This reading practice simulates one part of the IELTS General Reading test. You should spend about twenty minutes on it. Read the passage and answer questions 1-14.
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
Choose from our best-selling options below:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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Tips to improve your reading speed
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
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
Medium Matching Features
Summary, Table, Flow-Chart Completion
Difficult Matching Sentence Endings
Identifying Information (TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN)
Identifying Viewer's claims (YES/NO/NOT GIVEN)
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.
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!
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.
IELTS Reading Question Types
The IELTS reading test contains many different question types:
|Matching Headings||IELTS Reading Lesson: Matching Headings|
|Matching Information||IELTS Reading Lesson: Matching Information|
|Matching Features||IELTS Reading Lesson: Matching Features|
|Summary Completion||IELTS Reading Lesson: Summary Completion|
|Identifying Information||IELTS Reading Lesson: Identifying Information|
|Identifying Writer's claims||IELTS Reading Lesson: Identifying Writer's claims|
|Multiple Choice||IELTS Reading Lesson: Multiple Choice|
|Short Answer||IELTS Reading Lesson: Short Answer|
|Match Sentence Ending||IELTS Reading Lesson: Match Sentence Ending|
|Sentence Completion||IELTS Reading Lesson: Sentence Completion|
|Table Completion||IELTS Reading Lesson: Table Completion|