True Answer : he has become irritable 

  1. After he had been cheated, he ran away saying, “once bitten twice shy”. This means that (a) he won’t be cheated again 

(b) he won’t be bitten by the dog 

(c) people become shy when bitten 

(d) he will be very shy if cheated 

True Answer : he won’t be cheated again 

  1. I think it is on the cards that the school will close down for holidays next week.

(a) quite possible or probable 

(b) highly unlikely 

(c) under discussion 

(d) it is being put about 

True Answer : quite possible or probable 

  1. I thought that the example the teacher gave was a bit far-fetched. This implies that (a) the suitability of the example was doubted (b) the example was not quite understood (c) the example happened long ago 

(d) the example happened in a distant placeTrue Answer : the suitability of the example was doubted 

  1. At the Speech Day, the Guest speaker held  forth for several hours. 

(a) waited 

(b) spoke at length 

(c) stretched out his arms 

(d) remained silent 

True Answer : spoke at length

  1. Mr. Atobra, being close-fisted, said he could  not meet all the demands of his child. This means that 

(a) he showed great manual skill 

(b) his hands were always held close together (c) he kept his hands closely shut 

(d) he was mean and gave reluctantly to othersTrue Answer : he was mean and gave reluctantly to others 

  1. He said with tongue in cheek that he was the greatest mathematician in the world (a) pretending to be serious 

(b) with great anger 

(c) suffering from toothache 

(d) his speech not being clear 

True Answer : pretending to be serious 

  1. The school authorities decided to buy a new bus but the board of Governors gave them  the cold shoulder.

(a) they politely listened to them 

(b) they gave approval to the idea 

(c) they violently attacked the autorities (d) they did not approve of the idea 

True Answer : they did not approve of the idea 

  1. Kofi was completely at sea when he heard of the mothers death (a) Kofi spent  much time on the sea 

(b) Kofi came across the sea 

(c) Kofi was too tired to do anything 

(d) Kofi was confused 

True Answer : Kofi was confused 

  1. The Headmaster bowed before public opinion and reinstated the dismissed students.  This means that the Headmaster 

(a) was humble in public 

(b) knelt down before the public 

(c) was influenced by public opinion


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