General Training Reading Sample 44


Most of the courses at Canterbury College only take up four days of the week, leaving one day free for independent study. The atmosphere at the College is that of an adult environment where a relationship of mutual respect is encouraged between students and tutors. Canterbury is a student city with several institutes of Further and Higher Education. The city centre is just a five-minute walk from the College, easily accessible in lunch or study breaks. Canterbury College has developed strong international links over the years and, as a result, many students have the opportunity of visiting and working in a European country in the course of their studies.

Students' Union and SRC
All students are automatically members of the Canterbury College Students' Union (CCSU) and can attend meetings. The Union is very active and is run by an Executive Committee elected by students in the Autumn Term. The President is elected every Summer Term to provide continuity for the next academic year. Representatives from each area of study form the Student Representative Council (SRC) which allows every student a say in Union affairs. In addition to representing students internally in the College on the Academic Board and with a subcommittee of the College Corporation, the CCSU also belongs to the National Union of Students which represents the interests of students nationally. The Union also arranges and supports entertainments, sporting activities and trips.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC)
The Corey Learning Resources Centre provides easy access to a wide range of printed and audiovisual learning materials which can help students with coursework. There is ample space for quiet independent study and there are also areas for group work. Resources provided include books, journals, audio and video cassettes and CD-ROMs. Inter-library loans are available locally and nationally via the British Library. All students are encouraged to use the Open Access Information Technology Centre situated on the first floor. This has a variety of computing, word processing and desktop publishing software.

A branch of Waterstone's bookshops is located on campus, where you can buy a range of stationery, drawing equipment, artists' materials and books, as well as many other useful items you may need.

Children's Centre
The College Children's Centre has places for under 5s with some subsidised places being available to students. Places are limited, so, if you are interested, apply early to reserve a place by contacting Linda Baker on the College telephone number.

This provides refreshments between 08.30 and 19.00 with hot meals served three times a day. Healthy eating options are available.

Coffee Shop
This is open during normal College hours and serves light snacks and drinks. Proceeds from the Coffee Shop go to the Students' Union.

Crypt Restaurant
This is a training restaurant which offers good quality cuisine in pleasant surroundings. Meals are very reasonably priced and you are invited to sample the students' highly skilled dishes when the restaurant is open to the public during the week. Reservations can be made on 01227511244.

Chapel View Restaurant
This is another training restaurant and is set up as a quick-service facility which offers a selection of snacks and main courses at a modest price.


This course will enable students to experience performing arts and the media at a basic level. It will give them the experience to decide if they wish to pursue an interest in this field and to develop their potential and adaptability for working in a performance company in either a performing or a technical role.

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough grounding in business-related skills and a comprehensive knowledge of business practice. It is for students with a business studies background who can manage a heavy workload that will contain a greater degree of academic study.

This course provides progression to a range of higher levels. Units will include maintaining employment standards, salon management duties, providing facial massage and skin care, instruction on makeup, lash and brow treatments, artificial nail structures and ear piercing.

This course is designed to develop skills used in leisure operations. It covers preparing for and conducting physical activities, maintenance of facility areas, building relationships with participants and colleagues, handling sports equipment and health and safety issues.

This course gives a foundation for a career in caring for children, the elderly or people with special needs. Core units are Numeracy, Communication and Information Technology. Work placements are an important part of the course.

This course is designed to provide a foundation in graphic and visual communication skills. Students complete units in picture composition and photographic processing alongside elements of graphic design, and gain hands-on experience of desktop publishing and presentations.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the construction industry. Units covered include Heat, Light and Sound, Introduction to the Urban Environment, Communication Processes and Techniques and Properties of Materials. AII students complete vocational assignments which are integrated with work experience with reputable companies.

The qualifications gained and the skills developed on this course will provide a good basis for gaining employment in office work. In addition to word processing, the course also covers spreadsheets, computerised accounting, databases and desktop publishing. AII students are given chances to develop their confidence, and advice and information is given on job search skills, presentation techniques and personal appearance.

Questions 15-20
Read the passage about student life at Canterbury College.
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the passage?

In boxes 15-20 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

15 Many students are allocated a job experience placement abroad.  
16 The elections for the Union President and Executive Committee are held together.  
17 There are staff in the LRC to help students use the facilities.  
18 Nursery care is available on a first-came, first-served basis.  
19 The Refectory serves fast-food options.  
20 The Chapel View Restaurant is for students only. 

Questions 21-27
Look at the List of Courses at Canterbury College A-H.

Which course would you recommend for people with the following career interests?
Write the correct letter A-H in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet.

21 advertising  
22 TV production  
23 architecture  
24 company management
25 working with the disabled
26 secretariat tasks
27 beauty therapy

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0 # Neha 2018-02-16 05:27
The answer to question 18 should be 'FALSE'. It clearly states about booking the place; then how come 'First-come, First Serve' is True?

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0 # Bhikshuk 2018-01-21 07:17
Can you assist me on how the correct answer is 'Not Given' in Question number 19 and 'Not Given' in Question 20? Also for Question number 16. Thanks in advance.
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+1 # Nahida Mahmuda 2018-01-17 06:47
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+1 # Faisal Kasem 2017-05-11 21:34
This is a tough reading test though.
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+1 # Hassan 2016-12-09 15:27
How the answer to question 15 is TRUE? In the question, he is asking for ALLOCATED FOR JOB and in the paragraph, he is saying that students have OPPORTUNITY... so, it's a contradiction... Is this not FALSE? Please clarify... :(
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+9 # Seba 2016-06-24 10:44
The answer to question 18 is true!!! How is it possible? I can't see any information about it.
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-1 # Caio 2016-06-13 17:39
Question 22: Beauty therapy with answer 'C'? maintaining employment standards? salon management duties? providing facial massage?

Where is therapy on that?
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0 # Bharath 2015-06-19 08:20
It's really great for IELTS practice.
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+2 # Rezwana 2015-02-11 02:40
Hi, on question 19, why it is 'not given'? Because it clearly says 'hot meal and healthy food'. So fast food is opposite, right?? Can anyone please clarify it to me.
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0 # Jayan 2017-09-08 08:17
"Hot meal" doesn't mean fast food, it meant to be the taste of food something chilly powder gives.
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-1 # K 2016-03-31 12:29
Based on the facts, no inferences, there is no mention of "fast food" or any word similar in the article, so it is 'not given'. "Healthy eating options are available." Only means they have healthly food, but it doesn't deny the options of other kinds of food.
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+4 # Abdullah 2015-03-23 07:46
I believe that answers to question 18 and 19 were switched! See, nothing related to the nursery was mentioned, plus I don't think that fast food contradicts with the hot food, so...
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0 # Arvin 2016-08-29 09:10
Yes exactly.
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+1 # Rex 2015-02-25 06:01
I am also confused about the question 19. But, to be false, junk food instead of 'fast food'. Moreover, fast food is not mentioned.
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+1 # Amir 2015-07-31 15:07
Yeah, quite confusing. 'Junk food' is always a part of 'fast food' because the former is served fast. 'Hot meal' is also served fast because the food is there ready.

Also, in this practice "first came, first served" has the same meaning as "apply early to reserve a place". In the previous practice (cannot recall the practice #), both do not have the same meaning as 'apply' does not have to physically come to apply.
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-3 # Andre 2014-03-11 11:53
I hardly drop remarks, but I did a few searching and end up here General Training Reading Sample 44. Great website for IELTS candidates like us.
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