Pearson writing mock test summarize written text practice samples. Read the passage below and summarize it in one sentence using 5 to 75 words (30 to 35 words). You have 10 minutes to summarize each passage. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage
1. Constant connectivity via smartphones and tablets means that employees are working more hours than ever. This, combined with the increase of sedentary office work, means that people have to fight a little harder to work physical activity into their daily routines.
Hitting the gym before or after work is a popular choice for many employees committed to fitness, but midday exercise breaks can benefit more than just your health.
“I have found that taking a break from the workday for [exercise] makes employees not just healthier, but also more creative,” Yehiav said. “When we moved locations, I made it a top priority to select a space that included a gym within the building to encourage employees to stay active. I’m proud to say that more than 60 percent of employees are members and work out on a daily basis.”
Even if your office doesn’t have an attached gym, you can still make time for workout breaks during the day.”From scheduling a walking meeting, taking mini stretch breaks to opting for the stairs, weave in manageable fitness steps to start building daily habits,” she said. “Short breaks [like these] are important and help improve both circulation and productivity. Plus, stepping away from something you’re working on can give you a new perspective when you return.”
2. At a time when all businesses must be prepared for terrorism, cyber-attacks, failures of partners, natural catastrophes, accidents, environmental disasters, regulatory activism, and market collapses, it’s understandable that companies tend to focus not on embracing the unexpected, but on setting up safeguards against it. Typically, putting safeguards in place means empowering internal risk management departments to oversee large, expensive programs that use bureaucratic procedures and checklists aimed at avoiding the worst effects of unforeseen threats, complying with regulations designed to guard against undue risk taking, and fending off financial risk. All of these risk management strategies, which are intended to minimize losses, are easily replicated from one company to the next and offer virtually no competitive upside.
Indeed, organizational risk management fails as a strategic weapon because it ignores the most pivotal facet of the business landscape: the market. Oriented as it is around compliance and rigid performance goals, a risk management program makes it more difficult to identify the unique opportunities offered by disarray and tumult.
In this environment, are your investments in managing risk primarily pointed inward, toward preserving organizational value? Or are they directed outward, toward the market? If you answered yes to the first question, then your company is neglecting the opportunities inherent in uncertainty. You can find a better way to differentiate yourself through the risks your company takes.