General Reading mock Test 09-12-2018
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SECTION 1 Questions 1– 14
Read the text below and answer Questions 1– 6.
Waitrose – High Street Branch
Position available for two cleaners Night shift and/or early morning
Must be able to work unsupervised, to a time limit.
No experience needed.
Must have own transport.
Drop in and ask for Pete Evant
Do you have a bubbly outgoing personality?
Good singing voice. Responsible and positive attitude.
Will run musical workshops for preschool children.
Classes are 30-45 minutes in length/training provided Own transport essential.
Call into ABC Academy – Brook Street
between 10 am – 2 pm and ask for Jenny.
An animal-loving person needed to walk our two lovely Yorkshire Terriers three times a week.
16 years or older is ideal
Call: 0916-202-7445 to apply
To help look after two children – 2 and 5 years old.
Experience useful but patience and willingness to learn is enough.
Accommodation, food and pocket money provided.
Flexible working times. Ideal for foreign student studying English.
Please send resume and photo to – [email protected]
20 full time volunteers wanted
One year project.
Willing to relocate with free accommodation. Basic salary provided.
Supporting people with disabilities and young people from broken homes.
18-65 can apply.
Experience preferred but not essential.
Urgently requires a graphic designer
Working knowledge of Photoshop
College graduate preferred but enthusiastic computer nerd can apply.
Send short resume (with photo) to –
MegaBites, 10 Oak Road, Ashbourne
OLDE WORLDE CAFÉ
Waitress needed. (Full-time / Part-time) Previous restaurant or café experience preferred.
Must be physically active and able to take orders.
Salary according to experience.
Will consider: high school graduate
Call 0245-67332 for interview. Ask for Mary.
Questions 1 – 6
Look at the seven job advertisements, A-G, and read the descriptions of people below.
Which is the most suitable job for each person?
Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.
1 a person willing to move location for one year. Salary is low but ideal for someone
interested in social work
2 a high school student who loves exercise and animals with a few evenings free every
3 an independent kind of person prepared to work at night or early mornings with
4 a high school graduate looking for their first job, must like talking to people
5 a cheerful person who loves working with young children who is able to sing and has
6 a person who loves working with young children in return for a basic allowance,
accommodation and time to study
Read the text below and answer Questions 7-14.
Mobile Phone Etiquette
Etiquette is a code of behavior that allows people to follow the standards accepted in society
. Although these rules can change from country to county many similarities can be
found. Many of the manners we develop are based on three categories; health, courtesy,
and cultural norms. It is through these that we develop the customs and habits of a
|Etiquette # 1
This is where you have to think more of
others than yourself. Don’t think of all
those times that you had to put up with
people talking on the phone in the cinema,
on the train, and in the queue at
McDonald’s. Simply imagine all the ways
other people will find you annoying if you
use your mobile phone.
|Etiquette # 5
Remember, people don’t want to hear you
talking on the phone so they certainly don’t
want to hear the other person either. Don’t
turn your speaker on!
|Etiquette # 2
The good thing about people is that sooner
or later someone will tell you that you are
annoying them. Their request to stop
talking or talk quietly might seem
unreasonable but if you really want to be a
model mobile phone user just follow their
|Etiquette # 6
If you don’t want to be talked about keep your
personal details to yourself. This means
that #3 is probably not far enough from
wagging ears. Either save the conversation
for later or start using text messaging
|Etiquette # 3
To stop #2 from happening, and to keep
your secrets to yourself then keep your
distance – 3 meters – between you and
|Etiquette # 7
Don’t multi-task, it could cost you your life.
Don’t use the time you are spending in a
queue to phone someone and certainly don’t
use the mobile phone when you are driving
. In many countries this is illegal but
it is also dangerous. National data show
mobile phones were involved in 350 fatal
crashes in 2011.
|Etiquette # 4
Even if you are following #3 you don’t need
to shout. This just makes it easier for people
to hear you and much easier to annoy
|Etiquette # 8
There are many places such as a library,
museum, theatre, and hospital where,
hopefully, common sense tells you not use
Complete the notes below.
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each
Write your answers in boxes 7-14 on your answer sheet.
NOTES ON MOBILE PHONE ETIQUETTE
Etiquette # 1
Don’t think about the people you have met using their phone in front of or behind you.
Stop using your phone if you think people will find it 7 ……………………..
Etiquette # 2
Other people will tell you about your phone etiquette. If they don’t like it they might ask
you to 8 ……………………..
Etiquette # 3
If you want to keep your 9 …………………….. to yourself then keep 10 ……………………..
Etiquette # 4
Even if you are not near anyone that is no excuse to shout. People will still hear you.
Etiquette # 5
Remember that people don’t to hear you and so they definitely don’t want to hear the
person you are talking to.
Etiquette # 6
If you really want to keep the conversation between the two of you then
11 …………………….. is the best way to keep people from hearing.
Etiquette # 7
Trying to do too many things at once can be a problem. You know that using your mobile
in a 12 …………………….. is frowned upon but using it in your car could be fatal. In America,
of all car accidents, there were 13 ……………………..fatalities in 2011 because the driver was
using a phone.
Etiquette # 8
Finally, if you have any 14…………………….., you should know that talking on your mobile
in a theatre is a big no-no in mobile phone etiquette.
SECTION 2 Questions 15– 27
Read the text below and answer Questions 15– 21.
Superheroes like Superman have powers that are the envy of many children and even adults
. Yet, we don’t have to read comic books to find people with superpowers. These
|1 . Leslie Lemke
Born blind, he was 15 when he eventually learnt
how to walk. When he was 16 he played
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
after hearing this piece of music on the television
the previous night. He is now able
to play any piece of music simply b
|4 . Stephen Wiltshire
When he was nine he learnt to talk but before
this, he had already developed a love for
drawing. After a helicopter ride in
Tokyo he drew an accurate and detailed
view of the city on a piece of paper 10
|2 . Orlando Serrell
He was not born a savant. He was ten years old
when he was hit on the head with a
baseball. Since then he has been able to perform
complicated calendar calculations and
remember the weather every day from the
day of the accident.
|5 . Ellen Boudreaux
Like Leslie Lemke, Ellen Boudreaux is a
blind autistic savant with exceptional musical
abilities. She can play music perfectly
after hearing it just once. She can also
walk around without bumping into things
. She does this by making little
chirping sounds that seem to act like a
|3 . Kim Peek
Kim was the inspiration for the character
played by Dustin Hoffman in the Rain Man.
His nickname is “Kimputer” because he has
read over 12,000 books and remembers
everything about them. He reads two pages
at once – his left eye reads the left page and
his right eye reads the right page – in 3
|6 . Daniel Tammet
Daniel is exceptionally gifted
mathematically and linguistically. He can
speak 11 languages fluently and learnt one
of them, Icelandic, in 7 days. He appears
normal but Daniel contends that he actually
had to will himself to learn how to talk to
and behave around people.
Look at the following statements and the list of savants below.
Match each statement with the correct savant, A-F.
Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 15-21 on your answer sheet.
NB You may use any letter more than once.
15 This savant reminds people of a computer as everything he reads he remembers.
16 This savant learnt one language very quickly and speaks many more.
17 This savant developed extraordinary powers after an accident.
18 This savant plays the piano.
19 This savant inspired a movie.
20 This savant avoids falling over with sonar like ability.
21 This savant loves to draw buildings with incredible accuracy.
A Leslie Lemke
B Orlando Serrell
C Kim Peek
D Stephen Wiltshire
E Ellen Boudreaux
F Daniel Tammet
Read the text below and answer Questions 22-27.
Job sharing is the perfect solution for people who want to carry on with their career but also
raise a family. Before you do it you need to learn a few things as it can be more difficult
than it might seem.
Job Sharing Is Like Marriage
When looking for a job share partner you need to look for someone that is the perfect teammate
. You don’t need to find someone who is a carbon copy of you but certainly
they need to have a similar professional style, work ethic, and standards as you.
Job Sharing Relies on Communication
For a job share to work smoothly and efficiently you must work like one person. The
transition from one person to another, from one day to the next must be seamless.
Sharing information successfully can be done by setting up a shared email account, and
using the same filing system to organise computer and paper files.
No matter how well organized your schedule is things happen. Your child needs to visit
the dentist. A friend flies in to visit you. A hundred and one reasons why you can’t be at
work tomorrow. If you have a good job sharing relationship then your partner will cover
Job Sharing Means Less Income
This might be obvious but when you job share you not only share the work but you also
share the income. That’s right you will only get half the income maybe even less if you
decide to do less than half the work.
You Share Accomplishments
Just as in a marriage many things you do, probably all the things you do, will be achieved
because of you and your job share partner. In other words, you must share any praise for
Your Circumstances May Change
No matter how much you like your job, things change and so your commitment to it
might also change. Things that you can’t predict now might make you think about getting
a fulltime job again; your spouse might move to another city, you decide to go back to
university who knows what the future might bring?
Questions 22– 27
Complete the sentences below.
Choose NO MORE THAN ONE WORD from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 22-27 on your answer sheet.
22 You don’t have to find an exact copy of you when looking for a job share partner but
they must have similar………………………
23 A successful job share means being able to share information with the same filing
system so that each day flows into another in a …………………….. manner.
24 One thing is certain and that is no matter how well prepared you are
…………………….. will happen.
25 An important thing to remember is that when you job share you won’t get the
…………………….. of a fulltime job.
26 In a job share, you can no longer accept all the …………………….. .
27 You might not always have the same …………………….. because your life might be
moving in another direction.
SECTION 3 Questions 28-40
Read the text below and answer questions 28-40.
Mission to Mars
2011 Mars One Founded
In 2011 Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders lay the foundation of the Mars One
mission plan. Discussion meetings are held with potential suppliers of aerospace
components in the USA, Canada, Italy and United Kingdom. Mission architecture,
budgets and timelines are solidified from the feedback of supplier engineers and
business developers. A baseline design for a mission of permanent human
settlement on Mars achievable with existing technology is the result.
2013 Start Crew Selection
In April 2013, the Astronaut Selection Program is launched at press conferences in
New York and Shanghai. Round One is an online application open to all
nationalities. The selection program proceeds with three additional rounds over
the course of two years. At the end of it around six teams of four individuals are
selected for training. A new batch of the Astronaut Selection Program begins every
year to replenish the training pool regularly. An analogue of the Mars habitat is
constructed on Earth for technology testing and training purposes.
2015 Start of Crew Training
Selected candidates from the first batch of applicants enter full-time training
groups. This training continues until the launch in 2024. The group’s ability to deal
with prolonged periods of time in a remote location is the most important part of
their training. They learn to repair components of the habitat and rover, learn to
grow their own food, and train in medical procedures. The first outpost
simulation, a Mars-like terrain that is relatively easy to reach is chosen. A second
training outpost is located at a more remote environment like the Arctic desert.
2018 Demo and Comsat Mission
A Demonstration Mission is launched to Mars in May 2018; it provides proof of
concept for some of the technologies that are important for a human mission. A
communication satellite is also launched that is placed into a Mars stationary orbit.
It enables 24/7 communication between the two planets. It can relay images,
videos and other data from the Mars surface.
2020 Rover Mission Launched
One intelligent rover and one trailer are launched. The rover can use the trailer to
transport the landers to the outpost location. On Mars, the rover drives around the
chosen region to find the best location for the settlement. An ideal location for the
settlement is far enough north for the soil to contain enough water, equatorial
enough for maximum solar power and flat enough to facilitate construction of the
settlement. When the settlement location is determined, the rover prepares the
surface for arrival of the cargo missions. It also clears large areas where solar panels
will lie. A second communications satellite is launched into orbit around the Sun.
2022 Cargo Missions Launched
Six cargo missions are launched and two living units, two life support systems, and
two supply units are sent to Mars in July 2022. In February 2023 all units land on
Mars using a rover signal as a beacon.
2023 Outpost Operational
The six cargo units land on Mars, up to 10 km away from the outpost. The rover
picks up the first life support unit using the trailer, takes it to the right place, and
deploys the thin film solar panel of the life support unit. The rover can now
connect to the life support unit to recharge its batteries much faster than using only
its own panels, allowing it to do much more work. The rover picks up all the other
cargo units and then deploys the thin film solar panel of the second life support
unit and the inflatable sections of the living units. The life support unit is connected
to the living units by a hose that can transport water, air and electricity.
The life support system is now activated. The rover feeds Martian soil into the life
support system. Water is extracted from the Martian soil by evaporating the
subsurface ice particles in an oven. The evaporated water is condensed back to its
liquid state and stored. Part of the water is used for producing oxygen. Nitrogen
and argon, filtered from the Martian atmosphere make up the other components of
the breathable air inside the habitat.
2024 Departure Crew One
In April 2024, the components of the Mars transit vehicle are launched to Earth
orbit on receiving the green light on the status of the systems on Mars. First, a
transit habitat and a Mars lander with an assembly crew on-board are launched into
an orbit around the Earth. The assembly crew docks the Mars lander to the transit
habitat. Two propellant stages are launched a month later and are also connected.
The first Mars crew, now fully trained, is launched into the same Earth orbit. In
orbit the Mars One crew switches places with the assembly crew, who descend back
to Earth. Engines of the propellant stages are fired and the transit vehicle is
launched on a Mars transit trajectory. This is the point of no return; the crew is now
bound to a 210-day flight to Mars.
Questions 28 – 31
Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.
Write the correct letter in boxes 28-31 on your answer sheet.
28 What is the plan to have a permanent human settlement on Mars based on?
A new technology
B new and old technology
C existing technology
D recent technology
29 How is the ideal site for the settlement found?
C the settlers
D some luck
30 After the outpost is operational how does the rover recharge its batteries?
A from the living units
B from the life support unit
C from its own solar panels
D from the cargo units
31 Where does oxygen come from ?
A Nitrogen and argon
C Martian atmosphere
D Life support system
Questions 32 – 36
Complete the summary below.
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR NUMBER from the passage for each
Write your answers in boxes 32-36 on your answer sheet.
To begin the process of selecting suitable astronauts two 32 ____________ are held in
two cities around the world. The first application is 33 ____________ and available to
every nationality. This is followed by a further 34 ____________ rounds and results in
the selection of 35 ____________ teams that then start training. During training they
learn how to cope with life in an isolated 36 ____________ , cultivate 37____________ ,
and perform 38 ____________ .
Questions 39 – 40
Answer the questions below.
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 39-40 on your answer sheet.
39 How will it be possible for people on Mars to contact people on Earth?
40 What point is reached when the crew starts their journey to Mars?
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