You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1-12 which are based on the Reading Passage below.
Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D.
1 The conversation between Jake and Rita
is used to give an example of
A the way we learn languages.
B the changes that occur in our brains over time.
E the fact that it is easier to learn a language at a young age.
D the importance of young and old people doing things together.
2 In paragraph six, what point is the analogy used to illustrate?
A Working faster is better than working slower.
B Accuracy is less important than speed.
C Accuracy can improve over time.
D Working faster does not always save time.
3 In the computerized distraction exercises, the subjects had to
A react to a particular symbol on the screen.
B type a text as quickly as possible.
C move an arrow in different directions around the screen.
D click on every arrow that appeared on the screen.
Complete each sentence with the correct ending A-F.
Write the correct letter A-F next to Questions 4-7 below.
4 According to popular psychology
5 Researchers at the
showed that University of Michigan
6 Michael Falkenstein discovered that
7 Scientists at
concluded that Northwest University
A the older we get the harder it is to concentrate for any length of time.
B seniors take longer to complete tasks but with greater accuracy.
C old people use both parts of their brain more than young people.
D older people use their brains differently but achieve the same result.
E the speed of our brain decreases with age.
F older people do not cope well with new technology.
Complete the summary below.
Choose NO MORE THAN ONE WORD from the passage for each answer. Write your answers in spaces 8-12 below.
People's bodies and 8 __________. grow older at varying stages. As we age our senses take longer to process information and our aptitude for recalling 9 __________. also decreases.
However, older people's brains do have several advantages. Firstly, they can call upon both the 10 __________. and 11 __________. which is already stored in their brain.
Secondly, although the 12__________. of each side of their brain is reduced, they are able to use both sides at once.
1 B 2 D 3 A 4 E 5 C 6 B 7 D
8 minds 9 memories 10 and 11 IN EITHER ORDER: knowledge, experience 12 speed