2ème Bac. Sciences => Training => Reading => March => 55 minutes.

~ Reading Test ~

             Social networking websites like Facebook have negative effects on learners, and those who frequently use such websites are more likely to get lower marks in school, says a new American study. Such students are also likely to have behavioural problems and 'narcissistic tendencies' from spending too much time logged on to such sites, according to the research by the California State University.

             Psychology professor Larry Rosen said researchers watched as students spent 15 minutes studying something that was important to them. The research team was left astonished as the students' concentration failed because of the need to check their Facebook page. “The more media they consumed per day, the worse students they were. If they checked Facebook just once during 15 minutes, they were worse students.”

             The negative effects of over-using social media include making students unsuccessful, aggressive and anti-social. Children under 13 who overuse social sites on a daily basis are also more likely to be prone to periods of anxiety, depression, sleeping problems and stomach aches. They can become fat.

            The study also found that social networks had some positive effects as well. They helped shy children interact more.



I.     COMPREHENSION             [ 15 POINTS ]

            A.     Answer these question         (5 pts)

  1. What is the text about?

  2. What are some of the effects of using social networks according to the new American study?

  3. Who conducted the new American study?

  4. Why do teenagers get anxious and depressed?

  5. What is beneficial about social networks?

            B.     Are these sentences True or False? Justify         (3 pts)

  1. The students who use Facebook are the best at school

  2. Social networks are responsible for behavioural problems

  3. Larry Rosen says using facebook is good for students

            C.     What do the underlined words in the text refer to ?         (2 pts)

  1. "such websites" (paragraph 1)  
  2. "their" (paragraph 2)  
  3. "they" (paragraph 3)  
  4. "they" (paragraph 4)  

            D.    Find in the text words or expressions which mean the same as .         (2 pts)

1. consequences (paragraph 1)   2. one time (paragraph 2)  
3. violent (paragraph 3)   4. research (paragraph 4)  

            E.     Complete these sentences with information from the text         (3pts)

  1. The California State University stated that  
  2. The students lose attention because of  
  3. Too much use of social networks results in  

II.     WRITING             [ 5 POINTS ]

                Choose one of the following topic sentences and elaborate on it

  1. The art of communication is a skill that has to be mastered for these reasons.
  2. There are several negative sides of mobile phones on students.
  3. We can be good at school if we take the following steps.



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