IELTS General Training Reading Practice Test 1 – Section 2

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The text below is from Direct Recruiters.

Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.

The 10 Job Interview Don’ts

We all know the simple don’ts of an interview such as don’t arrive late, don’t dress inappropriately and don’t show up looking unprepared. However, I have compiled a more in-depth Top 10 List of Don’ts derived from the feedback of industry companies and candidates alike.

1) Don’t mispronounce the names of those interviewing you. Double check the pronunciation of names with the receptionist or hiring manager prior to your interview. Getting names correct is a simple matter of courtesy and respect.

2) Don’t walk into the interview without knowing about the company. Do your homework and research the company prior to the interview. Visiting their website is a good place to start.

3) Don’t even think about answering your cell phone during the interview. It’s best to turn it off prior to entering the building.

4) Don’t make negative comments or remarks about your present or past employers. When explaining why you are seeking a change, communicate your rationale professionally.

5) Don’t answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain and give details whenever possible. However, make sure you provide the details in a succinct and articulate manner.

6) Don’t expect your resume to close the deal. Sell yourself by providing more information and cite specific examples of how you have been successful at your current or past job(s).

7) Don’t pretend to know-it-all. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. Never pretend to know something or someone if you don’t.

8) Don’t inquire about salary, vacation, benefits, bonuses or retirement during the initial interview. This information will be provided at a later date if the process proceeds. If the interviewer asks about the salary you want, give a range based on your research of competitive rates. However, it might be best to indicate that you are more interested in the opportunity than a specific salary.

9) Don’t falsify application information. Most companies do background checks on candidates and any false information you provide will be exposed.

10) Don’t’ leave the interview without asking about the next steps in the process and don’t forget to write a thank-you note immediately after the interview.

Questions 15-20

Complete the sentences below.

Choose ONE WORD ONLY from the text for each answer.

Write your answer in boxes 15-20 on your answer sheet.

15. Before the interview make sure you………………………… the company.

16. Only say good things about your past employers, nothing …………………………..

17. Give good answers to questions with lots of …………………………….

18. Include……………………….. of how you have used your skills in previous jobs.

19. It is better not to ask questions about the ………………………………

20. Be honest, most places will do a ………………………. check.

The following text is taken from The British Red Cross Society.

Read the text below and answer Questions 21-27.

First Aid At Work

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people aged 16+ who work in high-hazard environments such as construction, manufacturing or agriculture.

It is also ideal for organisations whose needs assessment identifies a requirement for additional first aid training (e.g. due to having employees with a disability or medical condition).

It gives learners the skills and confidence to respond to a range of accidents and first aid emergencies they could encounter in the workplace.


3 days



Course content includes:

Our first aid at work course covers the content specified in the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

It gives learners the first aid skills to help someone who:

  • is unresponsive and breathing
  • is unresponsive and not breathing (including the use of an automated external defibrillator/AED)
  • is choking
  • is bleeding
  • is suffering from shock
  • is burnt
  • feels faint
  • has been poisoned
  • has a head injury
  • has hypothermia or heat exhaustion
  • is having a medical emergency:
    • seizure
    • heart attack*
    • angina attack
    • stroke
    • asthma attack
    • severe allergic reaction
    • diabetic emergency
  • has an injury to a bone muscle or joint (including spinal injuries).

The course also includes information on:

  • dealing with an emergency:
    • assessing a casualty
    • monitoring a casualty
    • where to get help
    • electrical incidents
  • accident recording and reporting
  • control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH).

Each learner receives a training pack including a host of resources to help them practice the skills covered. The pack includes a course companion workbook, first aid manual, bandages and more.


The HSE requires at least 18 training and contact hours for this course. Learners must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment, which is done by continuous observation and questioning during the course.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a first aid at work certificate which is valid for three years.

For best practice, we support the HSE recommendation to complete an annual first aid skills update.


Our courses offer a practical, hands-on approach that delivers the skills and confidence to use first aid skills in a real life situation. Learners must be physically able to carry out the practical elements of the course.

Questions 21-27

Answer the questions below.

Choose ONE OR TWO WORDS ONLY AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each answer.

Write your answers in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet.

21. What is the minimum age to enrol on the course?

22. Which position is the certificate intended for?

23. How many days does the course cover?

24. What does each participant receive during the course?

25. How many hours must the students attend in order to pass the course?

26. How long is the course certificate valid for?

27. What do the students have to be, so that they can manage the course?

For help to answer these questions with practice please read the posts below >>

Part One of GT Reading Test 1

Part Three of GT Reading Test 1

General Training Reading Band Scores

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Answers >

Questions 15-20

15. research

16. negative

17. details

18. examples

19. salary

20. background

Questions 21-27

21. 16

22. One of the following – Construction/Manufacturing/Agriculture 

23. 3

24. training pack

25. 18

26. 3 years

27. physically able

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