Gateway B1 Unit 7 Test Standard Reading

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  • 1. 
    Read the article about the life of a writer. The headings are missing from the article. Choose from the headings A–E the one which fits each gap.1    ………………………When I was young, I dreamed about being a famous writer and now I am! I know I’m a very lucky person. I love my life and I love my work. 
    • A. 

      Problems of the job

    • B. 

      The only job for me

    • C. 

      The job of my dreams

    • D. 

      The importance of routines

    • E. 

      My time is my own

  • 2. 
    2    ………………………Like most other writers, I work from home. I have a small office in the garden and every day I spend at least five hours there, writing. My dog sits beside me and all round me the garden is peaceful. When I want to break for lunch, I stop, but if I’m particularly interested in what I’m writing, I continue until it’s a good time. I organise my time myself. I don’t have to do what someone else tells me. That’s probably the biggest advantage.
    • A. 

      Problems of the job

    • B. 

      The only job for me

    • C. 

      The job of my dreams

    • D. 

      The importance of routines

    • E. 

      My time is my own

  • 3. 
    3    ………………………However, it’s not quite as easy as it seems. No, I don’t have to get up early and travel a long distance to work, but I have to make sure that I follow a routine or I would never manage to do everything. So, I get up at the same time each day and make sure that I’m sitting at my computer by 8:30. I try to write the same number of words every day too, and usually I do.
    • A. 

      Problems of the job

    • B. 

      The only job for me

    • C. 

      The job of my dreams

    • D. 

      The importance of routines

    • E. 

      My time is my own

  • 4. 
    4    ………………………One of the disadvantages of working from home is that people don’t think that I’m doing a ‘real’ job. People call me for a chat or come for a coffee and I have to be very strict with them and tell them that they mustn’t interrupt me! Another difficulty is if I don’t have any ideas. This happens quite often! There’s no one to tell me what I should or shouldn’t write. It’s all in my head and if I can’t think of anything, then I can’t write and I have to go for a walk with the dog or listen to some music to give my brain a rest. After a break like this, I can usually start writing again.
    • A. 

      Problems of the job

    • B. 

      The only job for me

    • C. 

      The job of my dreams

    • D. 

      The importance of routines

    • E. 

      My time is my own

  • 5. 
    5    ………………………I can’t imagine having another job. If I didn’t write, I don’t know what I’d do. So, I have to hope that people will continue to buy my books and that I continue to have good ideas! 
    • A. 

      Problems of the job

    • B. 

      The only job for me

    • C. 

      The job of my dreams

    • D. 

      The importance of routines

    • E. 

      My time is my own

  • 6. 
    1    ………………………When I was young, I dreamed about being a famous writer and now I am! I know I’m a very lucky person. I love my life and I love my work.2    ………………………Like most other writers, I work from home. I have a small office in the garden and every day I spend at least five hours there, writing. My dog sits beside me and all round me the garden is peaceful. When I want to break for lunch, I stop, but if I’m particularly interested in what I’m writing, I continue until it’s a good time. I organise my time myself. I don’t have to do what someone else tells me. That’s probably the biggest advantage.3    ………………………However, it’s not quite as easy as it seems. No, I don’t have to get up early and travel a long distance to work, but I have to make sure that I follow a routine or I would never manage to do everything. So, I get up at the same time each day and make sure that I’m sitting at my computer by 8:30. I try to write the same number of words every day too, and usually I do.4    ………………………One of the disadvantages of working from home is that people don’t think that I’m doing a ‘real’ job. People call me for a chat or come for a coffee and I have to be very strict with them and tell them that they mustn’t interrupt me! Another difficulty is if I don’t have any ideas. This happens quite often! There’s no one to tell me what I should or shouldn’t write. It’s all in my head and if I can’t think of anything, then I can’t write and I have to go for a walk with the dog or listen to some music to give my brain a rest. After a break like this, I can usually start writing again.5    ………………………I can’t imagine having another job. If I didn’t write, I don’t know what I’d do. So, I have to hope that people will continue to buy my books and that I continue to have good ideas! 
  • 7. 
    Read the article again. Are these statements True (T) or False (F)?He was a famous writer when he was young.                
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    He doesn’t always have lunch at the same time.           
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    He has to travel long distances for his job.    
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    He needs to do the same things each day.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    He likes spending coffee breaks with visitors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Sometimes he has to take a break from writing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    He wants to stop writing in the future.            
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False