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(intermediate level)

TRUE OR FALSE?

(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)

   1

  • British children usually start school at the age of five.
  • After primary school you choose between three types of secondary school.

     


   2

  • A comprehensive school is a sort of pri-mary school for handicapped children.
  • A secondary modern school is for those who want to go on to university.

     


   3

  • When you've passed your exams at grammarschool you'll be a university student.
  • You must pass some 'A' and 'O' level exams to get into university.

     


   4

  • If you go to a grammar school you have no chance of going on to university.
  • You are sure to get into university if you've passed your 'O' level exams.

     


   5

  • You can't become a skilled worker if you attend a comprehensive school.
  • No foreign languages are taught at a secondary modern school.

     


   6

  • Secondary modern schools provide a good practical education.
  • If you want to go on to university you'dbe better off with a grammar school.

     


   7

  • The 'A' /advanced/ and 'O' /ordinary/ level exams are set by universities.
  • You can't get admission to university unless you've got certain grades.

     


   8

  • Jobs that need university training are called professions.
  • There are three school terms in Britain.

     


   9

  • You must sit for an exam at the end of each term at primary school.
  • In England there are special schools for handicapped children.

     


  10

  • A college is usually where students from the country are accommodated.
  • You mustn't spend the night in a school dormitory.

     


  11

  • Secondary schools are called high schools in the United States.
  • You can't do arts subjects at a private school in Britain.

     


  12

  • There are not only marks or grades in a British school report.
  • Teachers also write short comments on the student's work and progress.

     


  13

  • School in Britain is compulsory until you are sixteen years old.
  • Education is available free in England.

     


  14

  • Most of the English private schools are boarding schools.
  • You can't get your General Certificate of Education at secondary school.

     


  15

  • You don't usually learn languages in a gymnasium.
  • Before the first lesson in an English school a roll is often taken.

     


  16

  • 'Nursery school' means the same as 'kindergarten'.
  • You won't get admission to a top university unless you pass an entrance exam.

     


  17

  • At school there are breaks between lessons and holidays between terms.
  • In order to get a job at school you must apply to the director.

     


  18

  • The head of a school is called 'headmaster' or 'headmistress'.
  • The head of a firm or factory is called 'manager'.

     


  19

  • You don't get a salary twice a month.
  • Wages are paid at the end of the month.

     


  20

  • When you call a repairman or electrician you'll pay him a wage.
  • You must pay a fee if you go to a private dentist.

     


  21

  • Factory hands are highly qualified skilled workers.
  • White collar workers do a sort of manual job.

     


  22

  • A white collar worker is an employee working for a company.
  • White collar workers usually work in offices - they don't do manual work.

     


  23

  • When you've applied for a job the manager might ask you for an interview.
  • English people usually have at least three weeks' holiday with pay a year.

     


  24

  • You don't pay income tax in Britain if you are a factory hand.
  • Income tax can be paid to the government once a year in a single amount.

     


  25

  • Workers do shift work where it wouldn't be economical to stop their machines.
  • You can't do overtime unless you clock in or work round the clock.

     


  26

  • Factory workers often have to clock in before starting their daily work.
  • A secretary may be in charge of doing the correspondence of the boss.

     


  27

  • Applicants called for an interview in England have got the job they want.
  • Men in England usually retire at the age of 55.

     


  28

  • You are not paid bonuses if you've only got a part-time job.
  • 'Promotion' means getting a bonus - but not a rise in rank.

     


  29

  • Clerks do all sorts of office work such as welding and embroidering.
  • Dustmen go in their dustcart collecting rubbish and emptying dustbins.

     


  30

  • You must send for a vet when your dog or cat is ill.
  • A commercial traveller's work is less interesting than a librarian's.

     


  31

  • Customs officers are responsible for checking the budget of companies.
  • Public servants are in charge of cleaning the streets in a town or village.

     


  32

  • A conductor can work in a theatre or concert hall or in public transport.
  • The head of a theatre or music hall is called a director.

     


  33

  • An explorer usually works in a mine or where they start building a house.
  • Cashiers receive and pay out money in department stores and banks.

     


  34

  • A coach is in charge of looking after sportsmen who have got into hospital.
  • A mate is a fellow-workman or a ship's officer or a skilled worker's helper.

     


  35

  • A shorthand-typist is supposed to type much faster than a regular typist.
  • An upholsterer provides furniture with padding and coverings.

     


  36

  • A turner is usually a skilled worker who turns things on a lathe.
  • You must graduate from a university in order to be a dentist or a lawyer.

     


  37

  • A tutor earns more then a senior lecturer or the dean of a university.
  • A judge has the authority to decide cases in a law court.

     


  38

  • An advocate speaks on his client's behalf in a court of law.
  • A barrister is a lawyer who speaks as an advocate in higher law courts.

     


  39

  • A solicitor speaks in favour of somebody in lower law courts.
  • A Queen's Counsel speaks on behalf of the crown in a court of law.

     


  40

  • A babysitter usually works in a hospital but she isn't a nurse.
  • A chimney sweep usually does the cleaning of offices and chimneys.

     


  41

  • Prompters are employed in theatres to help the actors during the performance.
  • An inn-keeper's work is quite similar to a welder's.

     


  42

  • Handing in your notice means that you want to change jobs.
  • A chairman of a meeting needn't be a qualified lawyer.

     


  43

  • Acrobats and jugglers may work in music halls or variety theatres.
  • A joiner doesn't usually deal with metalwork.

     


  44

  • A furrier makes fur coats and gloves.
  • Slaters lay slates on the roof when the carpenters have finished their work.

     


  45

  • A welder has nothing to do with needlework and materials.
  • Sailors must stop working when their sewing-machines go wrong.

     


  46

  • The first mate of a ship is the boss of both the captain and the boatswain.
  • Doctors and lawyers are always men.

     


  47

  • You must retire after a year's sick-leave in England.
  • A mayor is the managing director of a choir or symphony orchestra.

     


  48

  • A veterinary surgeon is often called 'vet' in spoken English.
  • Veterinary surgeons don't need university training.

     


  49

  • A reporter works for a newspaper - he doesn't usually make radio interviews.
  • Translators are employed to translate what people are saying at meetings.

     


  50

  • It's an interviewer who makes live radio or television interviews.
  • A translator does written translations - an interpreter translates what you say.

     


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