Reading Passage 1 – Mail Order Brochure  

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-7.

Want some great clothing ideas for your family?

Our key for clothing specials in July: M for men, W for women, C for children

For under $10
Cotton socks C – made of pure cotton for long wearing
Woollen socks C – to keep young feet warm in winter
Sports socks M – to go with jeans and other casual clothes
Patterned belts W – to go with jeans and other casual clothes
For under $25
Cotton shirts W – for day and evening wear
Silk shirts M – five sizes, in designer colours, for that special social occasion
T shirts C – hard-wearing, white with a variety of animal motifs
Colour T-shirts M W – cotton and polyester blend, plain colours, no ironing
For under $50
Blue jeans M W – non-shrink, colourfast, small sizes only
Silk shirts M W – plain and patterned, all sizes
Hooded jacket C – protects from the wind, 4 sizes, large strong pockets
jacket W – waterproof with zipper front, all sizes

Or you can buy a gift voucher so that someone else can choose. These come in $10, $20 and $50 amounts. Additional monthly specials for July to September

July – $10 voucher with any purchase over $60
August – Travel alarm clock worth $19.95 free with purchases of $80 or more!
September – Children’s backpacks. Free with any credit card purchase over $75!

Note: Postage and packing charges
These are applied to each order as follows:

Within Australia:
$7.95 per address, regular post
$17.95 for Express Delivery Service (overnight)

Overseas:
Surface Mail (allow a minimum of two months for delivery)
Airmail (allow around two weeks delivery to most destinations)

 

Read the text below and answer Questions 8-14.

New Book Releases

A.  This book describes the creativity of Aboriginal people living in the driest parts of Australia. Stunning reproductions of paintings, beautiful photography and informative text.

B.  Pocket-sized maps and illustrations with detailed information on the nesting sites and migration patterns of Australia. This is a classic booklet suitable for both beginner and expert.

C. Packed full of information for the avid hiker, this book is a must. Photographs, maps and practical advice will guide your journeys on foot through the forests of the southern continent.

D.  More than an atlas – this book contains maps, photographs and an abundance of information on the land and climate of countries from around the globe.

E.  Australia’s premier mountain biking guidebook – taking you through a host of national parks and state forests.

F.  Here’s the A-Z of Australian native animals – take an in-depth look at their lives and characteristics, through fantastic photographs and informative text.

G. Graphic artists have worked with researchers and scientists to illustrate how these prehistoric animals lived and died on the Australian continent.

H. A definitive handbook on outdoor safety – with a specific focus on equipment, nutrition, first aid, special clothing and bush skills.

I.  Detailed guides to 15 scenic car tours that will take you onto fascinating wilderness tracks and along routes that you could otherwise have missed.

Reading Passage 2 – Work & Travel USA

Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.

Do you want to have the best summer holiday ever?
Have you just graduated and want to escape for a unique experience abroad?

Only $1950 will make it all happen!

 

This unbeatable program fee includes:

•    return flight from Sydney to Los Angeles (onward travel in the USA not included)
•    3 months’ insurance cover
•    2 nights’ accommodation on arrival plus meet and greet and airport transfer
•    arrival orientation by experienced InterExchange staff
•    visa application fees

You also have:

•    access to a J-l visa enabling you to work in the USA
•    an extensive directory of employers
•    InterExchange support throughout the program
•    24-hour emergency support throughout the length of the program

Call toll-free 1800 678 738

InterExchange has 50 years’ experience in international student exchange programs. 18,000 students from around the world travel yearly to the USA on this very program. InterExchange con also offers you work opportunities in other countries.

WHAT IS INTEREXCHANGE?
InterExchange, one of the world’s leading operators of international exchange programs and related services:

•    is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation
•    has 700 professional staff in 30 countries worldwide
•    was founded in 1947

InterExchange operates these programs for students all around the world. It offers you trained and travelled staff, plus full support during the application process. You can choose any job that interests you anywhere in the USA, whether that is working in a law firm in Boston, a famous ski resort in Colorado or serving coffee and doughnuts in the buzzing streets of New York. You can select the period you work and the period you travel; you may want to work for 1 month and travel for 3 or work the entire duration of your stay. The choice is yours.

YOU CAN TAKE UP THIS OPPORTUNITY IF YOU ARE:

•    a full-time student at an Australian university or TAFE college
•    presently enrolled, or finishing this year, or you have deferred a year of study
•    over 18 years old by November in the academic year in which you apply to InterExchange
•    enthusiastic about the experience of a lifetime …

Sign up now!!

 

Read the text below and answer Questions 21-27.

CONTENTS: ARTHUR PHILLIP COLLEGE
A about Arthur Phillip College G learning methods
B entry requirements H course fees
C orientation for new students I study commitment
D academic counselling service J assessment and results
E credit courses to university K social activities and clubs
F assistance for international students L what’s new

Reading Passage 3 – The Lack Of Sleep

Read the text below and answer Questions 28-40.

In the fifth stage, the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, the heartbeat quickly gets back to normal levels, brain activity accelerates to daytime heights and above and the eyes move constantly beneath closed lids as if the sleeper is looking at something. During this stage, the body is almost paralysed. This REM phase is also the time when we dream.

Section E
Sleeping patterns change with age, which is why many people over 60 develop insomnia. In America, that age group consumes almost half the sleep medication on the market. One theory for the age-related change is that it is due to hormonal changes. The temperature rise occurs at daybreak in the young, but at three or four in the morning in the elderly. Age aside, it is estimated that roughly one in three people suffer some kind of sleep disturbance. Causes can be anything from pregnancy and stress to alcohol and heart disease. Smoking is a known handicap to sleep, with one survey showing that ex-smokers got to sleep in 18 minutes rather than their earlier average of 52 minutes.

Section F
Apart from self-help therapy such as regular exercise, there are psychological treatments, including relaxation training and therapy aimed at getting rid of pre-sleep worries and anxieties. There is also sleep reduction therapy, where the aim is to improve sleep quality by strictly regulating the time people go to bed and when they get up. Medication is regarded by many as a last resort and often takes the form of sleeping pills, normally benzodiazepines, which are minor tranquillizers.

Section G
Professor Regelson advocates the use of melatonin for treating sleep disorders. Melatonin is a naturally secreted hormone, located in the pineal gland deep inside the brain. The main function of the hormone is to control the body’s biological clock, so we know when to sleep and when to wake. The gland detects light reaching it through the eye; when there is no light, it secretes the melatonin into the bloodstream, lowering the body temperature and helping to induce sleep. Melatonin pills contain a synthetic version of the hormone and are commonly used for jet lag as well as for sleep disturbance. John Nicholls, sales manager of one of America’s largest health food shops, claims that sales of the pill have increased dramatically. He explains that it is sold in capsules, tablets, lozenges and mixed with herbs. It is not. effective for all insomniacs, but many users have weaned themselves off sleeping tablets as a result of its application.

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