IELTS Reading Practice – Sample 9 (GT)

Dress Code Policy

Answer these questions on the passage below.

Then, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the text for each answer.

   1.  Which company staff are bound by this dress code policy?

   2.  What is it compulsory for men to wear when working with clients?

   3.  What type of footwear must women employees wear?

   4.  The policy does not apply to clothing related to what?

   5.  What is it against company policy to have visible to customers?

   6.  What type of body adornment is allowed?

   7.  What is the ultimate penalty for disobeying the rules?

Reading passage:

Dress code policy


The Dovecote Chartered Accountants dress code policy is designed to help us all provide a consistent professional appearance to our customers and colleagues. Our appearance reflects on ourselves and the company. The goal is to be sure that we maintain a positive appearance and do not offend customers, clients, or colleagues.

Who does this policy apply to?

The Dovecote Chartered Accountants dress code policy applies to all office staff. Maintenance and cleaning staff should see the separate policy relating to their dress code.

Dovecote Accountants Dress Code Policy:

  • Employees are expected to dress in business attire during office hours.
  • Male staff must wear a shirt, tie, jacket and dress shoes. When working out of sight of customers, male staff are permitted to remove their jacket.
  • Female staff must wear a dress, skirt or trouser suit with closed-toe shoes.
  • Clothing dictated by religious belief is exempt.
  • Shorts and skirts and dresses above the knee are not permitted.
  • Employees must always present a clean, professional appearance. Everyone is expected to be well-groomed and wear clean, pressed clothing.
  • Tattoos must be covered when working with customers.
  • Facial piercings, apart from earrings, are not permitted.

Dress Code Violations:

Managers are expected to inform employees when they are violating the dress code. Employees in violation are expected to immediately correct the issue. This may include having to leave work to change clothes.

Repeated violations may result in disciplinary action being taken up to and including termination of employment.


Scroll down for the answers.


  1.  office staff

  2.  (a) jacket

  3.  closed-toe shoes

  4.  religious belief

  5.  tattoos

  6.  earrings

  7.  termination of employment