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Cover Letter Quiz

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests what you learned on the Your Cover Letter page in our Business English section on Resumes and Cover Letters.

1. A cover letter or covering letter can also be called

a resume or CV
a CV sales letter
a letter of application
a) a resume or CV b) a CV sales letter c) a letter of application

2. Job applicants must send a cover letter _______ sending their resume.

a) before b) when c) after

3. A cover letter should be

clear and concise
friendly and funny
long and detailed
a) clear and concise b) friendly and funny c) long and detailed

4. If a cover letter is poorly-written, most employers will _______ the applicant.

a) forgive b) reject c) contact

5. Which date format is best for a cover letter?

October 9, 2020
a) October 9, 2020 b) 9/10/20 c) 10/9/20

6. Your name should be _______ of the letter.

at the top
in the middle
at the bottom
a) at the top b) in the middle c) at the bottom

7. Which topic isn't normally mentioned in a cover letter?

the position
the salary
the company
a) the position b) the salary c) the company

8. Your cover letter should explain how much you will _______ the company.

a) benefit b) charge c) disrupt

9. Cover letters often begin with the applicant explaining how they

began their education
spend their free time
found out about the job
a) began their education b) spend their free time c) found out about the job

10. Your cover letter can summarize a key selling point such as your

work history
medical history
relevant experience
a) work history b) medical history c) relevant experience

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.

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