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Section 1       Questions 1-14

 
Read the text below and answer Questions 1-5.
 

Good Reading Reviews

A
Your Chinese Horoscope 2003

Astrologer Neil Somerville suggests the Year of the Goat will be one of healing. It was a Goat year that the first human organ transplant was performed and it appears that there will be more medical breakthroughs.
— Maggie Hamilton

B
Start Me Up

For someone leaving the safety of full-time employment to face
the risks and challenges of running their own business, Start Me
Up by Toney Fitzgerald is not a bad learning tool.
— Graeme Berwick

C
The Autobiography of Pat Cash

The book covers Pat Cash’s tennis career from junior Davis Cup member to Wimbledon champion. Cash also frankly shares his opinion on all matters relating to professional tennis.
— Joanne Dover

D
Gardens by the Sea

Gardens by the Sea showcases gardens all over the world. Some are grand, some are humble, but each of these stunning creations bears witness to the gardener’s dedication in the face of the harsh realities of seaside living.
— Gordon Bain

E
Walking Home with Marie-Claire

This is a story about Pauline in Grade 6 at a primary school in the 70s. She meets a new friend, Marie-Claire with a very unusual family. But why won’t Marie-Claire let Pauline meet her family? The book portrays the lives of families struggling to understand each other’s points of view.
— Merle Morcom

F
Splendours of an Ancient Civilisation

This book is the perfect coffee table book for lovers of Ancient Egypt. Its appeal lies in the colour photography and the illustrations. They include detailed close-ups of the most impressive and well-known objects and buildings of the time.
— Myffanwy Bryant

G
Never Count Out the Dead

Police Officer John Sully is tricked into driving thirteen-year-old Shay Storey to an isolated spot, where her mother, Dee, is waiting to kill him. Sully miraculously survives and Dee flees to Mexico, where she abandons her daughter. Sully is contacted by a journalist who offers to help him catch Dee and find her daughter.
— Phillip Knowles

H
Fresh Flavours of India

This is a mouth-watering book packed with innovative ideas that reflect the author’s passion for his homeland’s cuisine. The author offers dishes from contemporary India with straightforward recipes that burst with flavour and aroma.
—Gordon Bain

[Reviews are adapted from reviews first appearing in Good Reading (magazine)]

Questions 1-5

Look at the reviews of books (A-H).

Match each question 1-5 with a book review (A-H). Write your answers in boxes 1-5 on the answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

Example: Which book deals with cooking?
Answer: H

1. Which book is detective fiction?
2. Which book handles commercial matters?
3. Which book teaches about past history?
4. Which book is written by a sporting personality?
5. Which book attempts to predict future discoveries in the field of medicine?

 
Read the text below and answer Questions 6-14.
 

Legal information on call

What is Dial-A-Law?
Dial-A-Law is a library of pre-recorded messages to provide general information on specific topics of law. You can call this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and listen to any tape from our complete library of pre-recorded messages.

Dial-A-Law provides information, not legal advice. Each legal problem is different so if you have a legal problem you should talk to a solicitor. If you don’t have a solicitor, the Legal Referral Service can refer you to a solicitor in your area.

While the Dial-A-Law information service is available 24 hours a day, the Legal Referral Service is open only during normal business hours.

What if I need a solicitor?
If you listen to a Dial-A-Law message after business hours, you can phone the Legal Referral Service during business hours the following day on the number given to you at the end of the message.

If you listen to a Dial-A-Law message during business hours and decide you want a referral to a solicitor, press the appropriate number when prompted and you will be automatically transferred to the Legal Referral Service.

You will be given the names of up to three solicitors in your suburb who practise in the specific area of law you require. You can simply arrange an appointment with one of these solicitors. Then you must contact the Legal Referral Service to obtain a referral letter. You must hand this to the solicitor at the beginning of your interview He or she will give you an initial interview of up to 30 minutes free of charge.

During the interview, the solicitor will tell you if you have a legal case, what is involved, approximately how long it should take to solve the problem, and how much it is likely to cost. Then, if you and the solicitor agree, you may hire the solicitor to handle your problem at his or her normal fee.

— Law Institute Victoria, Dial-A-Law and the legal referral service

 

 

Questions 6-9
Choose the correct letter, A-D.

Write your answers in boxes 6-9 on the answer sheet.

6. Dial-A-Law is
A. a group of solicitors.
B. a law college library.
C. a legal telephone service.
D. a legal Internet message bank.

7. Dial-A-Law will
A. give legal counselling.
B. inform listeners about particular legal subjects.
C. suggest to clients which solicitor they should see.
D. supply advice on difficulties concerning the law.

8. Dial-A-Law is available to customers
A. at any time.
B. on weekdays only.
C. during business hours.
D. for thirty minutes at a time.

9. The Legal Referral Service will
A. A recommend a legal consultant.
B. nominate three solicitors in the client’s vicinity.
C. choose the best of three solicitors for the client.
D. decide whether the client must pay for a legal problem.

 

Questions 10-14
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage?
In boxes 10-14 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

10. The client can be transferred to a solicitor at any time.
11. The first consultation with a solicitor is always free.
12. The client must write ä letter of referral for the solicitor.
13. The solicitor will advise the client of the expense involved in a legal matter.
14. The client should take the first solicitor offered.

 


 

 

Section 2       Questions 15-27

 
Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.
 

Industrial Business Solutions

A. We at Industrial Business Solutions (IBS) value you as a member of our team. We understand that our future success can only be achieved if you are also able to achieve your goals and objectives within your area of employment.

B. At IBS, our business is growing. As one of the world’s largest and leading organisations in the area of telecommunications, we take pride in both the reliability of our products and the level of customer support we offer. Both of these key areas cannot be successfully negotiated without a quality team.

C. IBS is dedicated to the on-going training and development of the team to ensure a quality focus across all departments.

D. At our Leading in Times of Change workshop, participants will engage in a number of personal development activities. Central to this session will be the personal mission statement. Participants will be able to explore relationships both personal and within the business context to define what matters most to them. This has proven to be one of our most popular workshops.

E. Additional workshops across a variety of topics are covered. Previous participants have commented that the sessions were both informative and beneficial. One manager reported a 25% improvement in production. Such feedback has been very satisfying.

F. We continue our tradition of staff development programs. As a member of our company, you will be required to attend 3 sessions over the course of the year. We offer over 20 courses on a variety of topics all aimed at improving personal awareness within the workplace and beyond. It is our conviction that an engaged employee is a happy employee.

G. Registration can be done through the staff website. You are required to select relevant workshops in consultation with your supervisor. This ensures that there is no confusion in relation to time off for the workshops. Click on the ‘workshops’ link and from the list of options available, click on the topics you have selected. You will need to supply your date of birth, IBS identification number and department name.

H. While we are pleased for you to participate with members of your department, we also encourage inter-department involvement. Since no particular area stands alone, it is useful for participants to become familiar with those in other areas across IBS.

I. Professional development does not need to be limited to in-house workshops. For those wanting to expand their knowledge and skills in areas related to their area of expertise, we are prepared to offer partial scholarships to select universities. Requests should be sent to the Personnel Manager in the first instance.

 

Question 15
Choose the correct letter, A-E.

What would be the most suitable title for the passage?

A. Becoming an IBS staff member
B. Staff training at IBS
C. Registering on the IBS staff website
D. IBS staff procedures
E. Common questions staff ask about IBS

 

Questions 16-20
The text has six sections, A-I.

Which section contains the following information?

Write your answers, A-I, in boxes 16-20 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

16. Remarks from past attendees.
17. Involvement from a staff administrator is needed.
18. Support available for further training at other intuitions.
19. The commitment of IBS to its staff.
20. The requirement to provide personal information.

 

 

 
Read the text below and answer Questions 21-27.
 

HOME BUSINESS: Points to Consider

Home businesses have seen exceptional growth over the past decade with approximately 150 million people in the United States running a home-based business.

There are two important points to making a profit which are valid no matter what product or service you are planning to promote. Having the idea is just the start. The focus must be on whether there is a market for your product. The main consideration should not just be whether you like what you are planning to sell, but whether other people will like it and want to spend money on it.

Do your research. A trip to the library and a couple of evenings online will assist you in beginning to understand your market. Your goal should be to get a general sense of the type of customer your product or service will attract.

Business registration is a requirement and involves several areas. A legitimate structure must be determined and the most popular options are sole proprietor, a partnership, or a company. City Business Assistance can help with information about sole proprietorships and partnerships. Individuals needing help with registering a corporation should Legal Structures Corp. Deciding upon your business name and getting your federal tax identification are also a part of the business registration process.

Obtaining reliable financial advice is another important consideration. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency providing financial support for small businesses. Locate a reliable mid-range accounting firm that will help you structure the financial side of your business and provide you with the taxation advice you may need.

Insurance must be a part of your planning. Consultation with an insurance agent is highly recommended. Contact Able Insurance for insurance matters under $1 million and Constar for all other amounts.

Equipment and inventory are important considerations as well. What equipment will be needed to provide the service or product you intend to offer? How much stock will you need and do you have the room for it? These questions must be carefully considered and answered.

Many home businesses are online. If this is your plan, you will need to purchase a domain name and locate an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Costing varies mostly according to data downloaded. Connection speed can also affect the internet cost.

For additional assistance on any of the above matters, please contact the county extension office nearest you or the National Directorate for state enquiries.

 

Questions 21-27
Answer the questions below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet.

21. What is the first listed key for a home business profit?

22. Which area of home business planning includes federal tax identification?

23. Who can be contacted for advice about the legal structure of an independently run business?

24. Who can provide help with getting money for a home business?

25. Which company provides insurance assistance up to $1 million?

26. What is the main cost associated with internet services?

27. Who can be contacted for extra local small business help?

 


Section 3       Questions 28-40

 
Read the text below and answer Questions 28-40.
 

The end of the silver screen?

Cinema technology has remained much the same for over a century, so when will it go digital? Kevin Hilton views the projections.

A. Cinema is full of contradictions. It is high-tech and old-fashioned at the same time. Today’s films are full of digital sound and computer-generated special effects. Yet they are still stored on celluloid film, the basis of which is more than 100 years old. They are also displayed with projectors and screens that seem to belong to our great-grandparents’ generation.

B. Now that we are in the second century of cinema, there are moves to bring the medium right up to date. This will involve revolutionising not just how films are made but also how they are distributed and presented. The aim is not only to produce and prepare films digitally but to be able to send them to movie theatres by digital, electronic means. High-resolution digital projectors would then show the film. Supporters say this will make considerable savings at all stages of this chain, particularly for distribution.

C. With such a major technological revolution on the horizon, it seems strange that the industry is still not sure what to call itself. This may appear a minor point, but the choices, ‘digital’ cinema and ‘electronic’ cinema (e-cinema), suggest different approaches to, and aspects of, the business. Digital cinema refers to the physical capture of images; e-cinema covers the whole chain, from production through post-production (editing, addition of special effects and construction of soundtrack) to distribution and projection.

D. And what about the effects of the new medium? The main selling point of digital cinema is the high resolution and sharpness of the final image. But those who support the old-fashioned approach to film point to the celluloid medium’s quality of warmth. A recurring criticism of video is that it may be too good: uncomfortably real, rather like looking through an open window. In 1989, the director of the first full-length American digital high-definition movie admitted that the picture had a ‘stark, strange reality to it’.

E. Even the money-saving aspect of e-cinema is doubted. One expert says that existing cinemas will have to show the new material and not all of them will readily or rapidly furnish themselves with the right equipment. ‘E-cinema is seen as a way of saving money because print costs a lot,’ he says. Thus for that to work, cinemas have to be showing the films because cinemas are the engine that drives the film industry.’

F. This view has prompted some pro-digital entrepreneurs to take a slightly different approach. HD Thames is looking at reinventing the existing cinema market, moving towards e-theatre, which would use digital video and projection to present plays, musicals and some sporting events to the public. This is not that different from the large-screen TV system that was set up in New York in 1930, and John Logie Baird’s experiments with TV in the late 1920s and early 30s.

 

 

Questions 28-33
The Reading Passage «The end of the silver screen?» has six paragraphs, A–F.

Choose the correct heading for each paragraph from the list of headings below.

Write numbers, i-ix, in boxes 28-33 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

i. Indecision about a name
ii. Current problems with distribution
iii. Uncertainty about financial advantages
iv. The contrasts of cinema today
v. The history of cinema
vi. Integrating other events into cinema
vii. The plans for the future of films
viii. An unexpected advantage
ix. Too true to life?

28. Paragraph A
29. Paragraph B
30. Paragraph C
31. Paragraph D
32. Paragraph E
33. Paragraph F

 

 

Questions 34-38

Complete the summary below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 34-38 on your answer sheet.

There are big changes ahead for cinema if digital production takes place and the industry no longer uses (34) ……………. and gets rid of the old-fashioned (35) ……………. and used to show movies. The main advantage is likely to be that the final image will be clearer. However, some people argue that the digital picture will lack (36) …………….. In addition, digital production will only reduce costs if cinemas are willing to buy new (37) …………….. As a result, experiments with what is called (38) ‘……………’ may mark a change in the whole entertainment industry.

 

Questions 39-40

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.

Write letters A-D in boxes 39 and 40 on your answer sheet.

39. What does e-cinema concept cover?
A. physical capture of images
B. displaying cinemas with projectors
C. from production to distribution and projection
D. distributing cinemas electronically

40. The e-theatre concept would involve
A. broadcasting live sporting events
B. up to date theatrical performance
C. digital capture of image
D. the use digital video and projection

 

 


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Reading Test 4 (General Training) Answer Key

Section 1

1. G
2. B
3. F
4. C
5. A
6. C
7. B
8. A
9. B
10. FALSE
11. TRUE
12. FALSE
13. TRUE
14. NOT GIVEN

Section 2

15. B
16. E
17. G
18. I
19. C
20. G
21. having the idea
22. Business registration
23. City Business Assistance
24. Small Business Administration // SBA
25. Able Insurance
26. data downloaded
27. county extension office

Section 3

28. iv
29. vii
30. i
31. ix
32. iii
33. vi
34. celluloid // celluloid film
35. projectors and screens // projectors, screens
36. warmth
37. equipment
38. e-theatre
39. C
40. D

 

 

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