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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

1034. Engineering firm Westerns reported annual net profits of one-billlion pounds over the last financial year. The company plans to re-invest this money into the business by creating three hundred apprenticeships. Westerns, who are known for hiring from within their own apprentices, hope that such a step will encourage other companies to offer more jobs for younger workers.

Youth unemployment rates are currently at an all-time high in the UK. A possible reason for this is a lack of training placements and non-academic routes for school leavers. However, as the average unemployment rates continues to rise, mirroring that of youths, differing reasons may be to blame.

Select the answer that most accurately completes the following sentecne. Westerns engineering firm ...

(a) Reported net-profits of one-million pounds over the last financial year
(b) Are known for the careful selection of their apprentices
(c) Always re-invest their profits back into the business
(d) Plan to create a number of new apprenticeship placements

1035. Many graduates opt to house-share during the beginning of their careers. A benefit of this is that it provides the opportunity to save money, it reduces rent without compromising the standard of accomodation. In this way, house-sharing is often a popular option. However, living in close proximity with non-family members can often be taxing. Issues such as division of chores, payment of bills and respecting personal privacy can make such arangements difficult.

Statisticssuggest that over sixty percent of graduates who opt to house-share live with the same people for no more than one year before finding other arrangements. For this reason there has been an increase in the number of graduates renting self-sufficient accomodation.

Which of the following statements is most likely to be true?

(a) A source of disruption between house-mates is tax
(b) House-sharing became popular in the ninteen-fifties
(c) House-sharing is a popular option amongst graduates
(d) Graduates live with their house-mates for much less than one year

1036. A leading holiday provider was forced to clsoe the doors of 200 hundred of its stores yesterday. The travel giant, who had been in operation for almost 170 years, made this move after it reported a loss of over 350 million pounds at its annual shareholders' meeting.

The company, which has over 1,000 stores in the UK, confirmed that 660 members of staff were also being let go. Business analysts suggest that the company faces another difficult year, as consumer confidence is at an all-time low.

Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The holiday provider has over 1.000 UK stores and 660 staff
(b) The holiday provider recently confirmed that staff were being let go
(c) The holiday provider has been in operation for exactly 170 years
(d) More closures are planned for the future

1037. A leading supermarket recently announced plans to open twenty-five new stores, despite the difficult economic conditions facing the country. It is hoped that the expansion will create more than 6,500 jobs over the next year, with docus placed on local residents who are currently unemployed. This announcement comes as official statistics suggest unemployment is at a seventeen-year high in Britain.

It was recently anounced that --?

(a) Umemployment in Britain is at an all-time high
(b) Local people are more likely to be unemployed
(c) A supermarket opens new stores, despite financial problems
(d) A supermarket opens new stores, despite the economic climate

1038. A growing number of university and A-level students are turning to extreme means as a way of funding their education. The national Union of Students (NUS)found that an alarming number of students are working as escorts, gambling or volunteering to take part in medical experiments to bolster their income. According to NUS, the increased cost of living and the reduction in graduate jobs and educational maintenance allowance (EMA) is behind such drastic action. The NUS predicts that 15% of women working in lap-dancing clubs are students.

Responding to the release of this information, a spokesman for the Department of Education stated that there is currently over one hundred and eighty million pounds of financial support available each year for the most vulnerable students, but further support from the universities and colleges themselves is required, in the form of bursaries, for any real change to take place.

Which one of the following statements cannot be deduced?

(a) More female students are lap dancers than female non-students
(b) 180 million pounds of funding is available for vulnerable students
(c) Some students rely extreme measures such as escorting
(d) The number of graduate jobs has available has reduced

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1. Passage Reading 2. Verbal Logic 3. Non Verbal Logic 4. Numerical Logic

5. Data Interpretation 6. Reasoning 7. Analytical Ability 8. Basic Numeracy

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