A1 Reading Test

Read the email James sends to his friend, and for questions 1 to 10, fill in each gap with ONE word.

Email to a friend: I’m confined at home

To: [email protected]

From: [email protected]

Subject: Hi

Hi Dom,

How are you? I’m fine. I’m at home, of course, because of lockdown. I started my engineering course at Manchester University last year, but I’m not there now. I went to Manchester in October and I stayed in the student accommodation. We had lectures in the lecture rooms for three weeks, but after that, we had to stay in our accommodation because of Covid-19. I studied by computer. I wanted to go out to bars and join a basketball team, but I couldn’t. Luckily, there were some cool students in my accommodation. I made some good friends and we had cool parties.

But now I’m at home. I’m still studying by computer. I have four hours of lectures every day and then I work on projects. Actually, it’s quite good. We can do a lot of things by computer. I use different software programmes, read articles, and have discussions with the other students. I enjoy those discussions because I’m alone most of the time. Dad and mum are both at work all day. I can’t leave my town or visit friends, so I work! I work much harder than I did at school!

I miss playing basketball, but I’m keeping active. I go jogging once a day. But I’m watching a lot of videos too.

I’m not going to Manchester before Easter, but I hope to go there after Easter. In the Easter Holidays, I’m going to work on a friend’s farm in Wales. I don’t know anything about farming, but it will be great to be somewhere different!

Hope you are well,

from James.


Reading comprehension test

1James studies at university.

2James went to lectures in the lecture rooms at Manchester university for weeks.

3While in lockdown in Manchester, James and his friends .

4James wanted to play at university.

5James watches on his computer for four hours each day.

6After listening to lectures, James works on .

7He likes having with other students these days.

8James goes every day.

9He hopes to return to Manchester Easter.

10At Easter, James is going to work on a .