Cambridge General Reading 15 Test 1

SECTION 1 : Questions 1-14

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text?
In boxes 1-6 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

1. You will receive a card telling you if an item has been left with a neighbour.

2. It may be quicker to get a refund than a replacement for a non-delivered item.

3. You are entitled to a refund if the item fails to arrive by a certain time.

4. There is a time limit when using the ‘chargeback’ scheme for a debit card payment.

5. You can use the ‘chargeback’ scheme for a credit card payment of more than £100.

6. PayPal’s online resolution centre has a good reputation for efficiency.

Questions 7-14

Look at the five reviews of rice cookers, A-E.
For which rice cooker are the following statements true?
Write the correct letter, A-E, in boxes 7-14 on your answer sheet.
NB   You may use any letter more than once.
7. The handles at the side are hard to use.

8. It cooks brown rice without making a mess.

9. It automatically switches setting to keep to rice warm when cooked.

10. It’s difficult to get the removable top really clean.

11. A selection of recipes is provided with the cooker.

12. It has a handle at the top for carrying the cooker safely.

13. The outside of the cooker doesn’t get too hot.

14. You can put the pot in the dishwasher.

Section 2 : Questions 15-22

Complete the notes below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 15-22 on your answer sheet.

Safety when working on roofs

Investigations show that
- over half of falls are from less than 15.
- most falls are from ladders and roofs

- falls cost $24 million per year
- the majority of falls occur on 16.

Hazard identification should be carried out
- before the work starts

- when conditions such as the weather or worker numbers change

- 17. the hazard at the planning stage before the work begins if possible

- prevent a fall by using edge protection, e.g. scaffolding or 18.
- reduce the likelihood of injury, e.g. by using 19.

- these should only be used for 20.  which does not take a long time

- training should be provided in their 21.  and use
- regular 22.  of ladders is required

Questions 23-27

Complete the sentences below.
Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 23-27 on your answer sheet.

23. The maximum amount of money a woman can get each week is £ .
24. Being  for a time does not necessarily mean that a woman will not be eligible for Maternity Allowance.
25. In order to claim, a woman must send a  or a Small Earnings Exemption Certificate as evidence of her income.
26. In order to claim, a woman may need to provide a  as evidence of the due date.
27. Payment may be affected by differences in someone’s , such as a return to work, and the local Jobcentre Plus must be informed.

SECTION 3 : Questions 28-40

Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.
Write the correct letter in boxes 28-31 on your answer sheet.
28. The writer suggests that Marshall’s discovery came at a good time for the US because

29. What was the reaction in 1848 to the news of the discovery of gold?

30. What was the result of thousands of people moving to California?

31. What does the writer say about using pans and rockers to find gold?

Questions 32-36

The text has seven sections, A-G.
Which section contains the following information?
Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 32-36 on your answer sheet.

32. a reference to ways of making money in California other than mining for gold

33. a suggestion that the gold that was found did not often compensate for the hard work undertaken

34. a mention of an individual who convinced many of the existence of gold in California.

35. details of the pre-Gold Rush population of California

36. a contrast between shrinking revenue and increasing population

Questions 37-40

Complete the summary below.
Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 37-40 on your answer sheet.

Basic techniques for extracting gold
The most basic method used by many miners began with digging some 37.  out of a river and hoping it might contain gold. Small amounts were put in a pan with water. The pan was spun round, causing the liquid and less heavy contents of the pan to come out. Gold dust, which weighed more, remained in the pan or, if the miners were very lucky, there might even be some 38.  too. It was, however, a very laborious method.

The rocker was also used. A miner would put some earth and rock into the higher end, together with some water. He would then shake the rocker. Larger stones stuck in the 39. , while gold dropped to the bottom. Unfortunately, the rocker was not designed to catch what was called flour. However, a process was introduced involving 40.  to ensure no gold was washed out in the water.

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