IELTS Daily Reading Test, 25th June
Test – 28
Reading Passage 2
You should spend 20 minutes on Questions 14-27.
Here and on the next page are several passages giving information for overseas students at the Language and Culture Center in Houston in the USA.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AT THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CENTER
LCC students can enjoy many sports at the university. You will find tennis and handball courts, gymnasiums, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. At the University Center (UC), you can play pool or table tennis. LCC student teams compete in university intramural sports. The LCC has one of the best soccer teams on campus! Please sign up and play.
You can also see films and plays, attend lectures, and go to concerts on campus. There are many international clubs where you can meet other students from your home country.
If the University of Houston closes because of emergency weather conditions, the LCC will also close. In the event of an emergency, all LCC students are advised to listen to major radio or television stations for announcements regarding cancellation of classes or the closing of the campus.
Always wait in the classroom 15 minutes for your teacher. If the teacher does not come after 15 minutes, you may leave. Please go to your next scheduled class on time.
Withdrawing from the LCC
You may withdraw from the LCC if you have a medical emergency, a family emergency, or if you wish to return to your home country. If you withdraw for one of these reasons, you may receive a partial refund of your tuition. The LCC cannot refund your application fee, contract fee, insurance fee, or late registration fee.
A tuition refund must be approved by the director and will be given according to the following schedule:
|Time of Withdrawal||Amount of Refund|
|First week of classes||75%|
|Second week of classes||50%|
|Third week and after||No refund|
If you are ill, see a doctor at the University Health Center first. LCC students can visit a doctor at the Health Center. Medicines are available through the pharmacy. You should use the Health Center as often as you need to. The Health Center is located behind the Student Service Center.
For some health problems, you may need to see an outside doctor. The Health Center can help you find one. There are many clinics in Houston for minor emergencies. Some of them arc open 24 hours a day. For big emergencies there are good hospitals in Houston.
All LCC students must have health insurance. You must buy health insurance through the LCC unless you have proof of another health insurance plan or financial responsibility for at least $50,000.
Attendance and Academic Progress
The best way to learn English is to come to class regularly and to do your homework. If you miss several days of classes, for any reason, you cannot keep up with the other students. The Language and Culture Center is a serious academic program in intensive English and wants all of its students to succeed. Therefore, students are expected to attend all classes regularly, do all classroom assignments, meet all class requirements, and make academic progress.
Students who do not meet these standards may be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation will meet with their teacher(s) and with either or both the associate director and foreign student advisor. Students will be informed in writing of the terms and length of their probation.
Students who have 30 hours of absences are in danger of being placed on academic probation. Students failing to meet the terms of their probation will be terminated from the LCC for the remainder of the semester. This will also likely result in loss of student status with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Students who have 50 hours of absences will not receive a Certificate of Successful Completion and will be terminated from the program.
If a student is absent for ten consecutive days with no explanation, the student will be terminated automatically from the program.
Questions 14 – 20
Complete the sentences below with words taken from “Information for Students at the Language and Culture Center” on the previous pages. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 14-20 on your answer sheet.
14. In the UC students can play __________ or _______________
15. You can meet students from your own country at ____________
16. You should go first to the ________________ if you are sick.
17. ________________ must be held by every student.
18. Cancellation of classes due to ________________ is announced on radio and television.
19. If your teacher is late you should wait for________________
20. If you withdraw in the second week of classes you may receive_______________ of your tuition fees.
Questions 21 – 27
Complete the following flow-charts of actions and their consequences by choosing the appropriate consequence from the list in the box, and writing its letter in boxes 21-27 on your answer sheet.
NB. You may use any consequence more than once.
A. terminated from the program
B. may lose student status with US Immigration and Naturalization Service
C. receives advice and counselling
D. may be put on academic probation
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14. pool, table tennis (must have both answers)
15. international clubs
16. University Health Center
17. Health Insurance
18. (a weather) emergency / emergency weather conditions
19. 15 minutes