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Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.

Wills Watson Company Newsletter - Summer Edition

Wills Watson Inc. Interns Make a Splash

Wills Watson Inc.'s Media Representative, Bill Rodgers, recently touched base with four interns from the company's Summer Outreach Program. His article highlights the motivations and experiences of these interns.

The Finance Department hosted Myra Roberts, a university senior who shadowed the Event Budget Planners. However, most of the staff were shocked to learn that she was still a student! “Myra displayed an impressive amount of professionalism and dedication to the job. We are all sad to see her go and hope that she will consider returning to Wills Watson once she graduates!”, exclaimed Ms. Roberts' manager, Tyra Smith. Indeed, Ms. Roberts' professionalism earned her a spot at the company's annual Summer Gala. “I have learned incredible lessons throughout my summer of interning, and it's more than I could have ever learned during a lecture at university!”, says Myra Roberts.

Nancy Golden, the Communications Department's summer intern, was also a force to be reckoned with. “Ms. Golden should be proud to have been hired for full-time work after the Summer Internship came to an end,”states her direct supervisor, Bill Griffith. A recent graduate of Monroe University, Ms. Golden will begin her career with Wills Watson Inc. and credits the internship program for her initial success. “I am thrilled to have accepted the position of Communications Assistant with the company, and I cannot wait to further my career with Wills Watson.”

Despite being just a rising second-year student at university, Marilyn Monzo completed her second internship with Wills Watson in the Engineering Department. “We were pleased to have Ms. Monzo with us for a second summer,” said Chief Engineer Brian Kulk, “we hope that she will come back next year for a third time!”. Ms. Monzo will continue her Engineering studies at Tuloon University this Fall.

Lastly, Sharon Sullivan completed her on-the-job training component for her Senior Capstone Project this summer. “Working in the Human Resources Department taught me the necessary job shadowing skills that were not possible to attain in a classroom”. Her experiences, detailed in the Senior Capstone Project, will be published in the Tuloon University Fall Magazine

Read the text below and answer questions 21-27.

“Development Day” Meetings and Workshops

On Wednesday, June 9th, take advantage of our company-wide professional development workshops for all employees of Matterly Inc. Please contact your direct supervisor in order to book your preferred workshops before June 2nd.

 

SESSIONS

NETWORKING 

(A) “Back to Basics 101”: Are you struggling to keep up with the constant changes of networking? The objective of this session is to give participants a comprehensive understanding of networking. After this session, you will feel more comfortable establishing your own professional brand and reaching out to new contacts. Perfect for all employees.

(B) “Business Card Walkthrough”: A recent study has found that business cards should be updated at least once a year. Do you know what should be included on your business cards? Most likely, yours could be in need of a refreshing style including modern touches, including social media contacts and more. Join us for this session in order to revamp your business card. While there is no need to prepare, participants must bring their current business cards to the session.

LEADERSHIP 

(C)  “Becoming A Leader”: Limited to employees who have been with    Matterly Inc. for at least five years or more, this session will help participants unleash their inner leader and establish personal growth. Participants must compile and bring a list of various achievements and accomplishments with the company in order to fully take part in the session.

DEVELOPMENT

(D) “Team Development”: Unlike previous years, this session will not be limited to Team Leaders or Managers. If you have an active interest in taking on a leadership role, Matterly Inc. encourages you to take part in this session. The expert facilitator will go through participants' personal values and goals with the company, and help them manifest these into the future! All participants are asked to complete the attached “Goals and Values” sheet before attending the session, although it is not obligatory.  

MARKETING

(E) “Pitch Perfect”: Sealing the deal, or closing the deal, is one of the most important principles or marketing. In this session, local Television Host Matthew McCerney will take participants through the basics of catching a client's attention and using persuasion in the workplace. Come prepared with creativity and put your ideas to paper!

 (F) “Public Speaking”: If you are ready to put your presentation skills to the test, this session is perfect for you. Find out the ways in which public speaking can help you in terms of promotions, establishing your brand identity, and captivating your clients' attention. Back by popular demand, Thomas Queens will be leading this session for hopefuls ready to change the way they communicate with clients.

SALES

(G) “Sell Your Best”: Added as a result of the recent company-wide survey, this session is guaranteed to help participants increasetheir sales skills by 80 percent. Matterly Inc.'s own President of Sales, Ronald Drake, will lead this session on how to best approach new sales techniques and close your deals with success.

15. A - The statement, “Ms. Roberts' professionalism earned her a spot at the company's annual Summer Gala.”, proves this to be correct.
16. D - The statement, “Sharon Sullivan completed her on-the-job training component for her Senior Capstone Project this summer.”, proves this to be correct.
17. B - The statement, “Ms. Golden will begin her career with Wills Watson Inc. and credits the internship program for her initial success.”, proves this to be correct.
18. D - The statement regarding Sharon Sullivan, “Her experiences, detailed in the Senior Capstone Project, will be published in the Tuloon University Fall Magazine.”, proves this to be correct.
19. C - The statement, “Marilyn Monzo completed her second internship with Wills Watson in the Engineering Department.”, proves this to be correct.
20. A - The phrase, “The Finance Department hosted Myra Roberts…”, proves this to be correct.
21. C - The statement, “Participants must compile and bring a list of various achievements and accomplishments with the company in order to fully take part in the session.” proves this to be correct.
22. E - The statement, “In this session, local Television Host Matthew McCerney will take participants through the basics of…”, proves this to be correct.
23. C - The statement, “Limited to employees who have been with Matterly Inc. for at least five years or more…”, proves this to be correct.
24. D - The statement, “Unlike previous years, this session will not be limited to Team Leaders or Managers.”, proves this to be correct.
25. E - The statement, “Come prepared with creativity and put your ideas to paper!”, proves this to be correct.
26. F - The general description in the Public Speaking section would lead one to infer that oral communication will be the main topic. Phrases such as “...the ways in which public speaking can help you…” and “...change the way they communicate with clients” prove this to be correct.

27. G - The statement, “Matterly Inc.'s own President of Sales, Ronald Drake, will lead this session…” proves this to be correct.



This reading practice simulates the second section of the IELTS General Reading test. You should spend about twenty minutes on it. Read the passage(s) and answer questions 15-27.
Questions 15-20
Look at the following statements (Questions 15-20) and A list of interns below.

Match each statement with the correct person A, B, C, or D.

Write the correct number A-D in boxes Questions 15-20 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.
A list of interns
  1. Myra Roberts
  2. Nancy Golden
  3. Marilyn Monzo
  4. Sharon Sullivan

15. This person received the opportunity to attend a celebration.

16. This person used the summer experience to complete a project.

17. This person will carry on working for Wills Watson.

18. This person's experiences will be featured in a publication.

19. This person was a veteran to the Summer Internship program.

20. This person most likely worked on monetary issues for the company.

Questions 21-27

Read the session descriptions, A-G.

Which session corresponds to the following information?

NB You may use any letter more than once.

21. Which session requires obligatory preparation on behalf of the participants beforehand?

22. Which session features a local media persona?

23. Which session is limited to veteran employees?

24. Which session has changed from previous years?

25. Which session would most likely require writing?

26. Which session focuses mostly on oral communication?

27. Which session is facilitated by a company employee?






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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Wills Watson Company Newsletter / Development workshops


Read the text below and answer Questions 15-20.

Wills Watson Company Newsletter - Summer Edition

Wills Watson Inc. Interns Make a Splash

Wills Watson Inc.'s Media Representative, Bill Rodgers, recently touched base with four interns from the company's Summer Outreach Program. His article highlights the motivations and experiences of these interns.

The Finance Department hosted Myra Roberts, a university senior who shadowed the Event Budget Planners. However, most of the staff were shocked to learn that she was still a student! “Myra displayed an impressive amount of professionalism and dedication to the job. We are all sad to see her go and hope that she will consider returning to Wills Watson once she graduates!”, exclaimed Ms. Roberts' manager, Tyra Smith. Indeed, Ms. Roberts' professionalism earned her a spot at the company's annual Summer Gala. “I have learned incredible lessons throughout my summer of interning, and it's more than I could have ever learned during a lecture at university!”, says Myra Roberts.

Nancy Golden, the Communications Department's summer intern, was also a force to be reckoned with. “Ms. Golden should be proud to have been hired for full-time work after the Summer Internship came to an end,”states her direct supervisor, Bill Griffith. A recent graduate of Monroe University, Ms. Golden will begin her career with Wills Watson Inc. and credits the internship program for her initial success. “I am thrilled to have accepted the position of Communications Assistant with the company, and I cannot wait to further my career with Wills Watson.”

Despite being just a rising second-year student at university, Marilyn Monzo completed her second internship with Wills Watson in the Engineering Department. “We were pleased to have Ms. Monzo with us for a second summer,” said Chief Engineer Brian Kulk, “we hope that she will come back next year for a third time!”. Ms. Monzo will continue her Engineering studies at Tuloon University this Fall.

Lastly, Sharon Sullivan completed her on-the-job training component for her Senior Capstone Project this summer. “Working in the Human Resources Department taught me the necessary job shadowing skills that were not possible to attain in a classroom”. Her experiences, detailed in the Senior Capstone Project, will be published in the Tuloon University Fall Magazine

Read the text below and answer questions 21-27.

“Development Day” Meetings and Workshops

On Wednesday, June 9th, take advantage of our company-wide professional development workshops for all employees of Matterly Inc. Please contact your direct supervisor in order to book your preferred workshops before June 2nd.

 

SESSIONS

NETWORKING 

(A) “Back to Basics 101”: Are you struggling to keep up with the constant changes of networking? The objective of this session is to give participants a comprehensive understanding of networking. After this session, you will feel more comfortable establishing your own professional brand and reaching out to new contacts. Perfect for all employees.

(B) “Business Card Walkthrough”: A recent study has found that business cards should be updated at least once a year. Do you know what should be included on your business cards? Most likely, yours could be in need of a refreshing style including modern touches, including social media contacts and more. Join us for this session in order to revamp your business card. While there is no need to prepare, participants must bring their current business cards to the session.

LEADERSHIP 

(C)  “Becoming A Leader”: Limited to employees who have been with    Matterly Inc. for at least five years or more, this session will help participants unleash their inner leader and establish personal growth. Participants must compile and bring a list of various achievements and accomplishments with the company in order to fully take part in the session.

DEVELOPMENT

(D) “Team Development”: Unlike previous years, this session will not be limited to Team Leaders or Managers. If you have an active interest in taking on a leadership role, Matterly Inc. encourages you to take part in this session. The expert facilitator will go through participants' personal values and goals with the company, and help them manifest these into the future! All participants are asked to complete the attached “Goals and Values” sheet before attending the session, although it is not obligatory.  

MARKETING

(E) “Pitch Perfect”: Sealing the deal, or closing the deal, is one of the most important principles or marketing. In this session, local Television Host Matthew McCerney will take participants through the basics of catching a client's attention and using persuasion in the workplace. Come prepared with creativity and put your ideas to paper!

 (F) “Public Speaking”: If you are ready to put your presentation skills to the test, this session is perfect for you. Find out the ways in which public speaking can help you in terms of promotions, establishing your brand identity, and captivating your clients' attention. Back by popular demand, Thomas Queens will be leading this session for hopefuls ready to change the way they communicate with clients.

SALES

(G) “Sell Your Best”: Added as a result of the recent company-wide survey, this session is guaranteed to help participants increasetheir sales skills by 80 percent. Matterly Inc.'s own President of Sales, Ronald Drake, will lead this session on how to best approach new sales techniques and close your deals with success.

15. A - The statement, “Ms. Roberts' professionalism earned her a spot at the company's annual Summer Gala.”, proves this to be correct.
16. D - The statement, “Sharon Sullivan completed her on-the-job training component for her Senior Capstone Project this summer.”, proves this to be correct.
17. B - The statement, “Ms. Golden will begin her career with Wills Watson Inc. and credits the internship program for her initial success.”, proves this to be correct.
18. D - The statement regarding Sharon Sullivan, “Her experiences, detailed in the Senior Capstone Project, will be published in the Tuloon University Fall Magazine.”, proves this to be correct.
19. C - The statement, “Marilyn Monzo completed her second internship with Wills Watson in the Engineering Department.”, proves this to be correct.
20. A - The phrase, “The Finance Department hosted Myra Roberts…”, proves this to be correct.
21. C - The statement, “Participants must compile and bring a list of various achievements and accomplishments with the company in order to fully take part in the session.” proves this to be correct.
22. E - The statement, “In this session, local Television Host Matthew McCerney will take participants through the basics of…”, proves this to be correct.
23. C - The statement, “Limited to employees who have been with Matterly Inc. for at least five years or more…”, proves this to be correct.
24. D - The statement, “Unlike previous years, this session will not be limited to Team Leaders or Managers.”, proves this to be correct.
25. E - The statement, “Come prepared with creativity and put your ideas to paper!”, proves this to be correct.
26. F - The general description in the Public Speaking section would lead one to infer that oral communication will be the main topic. Phrases such as “...the ways in which public speaking can help you…” and “...change the way they communicate with clients” prove this to be correct.

27. G - The statement, “Matterly Inc.'s own President of Sales, Ronald Drake, will lead this session…” proves this to be correct.
 
IELTS General Reading Tips for Success
These are general tips that will appear on all reading questions.

Tips to improve your reading speed
To get a high score on the IELTS reading section, you need to have a fast reading speed. To have a fast reading speed, you need to improve your vocabulary and practice dissecting sentences. One strategy to dissect a sentence is to look for the subject and verb of the sentence. Finding the subject and verb will help you better understand the main idea of said sentence. Keep in mind, a common feature of a IELTS reading passage is to join strings of ideas to form long compound sentences. This produces large chunks that students have a hard time absorbing. Do not get overwhelmed by its length, just look for the subject and verb, the rest of the ideas will flow.


Keep in mind, having a slow reading speed makes skimming or scanning a reading passage more difficult. The process of quickly skimming through a reading passage for specific keywords or main ideas is a requirement for you to employ successful reading strategies to improve your IELTS reading score. In other words, skimming and scanning are critical skills to ensure you complete all questions in the allotted time frame.
IELTS Reading Strategies
Once you can read and comprehend a passage with a rate of, at least, 220 words per minute, you'll be ready to start implementing our strategies. All too often, students spend too much time reading the passages and not enough time answering the questions. Here is a step by step guide for tackling the reading section.

  1. Step 1: Read questions first

    One of the most common mistakes that candidates make when approaching the reading exam is reading every single word of the passages. Although you can practice for the exam by reading for pleasure, "reading blindly" (reading without any sense of what the questions will ask) will not do you any favors in the exam. Instead, it will hurt your chances for effectively managing your time and getting the best score.

    The main reason to read the questions first is because the type of question may determine what you read in the passage or how you read it. For example, some question types will call for the "skimming" technique, while others may call for the "scanning" technique.

    It is important to answer a set of questions that are of the same question type. You'll need to determine which question type you want to tackle first. A good strategy would be to start with the easier question type and move on to more difficult question types later. The Easiest question types are the ones where you spend less time reading. For example, the Matching Heading question type is an easier one because you only need to find the heading that best describes the main idea of a paragraph. An example of a difficult question type would be Identifying Information. For this question type, you'll need to read each paragraph to find out if each statement is TRUE, FALSE, or NOT GIVEN according to the passage.

    Here is a table that lists the difficulty levels for each question type. Use this table as a reference when choosing which question type you want to tackle first.


    Difficulty level Question Type
    Easy Sentence Completion
    Short answer
    Medium Matching Features
    Multiple choice
    Matching Headings
    Summary, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
    Difficult Matching Sentence Endings
    Matching Information
    Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
    Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)

  2. Step 2: Read for an objective

    After you've read the questions for the passage, you will be able to read for an objective. What does this mean? For example, if you come across a question that includes the year "1896", you can make a note of when this year comes up in the text, using it to answer the question later on. There are two reading techniques that will help you stay on track with reading for an objective. The first one, skimming, is best defined as reading fast in order to get the "gist", or general idea, or a passage. With this technique, you are not stopping for any unfamiliar words or looking for specific details. The second technique, scanning, is best defined as reading for specific information. With this technique, you are not reading for the overall gist, but rather, specific information. Notice how each of these techniques has a specific objective in mind. This will help you find information more quickly.

  3. Step 3: Take notes

    As you're reading for an objective, you should also be making notes on the margins of the passage, placing stars next to key information, or underlining things that you believe will help you answer the various questions. This will make it easier for you to check back when you are asked certain things in the questions. Choose whichever note-taking system is right for you - just make sure you do it!

  4. Step 4: Answer wisely

    After you've read the questions, read the passage, and have taken any appropriate notes, you you should have located the part of the text where you where you need to read carefully. Then just read carefully and think critically to determine the correct answer.

 
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