在这次轰轰烈烈的改革中，阅读部分的选词填空难度系数有所增加。主要体现在单词的难度（virtually;deals;currently），已经文章的难度。这次文章选自2006年9月25号华盛顿日报出版的Newsweek杂志，作者是Julie Scelfo和Barbara Kantrowitz。这篇文章的主题是science and gender gap（科学和性别代沟），文章选取了前两段的内容。
比如在本次考试中，名词：circumstance；confidence;deals;hope;site； 动词：covers;exposing;honoring;hope;形容词：current;different; exposing; fast;rare;realistic;副词：presently；virtually
比方说第一个空：he _______ of some of the most important discoveries in modern science
再不比方说第二个空A generation ago, female faces were______and, even today, visitors walking…
Science and the Gender Gap
by Julie Scelfo and Barbara KantrowitzSeptember 25, 2006
To get a sense of how women have progressed in science, take a quick tour of the physics department at the University of California, Berkeley. This is a storied place, the site of some of the most important discoveries in modern science--starting with Ernest Lawrence's invention of the cyclotron in 1931. A generation ago, female faces were rare and, even today, visitors walking through the first floor of LeConte Hall will see a full corridor of exhibits honoring the many distinguished physicists who made history here, virtually all of them white males.
But climb up to the third floor and you'll see a different display. There, among the photos of current faculty members and students, are portraits of the current chair of the department, Marjorie Shapiro, and four other women whose research covers everything from the mechanics of the universe to the smallest particles of matter. A sixth woman was hired just two weeks ago. Although they're still only about 10 percent of the physics faculty, women are clearly a presence here. And the real hope may be in the smaller photos to the right: graduate and undergraduate students, about 20 percent of them female. Every year Berkeley sends freshly minted female physics doctorates to the country's top universities. That makes Shapiro optimistic, but also realistic. "I believe things are getting better," she says, "but they're not getting better as fast as I would like."