Preliminary English Test: Reading Part 2

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Young students working on an assignment

These people all want to attend a course. Read the descriptions of eight courses. Decide which course would be the most suitable for each person. For Questions 1-5, select the best course. The answers and explanations are below. You should not take more than 12 minutes to do this exercise. Use this timer to help you.

 

QUESTION 1
Harriet is 71, and is interested in painting and drawing. She would like to go somewhere in the summer where she can learn new tips and paint attractive scenery

QUESTION 2
Belinda works for a large Art Company and she feels she needs to improve her computer skills. She already has a basic understanding of some common computer programmes, but she wants to learn how to organise her work and store information.

 

QUESTION 3
Jenny is interested in a career in design, and wants to learn how to create art and change photographs using special computer programmes. She wants a course that will fit into her normal school day.

 

QUESTION 4
George is unable to travel because he has difficulty walking, but he wants to learn more about the wildlife and scenery in different parts of the world.

 

QUESTION 5
Chris wants a change in career, so he’s looking for a full-time course in which he can learn everything there is to know about photography and how to use computers to change and sell his work.

 

NOTEPAD: Your ideas

 

A – Form and Colour. This is year-long course is perfect for people who want to learn about how to use a camera and who want to take it up as a profession. Students will learn how to use light and shade, colour and different shapes. The course will also teach students to change their work using computer technology. Tips will be given on how best to get started in the profession.

  • B.

    B – Practice makes Perfect. Learn about how to use computer software to make your work life easier. This course is designed for people who use computers regularly as part of their career, but who feel they are unable to make the most of the technology. Learn about new software for storing documents and photographs and keeping records. This evening class runs for ten weeks from September to December.

  • C.

    C – Armchair Explorer. This is a series of daytime lectures by people who have lived and worked in wild places. Each of the six talks will focus on a different continent. Lecturers will show photographs of the animals and plants, and explain why they are only found in one area. Lecturers will include Leo Holland, a scientist from the Antarctic project, and Milly Oliphant, who researches birds in the Amazon rainforest. Tea and Biscuits provided.

  • D.

    D – Art Starter. Are you interested in a career in art? If so, this full-time, eight-week course will be perfect for you. Learn about different methods used by artists, including painting, drawing, photography and computer design. Artists will create work for an exhibition which will be displayed in the Town Hall for one month in September. Top businessmen and women from the design industry will be invited to attend the exhibition, so this could be a great start to your career!

  • E.

    E – Wild Design. Whether you want a career in art, or you just want to enjoy your hobby, this holiday course is for you. Wild Design is a two-week summer course situated on the wild coast of South Wales. We teach all kinds of art, including photography and painting, and the wild sea, beautiful flowers and great wildlife will definitely give you lots of creative ideas. Even if you already have a good understanding of art, you are sure to learn something new from our team of professional tutors.

  • F.

    F – Explore your Imagination. Do you want to show your friends a photograph of you beside the Egyptian pyramids or in the jungles of Borneo? Well now you can tell your friends that you have travelled the world without actually leaving the country! Join this evening class and learn how to use the latest technology and software to change photographs to a professional standard. You will also learn how to make your own computer designs using the computer programmes used by professionals.

  • G.

    G – Technology for You. Do you feel as if everyone is using a computer except you? Join in this five-day course and learn the basics. You’ll learn how to store your personal files, send emails and use simple programmes to write and print letters. In the afternoons you will have the choice of either learning how to make Birthday Cards and other designs on a computer, or you can join our ‘Basic computers for Work’ class.

  • H.

    H – Wildlife Photographer. Travel to a different wild place every week and learn how to take photographs of animals, plants and scenery. Our expert teachers will advise you how to take the best pictures. This course will run for six weeks on Saturdays. Students should already have a good understanding of photography and their own equipment. The class is suitable for everyone, as there is very little walking involved.

     

  • ANSWERS

     

    1 E   : Interested in painting and drawing = We teach all kinds of art. Go somewhere in the summer =  Two-week summer course in South Wales.
    2B  : Needs to improve her computer skills = Learn about how to use computer software. She already has a basic understanding = For people who use computers regulary.  Wants to learn how to organise her work and store  information = New software for storing documents and photographs and keeping records.

    3A  : Jenny is interested in a career in design =who want to take it up as a profession. Create art and change photographs using special computer programmes = Change their work using computer technology.

    4F  : George is unable to travel = Without leaving the country. Wildlife and scenery in different parts of the world = Egyptian pyramids or in the jungles of Borneo.

    5D : Wants a change in career = Could be a great start to your career. Full-time course =  Full-time, eight-week course.  Learn about photography and how to use computers to change and sell his work = including photography and computer design.