IELTS General Test – Passage 05: The Young Person’s Railcard reading with answers explanation, location and pdf summary. This reading paragraph has been taken from our huge collection of Academic & General Training (GT) Reading practice test PDF’s.
The Young Person’s Railcard
A Young Person’s Railcard gives young people the opportunity to purchase discounted rail tickets across Britain. Just imagine where it could take you – to festivals, to see distant friends or to London for a weekend break.
Who can apply?
Absolutely anybody between 16 and 25 can apply. You will need to provide proof that you are under 26 years of age. For this, only your birth certificate, driving licence, passport or medical card will be acceptable. Alternatively, if you are a mature student over this age but in full-time education, you can also apply. In order to prove your eligibility, you will need to get your headteacher, tutor, or head of department to sign the application form as well as one of your photos, the latter also needing to be officially stamped. ‘Full-time education’ is defined as over 15 hours per week for at least 20 weeks a year.
Then go along to any major railway station, rail-appointed travel agent or authorised student travel office with your completed application form from this leaflet, together with £28, two passport-sized photos and proof of eligibility.
Using your railcard
You can use it at any time – weekends, Bank Holidays or during the week. But if you travel before 10 am Monday to Friday (except during July and August) minimum fares will apply. For full details of these, please ask at your local station or contact a rail-appointed travel agent.
In cases where a railcard does not bear the user’s signature, it will be treated as invalid. Neither your railcard nor any tickets bought with it may be used by anybody else. Unless there are no purchase facilities available at the station where you began your journey, you will be required to pay the full fare if you are unable to produce a valid ticket for inspection during a journey.
Reduced rate tickets are not available for first-class travel or for Eurostar links to France and Belgium. Passengers will be charged the full rate if they want to use these services.
Complete the sentences below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.
Write your answers in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.
1. Railcard applicants over 25 need to be involved in ……………………….. .
2. For mature, full-time students, one of the photographs submitted must be signed and ……………………….. .
3. At certain times of the year, there are no ………………………. for railcard holders at any time of day.
4. If your railcard doesn’t have your ……………………….. it will be impossible to use it for travel.
5. The benefits of a railcard are not transferable to ……………………….. .
6. If you have no ticket but boarded a train at a station without any ……………………….. you will still be eligible for a discounted ticket.
7. If railcard holders wish to use the Eurostar network they must pay the ……………………….. .
Check out The Young Person’s Railcard reading answers below with explanations and locations given in the text.
1. full-time education
2. (officially) stamped
3. minimum fares
5. anybody else
6. purchase facilities
7. full fare// full rate
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