Cambridge General Reading 17 Test 1

SECTION 1 Questions 1—14

Which places would you go to in the following situations?

Write the correct letter, A-H, in boxes 1—5 on your answer sheet.

List of Places:

A Information Desk

E Green Channel

B Hotel Reservation Counter

F Level Two

C Lost and Found Counter

G Reception Desk

D Red Channel

H Baggage Claim Belt

1 You find after your flight that your suitcase has split.

2 You want to reserve a room at a transit hotel.

3 You are not sure if you have bought too much in the duty-free shop.

4 You are not sure where to collect your luggage after your flight.

5 You need someone to help you with your suitcases.

Questions 6—10

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text.

In boxes 6—10 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

6 Everyone is obliged to pay a 3% tax on goods they bring into Singapore.

7 You can only reclaim tax on purchases made in certain shops.

8 If you have spent a total of S$150 on your purchases, you can get a tax refund.

9 You have to reclaim your tax within a certain amount of time.

10 You will be charged a certain amount for administration when you get the tax back.

Questions 11-14

Complete the sentences below.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS. Write your answers in boxes 11—14 on your answer sheet.

11 The Singapore Marriott Hotel is described as an

12 The land that Tang bought was located Opposite a

13 The of the new Tang building is very similar to that of the original building.

14 Access to several at the Singapore Airlines Service Centre means that you don't need to wait for assistance.

SECTION 2 Questions 15—27

Complete the sentences below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 15—20 on your answer sheet.

15 Many job applicants do not dare to reveal in a CV what their real is.

16 if applicants do not include what makes them distinctive, their CVs are likely to appear to the reader.

17 Applicants need to find ways to define the that make them do well in their work.

18 It can be helpful for applicants to try to base a consideration of themselves on the of others.

19 Requesting the input of a dependable can help an applicant work out their own good points.

20 It is best to avoid the used by many applicants when describing themselves in a CV.

Questions 21-27

Complete the notes below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

How to become more organised at work

Maintaining order in the work area involves

  • keeping the minimum amount of necessary 21 and paperwork
  • restricting the number of personal 22 on the work surface
  • deciding on sensible 23 for things that are needed regularly or hardly ever
  • placing containers on the desk identified by 24 to organise on-going paperwork
  • storing documents if there is an official 25 to do so

Planning ahead is important because

  • in general, it will improve the employee's 26 on work
  • thinking about the next day's work ensures important 27 are given due attention

SECTION 3 Questions 28-32

The text has five sections, A-E.

Write the correct number, i-viii, in boxes 28-32 on your answer sheet.

List of Headings

i A controversy over two versions of an invention

ii The need to mine deeper for good quality coal

iii Growing awareness of the need to improve conditions for miners

iv A new danger caused by developments in mining

v The impact of poor air quality in mines on miners' health

vi Early attempts to provide lighting without flames

vii A demand by miners for new technology

viii A person whose work never received full recognition

28 Section A _____

29 Section B _____

30 Section C _____

31 Section D _____

32 Section E _____

Questions 33-36

Complete the summary below.


The problem of providing artificial lighting in coal mines

Coal mines in Europe only really developed from the 13th century. As they became deeper, the methods used for lighting them created a serious risk of 33 due to the presence of firedamp. One solution was to improve ventilation by separating the 34 into two parts, However, better lighting was also needed. One suggestion was to use a chemical found in the skins of fish, but this was found to be unsafe. Another possibility was a device which created 35 , as it was believed these would not ignite the gas. However, this required additional 36 as well as maintenance and replacement, and it was also unsafe.

Questions 37-40.

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

37 What does the writer say about mine owners in 1810?

38 According to the writer, what was the significance of the explosion at Felling Colliery in 1812?

39 The lamp presented by Davy was safer than previous methods of lighting because its flame?

40 What does the writer say about Davy and Stephenson?

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