PET 2020 Test 5 - Reading

3/16/2020 10:20:09 PM

Choose the correct answer that goes with this text.

  • Families may not find suitable bikes for everyone unless they've reserved them.
  • You can always find a range of bikes for hire here.
  • Bikes aren't available for customers' use in the evenings.

Choose the correct answer that goes with this text.

  • Choose which size of pizza you buy and still get a special price.
  • Pay less at the moment for pizzas big enough to share with other people.
  • The very big pizzas at Toni's are only available this week.

Choose the correct answer that goes with this text.

  • The coach needs team members to tell him if they're available for a match.
  • The coach wants to help the team improve their performance before they play again.
  • The coach is congratulating the netball team for winning their game last week.

Choose the correct answer that goes with this text.

  • Staff at the desk will show you how to use the computers here.
  • These computers are reserved only for students at this college.
  • If you're not a college student, ask staff for permission to use a computer.

Choose the correct answer that goes with this text.

  • Young people have the chance to learn some new watersports at this club.
  • You don't need to pay for several sessions in advance at this club.
  • To become a member at this club, apply by Saturday at the latest.

For each question, choose the correct answer.

The people below all want to find a beach to go to at the weekend. On the opposite page, there are descriptions of eight beaches.

Decide which beach would be the most suitable for the people below.

Beaches

  1. Holly Bay: The café here serves delicious meals and sandwiches! The water's calm in the bay, perfect for people wanting to swim across it - around 2 kms! However, is very deep, so it is only suitable for strong swimmers. There are often sand artists, here and horses for hire to take you along the beach.
  2. Franscombe: This beach is popular with families with young children and people who aren't strong swimmers, as the water is warm and not deep. Bring your own food to the picnic area, or try the great snacks at the café. However, the nearest car park is quite a walk away.
  3. Barmouth Beach: This beach often has displays of animals and birds - skillfully made from sand, which you can also learn how to do. It's also the perfect place for lying in the sun or why not explore the beach paths on foot for an hour or two? The views are fantastic.
  4. Westley Beach: There are distance swimming, sailing and surfing sessions for people of all levels and the beach is also famous for sculptures made of sand, which artists display every weekend! It's easily reached from the car park through a lovely wood, which you can explore on foot when it gets cooler.
  5. Minton Strand: The sea here offers safe swimming and sailing, even for beginners, but there's still plenty to do when you want a change from sunbathing. A teenagers' beach club offers sports like cycle rides, volleyball and beach chess - great for everyone getting to know each other!
  6. South Beach: This beautiful beach offers safe swimming. And when you fancy a change from sunbathing or watersports, there's a funfair nearby, and beautiful gardens to walk through, with tables and chairs where you can eat your own food. Leave your car by the gardens, and you'll be on the beach almost immediately.
  7. Silver Sands: This beach has a sea temperature slightly higher than other coastal areas and with its gentle waves it's perfect for children. There's plenty to do, too, with play leaders offering the game to entertain younger ones, and surfing and sailing available at all levels, including beginners. The snack bar is excellent, too.
  8. Maple Sands: Adults keen on horses love this beach, with its daily riding sessions. At certain times, the sea leaves warm-water pools on the beach, perfect for children to play in, but the water further out is deeper, for more challenging swimming. And the teenagers' beach club offers group activities, like making sand sculptures - great for making new friends!

(Adapted from Pet for school trainer 1 for revised exam from 2020)

Decide which beach would be the most suitable for each person:

  • Neil and his family
  • Jack and Henry
  • Salma and Katia
  • Anna and her family
  • Sylvie'family

Read the text and questions below. For each question, choose the correct answer.

Coasteering

Lily Carter had no idea what present she wanted for her 14th birthday. But she'd always been keen on challenging sports, especially to do with water, like surfing and sailing. So when her parents heard about an activity called coasteering - exploring rocks along the coast by climbing and swimming - they thought Lily would love it. They found a course offered at an activity center called Porthdeon, just long the coast from the family home, which was perfect. So after checking it was led by experienced instructors, they signed her up. 

Lily had seen a TV show about coasteering and was interested in doing it, although she'd thought only adults could take part. But then she discovered that on courses at Porthdeon, there'd also be people her age jumping from rocks into the sea, and also exploring caves - which she was never normally allowed to do, so she really wanted to go. But she still asked her dad to go along too and, although he wondered whether he'd like coasteering himself, he knew how much Lily wanted someone to accompany her, so he agreed.

Lily and her dad drove to Porthdean, where they attend a session with their instructors to learn basic safety and techniques and be given helmets and special wetsuits to keep the cold out. The group they joined was quite small, which meant they got lots of individual attention. Says Lily, “The entire trip was awesome although the water was freezing! But our instructors encouraged the whole group so much, we were ready to try absolutely all the challenges, even stuff we hadn't expected at all, like jumping off high cliffs! I must admit, the one I jumped off wasn't that high, but Dad went much higher!"

“Anyway, Dad and I hadn't realized how hard it would be physically, so we were glad we were fit," explains Lily. "Even so, afterward, we actually felt like we'd done loads of hard exercise in the gym! But I'll keep the memories of that trip forever, I reckon. And the instructors are going to put a video of it on to the website, so my friends will see it. They'd never believe me otherwise!

(Adapted from Pet for school trainer 1 for revised exam from 2020)

Why did Lily's parents choose Porthdean for her coasteering present?
  • It offered various courses in her favorite watersport.
  • The instructors there were highly recommended.
  • It wasn't too far away from where they lived.
  • She had already tried some activities there.
How did Lily feel about the coasteering course?
  • pleased that it included something she'd always wanted to try.
  • excited about doing the experience all on her own.
  • keen to find out more about what it involved.
  • interested to see whether she was the only teenager.
Lily particularly liked her instructors because they made sure everyone
  • was comfortable with the kit they were given.
  • felt confident about the new things they would attempt.
  • got the same amount of attention.
  • knew all the activities they would take part in.
Lily says that after the course, she was
  • happy she'd shared something so exciting with her dad.
  • sorry she hadn't worked at getting fitter before she went.
  • proud that her friends all thought she'd done well.
  • surprised at how exhausted she was by the activities.
What would Lily text to a friend while she was away on the course?
  • I don’t think Dad was sure before he came that he’d enjoy it - but actually, he’s been braver than me!
  • I wanted to do the coasteering course and mentioned it to my parents before my birthday. But I never expected they’d let me go!
  • Our session before the activities was great, although I really didn’t think I’d need a wetsuit for the cold - and I was right.
  • Going into caves was amazing. I’d love to explore them by myself when we’re next to the beach - I’m sure my parents will let me!

Five sentences have been removed from the text below.

For each question, choose the correct answer from A-G.

There are three extra sentences that you do not need to use.

  1. But that isn't the end of the story.
  2. This kind of information is very useful for certain people.
  3. Why not use the energy created by pedestrians instead?
  4. However, one big problem could be cost.
  5. And it's actually based on a simple idea.
  6. This is especially true when it's been used in very busy areas.
  7. But it soon became clear that this might not work.
  8. This new system should work even better.

A new way of making electricity

Ever since the 19th century, when people were developing different ways of creating electricity, companies have looked for improved ways of producing power, using cleaner and more efficient methods.

Now a UK company called Pavegen has been working on technology that could be widely used in the future to produce electricity. The company has developed a special type of floor, made of square tiles. Underneath each square, there's a system that can produce a certain amount of electricity very cheaply - from the energy created every time someone steps on it!

The creator of the floor, Laurence Kemball-Cook, came up with the idea when he was a student and did some work experience with an energy company. The company asked him to investigate ways of providing street lighting in the city centers, using energy from the sun to produce electricity.

One reason was that many city centers don't get enough sunlight, because of all the tall buildings. Then he thought of a better plan.

The right technology could be used to convert this energy into electricity - right under people's feet!

The design of the floor is actually extremely effective. And the reason is that a lot of energy is produced simply because of the large numbers of people walking across the floor. In fact, the special squares are already in place in several locations with high numbers of pedestrians. These include big department stores and also an airport.

The flooring can have other uses too, such as recording how many people visit a shopping center at particular times. For example, shop owners in the center would be interested in knowing at which times of days they have the highest customer numbers. So the next time you visit a big shopping center, have a careful look at the floor that you're walking across!

(Adapted from Pet for school trainer 1 for revised exam from 2020)

Colouring books

Many people probably used to spend time adding color to pictures in coloring books when they were children. However, once people get older, very few of them continue with the hobby. Instead, they their crayons away in the cupboard forever.

However, psychology researchers now think that even for adults, as little as ten minutes a day coloring pictures in this way can bring huge . For example, some people say that it improves their for a while by making them feel more cheerful and generally calmer.

One reason for this may be that other activities with art, such as drawing or painting, can actually be quite stressful, especially if you don't feel very successful at it. But adding color to a picture that's already drawn for you only a low level of skill, so you can relax rather than becoming anxious about it!

(Adapted from Pet for school trainer 1 for revised exam from 2020)

Hi Karina,

Guess what! I've finally joined the local girls' football team in my town! As you know, it's something I've wanted to do ages, so I'm glad I've finally signed up.

I think my parents were a bit surprised, though, as I'd never really taken very interest in sport, but after watching a women's football match on TV, I just knew it was for me.

I've attended football training every week then, and last Saturday I played in my first match. It was really exciting! And of the best things was that I actually scored a goal! We didn't go on to win the match, but our coach was still really pleased with our performance.

Our next match is on 25th. You're not on holiday with your parents then, you? So why don't you come along and watch? It would great to see you!

Samantha

(Adapted from Pet for school trainer 1 for revised exam from 2020)