Dad: It's time you start preparing for the MCFL Test.
Maria: Dad, that's 12 months away! I don't need to start looking at test prep materials right now.
Dad: Yes, you do. Like all high-stakes testing, familiarity with the types of questions you'll be asked will help you. You need to score well on it if you want to be admitted to a good university. The MCFL is only administered twice each year, so you'd better be prepared when the time comes.
爸爸：不，有需要 。像其它大型考试一样，熟悉题型会很有帮助 。如果你想被一所好大学录取就必须考出高分 。MCFL考试每年只进行两次，所以你最好在考前做好准备 。
Maria: I don't really believe in standardized tests. Our teacher says that they don't really measure how well you'll do in college or in life.
玛丽亚：我不太相信水平考试 。我们老师说，他们不会真的去评估你在大学或者生活中的表现有多好 。
Dad: It doesn't matter what you—or your teacher—believe. Colleges consider test scores in admissions and that's what's important. Let's start with some tips on answering multiple choice and true-false questions.
爸爸：你或者你们老师相信什么并不重要 。大学只考虑录取分数，那才是最重要的 。我们先从单选题和对错题的备考技巧着手吧 。
Maria: I know all about taking standardized tests, Dad. I've been taking them every year at school and I'm sick of them. Put your name here. Bubble in your answer there. I'm sick to death of those tests.
玛丽亚：爸爸，我知道标准化测验里的所有题型 。在学校每年都会考，我早就厌倦了 。名字写在这里 。答案写在那里 。我对这些考试感到极其厌烦 。
Dad: Then you'll feel perfectly comfortable taking this one.
Maria: Why can't they give us open-ended or essay questions? I'd do much better on those.
Dad: Bite your tongue! Those would be much more difficult to study for. Ready for question number one?
Maria: As ready as I'll ever be.