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Reading Practice Test 1 [B2]
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– 8 questions –
Read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap.
The Story of Gold
The story of gold is an adventure involving kings, queens, pirates, explorers, conquerors, and the native peoples they conquered. Throughout history, gold has woven a magic spell over those it touched. Gold is beautiful and rare; a soft shiny metal that can be moulded into many (1) … . It has been used for money, jewellery, and to decorate special buildings such (2) … palaces and places of worship. (3) … the precious metal was discovered, prospectors rushed to mine it, starting new cities and countries as they went. Gold and the people who love it have helped shape the world we live (4) … today. Gold is one of many elements, or substances that cannot be changed by normal chemical means, that are found in the Earth’s crust. Gold has a warm, sunny colour and (5) … it does not react (6) … air, water, and most chemicals, its shine never fades. In its natural (7) … , gold is soft and easily shaped. When heated to 1,062 Celsius it melts and can be poured into moulds to form coins, gold bars, and other objects. Stories have been told, movies (8) … and legends born about the discovery of the world’s great gold deposits. It is a saga of dreams, greed, ambition and exploration.
– 8 questions –
Read the following extract from a brochure giving advice on taking an examination. For questions 9-16, type the word which best fits in each space. Use only one word in each space. There is an example at the beginning:
Example (0) TO
When the day comes give yourself plenty of time (0) …to….. do everything: have breakfast but don’t drink (9) much; go to the toilet; arrive on time, but not too early or you will find yourself getting more and more nervous while you wait to start.
In the exam, calm (10) down by breathing deeply and thinking positively. Read the exam questions carefully and underline all of the key instruction words (11) indicate how the questions should be answered. If possible start with the ones (12) can do easily to give you confidence. Remember what you’ve learnt from practising questions and doing mock exams previously and plan your use of time. Don’t panic (13) everyone around you seems to start writing furiously straight away and don’t be tempted to follow their example.
Finally, after the exam, don’t join in a discussion about (14) everyone else did, (15) you want to frighten yourself, and drain your self-confidence for the next exam. Above (16) , remember that exams are not designed to catch you out, but to find out what you know, what you understand and what you can do.
– 8 questions –
Questions 17 – 24
Read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line.
About Fish and Aquariums
There are more than 200,000 species of fish inhabiting many (17) (differ) waters. New species of fish are discovered every year. From the deepest part of the seas thousands of feet down in total (18) (dark) , to the beautiful aqua-blue waters of the coral reefs, to the streams, lakes, and ponds of freshwater found throughout the world, fish have adapted an incredible variety of life-forms, styles, and (19) (behave) . The group of aquatic animals we call fishes has evolved for over 400 million years to be the most (20) (number) and diverse of the major vertebrate groups. Forty-one percent of the world’s fish species inhabit only fresh water. This is pretty (21) (amaze) considering that fresh water covers only 1 percent of the world’s surface. As you probably already know salt water covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface. So the number and (22) (vary) of fresh water species to marine or saltwater species is all the more mind-boggling. While they inhabit the smallest amount of water, they have, in fact, adapted to a much (23) (wide) range of habitats and to a greater variety of water conditions. Let’s take a closer look at the unique adaptations of fish that have allowed them to live so (24) (success) in the medium we call water.
Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.
0. A very friendly taxi driver drove us into town.
We …………………………………………………… a very friendly taxi driver.
The gap can be filled by the words ‘were driven into town by’, so you write:
Write the missing words in CAPITAL LETTERS.
25. It wasn’t Mark that you met in the shop.
It Mark that you met in the shop.
26. She was just going to have her breakfast when the phone rang.
She was just breakfast when the phone rang.
27. Steve didn’t manage to complete his work.
Steve his work.
28. How long has she been studying English?
When studying English?
29. George wrote his last novel five years ago.
It George wrote his last novel.
30. Nobody took any notice of his bad behaviour.
Nobody his bad behaviour.
Questions 31 – 36
Choose the answer which you think fits best according to the text.
Social networks connect people at low cost; this can be beneficial for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to expand their contact base. These networks often act as a customer relationship management tool for companies selling products and services. Companies can also use social networks for advertising in the form of banners and text ads. Since businesses operate globally, social networks can make it easier to keep in touch with contacts around the world.
Social networks are beginning to be adopted by healthcare professionals as a means to manage institutional knowledge, disseminate peer to peer knowledge and to highlight individual physicians and institutions. The advantage of using a dedicated medical social networking site is that all the members are screened against the state licensing board list of practitioners. The role of social networks is especially of interest to pharmaceutical companies who spend approximately “32 percent of their marketing dollars” attempting to influence the opinion leaders of social networks.
Languages, nationalities and academia
Various social networking sites have sprung up catering to different languages and countries. The popular site Facebook has been cloned for various countries and languages and some specializing in connecting students and faculty.
Social networks for social good
Several websites are beginning to tap into the power of the social networking model for social good. Such models may be highly successful for connecting otherwise fragmented industries and small organizations without the resources to reach a broader audience with interested and passionate users. Users benefit by interacting with a like-minded community and finding a channel for their energy and giving.
Few social networks currently charge money for membership. In part, this may be because social networking is a relatively new service, and the value of using them has not been firmly established in customers’ minds. Companies such as MySpace and Facebook sell online advertising on their site. Hence, they are seeking large memberships, and charging for membership would be counter productive. Some believe that the deeper information that the sites have on each user will allow much better targeted advertising than any other site can currently provide. Sites are also seeking other ways to make money, such as by creating an online marketplace or by selling professional information and social connections to businesses.
On large social networking services, there have been growing concerns about users giving out too much personal information and the threat of sexual predators. Users of these services need to be aware of data theft or viruses. However, large services, such as MySpace, often work with law enforcement to try to prevent such incidents. In addition, there is a perceived privacy threat in relation to placing too much personal information in the hands of large corporations or governmental bodies, allowing a profile to be produced on an individual’s behavior on which decisions, detrimental to an individual, may be taken.
Social network services are increasingly being used in legal and criminal investigations. Information posted on sites such as MySpace and Facebook, has been used by police, probation, and university officials to prosecute users of said sites. In some situations, content posted on MySpace has been used in court.
31. According to the text, social networks …….CorrectIncorrect
32. Why do advertisers like social nework sites?CorrectIncorrect
33. What does the word ‘Few‘ at the beginning of paragraph 6 mean?CorrectIncorrect
34. What should users not do on social networks?CorrectIncorrect
35. Personal information on social network sites …….CorrectIncorrect
36. Social networking is great for ……CorrectIncorrect
Questions 37 – 42
You are going to read a magazine article about John Prince, a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A – G the one which fits each gap. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
Career success in the arts
John Prince, famous dancer and choreographer, gives advice on how to succeed in a career in the arts.
I asked John how he got started and what requirements there are. “Well, to be a professional dancer it’s useful to have had acting lessons or some background in drama. If you want to succeed in musical theatre you have to have a good singing voice as well. When you approach an agent you should take a portfolio with your CV, your statistics sheet and some good photos and reviews of past performances. You’ll need dance clothes, ballet shoes, tap shoes, and even roller skates depending on what kind of show you are going to go for. (37) Of course, you need to be extremely fit if you want to be a professional dancer. I dance or move about for about six hours a day. There are great health benefits to being a dancer. I can eat a lot of pasta without gaining weight because dancing increases your metabolism so much. (38)
John has a very busy schedule in the next few months. He took time out to speak to me today from the making of a pop video to promote N-ergy’s latest record. “I choreographed the dance routine for the boys and they only had 2 days in which to learn it! I am going to be working on a video for another well known band – but that’s top secret. Next month I’ll be touring Spain in a production of a musical that was written by a friend of mine, Michaela Evans. (39) As for the future, I’ve come to realise that I would never be content to be just a chorus dancer – I’m too much of an individual for that. Like all artists I’d love to become a household name by writing and choreographing my own musicals.”
John was born in Jamaica to a Jamaican father and a Scottish mother but the family emigrated to England 20 years ago. “I have a little sister I adore, who is also training to be a dancer.” How does it feel to have someone else following in your footsteps? (40)
Has he much more to learn, I wondered. “I’ve spent an incredible amount of my life training to get where I am. I went to college for two years in England, I trained for six months in Paris and about eight months in America. But you never really stop training or learning your art. (41)
So, would you say it’s been plain sailing? “I feel I’ve been lucky to a degree; many people hit problems breaking into the arts. It can be a vicious circle really. You can’t become a member of Equity, which is the actors’ and dancers’ union, without good contracts. And you can’t get good contracts without being a member of Equity. My advice to people who want to get into the arts would be to go out into the world, and try everything else first. (42)
What has a dance career done for you as a person? “Thanks to dancing, I’ve visited and performed in 23 countries so far. This has opened my eyes to the world, and I’ve been able to understand issues like racism and inequality from a wider perspective. Hopefully, this has enabled me to become a better and more tolerant person as a result. “So all in all I’m really happy to be a dancer!”
Questions 43 – 52
You are going to read an article in which four people comment on a book they have read recently. For each question, choose from the people (A-D). The people may be chosen more than once.
43. Which person read a book which was set in an Oriental country?
44. Which person read a book which finished in an unrealistic way?
45. Which person read a book which had unbelievable characters?
46. Which person read a book which is well-known and was written a long time ago?
47. Which person read a book which contained two stories?
48. Which person read a book which was not set in the past?
49. Which person read a book which was historically accurate?
50. Which person read a book which contained insignificant details?
51. Which person read a book which has a well-known scene?
52. Which person read a book which is written for teenagers?