Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: TOEIC – Reading Practice Part II

Welcome back, everyone! It’s been a long time coming, so I decided to bring back some reading for you guys and it’s going to be a little difficult to go back and forth on pages. Make sure you tune into the note I wrote.  The PDF and YouTube video will be available next Thursday!

TOEIC practice

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132B, West Bayside

San Francisco, CA 94105

24th August

Dear sir,

I am writing to complain about a recent trip I took with Suntours. I originally signed up for a two week trip to the island of Kefalonia, as advertised in Newsmonth Magazine, and was looking forward to enjoying the holiday. Unfortunately, I felt that a number of things spoiled the holiday for me. Firstly, I was led to believe that all rooms in the hotel had a balcony with a view of the beach/ However, my room not only did not have a balcony, but it faced away from the sea. Secondly, only one of the notel’s pools was open, the other was still under construction, and the promised jacuzzi was not there at all. The hotel’s restaurant was excellent, but it was closed two nights a week, meaning that my family had to walk about 30 minutes into the nearest town to eat, as there was no evening bus service. Finally, we took the tour to Turkey, but could not leave the boat, as nobody told us we had to arrange visas in advance.  had we known, we could have chosen the other option.

 

I feel very disappointed about the trip, and would appreciate some compensation.

Yours truly,

Dave Clayman

Dave Clayman

 

  1. How far is the hotel from the beach?

      (A) 5 minutes

      (B) 30 minutes

      (C) 1 hour

      (D) 2 hours

2.   What is advertised as part of the package?

      (A) A suite of rooms

      (B) A private beach

      (C) A chance to visit a second country

      (D) A chance to visit historic ruins

3.   What was Mr. Clayman NOT disappointed about?

      (A) The view from his window

      (B) The quality of the food

      (C) The tour to Turkey

      (D) The lack of a bus service

4.   Which option does Mr. Clayman wish he had chosen?

      (A) The visit to the local villages

      (B) The trip to Turkey

      (C) The snorkelling tour

      (D) The visit to Kefalonia

La Traviata Restaurant

Cole Road

Batan Rouge, LA

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce………….                   ……………………………$14.95

Seafood Spaghetti…………………..                    ……………………………$15.95

Pizza with Italian Sausage………….                    ……………………………$16.95

Pizza with Mushrooms and Pineapple                   ……………………………$18.95

Sparkling Mineral Water……………                                        2 @ $03.05 = $07.00

Tropical fruit Punch – house carafe                                        2 @ $12.85 = $25.70

Desserts

         Ice Cream……………………                      ……………………………$03.09

         Cheesecake………………….                                        2 @ $05.09 = $11.98

         Fruit Salad…………………..                     ……………………………$04.50

Coffee……………………………….                                        4 @ $04.95 = $19.80

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Sub Total ……………………………                     ………………………….$139.77

Tax @ 12.5%………………………..                   ……………………………$17.47

Total…………………………………                     .…………………………$157.24

Service not included

1.      What can be inferred from this bill?

         (A) Spaghetti is more expensive than pizza.

         (B) Three of the customers drank mineral water.

         (C) Four people ate a meal.

         (D) Only two of the guests had dessert.

2.      What single menu item on the bill is the most expensive?

         (A) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

         (B) Coffee

         (C) Tropical Fruit Punch

         (D) Pizza with Mushrooms and Pineapple

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