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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

1084. The AAA rating currently enjoyed by British bank;s may be about to change, as the governor of Banque de France, Christian Noyer, lashed out at the amount of British debt. This statement was made in response to warnings received by the French government that a number of banks across Europe, including France, are being considered for downgrading.

Noyer's outburst continued, as he stated that a downgrade for France was 'unjust', and that the downgrades ahould start with the UK, which currently has a larger amount of debt, more inflation and weaker growth than France. However, the French economy is expected to shring both this quarter and the next, suggesting the nation is suffering from recession. In light of this, a warning for Mr. Noyer not to throw stones in glass houses appears apt.

Which of the following statements is definetely correct?

(a) British banks will be downgraded from their AAA status
(b) Christian Noyer called it unjust for French banks to lose their AAA status
(c) British bankers are all members of the AA insurance group
(d) The governor of the Banque de France lives in a glass house

1085. Official statistics suggest that only a third of drivers' tax is spent on the roads. In 2010, figures suggest that drivers spent eight billion pounds in fuel taxes, yet, in the same year, only five billion was spent on local roads and a further four billion on national highways. In addition to fuel taxes, excise tax has almost doubled since 1988. Speaking on this subject, the president of the AA stated that the poorest motorists are often the most affected by tax hikes.

How much tax, in total, was spent on local roads and national highways in 2010?

(a) Four billion pounds
(b) Five billion pounds
(c) Nine billion pounds
(d) Twenty three billion pounds

1086. The prime minister recently announced a new plan to kick-start social recovery and 'troubleshoot' dysfunctional families. under the scheme, the government plans to invest 450 million pounds into families, providing more case workers, probation officers and social workers. While forty percetn of the total bill is expected to be provided by central government, the remaining sixty percent is to be provided by local councils.

Those in opposition appear sceptical as to the worth of the scheme, highlighting that the funding must be gained by cuts to other key areas. In this way, the prime minister has been accused of 'taking with one hand while giving with the other'.

What does the author mean when he refers to the proposed scheme as 'taking with one hand while giving with the other'?

(a) The author means the scheme will be detrimental to families
(b) The author means funding for the scheme may come from other areas
(c) The author means that only local government will be giving funds
(d) The author means that funds will come from companies

1087. A British surgeon has invented a new device that kills pain without the use of drugs. The gadget, which aims to reduce knee paing and the need of operataions, is said to block the pain signal as the spinal cord is unable to carry botht eh paing and the vibration at the same time. This technique, using vibration to block pain signals, is not new, first appearing in the American civil war before being re-examined in the 1960s and eventually appearing on the market in 2009. This technology, which is powered by AAA battereis, is the first time the product has been widely available for knee pains.

When was the technology to specifically kill knee pain by the use of vibrations first invented?

(a) In the American civil war
(b) In the 1960's
(c) In 2009
(d) Cannot say

1088. Experts warn that the growing number of dementia cases may become the social problem of this century. The World Alzheimer Report predicts that the burden placed on social resources by cases of demential will continue to grow as the number of cases escalates. A reason behind the growing number of people suffering from dementia is due to an increase in life expectancy, with more people living into their eighties and nineties that than ever before.

In addition to the increasing number of cases, a difference in how differing European countries fare for patients with Alzheimer's has also been found. The World Alzheimer report noted that in countries with higher income, patients are more likely to be looked after by professional healthcare workers, thatn by family members themselves.

Which one of the following statements cannot be deduced?

(a) Increased dementia cases will be a burden on social resources
(b) Life expectancy can be seen to be increasing
(c) European countries employ more nurses than other countries
(d) Wealthy European countries are more likely to employ healthcare workers

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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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