Yes, I do realize that such tests has to be geared towards the lowest possible denominator. Yes, I do realize that Norwegians and other Scandinavians have a better education in English than most since our native languages are spoken by a mere handful of people around the world. And yet I can't shake the feeling that a 8th grader from Norway would been able to pass the test with flying colours.
The test itself was in four parts:
- Insert the missing word in sentences, mostly different tenses of verbs
- Demonstrate that you understand a written test, by means of a number of questions
- Demonstrate that you can give directions from point A to point B as given on a simple map
- Write a short essay about your home nation - highlighting geographical, political and cultural issues - of fifteen lines or more.
Also today we got issued the last of our gear; field bed, mosquito dome, sat phone, field rations, mosquito oil and fly paper. I'll do a "functional check" of the sat phone later today, after we have pizza here on the Norwegian House.