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(From a university catalog for overseas students.)
Organising your financial affairs is not easy, particularly if you have to make a grant last you for the whole term. You are well advised to put your money in a current account in one of the banks. This is the money in the bank which you can take out at any time.
The major banks (Midland, National Westminster, Barclay’s, Lloyd’s and Williams and Glynn’s) have 12,000 branches throughout the country, and there is sure to be one near your college. It is far better to have your money near college rather than near home because you are more likely to be in college during banking hours, which are usually 9:30 to 15:30 with an extension on Thursdays , and closed completely on Saturdays and Sundays.
Student Bank Account.
The manager will explain exactly what services they can offer – that’s his job. You should have a cheque book, and ask about credit cards. Read the leaflets for students available in all the major banks. The Midland Bank produces a useful free booklet for students, called Student Start.
It contains information and advice on many aspects of student life. Details can be obtained from any branch of the Midland. If you need money urgently when the banks are closed, you could go out to Heathrow Airport, where a bank is always open. (They also take travellers’cheques.)
1- Line 3, ‘current account’ is 2. Line 7, ‘one’ refers to .
B. Mark the best choice.
1. Lines 9-10 ‘banking hours, which are usually 9:30 to 15:30 with an extension on Thursdays’ probably means banks ‘ .
a) offer services six days a week b) stay open longer on Thursday
c) offer services only between 9:30 and 15:30 on Thursdays d) are closed at weekends
2. Line 13, ‘leaflets’ .
a) are called Student Start b) are branches of major banks
c) provide credit cards d) give information
3. Which of these statements is not true?
a) The names of the five major banks in England are given in the text.
b) During the time that banks are open, a student is usually at home.
c) One of the services that a bank offers to students is to give them cheque books.
d) If you have something to do in a bank on Sundays, you can go to the one at Heathrow Airport.
C. How can a student get information about the services in all the major banks?
D. Are the statements below implied in the information of the text?
[Mark the statements as Yes (Y) or No (N).]
1. If the money that a student has to live on for the whole semester is limited, he should be careful with his finances.
2. The Midland has the most customers because of the free booklet they provide.