General Training Reading Sample 3


Study English in a national university with students from many countries.
  • 4-week blocks
  • 5 hours’ tuition each day
  • Examination preparation
  • University entry (with appropriate academic and English requirements)

Choice of accommodation for all students - homestays with local families or in Halls of Residence with New Zealand students.


The Totara Language Institute is part of the University of Waikato in the city of Hamilton, in New Zealand’s North Island. Intensive English classes are taught in four-week blocks throughout the year and students may enrol for as many blocks as they wish. Classes are for 5 hours each day, Monday to Friday, and include preparation for several international English language examinations. All the courses are taught by highly qualified teachers, many of whom also teach on Language Institute graduate programmes in second language teaching and applied linguistics. Classes are small, usually from 10-12 students with a maximum number of 15, and normally contain a mix of students from a wide range of countries. Students who study English at the Language Institute become international members of the Waikato Students’ Union. The option is available to move on to university study if students meet the English language and academic entry levels for their choice of programme. The Language Institute provides student support, welfare and activities services. Students are met at Auckland airport on arrival and accommodation is provided with local families or in University Halls of Residence with New Zealand students.
Hamilton, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, is ideally located for a wide range of leisure and cultural activities. The Waikato river, the longest river in New Zealand, flows through the centre of the city, providing a picturesque and park-like setting of riverside walks and gardens. The Waikato region is a diverse agricultural area, rich in historic sites, arts and crafts, hot springs, native forests, mountains and rivers. Within easy reach is an unspoilt coastline; the wild and rugged west coast beaches famous for surfing, and the more peaceful east coast resorts are only a short drive from Hamilton. Further afield the mountains of the central North Island, 3 hours’ drive away, provide superb ski facilities in winter and hiking country in summer.
The Language Institute activities coordinator can assist students to arrange any sport and leisure activities. Assistance is also available for ongoing travel arrangements for students. Students on a visitor visa or work permit may study for a maximum of 3 months. Courses of longer duration require a student permit which is issued for the length of study only.
Questions 20-26:
Read the information on the Language Institute on the following page.
Complete the summary of information below:

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS from the passage for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 20-26 on your answer sheet.

Example                                                                     Answer
Overseas students who study at ….. may         Totara Language  Institute     
choose to spend more of their free time
with local students by applying for a room in the ......20...... Places are available here even for students enrolled on the minimum length course of ......21....... Class sizes for each course range from ......22...... students and all the class teachers are well qualified; many of them teach on graduate programmes in areas such as applied linguistics. As a member of the Language Institute, you will automatically be able to join the ......23...... . Hamilton can offer students a wide range of social activities. The city itself lies on either side of the ......24...... which results in some very ......25...... views and enjoyable walks in the gardens. The Institute employs an activities coordinator who can help you organise your free time and you may also wish to make use of this service for planning your ......26...... when you leave New Zealand. Remember that a student permit is not valid when you have finished your studies.

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+1 # Steffy 2017-01-05 10:22
Hi, the answers given in the brackets is right or wrong or how is it corrected. For example, the answer to Q. 26 - (ongoing) travel (arrangements)
ongoing travel arrangements

From the above two which one is supposed to be correct?
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+1 # Smith 2017-01-07 07:58
The () parts in the answer are optional. So the correct answer could be either of the following:
- travel
- ongoing travel
- travel arrangement
- ongoing travel arrangement.
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0 # Avneet 2016-12-15 17:15
20. Halls of residence. Is it correct?
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+1 # Shivaramane 2016-10-17 12:02
For question 21, why not four-week block? Is this wrong?
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+1 # Gulniza 2016-08-03 07:51
Answers are everywhere (paragraph). I mean it's not following the 1st and the 2 q.
It can be the same in the exam???
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+1 # Sabin 2016-07-22 10:29
Although/ tough, tricks are valuable.
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+2 # Md Mahfuzul Haque 2016-07-11 23:48
For question 21, why the answer is four-week. If I give this, will it be wrong?
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+1 # Vaneet 2016-05-20 07:08
20. University Halls. Is it correct???
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0 # Rahul 2016-06-23 17:57
No, it's not correct mate.
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+3 # Zeki 2016-01-04 20:02
That was pretty hard but very useful. Because you can learn new words as well as you can raise your reading skills. Thank you.
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+6 # M Farhan Khan 2015-11-22 02:32
Very very difficult! Seems like academic reading. How a person who is not native can understand "PICTURESQUE"?
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+2 # Funmi 2015-10-14 19:27
Kindly assist, I have the same question as Vasyl, for number 25, why is the answer not Picturesque and park-lake. Thank you.
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+2 # Rohit 2015-07-19 18:09
#20 I wrote answer as "University Residence Halls" to stick to 3 word limit. Is it correct?Please advise
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2015-07-21 11:04
That's also correct Rohit.
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+3 # Vasyl 2015-07-08 23:01
25 picturesque .
Why not 25 picturesque and park-like ?
Is park-like considered as two words? if so, why not for instance
25 picturesque/park-lik e ?
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+1 # abdo 2016-07-10 02:17
Park- like was mentioned on the rest of the passage as enjoyable walks. In some very ... 25 ... views and enjoyable walks.
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+2 # Vijay 2016-07-20 04:10
Quoting Vasyl:
25 picturesque .
Why not 25 picturesque and park-like ?
Is park-like considered as two words? if so, why not for instance
25 picturesque/park-like ?

Is it "a picturesque" or "picturesque"?
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+1 # Md Nizam Uddin Talukder 2015-04-22 09:58
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