IELTS® General Reading Practice 1

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Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

SIX SPRINGS SKI RESORT INFORMATION

Are you interested in visiting Six Springs Ski Resort this Winter season? Browse our options below and read up on all of our offers for the upcoming months. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

 

From October 2020 to December 2020

Holiday Specials in December 2020

From January 2021 to March 2021

Lodging

Choose from our best-selling options below: 

Townhouses 

Featuring a maximum of five bedrooms, fireplaces in each bedroom, complete kitchen and dining areas, and two fully functioning bathrooms for the price of $2500 per week.

Studio Apartments

Great for couples or solo travelers. They come equipped with a loft area and sunset view. Prices start at $500 per week. 

Our holiday specials are selling out quickly! Be sure to reserve your spot by November 1st, 2020. 

Log Cabins  

The perfect backdrop for the holiday season, our log cabins are available up until December 24th. Contact the main office for information regarding pricing and availability. 

Catch our spectacular deals during our most popular time of year for visitors and tourists!

Lakeside Estate

Catering specifically to guests who seek relaxation rather than adventurous sports, our properties along the water offer just the right amount of seclusion and a touch of elegance. For an additional charge, a personal chef is available for on-site cooking lessons.

Activities

Wine and Cheese Tasting

For the first time ever, our resort is proud to offer this sophisticated activities package for our guests. First, sample over five different types of wines and discover which cheeses pair well with these flavours! 

Additionally, our new art expert will take guests on a journey through a Painting Landscapes tutorial. Let your imagination guide your artistic endeavors!

Breakfast with Santa Claus

Bring your children and family to this popular event! Each family will receive a free gift upon arrival.

Holiday Light Show

Drive through the residential area of Six Springs Resort and take in the holiday atmosphere and decorative lights throughout the landscape. Discounts are available upon request.

All-Inclusive Meal Plans

Available for families of four or more. These plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a snack throughout the day.

Yoga Classes

This free service will be available on Monday afternoons in our heated, outdoor area in the Yorkshire Mountains.

Read the information below and answer Questions 8-14.

HARTWOOD COLLEGE HANDBOOK

Welcome to Hartwood College. We are pleased to welcome you to our campus facilities. Please utilize the following information to better understand the services we offer on campus.        

List of Services        

Office Location

Campus Security - The officers in this department assist students experiencing problems with their dormitories, including but not limited to entrance issues and lost keys.

(A) 302 Webster Hall

Mental Health - If students are feeling depressed, stressed, or would like to speak to a licensed therapist, they are encouraged to visit the Mental Health office. Appointments are available each day, but walk-in appointments are also available.

(B) 620 McKinley Studio

Graduate Resident Advisors - For problems with student living areas, it is suggested to contact this office for assistance. As each student dormitory is maintained and cared for by graduate students, this office will help students with maintenance issues in the building.

(C) 778 Alder Hall

Technology Center - In order to connect to the wireless Internet service on campus, all students must present themselves with their personal computers at our newly-established Technology Center in order to be granted access to Internet services.

(D) 849 Quigley Hall

Campus Services -  Students are instructed to visit these offices for assistance on anything related to campus operations, including class assignments, dormitory assignments, dining hall inquiries, and tuition costs.

(E) 466 Brighton Offices

Activities Center - Students are encouraged to visit our expert advisors in the Activities Center in order to take on a more active role in college life. Each Monday morning, organization presidents are available to enroll students in different clubs and provide more information on the various extracurricular programs.

(F) 315 Campus Center 

Tutorial Days - Each day, advisors and experts from various fields are present in the Vuky Hall, ready to assist students with enrolling for classes, maintaining a healthy balance between school and life, and even with academic tutoring. There are also technology advisors ready to assist students with any malfunctioning devices they may have brought to campus.

(G) 410 Carnegie Hall

1. NOT GIVEN - (Townhouses featuring a maximum of five bedrooms…) However, no information is provided about the minimum number of bedrooms – so the only possible answer is NOT GIVEN.  

2. TRUE - (From January 2021 to March 2021… most popular time of the year for visitors and tourists.) This is the period when most guests like to come, which is another way to say that “the majority of guests prefer to visit,” so the statement is TRUE.

3. FALSE - (Studio Apartments for couples or solo travelers…) As couples are also welcome, the statement is FALSE

4. NOT GIVEN - Although it's true that the table only contains information about the period October 2020 - March 2021, this doesn't necessarily mean that the resort is not open between April 2021 and September 2021. (Browse our options below and read up on all of our offers for the upcoming months.) This sentence also gives the impression that the table only shows the deals available in the next few months. So, NOT GIVEN is the only possible answer.
5. TRUE - (… our log cabins are available up until December 24th.) This sentence shows that after December 24th, the log cabins are not available. This is another way to say, “It is not possible for a guest to rent a log cabin during the last five days of December,” so the statement is TRUE.
6. FALSE - (For the first time ever, our resort is proud to offer this sophisticated activities package for our guests.) This is the first time ever that the resort is offering these activities, which tells you that they were not available (or popular, therefore) in previous years.
7. NOT GIVEN - (Lakeside Estate - Catering specifically to guests who seek relaxation rather than adventure sports, our properties along the water offer just the right amount of seclusion and a touch of elegance.) It's clear that Lakeside Estate is better suited to guests who would like to relax. However, the text does not state that guests who ski are not permitted to stay there, so the answer has to be NOT GIVEN.
 
8. G - (Tutorial Days: There are also technology advisors ready to assist students with any malfunctioning devices they may have brought to campus.) Personal computers fall into this category, making this the best choice.
9. E - (Campus Services: Students are instructed to visit these offices for assistance with anything related to campus operations, including… dining hall inquiries…) As “dining hall inquiries” are handled at these offices, this is the best place to go if you want to change your “meal plan arrangements.”
10. C - (Graduate Resident Advisors: this office will help students with maintenance issues…) “Plumbing” relates to the system of pipes which supply water to a building, so having “a problem with plumbing” is “a maintenance issue.”
11. F - (Activities Center: Students are encouraged to visit our expert advisors in the Activities Center in order to take on a more active role in college life. … enroll students in different clubs and provide more information on the various extracurricular programs.) In this case, “… take on a more active role in college life,” by joining different clubs or participating in extracurricular activities is another way to say, “get more involved in life on campus.”
12. B - (Mental Health: If students are feeling depressed, stressed… speak to a licensed therapist…) “Feeling depressed” is another way of saying “experiencing depression.”
14. A - (Campus Security: The officers in this department assist students experiencing problems with their dormitories, including but not limited to entrance issues and lost keys.) Although the text doesn't mention problems with theft in particular, “dormitories” is another way to say “rooms” in a university setting, so this is still the best place to go to report that something has been stolen.
10. C - (Graduate Resident Advisors: this office will help students with maintenance issues…) “Plumbing” relates to the system of pipes which supply water to a building, so having “a problem with plumbing” is “a maintenance issue.”
This reading practice simulates the first section of the IELTS General Reading test. You should spend about twenty minutes on it. Read the passage(s) and answer questions 1-14.
Questions 1-7
Do the following statements agree with the information given in the reading passage? In boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE   if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE   if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN   if there is no information on this.

1. Townhouses feature a minimum of two bedrooms.

2. The majority of guests prefer visiting Six Springs Ski Resort from January to March.

3. The Studio Apartments are only available to people traveling on their own.

4. Six Springs Resort is not open from April 2021 - September 2021.

5. It would not be possible for a guest to rent a log cabin during the last five days of December.

6. Featured activities from October 2020 to December 2020 were popular among guests in previous years.

7. Guests who ski are not allowed to stay at the Lakeside Estate.

Questions 8-14

Look at the following statements.

Match each statement with the correct location, A - G.

Where should you go if 

NB You may use any letter more than once.

8. there is a problem with your personal computer?

9. you want to update your meal plan subscription?

10. there is a problem with the plumbing in your room?

11. you want to participate in more campus groups?

12. you are experiencing depression?

13. the elevator in your building has stopped working?

14. something has been stolen from your room?





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Reading Passage Vocabulary
Six Springs Ski Resort Information / Hartwood College Handbook

Read the information below and answer questions 1-7.

SIX SPRINGS SKI RESORT INFORMATION

Are you interested in visiting Six Springs Ski Resort this Winter season? Browse our options below and read up on all of our offers for the upcoming months. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

 

From October 2020 to December 2020

Holiday Specials in December 2020

From January 2021 to March 2021

Lodging

Choose from our best-selling options below: 

Townhouses 

Featuring a maximum of five bedrooms, fireplaces in each bedroom, complete kitchen and dining areas, and two fully functioning bathrooms for the price of $2500 per week.

Studio Apartments

Great for couples or solo travelers. They come equipped with a loft area and sunset view. Prices start at $500 per week. 

Our holiday specials are selling out quickly! Be sure to reserve your spot by November 1st, 2020. 

Log Cabins  

The perfect backdrop for the holiday season, our log cabins are available up until December 24th. Contact the main office for information regarding pricing and availability. 

Catch our spectacular deals during our most popular time of year for visitors and tourists!

Lakeside Estate

Catering specifically to guests who seek relaxation rather than adventurous sports, our properties along the water offer just the right amount of seclusion and a touch of elegance. For an additional charge, a personal chef is available for on-site cooking lessons.

Activities

Wine and Cheese Tasting

For the first time ever, our resort is proud to offer this sophisticated activities package for our guests. First, sample over five different types of wines and discover which cheeses pair well with these flavours! 

Additionally, our new art expert will take guests on a journey through a Painting Landscapes tutorial. Let your imagination guide your artistic endeavors!

Breakfast with Santa Claus

Bring your children and family to this popular event! Each family will receive a free gift upon arrival.

Holiday Light Show

Drive through the residential area of Six Springs Resort and take in the holiday atmosphere and decorative lights throughout the landscape. Discounts are available upon request.

All-Inclusive Meal Plans

Available for families of four or more. These plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a snack throughout the day.

Yoga Classes

This free service will be available on Monday afternoons in our heated, outdoor area in the Yorkshire Mountains.

Read the information below and answer Questions 8-14.

HARTWOOD COLLEGE HANDBOOK

Welcome to Hartwood College. We are pleased to welcome you to our campus facilities. Please utilize the following information to better understand the services we offer on campus.        

List of Services        

Office Location

Campus Security - The officers in this department assist students experiencing problems with their dormitories, including but not limited to entrance issues and lost keys.

(A) 302 Webster Hall

Mental Health - If students are feeling depressed, stressed, or would like to speak to a licensed therapist, they are encouraged to visit the Mental Health office. Appointments are available each day, but walk-in appointments are also available.

(B) 620 McKinley Studio

Graduate Resident Advisors - For problems with student living areas, it is suggested to contact this office for assistance. As each student dormitory is maintained and cared for by graduate students, this office will help students with maintenance issues in the building.

(C) 778 Alder Hall

Technology Center - In order to connect to the wireless Internet service on campus, all students must present themselves with their personal computers at our newly-established Technology Center in order to be granted access to Internet services.

(D) 849 Quigley Hall

Campus Services -  Students are instructed to visit these offices for assistance on anything related to campus operations, including class assignments, dormitory assignments, dining hall inquiries, and tuition costs.

(E) 466 Brighton Offices

Activities Center - Students are encouraged to visit our expert advisors in the Activities Center in order to take on a more active role in college life. Each Monday morning, organization presidents are available to enroll students in different clubs and provide more information on the various extracurricular programs.

(F) 315 Campus Center 

Tutorial Days - Each day, advisors and experts from various fields are present in the Vuky Hall, ready to assist students with enrolling for classes, maintaining a healthy balance between school and life, and even with academic tutoring. There are also technology advisors ready to assist students with any malfunctioning devices they may have brought to campus.

(G) 410 Carnegie Hall

1. NOT GIVEN - (Townhouses featuring a maximum of five bedrooms…) However, no information is provided about the minimum number of bedrooms – so the only possible answer is NOT GIVEN.  

2. TRUE - (From January 2021 to March 2021… most popular time of the year for visitors and tourists.) This is the period when most guests like to come, which is another way to say that “the majority of guests prefer to visit,” so the statement is TRUE.

3. FALSE - (Studio Apartments for couples or solo travelers…) As couples are also welcome, the statement is FALSE

4. NOT GIVEN - Although it's true that the table only contains information about the period October 2020 - March 2021, this doesn't necessarily mean that the resort is not open between April 2021 and September 2021. (Browse our options below and read up on all of our offers for the upcoming months.) This sentence also gives the impression that the table only shows the deals available in the next few months. So, NOT GIVEN is the only possible answer.
5. TRUE - (… our log cabins are available up until December 24th.) This sentence shows that after December 24th, the log cabins are not available. This is another way to say, “It is not possible for a guest to rent a log cabin during the last five days of December,” so the statement is TRUE.
6. FALSE - (For the first time ever, our resort is proud to offer this sophisticated activities package for our guests.) This is the first time ever that the resort is offering these activities, which tells you that they were not available (or popular, therefore) in previous years.
7. NOT GIVEN - (Lakeside Estate - Catering specifically to guests who seek relaxation rather than adventure sports, our properties along the water offer just the right amount of seclusion and a touch of elegance.) It's clear that Lakeside Estate is better suited to guests who would like to relax. However, the text does not state that guests who ski are not permitted to stay there, so the answer has to be NOT GIVEN.
 
8. G - (Tutorial Days: There are also technology advisors ready to assist students with any malfunctioning devices they may have brought to campus.) Personal computers fall into this category, making this the best choice.
9. E - (Campus Services: Students are instructed to visit these offices for assistance with anything related to campus operations, including… dining hall inquiries…) As “dining hall inquiries” are handled at these offices, this is the best place to go if you want to change your “meal plan arrangements.”
10. C - (Graduate Resident Advisors: this office will help students with maintenance issues…) “Plumbing” relates to the system of pipes which supply water to a building, so having “a problem with plumbing” is “a maintenance issue.”
11. F - (Activities Center: Students are encouraged to visit our expert advisors in the Activities Center in order to take on a more active role in college life. … enroll students in different clubs and provide more information on the various extracurricular programs.) In this case, “… take on a more active role in college life,” by joining different clubs or participating in extracurricular activities is another way to say, “get more involved in life on campus.”
12. B - (Mental Health: If students are feeling depressed, stressed… speak to a licensed therapist…) “Feeling depressed” is another way of saying “experiencing depression.”
14. A - (Campus Security: The officers in this department assist students experiencing problems with their dormitories, including but not limited to entrance issues and lost keys.) Although the text doesn't mention problems with theft in particular, “dormitories” is another way to say “rooms” in a university setting, so this is still the best place to go to report that something has been stolen.
10. C - (Graduate Resident Advisors: this office will help students with maintenance issues…) “Plumbing” relates to the system of pipes which supply water to a building, so having “a problem with plumbing” is “a maintenance issue.”
 
IELTS General Reading Tips for Success
These are general tips that will appear on all reading questions.

Tips to improve your reading speed
To get a high score on the IELTS reading section, you need to have a fast reading speed. To have a fast reading speed, you need to improve your vocabulary and practice dissecting sentences. One strategy to dissect a sentence is to look for the subject and verb of the sentence. Finding the subject and verb will help you better understand the main idea of said sentence. Keep in mind, a common feature of a IELTS reading passage is to join strings of ideas to form long compound sentences. This produces large chunks that students have a hard time absorbing. Do not get overwhelmed by its length, just look for the subject and verb, the rest of the ideas will flow.

Keep in mind, having a slow reading speed makes skimming or scanning a reading passage more difficult. The process of quickly skimming through a reading passage for specific keywords or main ideas is a requirement for you to employ successful reading strategies to improve your IELTS reading score. In other words, skimming and scanning are critical skills to ensure you complete all questions in the allotted time frame.
IELTS Reading Strategies
Once you can read and comprehend a passage with a rate of, at least, 220 words per minute, you'll be ready to start implementing our strategies. All too often, students spend too much time reading the passages and not enough time answering the questions. Here is a step by step guide for tackling the reading section.

  1. Step 1: Read questions first

    One of the most common mistakes that candidates make when approaching the reading exam is reading every single word of the passages. Although you can practice for the exam by reading for pleasure, "reading blindly" (reading without any sense of what the questions will ask) will not do you any favors in the exam. Instead, it will hurt your chances for effectively managing your time and getting the best score.

    The main reason to read the questions first is because the type of question may determine what you read in the passage or how you read it. For example, some question types will call for the "skimming" technique, while others may call for the "scanning" technique.

    It is important to answer a set of questions that are of the same question type. You'll need to determine which question type you want to tackle first. A good strategy would be to start with the easier question type and move on to more difficult question types later. The Easiest question types are the ones where you spend less time reading. For example, the Matching Heading question type is an easier one because you only need to find the heading that best describes the main idea of a paragraph. An example of a difficult question type would be Identifying Information. For this question type, you'll need to read each paragraph to find out if each statement is TRUE, FALSE, or NOT GIVEN according to the passage.

    Here is a table that lists the difficulty levels for each question type. Use this table as a reference when choosing which question type you want to tackle first.

    Difficulty level Question Type
    Easy Sentence Completion
    Short answer
    Medium Matching Features
    Multiple choice
    Matching Headings
    Summary, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
    Difficult Matching Sentence Endings
    Matching Information
    Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
    Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)

  2. Step 2: Read for an objective

    After you've read the questions for the passage, you will be able to read for an objective. What does this mean? For example, if you come across a question that includes the year "1896", you can make a note of when this year comes up in the text, using it to answer the question later on. There are two reading techniques that will help you stay on track with reading for an objective. The first one, skimming, is best defined as reading fast in order to get the "gist", or general idea, or a passage. With this technique, you are not stopping for any unfamiliar words or looking for specific details. The second technique, scanning, is best defined as reading for specific information. With this technique, you are not reading for the overall gist, but rather, specific information. Notice how each of these techniques has a specific objective in mind. This will help you find information more quickly.

  3. Step 3: Take notes

    As you're reading for an objective, you should also be making notes on the margins of the passage, placing stars next to key information, or underlining things that you believe will help you answer the various questions. This will make it easier for you to check back when you are asked certain things in the questions. Choose whichever note-taking system is right for you - just make sure you do it!

  4. Step 4: Answer wisely

    After you've read the questions, read the passage, and have taken any appropriate notes, you you should have located the part of the text where you where you need to read carefully. Then just read carefully and think critically to determine the correct answer.

 
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