General Training Reading Practice Test 3 - Section 2

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READING SECTION 2 - QUESTIONS 15-29

You are advised to spend 20 minutes on Questions 15-29.

Questions 15-21:

Look at the article 'Reasons Why You Should Join a Student Organization '. Why should you join an organization? 

Write the appropriate letter A-G in boxes 15-21 on your answer sheet. You may use each letter more than once.

15. You would like to make connections that could help you to find a job.
16. You want to learn how to communicate with others.
17. You would like an opportunity to learn your strengths.
18. You would like to practice your skills, without risks.
19. You want to meet other people from all over the world.
20. You are interested in using the information you have learned in lessons.
21. You want to meet some people and work together.


Reasons Why You Should Join a Student Organization

A. You’ll learn more about yourself.

Joining a student organization presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. You can learn from how other students handle certain situations and test your current knowledge. You can also find out what you’re good at, whether that’s multitasking, staying organized, generating ideas, or serving others. This self-awareness will be beneficial for your future career.

B. You’ll develop soft skills.

Soft skills are essential “people skills” — they’re the skills that allow us to effectively interact with others, like communication, attitude, and work ethic. Participating in a student organization not only teaches you these skills but also helps you broaden and improve those you already have. You’ll learn the best way to communicate with both individuals and large groups, and you’ll gain emotional intelligence as you develop new relationships.

C. You’ll learn how to work with a team.

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own.

D. You’ll get networking opportunities.

Another great benefit of student organizations (and graduate programs as a whole) is that you get the opportunity to network. Meeting new students, making connections, and building relationships will all help down the line when you’re looking for a job. Because you’re all part of the same organization, you know the people you’re meeting have at least a few of the same interests as you, so their connections will be valuable. Corbett said:

“Many of our organizations are professionally-focused and host several events with alumni or panel discussions with local professionals. These events are excellent opportunities for the student leaders, and can often lead to a potential internship or employment opportunities in the future!”

E. You’ll gain practical experience in a safe environment.

Participating in a club or an organization based around your particular area of study will give you practical experience within that field. And what’s great about student clubs is that while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, and fundraising, you get to test them out in a safe environment where making mistakes are OK. Everyone is there to support you, so there’s no fear in messing up or being wrong.

F. You’ll be able to use the skills you’ve learned in class.

“As business students, you are able to apply classroom experience in your student organizations, and also develop leadership and life skills that help you become more effective in classroom team projects.”

Corbett also mentioned that being part of an organization allows you to put all of those things you’ve been learning in class to the test in real-world situations. You’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll be able to take that knowledge back to the classroom, and then, of course, along with you in a future career. 

G. You’ll learn how to engage with diverse groups of people.

Chances are, the organization you choose to participate in will include a diverse group of people — you’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world! Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations will help you develop your skills in presenting and implementing ideas. Corbett said student organizations can also provide you with the opportunity to learn about different cultural backgrounds.


Questions 22-29:

Read the article on International Students House and look at the statements below. In boxes 22-29 on your answer sheet write:

T    if the statement is true
F     if the statement is false
NG  if the information is not given in the passage

22.  The club has long-term dormitory accommodation.
23.  Membership must be renewed monthly.
24.  The club provides subsidised restaurant meals.
25.  The club is open to non-members on Tuesday evenings.
26.  STA Travel help finance the Students Adviser.
27.  The services of the Students Adviser are free to all club members.
28.  You must make an appointment to see the Students Adviser.
29.  There will be a surcharge for accommodation over the Christmas period.


International Students House

International Students House is a unique club and accommodation centre for British and overseas students in London. It is located in the heart of London's West End and is close to all public transport facilities

ACCOMMODATION
» comfortable accommodation for up to 450 people in single, twin, 3/4 bedded and multi-bedded rooms
» 44 self-contained flats for married students and families.
» long and short stays welcomed.

MEMBERSHIP
Club membership is open to all full-time students, professional trainees, student nurses and au pairs. Membership costs are kept to an absolute minimum to enable the widest possible access. You can join for as little as one month and for up to one year at a time. Membership entitles you to use the various facilities of the House. It has:

* restaurants
* student bars and coffee shop
* study rooms
* clubs and societies
* aerobics and fitness training
* discos, dance, jazz and cinema
* travel and excursions and much more!

The best way to check out all we have on offer is to drop in any Tuesday evening between 7.15 pm and 8.30 pm for Open House in the Club Room. This is an opportunity for you to meet the staff and other club members, enjoy a free cup of coffee and find out all about what's going on. You can take advantage of special membership offers. (Useful tip: bring along 3 passport size photographs if you wish to take out membership.)

ADVICE SERVICE
Thanks to the support of STA Travel and in association with LCOS (the London Conference on Overseas Students) International Students House now provides the service of an International Students Adviser. This new welfare service is open to all students at London's bona-fide academic institutions. It aims to provide welfare support to help students overcome any personal or practical difficulties they may be experiencing whilst studying in Britain. One of the key features of the Advice Service is that the Adviser can be seen during the evenings until about 8 pm, Monday to Thursday.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Unable to get home for Christmas? How about joining in the fun at International Students House! Check out our special programme of activity taking place over the Christmas period. Even come and stay - the House will be offering reduced accommodation rates for students wishing to spend a few days in London over Christmas. We'll also have an exciting New Year's Eve party so come and join us and ring in the new year in the spirit of internationalism.


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Answers >

Questions 15-21

15. D
16. B
17. A
18. E
19. G
20. F
21. C

Questions 21-29

22. T
23. F
24. NG
25. T
26. T
27. NG
28. NG
29. NG