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ĐỀ THI THỬ TOEIC PHẦN ĐỌC Choose the correct answer 1. ________ the end of year results were published, the managers got their bonuses. A. When B. While C. If D. Because 2. Commercial builders downplayed __________ a bust in the superheated housing market. A. concerning B. the concern of C. concerned that D. concerns about 3. The report showed that overall prices are up 3.1 percent _________ 12 months. A. during the last B. in the following C. periodically over D. since the last 4. He is excited about the new promotion and looking forward to ________ more responsibilities. A. taking on B. take on C. getting up D. taking in 5. The flight arrives __________ Tokyo in three hours. A. in B. at C. into D. on 6. The company expects to see ___________ breakeven and a 15 cent a share loss in the second quarter. A. approximately B. more than C. more or less D. somewhere between 7. Strong exports ___________ in driving first-quarter growth, rising 35 percent from a year earlier. A. played a big role B. played a hand C. instrumental D. effectively 8. First quarter revenue _________ $45.1 billion from $44.7 billion a year earlier. A. increased B. declined from C. expanded at D. rose to 9. The executives pointed to immigration __________ the biggest drivers of the domestic market. A. rather than B. as one of C. as leading D resulting in 10. The new service was expected to be a success; __________ very few customers upgraded their accounts. A. yet B. just C. moreover D. although 11. The new law will encourage growth in the export market _________. A. next year B. possible C. in fact D. sometimes 12. The software developers __________ investigated the latest problem. A. are just B. have already C. still D. have yet 13. While the stock ________ the staff worked in the evenings. A. was checked B. has been checked C. check D. was being checked 14. Property taxes ________ about 40 percent of the overall tax revenue the state collects. A. make B. are at least C. account for D. are raised by 15. All the orders got _________ on schedule. A. delivering B. to deliver C. delivered D. to be deliver There are four underlined sections in the text. Select the one which is wrong. 1. Advocacy for child war victims, children in hazardous work, abused children and those variously exploited or handicapped has attracted the attention and commitment of legislators and policy-makers through the world. A. those B. has attracted C. in D. through 2. In 2004, a team led by the government environment ministry say that chemicals from the factory had contaminated sediment in the bay and entered the food chain. A. say that chemicals C. led by B. contaminated sediment D. entered 3. The economy is heavy dependent on industry, and economic growth has always been of greater concern than environmental preservation. A. heavy B. on industry C. has always been D. than 4. The technology, developed in coal-rich Germany in the 1920s, involves partly burning coal to turn it into a gas, then using a catalyst, usually a metal, make it a liquid. A. coal-rich B. involves partly C. turn it into D. make it 5. Education should emphasize our interdependence with peoples, with other species and with the planet as a whole. A. our B. with C. should D. as a whole 6. The increase population, and rapid economic growth in recent years, have put a large and increasing stress on the water resources and environment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A. increase C. on the water resources B. in recent years D. in 7. Most of the large industries in the country are well organised and structured and are sometimes backed up internationally reputable mother companies. A. in the B. Most of C. are D. backed up 8. Should we really speak of the “breakdown” of families when we are perhaps witnessing new family forms and a new social structure arising late capitalism? A. when we are B. arising C. Should we D. speak of 9. The minimum wage bill provides for a gradual reduction of the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over two years. A. reduction B. bill C. minimum D. over two years 10. Public opinion polls have consistently demonstrated the public’s willingness for 'tradeoff' economic growth for environmental protection. A. consistently B. opinion polls C. for D. environmental In this part, there are ten texts and 40 multiple choice questions. You are going to read some reading passages, each with 2-5 questions. For each question, choose the answer which you think fits best according to the text. I Are you setting up a small business? Worried about the costs of renting office space and employing the right people? Rebus Virtual Office World can help you. With our Basic Office Deal, we can set up a virtual office for you practically overnight. We will give your business a professional image and our polite, friendly staff will handle your calls and present your business in the best possible way. We can provide you with: a professional business address, a local phone number and we will also handle mail. For a more personal approach, with the option of forwarding mail and messages to your home address, don’t hesitate to ask us about our Premier Office Deals. 1. Where is the text from? A. A message from a business to a current client B. An advertisement for a new business service C. An email from one business worker to another D. A newspaper article about a new business’s success 2. What does the service provide? A. Off-site staff to perform general office duties B. A site where several businesses can locate their offices C. Advice on how to make your business more professional D. Temporary staff for local businesses 3. Which of the following is not included in the Basic Office deal? A. A polite receptionist B. A mail-forwarding service C. A professional address D. A telephone-answering service II. Dear Helen, I would like to congratulate you on organising such an excellent and informative workshop. I know a lot of people learnt a great deal from it. Can you pass on my thanks to Doctor Friedman for his fascinating talk on Staff Motivation? I realise how lucky we were that he was able to find the time for us. The feedback from the staff was very positive. Let’s hope we actually see an improvement in staff motivation as a result! By the way, I’m missing my list of addresses of the delegates who attended. Did I happen to leave it in your office? It’s just that I haven’t seen it since our meeting on Friday. Thanks again for a great day, Anne 4. What is the main objective of the message? A. to inform B. to accuse C. to make a request D. to praise 5. What can be implied about the workshop? c A. All the delegates were staff from the same office. B. It included several talks. C. It lasted one day. D. Motivation was the only topic discussed. 6. What can be implied about Dr Friedman? A. He works in the same office as Anne. B. He has a very busy schedule. C. He is a leading expert on staff motivation. D. Anne knows him better than Helen does. 7. What has happened to the address list? A. Anne has lost it. B. Anne has found it. C. Anne has sent it to Helen. D. Anne has completed it. III. Here’s a mouth-watering cookie recipe for you to try at home. You will need two cups each of margarine, white sugar and brown sugar; four eggs, four cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt and a cup of milk chocolate chips. First of all, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large bowl and cream together the margarine and sugar until they are smooth. Then add the eggs, one by one. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and add the salt. Finally add the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for eight to ten minutes until the edges are golden brown. Cool for one hour before eating. 8. Which of the following is NOT an ingredient in the recipe? A. cream B. flour C. eggs D margarine 9. What must the cook do first? A. Put the margarine and sugar in a bowl B. Turn on the oven C. Sift the flour D. Break the eggs 10. Which of the following items is needed to make this recipe? A. a microwave B. a sieve C. a saucepan D a knife 11. Which of the following ingredients is added last? A. salt B. baking powder C. chocolate chips D. eggs IV. A new ruling which came into effect last week requires some homeowners to purchase new smoke alarms. The ordinance states that there should be a fire alarm installed in every bedroom of the house, and these alarms must comply with certain safety standards. Some local residents are displeased at these new regulations. Gwen Ellis of McKinley says that to meet with the new regulations, she has to buy five new alarms to replace the ones she installed just six months ago. With fire alarms costing up to $20 apiece, this is an unwelcome ruling for many people. Fortunately, the McKinley Fire Department is offering grants for homeowners and will provide and install new fire alarms free of charge. If you have small children or are older than 65 years of age, you may be eligible for these. The McKinley Fire Department has 5,000 smoke alarms to give away. To inquire about obtaining a free alarm, or to find out whether you qualify, call 692569-0372. 12. Which of the following is true about the new rule? A. Every house should have five fire alarms. B. All fire alarms must be of a certain quality. C. All fire alarms need to first be approved by the Fire Department. D. All fire alarms must be less than six months old. 13. How much do five fire alarms cost? A. $20 B. $100 C. $120 D. $4 14. Which of the following people may be able to receive a free fire alarm? A. an elderly couple B. a family of two adults and two teenagers C. a woman living alone D. a man who owns his own home 15. What does the number 5,000 refer to? A. the number of people who are eligible for free smoke alarms B. the number of smoke alarms which need to be replaced in the town of McKinley C. the number of smoke alarms which have already been installed by the Fire Department D. the number of smoke alarms which are available free to certain people 16. Why did Gwen Ellis have to buy new smoke alarms? A. her old alarms stopped working B. she now has a young family C. her previous alarms didn’t meet the safety regulations D. she has just moved into a new house V. Dear Residents, Due to the Fitness First cycling event on Sunday 14th March, this street will be closed to traffic from 6am until 7pm on this date. Please ensure that your car is not parked on the street at this time, otherwise it will be clamped and/or towed away. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. Keith Watchet Berrington Council 17. Who is the letter to? A. People who are attending the cycling event B. Car owners living on one street C. Homeowners who ride bicycles D. Colleagues at Berrington Council 18. What must residents do? A. Tow their cars away B. Park in a different street C. Use their cars between 6am and 7pm D. Co-operate with the cyclists at the event VI. Do you feel stressed? Chances are, you do. Levels of stress in our society are increasing more and more these days, and this is true for both workers and students. There are a number of ways you can relieve stress, but there are also several ways in which you can avoid stress in the first place, and this article will focus on these. Here are four things you should avoid like the plague if you want to develop a more peaceful lifestyle. What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a stressful day at work or college? Many of us collapse on the couch and reach for the TV remote. Don’t do it! Not only does the TV fill your living room with the stressful lives of on-screen characters, think about commercials. The aim of advertising is to make people feel that their lives are inadequate and unfulfilled. They often bring out negative emotions in viewers. And while we are on the subject of television, have you noticed how much of the news we watch is bad news? Research states that over 90% of the news we watch, read or hear on the radio is bad news. In order to sell stories, the media bombard us with negative story after negative story. What is more, the stories which are reported are often ones which you have no control over, and this leads to a sense of powerlessness. Why not buy a local paper instead? The news is often far more optimistic, and you may be inspired to take action in a way that can have a positive effect on your own neighbourhood. Avoiding television may also help you avoid another sort of stress – arguments. How often do you and your family row about what to watch on the television? Arguments will never help you feel better, and no-one ever wins an argument. When you feel that an argument is brewing, go for a walk or find a quiet place where you calm down, or you will only prolong the tension. The last thing to avoid is caffeine. Anything which contains caffeine, and that includes coffee, tea, chocolate and even a nice soothing cup of cocoa, is a stimulant, and is more likely to keep you tense than relax you. Sugary drinks are also going to keep you buzzing. Have a cup of herbal tea and eat foods which are natural rather than processed. 19. What is the text about? A. Ways to relieve stress B. How to prevent stress C. Reasons why stress levels are increasing D. The consequences of a stressful lifestyle 20. Why does the writer consider commercials stressful? A. They often depict characters in stressful situations B. They make people worry about money C. They make you feel your life is not good enough D. They contain flashing and fat-moving images 21. Why, according to the writer, do news stories often depress us? A. The stories highlight problems in the local neighbourhood B. The stories address problems that the reader cannot control C. The stories describe people who are powerless D. The stories force readers to take action 22. What does the writer suggest you do if you feel angry with someone? A. Have a big argument B. Have some quiet time alone C. Turn the television on D. brew a cup of tea 23. Which drink does the writer recommend when you feel stressed? A. herbal tea C. a sugary drink B. cocoa D. coffee VII. The country’s GDP increased by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2009; significantly higher than the rate of 0.4 percent seen in the previous quarter. No one sector can be held responsible for the increase, as there was growth across the board in each of services, construction and production. Services output rose to 1.0 percent, and the largest contribution to this was the Business and Finance sector, which rose by 1.3 percent. Communications, Government services and Hospitality also rose, but there was a decline in Transport and Distribution. Construction output rose 3.4 per cent in this quarter, a considerable improvement from the second quarter, in which output decreased by 1.6 per cent. Total production output grew in the third quarter at a rate of 1.0 per cent, the same rate as in the previous quarter. Electricity, gas and water supply output contributed most to growth in the production sector, as output rose from 0.8 to 1.5 percent. Manufacturing, mining and agriculture all decreased during this period. 24. Which of the following is true about the country’s GDP? A. It increased in both the second and third quarters B. It decreased in the second quarter, and increased in the third quarter C. It increased in the second quarter and decreased in the third quarter D. It decreased in both the second and third quarters 25. Which of the following is NOT a Service? A. Communications B. Distribution C. Electricity Gas and Water Supply D. Hospitality 26. Which of the following figures decreased in the second quarter and rose in the third quarter? A. Transport output B. Construction output C. Total production D. Agricultural output 27. Which of the following had the highest rate of output in the third quarter? A. Electricity Gas and Water Supply B. Business and Finance C. Government Services D. Manufacturing 28. What was the Total production output in the second quarter? A. a growth of 1.0 percent B. a decrease of 1.0 percent C. An increase of 0.8 percent D. An increase of 0.9 percent VIII Offer: Gym Equipment (Upper Park Road) Posted by: "Lenny" ld.hunter@rainbownet.com Wed Apr 23, 1:55 pm I have an exercise bike, used but in good working condition; an aerobics step still in its box, and three pairs of weights and a stand, again hardly ever used. Free to a good home. Buyer must collect. 29. What is the writer doing? A. Giving away sports equipment B. Offering free sports advice C. Advertising some goods for sale D. Organising a sports event 30. Which of the items has been used most frequently? A. The exercise bike B. The aerobics step C. The weights D. The stand 31. Which of the following can be inferred about Lenny? A. He wants a donation for the equipment. B. He lives in a good home. C. He is unable to transport the equipment. D. He has a new exercise bike. IX. Shopping is the best kind of therapy, and at Westgate Mall we want to make your shopping experience as exciting and enjoyable as possible. We’ve got over 150 shops offering a huge range of innovative and fashionable products. There are also over 25 cafes and restaurants for you to choose from so that you can unwind and feel refreshed before heading back to the shops! And it’s right here in the city centre, only 500 metres from the Central Subway station, and just around the corner from the fashionable Theatre District. In order to ensure that the time you spend at Westgate Mall is as enjoyable as possible, we’ve made sure that everything you need is on hand. There are shopper lockers where you can store your bags available in the South Mall; ample restrooms with baby changing facilities, and for your safety, security cameras are located throughout the mall. If you need any help finding your way around, information on travel, accommodation and entertainment, or advice on where to buy the things you need, come to our Customer Service desk on level three. 32. Where is the text most likely to be from? A. a tourist brochure B. a newspaper C. a blog D. a text book 33. What is the best way to travel to the mall? A. by car B. on foot C. by subway D. by bus 34. What can be found in the South Mall? A. restrooms B. storage facilities C. the Customer Services desk D. a theatre 35. Which of the following is NOT supplied at the customer services desk? A. information about hotels B. a place to store bags C. details about entertainment D. directions X. TRD Educational Conference Treedown Centre West 49th Street 8th-10th June To register and reserve a place for the conference, please complete the following details: Name: Company Number of people in party Please check the dates you wish to attend. 8th June 9th June 10th June The cost of the conference is $130 per day or $300 for three days for delegates who pay in full before April 30th. Registration after this date will be $150 per day with no discount for attending all three days. Parties of ten people or more will receive a 10% discount. Please make checks payable to TRD Education, or complete the Credit or Debit form overleaf. We regret we do not accept payment in cash. If you require accommodation, or if you have any special dietary needs, please complete form D and enclose it with your registration details. 36. What information does the form give? A. Information about prices B. Information about accommodation C. The conference agenda D. The people attending the conference 37. Which payment method is not accepted? A. Debit cards B. Checks C. Cash D. Credit Cards 38. What should someone do if they have a food allergy? A. Complete form D B. Enclose details with their registration C. Contact the organisers D. Pay extra 39. What is the cheapest way to go to the conference? A. Register after April 30th. B. Go to the conference for two or more days C. Register early and go in a group D. Pay by Debit or Credit card 40. How much does it cost someone to attend the conference for three days, if they register after April 30th? A. $300 B. $150 C. $450 D. $390 In this part, there are two passages and 4 multiple choice questions. Read the two emails and answer the questions. Hi, Sorry for sending this to all the staff in the company, but my list of people who are going to the Signmakers’ Conference in Dartmouth is not up-to-date, so I thought I’d mail it to everyone just to be on the safe side. The company has agreed to pay for transport by rail which means you won’t have to drive there yourselves. We’ve booked seats on the 0630 from Stanton Heath which goes direct to Dartmouth. We should arrive there by 0845, and we can then share taxis to get to the venue, which I understand is just a 15 minute drive, so we should easily make the 0930 start. Hotel accommodation has been booked at the Premium Inn, Dartmouth. The management have agreed that all delegates should have their own rooms. It’s likely that some of you will have singles, while others will have doubles and twins. I can’t take request for double rooms, I’m, afraid. It will be the luck of the draw. All rooms will have en suites, and should be very comfortable. We’re planning return transport on the 2010 from Dartmouth which will get us back to Stanton Heath at 2200. I’ll be booking transport on Friday morning (14th March), so if you have any queries or problems, make sure you contact me before then. James Roxford Dear James Sorry, I didn’t get back to you in time. I was off sick last week and didn’t get your message until this morning. I hope you haven’t booked the train tickets yet. I’m planning to go to the conference by car, as I’m not returning to Stanton Heath after the conference. I’m going on to visit my family. Is there any chance you can reserve a double room for me at the Premium Inn? I find it hard to sleep in single beds. Thanks Mindy Jacques 1. James’s email was sent to: A. Mindy Jacques B. staff who are attending a conference C. visitors to James’s company D. everyone in the company 2. Which of the following is true about the journey James has planned? A. Delegates will take a different route on the return journey. B. The delegates will arrive just after the conference starts. C. The return journey is faster than the outbound journey. D. The delegates will need to change trains on the outbound journey. 3. When did Mindy send her email? A. Monday (17th March) B. Thursday (13th March) C. Friday morning (14th March) D. Friday afternoon (14th March) 4. What is James likely to do after receiving Mindy’s message? A. reserve a double room B. buy another conference ticket C. phone a taxi company D. cancel a train ticket ĐÁP ÁN Choose the correct answer 1. ________ the end of year results were published, the managers got their bonuses. A. When 2. Commercial builders downplayed __________ a bust in the superheated housing market. D. concerns about 3. The report showed that overall prices are up 3.1 percent _________ 12 months. A. during the last 4. He is excited about the new promotion and looking forward to ________ more responsibilities. B. take on 5. The flight arrives __________ Tokyo in three hours. A. in 6. The company expects to see ___________ breakeven and a 15 cent a share loss in the second quarter. D. somewhere between 7. Strong exports ___________ in driving first-quarter growth, rising 35 percent from a year earlier. A. played a big role 8. First quarter revenue _________ $45.1 billion from $44.7 billion a year earlier. D. rose to 9. The executives pointed to immigration __________ the biggest drivers of the domestic market. B. as one of 10. The new service was expected to be a success; __________ very few customers upgraded their accounts. A. yet 11. The new law will encourage growth in the export market _________. A. next year 12. The software developers __________ investigated the latest problem. B. have already 13. While the stock ________ the staff worked in the evenings. D. was being checked 14. Property taxes ________ about 40 percent of the overall tax revenue the state collects. C. account for 15. All the orders got _________ on schedule. C. delivered There are four underlined sections in the text. Select the one which is wrong. 1. Advocacy for child war victims, children in hazardous work, abused children and those variously exploited or handicapped has attracted the attention and commitment of legislators and policy-makers through the world. D. through 2. In 2004, a team led by the government environment ministry say that chemicals from the factory had contaminated sediment in the bay and entered the food chain. A. say that chemicals 3. The economy is heavy dependent on industry, and economic growth has always been of greater concern than environmental preservation. A. heavy 4. The technology, developed in coal-rich Germany in the 1920s, involves partly burning coal to turn it into a gas, then using a catalyst, usually a metal, make it a liquid. D. make it 5. Education should emphasize our interdependence with peoples, with other species and with the planet as a whole. B. with 6. The increase population, and rapid economic growth in recent years, have put a large and increasing stress on the water resources and environment in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A. increase 7. Most of the large industries in the country are well organised and structured and are sometimes backed up internationally reputable mother companies. D. backed up 8. Should we really speak of the “breakdown” of families when we are perhaps witnessing new family forms and a new social structure arising late capitalism? B. arising 9. The minimum wage bill provides for a gradual reduction of the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour over two years. A. reduction 10. Public opinion polls have consistently demonstrated the public’s willingness for 'tradeoff' economic growth for environmental protection. C. for In this part, there are ten texts and 40 multiple choice questions. You are going to read some reading passages, each with 2-5 questions. For each question, choose the answer which you think fits best according to the text. I Are you setting up a small business? Worried about the costs of renting office space and employing the right people? Rebus Virtual Office World can help you. With our Basic Office Deal, we can set up a virtual office for you practically overnight. We will give your business a professional image and our polite, friendly staff will handle your calls and present your business in the best possible way. We can provide you with: a professional business address, a local phone number and we will also handle mail. For a more personal approach, with the option of forwarding mail and messages to your home address, don’t hesitate to ask us about our Premier Office Deals. 1. Where is the text from? B. An advertisement for a new business service 2. What does the service provide? A. Off-site staff to perform general office duties 3. Which of the following is not included in the Basic Office deal? B. A mail-forwarding service II. Dear Helen, I would like to congratulate you on organising such an excellent and informative workshop. I know a lot of people learnt a great deal from it. Can you pass on my thanks to Doctor Friedman for his fascinating talk on Staff Motivation? I realise how lucky we were that he was able to find the time for us. The feedback from the staff was very positive. Let’s hope we actually see an improvement in staff motivation as a result! By the way, I’m missing my list of addresses of the delegates who attended. Did I happen to leave it in your office? It’s just that I haven’t seen it since our meeting on Friday. Thanks again for a great day, Anne 4. What is the main objective of the message? D. to praise 5. What can be implied about the workshop? c C. It lasted one day. 6. What can be implied about Dr Friedman? B. He has a very busy schedule. 7. What has happened to the address list? A. Anne has lost it. III. Here’s a mouth-watering cookie recipe for you to try at home. You will need two cups each of margarine, white sugar and brown sugar; four eggs, four cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, a pinch of salt and a cup of milk chocolate chips. First of all, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large bowl and cream together the margarine and sugar until they are smooth. Then add the eggs, one by one. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and add the salt. Finally add the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for eight to ten minutes until the edges are golden brown. Cool for one hour before eating. 8. Which of the following is NOT an ingredient in the recipe? A. cream 9. What must the cook do first? B. Turn on the oven 10. Which of the following items is needed to make this recipe? B. a sieve 11. Which of the following ingredients is added last? C. chocolate chips IV. A new ruling which came into effect last week requires some homeowners to purchase new smoke alarms. The ordinance states that there should be a fire alarm installed in every bedroom of the house, and these alarms must comply with certain safety standards. Some local residents are displeased at these new regulations. Gwen Ellis of McKinley says that to meet with the new regulations, she has to buy five new alarms to replace the ones she installed just six months ago. With fire alarms costing up to $20 apiece, this is an unwelcome ruling for many people. Fortunately, the McKinley Fire Department is offering grants for homeowners and will provide and install new fire alarms free of charge. If you have small children or are older than 65 years of age, you may be eligible for these. The McKinley Fire Department has 5,000 smoke alarms to give away. To inquire about obtaining a free alarm, or to find out whether you qualify, call 692569-0372. 12. Which of the following is true about the new rule? B. All fire alarms must be of a certain quality. 13. How much do five fire alarms cost? B. $100 14. Which of the following people may be able to receive a free fire alarm? A. an elderly couple 15. What does the number 5,000 refer to? D. the number of smoke alarms which are available free to certain people 16. Why did Gwen Ellis have to buy new smoke alarms? C. her previous alarms didn’t meet the safety regulations V. Dear Residents, Due to the Fitness First cycling event on Sunday 14th March, this street will be closed to traffic from 6am until 7pm on this date. Please ensure that your car is not parked on the street at this time, otherwise it will be clamped and/or towed away. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. Keith Watchet Berrington Council 17. Who is the letter to? B. Car owners living on one street 18. What must residents do? B. Park in a different street VI. Do you feel stressed? Chances are, you do. Levels of stress in our society are increasing more and more these days, and this is true for both workers and students. There are a number of ways you can relieve stress, but there are also several ways in which you can avoid stress in the first place, and this article will focus on these. Here are four things you should avoid like the plague if you want to develop a more peaceful lifestyle. What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a stressful day at work or college? Many of us collapse on the couch and reach for the TV remote. Don’t do it! Not only does the TV fill your living room with the stressful lives of on-screen characters, think about commercials. The aim of advertising is to make people feel that their lives are inadequate and unfulfilled. They often bring out negative emotions in viewers. And while we are on the subject of television, have you noticed how much of the news we watch is bad news? Research states that over 90% of the news we watch, read or hear on the radio is bad news. In order to sell stories, the media bombard us with negative story after negative story. What is more, the stories which are reported are often ones which you have no control over, and this leads to a sense of powerlessness. Why not buy a local paper instead? The news is often far more optimistic, and you may be inspired to take action in a way that can have a positive effect on your own neighbourhood. Avoiding television may also help you avoid another sort of stress – arguments. How often do you and your family row about what to watch on the television? Arguments will never help you feel better, and no-one ever wins an argument. When you feel that an argument is brewing, go for a walk or find a quiet place where you calm down, or you will only prolong the tension. The last thing to avoid is caffeine. Anything which contains caffeine, and that includes coffee, tea, chocolate and even a nice soothing cup of cocoa, is a stimulant, and is more likely to keep you tense than relax you. Sugary drinks are also going to keep you buzzing. Have a cup of herbal tea and eat foods which are natural rather than processed. 19. What is the text about? B. How to prevent stress 20. Why does the writer consider commercials stressful? C. They make you feel your life is not good enough 21. Why, according to the writer, do news stories often depress us? B. The stories address problems that the reader cannot control 22. What does the writer suggest you do if you feel angry with someone? B. Have some quiet time alone 23. Which drink does the writer recommend when you feel stressed? A. herbal tea VII. The country’s GDP increased by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2009; significantly higher than the rate of 0.4 percent seen in the previous quarter. No one sector can be held responsible for the increase, as there was growth across the board in each of services, construction and production. Services output rose to 1.0 percent, and the largest contribution to this was the Business and Finance sector, which rose by 1.3 percent. Communications, Government services and Hospitality also rose, but there was a decline in Transport and Distribution. Construction output rose 3.4 per cent in this quarter, a considerable improvement from the second quarter, in which output decreased by 1.6 per cent. Total production output grew in the third quarter at a rate of 1.0 per cent, the same rate as in the previous quarter. Electricity, gas and water supply output contributed most to growth in the production sector, as output rose from 0.8 to 1.5 percent. Manufacturing, mining and agriculture all decreased during this period. 24. Which of the following is true about the country’s GDP? A. It increased in both the second and third quarters 25. Which of the following is NOT a Service? C. Electricity Gas and Water Supply 26. Which of the following figures decreased in the second quarter and rose in the third quarter? B. Construction output 27. Which of the following had the highest rate of output in the third quarter? A. Electricity Gas and Water Supply 28. What was the Total production output in the second quarter? A. a growth of 1.0 percent VIII Offer: Gym Equipment (Upper Park Road) Posted by: "Lenny" ld.hunter@rainbownet.com Wed Apr 23, 1:55 pm I have an exercise bike, used but in good working condition; an aerobics step still in its box, and three pairs of weights and a stand, again hardly ever used. Free to a good home. Buyer must collect. 29. What is the writer doing? A. Giving away sports equipment 30. Which of the items has been used most frequently? A. The exercise bike 31. Which of the following can be inferred about Lenny? C. He is unable to transport the equipment. IX. Shopping is the best kind of therapy, and at Westgate Mall we want to make your shopping experience as exciting and enjoyable as possible. We’ve got over 150 shops offering a huge range of innovative and fashionable products. There are also over 25 cafes and restaurants for you to choose from so that you can unwind and feel refreshed before heading back to the shops! And it’s right here in the city centre, only 500 metres from the Central Subway station, and just around the corner from the fashionable Theatre District. In order to ensure that the time you spend at Westgate Mall is as enjoyable as possible, we’ve made sure that everything you need is on hand. There are shopper lockers where you can store your bags available in the South Mall; ample restrooms with baby changing facilities, and for your safety, security cameras are located throughout the mall. If you need any help finding your way around, information on travel, accommodation and entertainment, or advice on where to buy the things you need, come to our Customer Service desk on level three. 32. Where is the text most likely to be from? A. a tourist brochure 33. What is the best way to travel to the mall? C. by subway 34. What can be found in the South Mall? B. storage facilities 35. Which of the following is NOT supplied at the customer services desk? B. a place to store bags X. TRD Educational Conference Treedown Centre West 49th Street 8th-10th June To register and reserve a place for the conference, please complete the following details: Name: Company Number of people in party Please check the dates you wish to attend. 8th June 9th June 10th June The cost of the conference is $130 per day or $300 for three days for delegates who pay in full before April 30th. Registration after this date will be $150 per day with no discount for attending all three days. Parties of ten people or more will receive a 10% discount. Please make checks payable to TRD Education, or complete the Credit or Debit form overleaf. We regret we do not accept payment in cash. If you require accommodation, or if you have any special dietary needs, please complete form D and enclose it with your registration details. 36. What information does the form give? A. Information about prices 37. Which payment method is not accepted? C. Cash 38. What should someone do if they have a food allergy? A. Complete form D 39. What is the cheapest way to go to the conference? C. Register early and go in a group 40. How much does it cost someone to attend the conference for three days, if they register after April 30th? C. $450 In this part, there are two passages and 4 multiple choice questions. Read the two emails and answer the questions. Hi, Sorry for sending this to all the staff in the company, but my list of people who are going to the Signmakers’ Conference in Dartmouth is not up-to-date, so I thought I’d mail it to everyone just to be on the safe side. The company has agreed to pay for transport by rail which means you won’t have to drive there yourselves. We’ve booked seats on the 0630 from Stanton Heath which goes direct to Dartmouth. We should arrive there by 0845, and we can then share taxis to get to the venue, which I understand is just a 15 minute drive, so we should easily make the 0930 start. Hotel accommodation has been booked at the Premium Inn, Dartmouth. The management have agreed that all delegates should have their own rooms. It’s likely that some of you will have singles, while others will have doubles and twins. I can’t take request for double rooms, I’m, afraid. It will be the luck of the draw. All rooms will have en suites, and should be very comfortable. We’re planning return transport on the 2010 from Dartmouth which will get us back to Stanton Heath at 2200. I’ll be booking transport on Friday morning (14th March), so if you have any queries or problems, make sure you contact me before then. James Roxford Dear James Sorry, I didn’t get back to you in time. I was off sick last week and didn’t get your message until this morning. I hope you haven’t booked the train tickets yet. I’m planning to go to the conference by car, as I’m not returning to Stanton Heath after the conference. I’m going on to visit my family. Is there any chance you can reserve a double room for me at the Premium Inn? I find it hard to sleep in single beds. Thanks Mindy Jacques 1. James’s email was sent to: D. everyone in the company 2. Which of the following is true about the journey James has planned? C. The return journey is faster than the outbound journey. 3. When did Mindy send her email? A. Monday (17th March) 4. What is James likely to do after receiving Mindy’s message? D. cancel a train ticket
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