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Choose the best answer according to the information in the dialogue

Read the conversation between Tom, a pupil of a secondary school, and his old friend, Mark, who has just started his studies at the university.

Complete the sentences.


1. Full-time education is compulsory … .

2. Children receive nursery education at… .

3. The leaving age for compulsory education … .

4. Usually children go from junior to secondary school at ...

5. An independent school is funded by… .

6. British universities award such titles: … .

7. A lot of further education establishments are … .


3. Fill in the gaps with the correct word(s) from the list below:


options variety vocational financial support

are governed federation wear tutorials



1. Further education in Britain is mainly … .

2. A further education college prepares a … of professionals for industry, commerce and administration.

3. The university is like a … of colleges.

4. Most pupils in Britain … school uniform.

5. The … arranges the courses, the lectures and the examinations, and awards the degrees.

6. Young people have several … at 16.

7. The colleges … by Fellows.

8. British universities receive … from the state.

9. In Oxford and Cambridge the study system is based on … .


4. Write a summary of the text ”Primary and Secondary Education”, using the following words and phrases:


a nursery school, compulsory, transfer, an independent school, a public school, standards, a school uniform, tuition charges, the leaving age.


Tom: Hi, Мark. How’s college?

Мark: Great. I’m having such a good time. I used to study harder when I was at secondary school.

Tom:You’re so lucky to be a year older than me. I’m still studying four hours a night.

Мark:I know! It’s funny; it seems like only yesterday that we were little schoolchildren in kindergarten together. Now here I am, an undergraduate at university, and next year you will be, too.

Tom:If I pass my exams.

Мark:Of course you will. Listen, why don’t you relax tonight. Take a night off and come out with me.

Tom:I can’t. I’ve got to study for an exam tomorrow.

Мark:What exam are you taking?

Tom:It’s one of Davis’s history tests.

Мark:Oh, I remember Davis’s history tests. You don’t have to worry about them. His tests are always easy. Nobody ever fails.

Tom:Well, I’m in real trouble if I don’t pass.

Мark:Listen, you’re a good student, aren’t you?

Tom:Yes, but …

Мark:You attended all his classes, right?

Tom:Yes, of course, but …

Мark:And did you take good notes in his lessons?

Tom:Yes, I took pages and pages of notes in a big notebook and …

Мark:And did you do all the homework?

Tom:Yes, I kept it all in my notebook with my lesson notes.

Мark:And did you write all the essays you had to do?

Tom:Yes, they’re all together in the same big notebook.

Мark:So, why are you worried?

Tom:There’s only one problem. I’ve lost the notebook.


1. Who is probably older?

a) Tom b) Mark c) impossible to know

2. How many years have Tom and Mark known each other?

a) about four b) about twelve c) about eight

3. Who now does more studying?

a) Tom b) Mark c) they do the same

4. Has Mark ever taken Davis’s history test?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know

5. Is Tom a good student?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know

6. Is Tom going to fail his history test?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know


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