First for Schools 2015 Reading and Use of English sample paper 2


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Part 1
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Part 2
For questions
, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only
word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (
Write your answers
The history of surfing undoubtedly goes
.......... a long way. It seems to
.......... formed a
central part of the culture of the Polynesian peop
le, who were inhabitants of islands in the Pacific
Ocean
.......... as Samoa, Tonga and Hawaii.
These people did not regard surfing
..........
a mere recreational activity. For them, it was much
.......... of an art.
Although surfing disappeared from many parts of Polynesia in
.......... early twentieth century, a
small number of people in Hawaii kept the tradition aliv
e. In 1912, it spread to the east coast of the
United States, and in particular to Virginia Beach,
.......... became an important surfing centre.
Surfing developed quite rapidly from then on, and the design of surfboards became more
sophisticated. However,
.......... was not until
the 1960s that surfing came to be a truly global
phenomenon, boosted not only by the success of surfing films
.......... also by pop songs about


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Part 3
For questions
, read the text below. Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the
lines to form a word that fits in the gap
in the same line
. There is an example at the beginning (
Write your answers
A book of world records
One of the most fascinating
.......... books you can read is
Guinness
. It contains a
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.......... of facts and figures about
incredible human achievement. It is also full of statistics concerning
.......... natural features such as
the worlds highest mountains. But
it is more than just a
.......... source of amazing facts. The
organisation that produces the book is also now responsible for checking
.......... and accuracy of every new world record.
It all started in 1951 when Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of a large
British company, got into an
.......... about which bird was the fastest
in the world, and found that none of the books in his library were
.......... in giving him the answer. He hired researchers to produce a
book that could answer such questions. It sold quickly and became a
.......... success.
In recent years, the book has increasingly
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Part 4
For questions
, complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first
sentence, using the word given.
Do not change the word given.
the missing words
IN CAPITAL LETTERS on
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Even though Luca took the early bus, he was still late for school!
SPITE
Luca was late for school .................................................. the early bus!
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Joanna decided that using an out-of-date website for her school project was pointless.
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Joanna decided that there ..................................................an out-of-date website for her
school project.

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You are going to read an extract from a novel about a teenager called Scotty Weems. For questions
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, choose the answer (
or
) which you think fits best
according to the text.
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How does Scotty say he felt about the snow at first?
It was far too boring to think about.
It was no real cause for concern.
He was shocked by its sudden appearance.
He was relieved it was only falling lightly.
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What does Scotty say about being called Weems?
being an average type of person
being interested in rock music
wearing carefully chosen clothes
hiding your real personality
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What does not collecting the payoff in line 52 mean?
failing to take a break from
doubting the result of
they have a shared natural ability
He is embarrassed to be friend
He lacks confidence in his
iendships he already has.
He values the friendship of th
You are going to read an article about a special kind of skateboard. Si
x sentences have been
removed from the article. Choose from the sentences
the one which fits each gap (
There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
The skateboard controlled by brainwaves that moves
wherever you think it should.
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On the video, Whurley demonstrates how the
As he puts it through
its paces, he manages to hit fairly high speeds.
The computer can be seen attached to the front
of the board, and the motor is underneath.
Whurley compares the process to imagining
pulling yourself along with a rope. If you ‘see’
the destination in your mind, and how fast you
want to get there, the
Board Of Imagination's
will do the rest.
e concept started with another
motorised board, called the
Awesomeness
console to analyse hand movements.
The new version is more sophisticated and uses
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ys this was a simple and painless
process. He practised with just the headset and
a computer so that a profile of how he ‘thinks’
could be made. That profile was then loaded
onto the computer on the board.
Thinking about lunch, or boring work could
bring the board to an abrupt halt.
Sounding like a man speaking from painful
experience, Whurley says: ‘We quickly realised
that we would have to find a way to handle
distraction. We’ve done the best we can to
compensate.
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The only thing they
can do is practise. Hopefully over time they can


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The only problem is that users really do
Apart from that basic requirement, they


As a result, they became easier to ride.
Its clear, however, that there could be
other skaters thinking themselves to
various destinations in no time at all.


Then, the board seems to take off of its
own accord.
These were then converted into commands
for the motor.


However, it will always be an issue for most






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You are going to read an article about fo
ur young environmentalists. For questions
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, choose
from the four people (
A D
). The people may be chosen more than once.
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followed up a talk by offering an
opportunity for practical action?
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says they were motivated by a de
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believes that an idea they
came up with worked well?
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ition for their environmental contribution?
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says the future of the environment depends on a particular group of people?
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mentions someone whose expert kn
owledge highlighted a problem?
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helped to create a place that reflected their values?
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mentions having to gain consent to start on a project?
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Four young people talk about their involvement in environmental projects.
I won a national
award for the work I
did on a project to
build an environ-
mental centre made
entirely out of green materials. Its a
100% carbon neutral building, which
means that all the building materials were
reused or recycled. The centre is
somewhere kids can learn how to take
care of the environment, but I realised
that not everyone would have the
opportunity to visit it. I therefore created
an online curriculum guide, so kids could
also learn about the environment in their
well so that it could be available to more
people. All this took two years and I did it
because I have a great love for the
outdoors and being in the midst of wildlife,
I wanted other young people to be able to
experience the same passion that I feel.
After seeing an
article in the
newspaper about an
environmental comp-

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