Our Town’s Anniversary Day Celebrations IELTS Reading General
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Our Town’s Anniversary Day Celebrations
In order to celebrate our town’s 200th anniversary of being founded, we have planned a series of events to take place on Saturday 8th July. We hope that lots of people and their families will join us in the town centre for a day of fun and festivity.
The day will start at 11 a.m., when the town Mayor will formally open the anniversary celebration with a short speech in the town gardens. She will be joined by the various councillors from the town council and some officials from the sponsors of the celebrations.
The Mayor will spend all day in the town, wandering around to meet and talk to residents. Please don’t ask her anything too serious, as the day is meant to be light-hearted! All the town centre’s shops will be open and their normal closing time of 7 p.m. will be extended to 9 p.m., so the shopaholics amongst you can have the time of your lives.
In the town square from noon, there will be a fete, with lots of games to play for the young and not so young. Everything is either free or very cheap, so have a go at everything. If there is any excess revenue left at the end of the day, the money will ALL go to the Children’s Hospital.
If you’re hungry at any time, head for the town gardens, where a variety of different foods and drinks will be on sale. Feel free to sit on the grass and eat your food with your friends and family, but please use the rubbish bins for your waste.
In the late afternoon from 4.30 p.m., there will also be music to listen to in the town gardens. There will be various bands playing and everyone should find something to their taste. Lots of tables will be set up, so grab a place and a drink and relax.
At 10 p.m., there will be a firework display to end the day’s fun. The best places to see will be from the town gardens again or from Bellbottom Hill. Make sure you get a place to view early, as this will surely be a popular event. People will be able to get back to their respective suburbs by night bus, and plenty of these will be laid on for free from 11 p.m. for one hour.
We hope you have a great day out. All we ask is that you keep the town centre tidy and that you don’t make too much noise heading home in the evening – the town centre’s residents may be trying to get to sleep! Special constables will be on hand to watch over everything, but we hope that they won’t be needed.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the text for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 1 – 7 on your answer sheet.
1. Who will open the celebrations for the anniversary day?
2. When will the town centre shops close on the anniversary day?
3. What organisation will receive any profit that is made at the anniversary day?
4. Who will be playing music in the afternoon of the anniversary day?
5. What will be the last event of the anniversary day?
6. How can people get home at the end of the anniversary day?
7. Who will be on duty to make sure people aren’t too loud in the evening of the anniversary day?
Read the text below and answer Questions 8 – 14.
Driving in New Zealand
There are three stages to getting a car licence. At each stage, you earn a new licence with fewer restrictions and more responsibilities.
Stage 1: learner licence
You must be at least 16 years old before you can apply for your learner licence and you first have to pass a road theory test before you can get it. Your learner licence will be issued for five years and while on a learner licence:
– You must only drive with a supervisor sitting beside you at all times. Your supervisor must hold a current full New Zealand car licence, which does not have a supervisor condition. They must have held their full New Zealand licence (or an equivalent overseas licence) for at least two years.
– Your car must display learner (L) plates front and rear.
– You may carry passengers, but your supervisor has to agree to this.
– You face severe penalties if you drive outside the licence conditions.
Stage 2: restricted licence
To apply for your restricted licence, you must be at least 16½ years old and have held your learner licence for at least six months. To progress to this step, you’ll have to pass a practical test of your driving skills. Your restricted licence will be issued for five years and while on a restricted licence:
– You can drive on your own, but not between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
– Generally, you cannot carry passengers without the supervision of a licensed car driver. Your supervisor must hold a current full New Zealand car licence that does not have a supervisor condition. They must have held their full New Zealand licence (or an equivalent overseas licence) for at least two years.
Stage 3: full licence
You must be at least 18 years of age before you can apply for your full licence. If you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course, this is reduced to 17½.
If you are under 25 years of age, you can apply after you’ve held your restricted licence for at least 18 months, or at least 12 months if you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course.
If you are 25 years of age or older, you can apply after you have held your restricted licence for at least six months, or at least three months if you have completed an approved advanced driving skills course.
To progress to a full licence, you have to pass a practical test by demonstrating safe driving behaviour across a wide range of traffic situations and road conditions.
Questions 8 – 14
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text? In boxes 8 – 14 on your answer sheet write:
TRUE – if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE – if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN – if there is no information on this
8. You must successfully take a road theory test before being eligible for a learner licence.
9. Learner plates must be kept on a learner’s car until they have had a full licence for 6 months.
10. Any 17-year-old with a learner licence can apply for a restricted licence.
11. There are time restrictions for restricted licence drivers.
12. Any holder of a current full New Zealand car licence can be a supervisor for a restricted licence driver.
13. Full licences can only be obtained after a driver has passed his/her eighteenth birthday.
14. The advanced driving skills course can be conducted only after a full licence has been held for at least 6 months.
Our Town’s Anniversary Day Celebrations IELTS Reading Answers
1. (THE) (TOWN) MAYOR
2. 9 P.M.
3. (THE) CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
4. (VARIOUS) BANDS (PLAYING)
5. (A) FIREWORK DISPLAY
6. (BY) (NIGHT) BUS
7. (SPECIAL) CONSTABLES
9. NOT GIVEN
14. NOT GIVEN
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