IELTS Reading Passage, Best Test, 28th March
IELTS READING PRACTICE TEST – 4. PASSAGE – 2
READING PASSAGE 2
Read the text below and answer Questions 15-21.
The London Pass
Established in 1999, The London Pass is a sightseeing city that helps visitors make the most of their trip to London, saving them both time and money.
The London Pass Saves You Money
London can be an expensive city, and its tourist attractions are no exception. However, go sightseeing with a London Pass and you could make some great savings – not to mention saving the hassle of queuing to buy entry tickets and carrying around change.
The London Pass Saves You Time
London is a popular destination; therefore l, attractions and sights do get very busy. Waiting in line can sometimes take hours from your sightseeing experiences – that’s why London Pass holders get to skip the queue at key attention such as Tower of London, Windsor Castle and the London Bridge Experience. Get VIP treatment and go straight to the front with the London Pass.
The London Pass Saves You Stress
Carrying lots of cash around and having to figure out how much an attraction will cost can take the fun out of your sightseeing adventure. Your London Pass is the ticket into every attraction – so you don’t need to worry about buying separate admissions or working out how much it costs, it’s all done for you in one simple pass.
With every London Pass you get the following:
- Free entry to over 60 attractions, tours, sights, and museums
- Fast Track Entry – ability to skip the lines at various selected attractions to save time
- Optional Travelcardto cover all of your transport needs
- A useful 160+ page guidebook (one per Adult London Pass) about the attractions plus helpful tips about the city
- Over 20 exclusive special offers
- Money Back Guarantee option available
|London Pass Attraction||Normal Adult Entry Price|
|Tower of London||£19.50|
|Thames River Cruise||£17.00|
|London Bridge Experience||£24.00|
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.
Write your answer in boxes 15-21 on your answer sheet.
15. The London Pass is the best way to save time and money when. ………………………………
16. You save time because there is no longer a need to …………………………… .
17. You won’t have to calculate how much money you have left because the London Pass is ……………………….. .
18. If you are planning to see as much of London as possible you could consider a ………………. .
19. If you are not happy with the various attractions and special offers we provide you can take advantage of our ………………………. .
20. You save exactly ……………………………. when you visit London Bridge Experience.
Read the text below and answer Questions 22-27.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop International PLC, known as The Body Shop, has a range consisting of 1,200 products, including cosmetics and make – up in its 2,500 franchised stores in 611 countries.
The company, which has its international headquarters in Littlehampton, West Sussex, England was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick and is now part owned by parent company L’Oréal corporate group.
In 1970 Nita visited “The Body Shop” in California. It was part of a car repair shop and they sold naturally-scented soaps and lotions. In 1976, Anita opened a similar shop in the UK, using the same business name.
From its first launch in the UK in 1976, The Body Shop experienced rapid growth, expanding at a rate of 50 percent annually.
The opening of Roddick’s first modest shop received early attention when the Brighton newspaper, The Evening Argues, carried an article about an undertaker with a nearby store who complained about the use of the name “ The Body Shop”.
In march 2006, The Body Shop agreed to £652.3 million takeover by L’Oréal. It was reported that Anita and Gordon Roddick, who set up The Body Shop 30 years previously, made £130 million from the sale.
The Body Shop turned increasingly toward social and environmental campaigns to promote its business in the late 1980s. In 1977, Roddick launched a global campaign to raise self-esteem in women and against the media stereotyping of women. It focused on unreasonably skinny models in the context of rising numbers suffering from the bulimia and anorexia.
Following her death in 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to Dame Anita, calling her “one of the country’s true pioneers” and an “inspiration” to businesswomen. He said: “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market she will be remembered not only as a great campaigner but also as a great entrepreneur.”
In October 2009, The Body Shop was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the RSPCA in Britain, in recognition of its uncompromised policy which ensures ingredients are not tested on animals by its suppliers.
Choose the correct letter A, B OR C.
22. Who owns the company now?
A. Anita Roddick and her parents.
B. Body Shop and L’Oréal.
23. How did Anita Roddick decide on the name “ The Body Shop”?
A. The name came to her in a dream.
B. She copied the name from an undertaker.
C. She took the name from a store in America.
24. What happened three decades after launching “The Body Shop”?
A. They retired.
B. They bought L’Oréal.
C. They accepted a takeover bid by L’Oréal.
25. How did “The Body Shop” promote itself?
A. By stereotyping women
C. Through environmental and social issues
26. What did Anita do about very skinny models?
A. She gave them some food.
B. She tried to empower women around the world.
C. They started to work for her.
27. What did Gordon Brown say about Anita Roddick?
A. She was a pioneer for environmental issues.
B. She was very fashionable.
C. She made the mass market sustainable.
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17. One pass
19. Money back guarantee
20. Thames River Cruise