PET Reading – Part 3: True/False


Questions and Answers

What do I have to read?
A long text and 10 sentences about the text.
What type of text is it?
The text is factual and may be an article, public notice, advice leaflet or consumer information.
What do I have to do?
You have to read the text and say if each sentence is true or false. In the exam mark A) for true and B) for false. The sentences follow the order of the text, but you aren't told which paragraph the sentence refers to.
How do I do it?
As this is a long text, (approximately 400 words) you don't have much time to read and make your choices.

1. Before you read the 10 sentences, quickly read the text to get a basic idea of the content.

2. Look at the first sentence and find similar information in the text. Even the false answers will contain an element that directs you to a specific part of the text.

3. Underline or write down the information which is in both the sentence and text.

Look below at part of a text and sentence 0: Text
    Studying the brown bears' diet alone didn't give them any clear explanation for why their numbers were decreasing. But when they looked at what was happening to other animals and plants in the region, they saw that the change in climate was causing a general fall in population.
    0. Looking at what brown bears were eating gave the scientists the information they needed to understand why the population was falling.

Information in common:

Text- Studying / Sentence- Looking at
Text- the brown bears's diet / Sentence- what brown bears were eating
Text- didn't give them any clear explanation / Sentence- gave the scientists the information they needed
Text- why their numbers were decreasing / Sentence- why the population was falling

So, what's the correct answer for the sentence above?
Some of the information in the text and the sentence is the same, but using different words. This helps you identify the part of the text you need to read. In the example above, there is one element which is different: Text- didn't give them any clear explanation / Sentence- gave the scientists the information they needed. So the sentence is false, or in the exam, you would mark it 'B'.

Now let's do Reading, Part 3: True/False


Read the text about an adventure filmmaker Decide if each sentence 1-10 below is correct or incorrect. If it is correct, mark the box 'True'. If it is incorrect, mark the box 'False'.

Adventure Filmmaker

Sarah Begum travels around the world, but the people she meets and their lives interest her more than where they are from. Wherever she goes, whether it’s deep in the Amazonian rainforest or to a football match in Krackow, Poland, Sarah looks for the human story in the situation and records her experiences to later share them with the world through her documentary films, articles and public talks.

Sarah first became interested in knowing about people from other places when she was 9, after studying about the trees that were being cut down by big companies for the wood or land in the Amazon, and the effects this was having on the local people who lived there. “I had visions of tribal people calling me.” she says. “Since then, the dreams became stronger and the urge to travel to see the tribes increased.”

At the age of 21, while studying for a degree in filmmaking at Kingston University, Sarah, from London, England decided the time had come to make her dream come true. “I wanted to do something with my life and for my future so I decided to literally follow my dream. I did some research about this tribe in the Amazon and just went there.” she says. This would be the most important journey of her life so far, travelling 9,300 kilometres from home, deep into the Ecuadorian jungle.

Once in Ecuador, Sarah met up with sound engineer Stephen Bull and cinematographer Frank Angelcyk and taught English to children in the Amazon region for two weeks. They then set off on a two-day boat trip through waters full of alligators and piranha fish to get to the village where the Huaorani people live. When they arrived, they were greeted and made welcome by the villagers who communicated with gestures and the little Spanish they knew.

Sarah made a thirty-minute documentary about the Huaorani way of life, through her experiences with them. She hunted with warriors, joined the women in their activities and was chosen to become a member of the tribe. But the most scary moment was when they told her to take off her clothes and the women began to dress her as a bride. “I was chosen… and I had no idea what was going to happen to me.” she says. But she soon discovered that the ceremony didn’t make her a married woman in any legal sense and was just part of being welcomed into the tribe.

Since then, Sarah has continued to travel, meeting dangerous football fans in Poland to find out why their gangs fight, crossing the United States to meet Native Americans and understand their problems and climbing the Atlas Mountains of Morocco where she was adopted by a Berber woman. Whatever she decides to do next, wherever it may be, it’s the people she meets who will breathe life into Sarah’s adventure, and it will be their story she wants to tell.

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Sarah’s website: Photo gallery (Link opens on new page.)