MAN: The whole weekend was crazy. We left here at 6am Friday morning and arrived at Tignes in France at 8pm that night. I thought everyone would be exhausted but the excitement and adrenaline of being there took over so we all went out for dinner. Then we went to a few bars and a disco.
There were 56 of us all together, 20 had never been skiing before, so every morning they had 2 hours of training with an instructor on the beginner’s slopes. The rest of us were doing off-piste skiing. The beginners who learned quickly could do some slopes with the more advanced skiers by the last few days. Some of them were really good by the end!
As I’m part of the committee I couldn’t go completely wild at the discos because I wanted to make sure everybody was safe and having a good time, but it was still so much fun.
Oh, and great news! The rest of the committee and I all took part in a freestyle ski competition, performing tricks like skiing backwards and acrobatics. We agreed that the winner of the contest would not have to pay for the next trip to Andorra in February, and I won because I did an awesome backflip! I hope that holiday will be as fun as this one was!
We’ve decided to do a bit of fundraising because “Comic Relief” is coming up. You know, the charity event where tons of money is raised by people around the UK to help disadvantaged people in places like Africa and even here in Britain. So we’re going to set a bunch of races up between as many different university ski teams as possible. So there will be teams from Leeds, London, Edinburgh and so on. The races are going to take place at the dry ski slopes close to here and we are going to charge spectators a few pounds to watch. It will be a fun way to raise money for charity.
SYNONYM or DEFINITION
to take over
to take control or charge of
(skiing) an incline
a group with task
a backward somersault done in the air
making money for a cause
to charge for something
to ask for money
Reading and Use of English part 4 is called Key Word Transformation. Here the primary emphasis is on vocabulary and grammar. You are given 6 questions (plus 1 example). Each of these 6 questions contains 3 parts:
This gap must be filled with 2 to 5 words, one of which is the Key Word given to you. This Key Word cannot be changed. It must appear as given. This rephrasing exercise is designed to test the candidates ability to express meaning in different structures, drawing from lexical and grammatical knowledge, as well as understanding of the context the reading passage.