GT Reading Test 15 Section 2 - Planning a Gap Year & Succeeding at Interviews

GT Reading Mock Test 15:

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Section 2: Questions 15-27

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 15-27 which are based on the text below.

General Training Reading: Planning a Gap Year & Succeeding at Interviews

Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.

Shooting Star is an organisation which offers special training for school leavers.

Planning a Gap Year

The best reason to take a gap year between school and work or higher education is to improve your CV with experience overseas. This is why some school leavers in Britain now consider a year out to be essential. Many want to travel, with Sydney the favourite destination. Shooting Star is an organisation that helps school leavers by offering training followed by appropriate employment.

We at Shooting Star offer much more than a trip abroad. At Shooting Star you acquire skills that lead to interesting jobs both for your gap year and future holidays. Magazines are full of ‘Wanted’ adverts for washing up in a restaurant. Well, we don’t do that - it’s not our idea of excitement. We offer school leavers the chance for outdoor adventure, to teach things like sailing and snowboarding. No choice, really! In your year out you train, travel and work; you can combine work with pleasure and reap the rewards. You could become an experienced yacht skipper or instructor and many people go on to spend their future holidays being paid to enjoy their favourite sport.

Australians and New Zealanders travel to Europe and North America in large numbers to gain overseas experience. Those who qualify with Shooting Star are very soon using their skills in jobs they could only dream about before, working outdoors and seeing more of the world. Wherever you come from, a gap year with Shooting Star means professional training and international adventure.

Top tips for a successful gap year:

Design your gap year in outline before applying for a permanent job or a college place. Human Resources officers or Admissions tutors will be impressed by a thought-out plan.
What’s more important to you - travel or work experience? You can be flexible with travel plans but you must research job opportunities in advance. Go to our website and click on Recruitment for ideas.
Who do you know who has taken a gap year before? Shooting Star can put you in touch with someone who has just completed one.
Sort out the admin in plenty of time - air tickets, visas, insurance and medical matters such as vaccinations for some destinations. These are your responsibility.
Who is in charge of your affairs while you are away? There will be forms to fill and letters to answer.
*  Allow plenty of time to settle back home on your return - and don’t be surprised if it takes some time to readjust to everyday life!

Questions 15-20

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text above?

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.  For some young British people, the purpose of a gap year is to improve their academic qualifications.
16.  Shooting Star finds employment for young people in the catering industry.
17.  Training with Shooting Star can be expensive.
18.  New trainees find it easy to get the sort of work they want.
19.  New trainees who want work experience should check out vacancies before they depart.
20.  Shooting Star helps with travel arrangements.

Read the text below and answer Questions 21-27.

Succeeding at Interviews

A.  Getting invited to an interview means you have passed the first hurdle- your application must have made a good impression. Now you need to prepare yourself for the interview to make sure you make the most of this opportunity. There are a number of things you can do.

B.  Firstly you can do some research. Find out about the employer and the job, ask for an information pack or speak to people you know who work for the company. Try to plan for the interview by asking who will be interviewing you and whether there will be a test to take.

C. Prepare for questions you might be asked. Some common ones are the reason why you want the job, whether you have done this kind of work before, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and which leisure pursuits you enjoy.

D.  Another important point is never to run the risk of arriving late. For example, consider making a ‘dummy run’ in advance to see how long the journey will take. Check out public transport or, if you are going by car, the nearest parking. Aim to arrive about 10 minutes before the interview is due to start.

E.  It is also crucial to give plenty of thought to what you are going to wear. This will depend on the job you are going for.  There is no need to buy a new outfit, but aim to look neat and tidy. Remember, if you look good it will help you feel good.

F.  You need to make a good impression. Interviews can vary from a relatively informal 'one-to-one’ chat to a very formal panel situation. Whatever the circumstances, you will give yourself an advantage by being friendly and polite, by making eye contact with the interviewer and by selling yourself by focusing on your strengths.

G.  There are also things you should avoid doing at your interview. First of all, don’t exaggerate. For example, if you don’t have the exact experience the employer is looking for, say so and explain you are willing to learn. Don’t simply give ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers, but answer questions as fully as you can. And lastly, don’t forget to ask questions as well as answering them.

H.  One final thing to remember: it is important to show good team spirit, that you possess good people skills and that you are friendly and approachable. Finally, remember to be enthusiastic and show that you can be flexible.

Questions 21-27

The reading passage "Succeeding at Interviews" has eight sections, A-H.
Which section mentions the following?
Write correct letters, A-H, in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet. 

NB. You can use one heading more than once. 

21.  The Importance Of Good Manners
22.  Using your contacts
23.  Giving adequate responses
24.  Getting on well with colleagues
25.  The information you need to provide
26.  Being honest with the interview
27.  Be punctual

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Q.15 to 20: NG, NG, N, G, T, T, F.
Q.21 to 27: E, A, H, F, B, G, D.

Amrinder Singh
List of questions from 21-27 match Heading with A-H and you can use more than once.

21. The Importance Of Good Manners?
22. Using your contacts?
23. Giving adequate responses?
24. Getting on well with colleagues?
25. The information you need to provide?
26. Being honest with the interview?
27. Be punctual?

From 15 - 20: f, f, ng, t, t, f.
I want to get 21-27 questions and 15-27 answers.
Please provide me with Questions 21 to 27. Thanks.
Shikha Sharma
15- NG,
16- F,
17- NG,
18- NG,
19- NG,
20- F.

Manpreet Kaur
Barsha Rajput
Please provide the questions 21 to 27.
Hey! Could you please tell me where are questions 21 to 27?
My responses:
15- Not given (they mention THE best reason in the text, but they don't say whether some young people want to improve their academic qualifications) .
16- False (they clearly say they don't with the sentence "Well, we don’t do that").
17- Not Given (they don't mention any price anywhere).
18- Not given (I don't see anything mentioning 'it is easy to find a job').
19- True (you must research job opportunities in advance).
20- False (These are your responsibility) .

Pardeep Benipal
That's perfect.
Please provide questions from 21-27 and answers from 15-27.
Please provide the questions - 21 to 27.
Section 2: Questions 15-21:
15. FALSE, 16. FALSE, 17. NOT GIVEN, 18. TRUE, 19. TRUE, 20. FALSE, 21. F, 22. B, 23. G, 24. H, 25. C, 26. G, 27. D.

Can somebody provide the answers from 15 to 27?
Please, be so kind and provide questions 21-27 and answers 15-27.
Please provide answers to questions 21 to 27.
Prakhyathath Rai
Please provide the answers from 15-27.
The answer to question 18 should be 'FALSE'. It clearly states about booking the place; then how come 'First-come, First Serve' is True? Regards, Neha.
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.
Nahida Mahmuda
"Hot meal" doesn't mean fast food, it meant to be the taste of food something chilly powder gives.
Faisal Kasem
This is a tough reading test though.
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... :(
Yes exactly.
The answer to question 18 is true!!! How is it possible? I can't see any information about it.
Question 22: Beauty therapy with answer 'C'? maintaining employment standards? salon management duties? providing facial massage? Where is therapy on that?
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.
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.
It's really great for IELTS practice.
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...
I am also confused about the question 19. But, to be false, junk food instead of 'fast food'. Moreover, fast food is not mentioned.
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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