Test 45: Section # 1 – Young Fashion Designer Competition & Which keyboard should you buy?

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GT Reading Test 45: Section # 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-14, which are based on Reading Passage below.

Write answers to questions in boxes 1-14 on your answer sheet.

Read the text below and answer Questions 1-7.

Young Fashion Designer UK competition

Young Fashion Designer UK is an exciting national competition which aims to showcase and promote the exceptional work achieved by students studying courses in textile design, product design and fashion throughout the UK.

The competition is designed for students to enter the coursework they are currently working on rather than specifically producing different pieces of work. If you would like to add to your coursework, that is for you and your teacher to decide.

You can apply independently or through your school/college. To enter please ensure you follow these steps:

  1. Provide three A3 colour copies from your design folder.
    You must include:
    – initial ideas about the clothing
    – a close-up photograph of the front and back view of the finished clothing.
  2. Please label each sheet clearly with your name and school (on the back).
  3. Print off a copy of your registration form and attach it to your work.
  4. Post your entry to the Young Fashion Designer Centre.

Once the entry deadline has passed, the judges will select the shortlist of students who will be invited to the Finals. You will be notified if you are shortlisted. You will need to bring originals of the work that you entered. Each finalist will have their own stand consisting of a table and tabletop cardboard display panels. Feel free to add as much creativity to your stand as possible. Some students bring tablets/ laptops with slideshows or further images of work but it should be emphasised that these may not necessarily improve your chances of success.

The judges will assess your work and will ask various questions about it. They will look through any supporting information and the work you have on display before coming together as a judging panel to decide on the winners. You are welcome to ask the judges questions. In fact, you should make the most of having experts on hand!

There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners for each category. The judges can also decide to award special prizes if the work merits this. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a glass trophy and prize from a kind donor.

Questions 1-7
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text?
In boxes 1-7, on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

1. Participants are required to create a new item of clothing for the Young Fashion Designer UK competition.
2. Participants must send information about the thoughts that led to the item they are entering for the competition.
3. The shortlist will consist of a fixed number of finalists.
4. Finalists can choose how to present their work to the judges on their stand.
5. It is strongly recommended that finalists support their entry with additional photographs.
6. Questions that the students ask the judges may count towards the final decisions.
7. Extra prizes may be awarded depending on the standard of the entries submitted.

Read the text below and answer questions 8-14.

Which keyboard should you buy?

It’s worth remembering that a bad keyboard can significantly affect your entire computing experience. So make sure you pick the right keyboard for your needs.

A. Logitech K120
Logitech’s K120 offers a number of extra features, it’s spill-resistant, draining small amounts of liquid if you have an accident. It isn’t particularly eye-catching, but it feels very solid. For the price, it’s a tempting choice.

B. Cherry MX 3.0 Keyboard
The Cherry MX 3.0 looks simple and neat, thanks to its compact build. It’s solid, durable and you don’t need to push keys all the way down to activate them. It’s also rather loud though, which can take some getting used to.

C. Logitech K780
The K780 is a compact, pleasantly modern-looking keyboard. There’s an integrated stand for smartphones and tablets too. It’s quiet to type on, and the circular keys are easy to familiarise yourself with, well-spaced and large enough to hit accurately. For this price though, the lack of backlighting is disappointing.

D. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic
The Sculpt’s curved, strange-looking build serves a purpose, it provides wrist support and lifts your forearms into a relaxed position so you don’t hurt yourself from typing for lengthy periods. It feels weird, but it seems to do the trick.

E. Microsoft Universal Bluetooth Keyboard
Microsoft’s Bluetooth keyboard has one very handy feature – you can fold it in half and carry it around in your jacket pocket or bag, and it feels rather like a large wallet. It has generously sized keys, though the two-piece spacebar takes some getting used to. Another useful feature is that you can get up to three months’ use from a single charge.

F. Corsair Strafe RGB Keyboard
Corsair’s keyboard is expensive, flashy and extremely impressive. Ail of its keys are programmable, there’s eye-catching backlighting and the buttons are textured for improved grip. All this is because it’s designed for gamers. However, it’s also silent, meaning it is suitable for everyday office work too.

Questions 8-14
Look at the six reviews of computer keyboards A-F.
For which keyboard are the following statements true?
Write the correct letter, A-F, in boxes 8-14 on your answer sheet.

NB You may use any letter more than once.

8. This keyboard may not suit users who prefer the keys to be almost silent.
9. This keyboard is easily portable because it can be made to fit into a small space.
10. This keyboard includes a special place to put small devices.
11. This keyboard is designed to prevent injury to those who spend a lot of time on the computer.
12. This keyboard offers good value for money.
13. This keyboard is primarily aimed at people who use their computer for entertainment.
14. It should not take long for users to get used to the shape of the keys on this keyboard.

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Young Fashion Designer UK competition & Which keyboard should you buy?: Reading Answers

8. B
9. E
10. C
11. D
12. A
13. F
14. C

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