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© STANAG 6001 Bi-level Reading Test for Levels 2 and 3, Sample Tasks for Reading

Language Testing Unit, Estonian DF; Latvian NATO STANAG Testing Group

Task 3A
Read the news stories. For questions 1-6, circle the best option A, B, C, or D according to the text. There is only one correct answer for each question.

A businessman Andrew Cheatle lost his mobile phone on a beach. Andrew, 45, said: "I was messing about with my dog and my phone must have fallen out and been swept out in the swell." A week later, he was shopping for a new phone with girlfriend Rita Smith, 33, when her mobile went off. She told him: "Your old mobile number is calling." Andrew continued: "She said some guy was going on about my phone and a cod so she handed it over to me. I thought he was winding me up but he assured me he had caught a cod that morning and that my Nokia was inside it." Glen Kerley, the caller, said: "Cod are greedy fish, they'll eat anything. I've found plastic cups, stones, teaspoons, batteries and I've also heard of someone finding false teeth in one."

  1. Glen Kerley

  1. likes to boast about what he has found in the sea.

  2. e njoys playing around with his dog on the beach.

  3. found a phone that had been swallowed by a fish.

  4. called Rita Smith in order to ask her out on a date.

* * *

Police officer Xiao Deng, of Ningbo, said that one evening he received two consecutive calls, one from a woman complaining her boyfriend refused to warm her feet – the other from the man saying his girlfriend was too demanding. Deng went out to the rental apartment, close to Ningbo University, to try to resolve the issue but found the couple still rowing, reports Modern Times. He says the boyfriend told him: "She put her cold legs on my belly, giving me stomach cramps. I asked her to take them away and she said she would only put them there for a short while. I agreed, but after 10 minutes she still had them there saying it was very comfortable." Deng says he eventually persuaded the boyfriend that it was a man's job to warm his girlfriend's feet, but told the woman not to leave her feet there for too long. The young couple put aside their differences and thanked him for coming out to solve their problem, he added.

  1. A Chinese police officer, Xiao Deng,

  1. helped to warm a woman’s frozen feet.

  2. gave good advice on relationship matters.

  3. was asked to help a man with stomach cramps.

  4. was unable to settle an argument between lovers.

* * *

Han created a small pond for breeding tropical fish at her home in Dahangou village, Zhenping. She gave up on the venture when the market price for the fish dropped, but found she still had one eager customer. "I was astonished to see that the pig I raised is helping himself to fish from the pond," she told the Eastern Asia Trade and Economic News. "It steps into the shallow water, catches fish in its mouth and happily eats them on the spot." Han said she was happy for the pig to help itself to the fish rather than let them go to waste. "Maybe it just decided it wanted a bit more protein in its diet," she added.

  1. Han, a native of the village of Dahangou,

  1. earns a living by selling fish.

  2. has started to raise pigs lately.

  3. is amazed by the animal’s behaviour.

  4. is upset as her business went bankrupt.

* * *

A Chinese company requires job applicants to show their ears during interviews. The Wuhan-based building materials firm says it wants to make sure their appearance won't have a negative effect on customers. One applicant, Ms Li of Wuhan, who was interviewed for a job as a secretary, said she was amazed at the request. "We had a nice talk, but at the end of the interview the job interviewer suddenly asked me to show him my ears," she told Chutian Daily. She reluctantly went along with the request because she was desperate to get the job. Mr Lin, one of the company's interviewers, said facial expression, including the ears, played a big part in how workers were perceived by customers. "Besides their capabilities and diplomas, we pay special attention to their faces since a good face can leave our clients with a good impression of the company," he said.

  1. The employees of a Wuhan building materials company

  1. have to pass a number of job interviews.

  2. have very high standards for themselves.

  3. are employed based on the shape of their ears.

  4. need to look good in addition to being qualified.

* * *

A team at Newcastle University's School of Agriculture found that farmers who named their cows gained a higher yield than the 54% that did not give their cattle names. Dairy farmer Dennis Gibb, who co-owns Eachwick Red House Farm outside Newcastle, agrees with the findings. He told the BBC: "They aren't just our livelihood, they're part of the family. We love our cows and every one of them has a name. Collectively we refer to them as 'our ladies' but we know every one of them and each one has her own personality." Dr Catherine Douglas, from Newcastle University, said: "Our data suggests that, on the whole, UK dairy farmers regard their cows as intelligent beings capable of experiencing a range of emotions. Placing more importance on knowing the individual animals and calling them by name can, at no extra cost to the farmer, also significantly increase milk production."

  1. A study carried out at Newcastle University suggests that

  1. more than half of the UK cattle have been given names.

  2. more intelligent cows are capable of producing more milk.

  3. productivity depends on how the animals are looked upon.

  4. in the UK domestic animals are considered part of the family.

* * *

A mouse is believed to be responsible for two transatlantic flights being cancelled in less than a month. Pest control experts are to overhaul the Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 after the most recent incident. A flight from New York to Heathrow was delayed after a mouse was spotted in the cabin and passengers were transferred to another plane. They continued on to London in another jet after airport officials told them that a mouse could create a safety hazard by chewing through electrical wire and hydraulic lines. Delta confirmed that the rodent alert occurred on the same plane that was evacuated less than three weeks ago after a mouse was spotted just before it took off on the same New York to London journey. The airline said it was "working with pest control experts in case remedial action is needed." "Out of precaution, we changed the aeroplane. Plain and simple, there's not supposed to be a mouse on the aeroplane," said a Delta spokesman about the second evacuation.

  1. The Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 had to be evacuated

  1. due to an electrical failure caused by the mouse.

  2. because pest control experts suggested doing so.

  3. for there had been minor technical problems before.

  4. as the rodent might have caused damage to the plane.


  1. C

  2. B

  3. C

  4. D

  5. C

  6. D

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