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Directions: In this part you will read a selection of texts, such as magazine and newspaper
articles, letters, and advertisements. Each text is followed by several questions. Select the
best answer for each question and mark the letter (A), (B), (C), or (D) on your answer sheet.
Questions 153-154 refer to the following article.
Trend in American Houses
It comes as no surprise that houses have grown in size and cost over the years. At the
beginning of the last century, the average home was 80 square meters. In 1950 the
average home was no square meters, growing to an average size of 220 square meters in
2000. Costs in 1900 were about $5,000, $11,000 in 1950 and $200,000 last year.
Another interesting fact revealed in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
report is that although homes have grown in size, lot sizes have begun to decrease
significantly. In 1990, the average lot size was 1,630 square meters. Just eight years later
the average lot size was 1,430 square meters. In its profile of a typical new home in 2012,
the report suggests the average lot size is expected to decrease by another 100 square feet
while the house size will increase to 250 square meters.
153. What was the size of the average 154. Compared to homes in 2000, how
American house around 1900?
large is the average house in 2012 expected
(A) 80 square meters
(A) 30 square meters larger
(B) 110 square meters
(B) 100 square meters smaller
(C) 220 square meters
(C) 100 square meters larger
(D) 250 square meters